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Decorating the "Fun" Shui Way
January 3rd, 2009
10 am - 12 pm
Location: Metropolitan Interiors
New Years Resolutions into your home with Feng Shui!
If you are curious about how to incorporate Feng Shui in your space, this workshop is a great place to begin. We'll teach you how to adjust the energy in your home through balancing the elements, arranging furniture and incorporating color. Bring your floor plan for a hands-on learning experience.
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||Letter from Julie Ann:
|I am dedicating this newsletter to multi-housing complexes such as apartments and condominiums, focusing on the common areas. Many of the same concepts used in multi living spaces may also be used in your home. |
Once you determine how a space will be used, pulling it together is more than just throwing in color. To create any dynamic interior, you need to balance the colors as well as the textures and contrast. The scale of furniture is also very important in relation to the room's size. Lastly, the lighting needs the correct balance and tone; it will make or break a room.
I look at a room like a palette, much like a painter would view a canvas. Once it is determined how the space will be used, and what your intentions are, I begin layering in the strokes of color, texture, lighting and scale to make your blank canvas the piece of art it was meant to be.
I have had experience using this approach on many apartment buildings over the past five years and thoroughly enjoy the creative process. The following article shows the transformation of The Calhoun party room.
When meeting for the first time with Brian Kelley, from KMS Management
to work on the seventh floor of the Calhoun Terrance Apartments
(renamed "The Calhoun"), he expressed what his vision was for this
space. What was a typical apartment building party room, he wanted to
see become the atmosphere of a nightclub in this urban, professional
part of town. We discussed creating a space that tenants would feel
comfortable hanging out with friends, watching TV and would be proud to
When starting this project, we decided to work
around the existing shiny black brick walls and to remove the walls
enclosing the kitchen, giving the room a much needed open floor plan
and allowing us to incorporate a bar. When designing the bar, we gave
it an organic feel using curved surfaces to soften the space, and per
Brian's suggestion, placed it so those seated could enjoy the beautiful
view of the lake. Luxury vinyl flooring follows the contour of the
soffit to really define the kitchen and bar area, making it stand out
in the room.
Extensive thought was put into on how the kitchen area wouldbe
used, with the idea that this room was used for entertaining purposes.
No cabinets were included in the kitchen since there would not be
storage needs. Instead, a full-size refrigerator, sink, and an upper
and lower expansive counter were designed for serving food for larger
We also wanted to create a balance with yin and yang as expressed
in feng shui design. Yin expresses the feminine with soft, round and
curvy lines creating calmness. Yang expresses the masculine with sharp
angles and energy. Using both elements creates balance within the space.
finishes we used in the party room achieved our goal of creating an
atmosphere of comfort and energy. The carpet balances the space by
creating movement by mixing curvy lines with an angled pattern, and to
liven up the space we also used fabrics that create movement. Warmth
was needed in the room, and we accomplished that by applying a faux
finish of metallic bronze to the walls, columns and the soffit above
the bar. Finally, all the lighting in the space was changed to give it
an updated, contemporary feel.
Custom lounge chairs and a sectional create comfortable
seating to view a large screen television or the lake and cityscape. No
blinds were installed because they would obstruct the beautiful views,
so instead, a fabric drape was designed to hang between the windows,
offsetting the lounge area and softening the room.
in viewing the apartment units and property at The Calhoun for your
next home, you may contact Pete Verhagen, property manager, at
612-824-8831. The Calhoun is located at 2893 Knox Ave. S. across from
Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.
For more photographs of this party room's transformation, visit our website at www.metrointeriors.com or click on the photos.
Feng Shui in Rental Properties
| |Feng shui is practical not only for people who live in a house, but for apartment living as well. Whether you're the apartment's manager or occupant there are many ways to improve the feng shui of your place without having to spend a lot of money and time. Feng shui works by adjusting the energies of both visible (doors, streets, walls) and invisible factors (intention and intuition). The following is some advice that I'd like to share to help you create more appealing rental properties, increase the value and attract the right tenants.
The front door is the point where energy enters a building. If the front door is easy to get to, the positive energy can enter effortlessly. On the other hand, if the front door is hidden, filled with obstacles or is dark, the flow of energy diminishes. This creates confusion and frustration for one entering the building including potential tenants.
Just like the front door, lobbies and front foyers are also important. An attractive lobby gives potential tenants and the public a positive image of your company and facility making visitors feel welcome and at home.
The laundry rooms in rental properties are often over looked, however, it is a space that tenants spend a fair amount of time in. It is important to have good lighting, especially if there is no natural light. Warm, bright lights create a positive feeling. If there are limited windows keep the wall color light and consider framing images of the outdoors. Pictures of landscapes, such as a contemporary tropical, create an illusion of space in smaller areas. Floors should be kept clean, fresh and up to date. Exposed ceilings, including all the piping and mechanicals can be sprayed off white to brighten the room and up lift the energy.
Using just some of these easy feng shui tips in your apartment buildings entrance, lobby and laundry room will guarantee you attract and keep the right tenants.
||SALE: Horizons Window Treatments |
|Metro Interiors is excited to announce we're offering 20% Off of all Horizon window treatments on orders placed by December 30th!|
Horizons carries and expansive line of window treatments, you will sure to find that perfect look to pull together your room. Some of the options you will get from Horizons are:
- Natural Woven Shades - Natural Shades provide practicality and elegance for any window. Shades are available in 8 styles with over 140 unique patterns to choose from. A variety of extra options are available to further customize your window treatments.
- Shades of Elegance - A modern take on the classic. Roller Shade Industries best mixture of patterns, solids, light filtering and room darkening fabrics, there's something for everyone. Available with a spring roller or a clutch roller system.
- Soft Treatments - Line of custom, workroom quality fabric roman shades, drapery side panels, premium top treatments, casual valances and pillows.
- Decorative Hardware- Wood and metal pole sets including pole, final and brackets and custom cut to your exact width.
To see more of what Horizons carry, visit them at www.horizonshades.com. Be sure to call Julie Ann today to discuss your project, see samples and take advantage of this huge savings!