According to Feng Shui, plush pillows in vivid colors and soft fabrics lift our spirits by encouraging the mind to stay flexible and open to joy. Here’s how to make your home a happy refuge:
Soften a bench with a trio of pillows; single pillows make easy, sassy seat cushions.
Make an instant plush headboard by hanging two pillows from buttonholes, grommets or tabs, with screws.
Transform a trio of pillows into s super-soft footrest. Place them on a tray and wrap with sheer ribbon, like a package.
Show off your extra pillows in a bookcase; just the sight of neatly stacked pillows inspires inspiration.
Faux fur goes with any home style. Log on to www.ballarddesigns.com to check out a few furry delights.
When it’s cold and gray outside-and you’re feeling the same-a pretty pillow with a dash of yellow will bring out your playful, perky side. At the least, you’ll feel better!
To Do: Lay a yellow cloth napkin flat. Fold two opposing corners into the center of the napkin. Place pillow on top. Then join the remaining corners on top of pillow and secure with a button.
Display Granny Smith apples and green grapes on a plate or line them up on a windowsill for a punch of color and a sweet scent. For bigger color compact, paint the walls kiwi and bring in some Irish bells or orchids.
Toss a pretty pilow in this surf-inspired shade for a fast update. Alternately, paint a table in this serene hue and place delphiniums here and there.
For a fresh burst of citrus color and fragrance, shop the produce aisle for real lemons, then stack them in a vase or terra-cotta plant,
Lemon ice makes a luscious wall color. Add chrysanthemums and yellow roses are a lively addition.
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Bedding with serene neutral shades creates a soothing backdrop for dreaming and relaxing. Sheer fabrics maximum natural light and surround the bed in a cozy cocoon of comfort. Cream-colored fabric lamp shades echo wall color and give the room a golden glow.
A display of pitchers, trays and bowls in muted tones of blue, pink, yellow and green freshen the kitchen. Hanging plates make idea artwork.
Cozy fabric accents-curtains, towels and seat covers-in the same palette make this particular room look warm and inviting.
Earthy colors in wood, tile or wicker evoke the beauty of nature, giving this room charm. An Oriental rug floor covering, is not only elegant and practical, provides warmth and comfort. Go for patterned towels to complete the (or overall) look.
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