Montauk Review with NY Spaces

In the August issue of NY Spaces, I had the opportunity to share my favorite places in Montauk! In the city of Montauk, it’s all about relaxing, farm to table local restaurants and enjoying the outdoors. It’s not only my escape from the city but it’s also my second home. Be sure to pick up the August Issue of NY Spaces on newsstands today.

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Book Review as it appeared in NY Spaces August 2016 issue

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Guest Post: Top Feng Shui Tips for Your Modern House This Winter

Winter is often the time when people draw within themselves and withdraw from the world. Using Feng Shui methods to light up and enhance your house can be a terrific way to push away the winter blues and bring fresh energy into your house and life. Here are five things you can easily do yourself.

Feng Shui Tip #1 – Add Warm Colors

Red, yellow and orange are feng shui colors that represent fire, warmth and masculine active energy. You can add pillows, throws and floor rugs to your home to liven up the decor and bring wanted warmth and activity into your home during cold winter months.

To enhance the feng shui energy, choose natural fabrics with natural vegetable dyes. Often, you can find wonderful inexpensive colorful decorator items at thrift stores, international markets and flea markets.

Feng Shui Tip #2 – Add Indoor Plants

Indoor plants are a great way to bring positive feng shui energy into your home. Place them near windows, in hallways and in places where you want to divert difficult energy and improve the flow of a room or space.

Choose plants that are easy to care for and do well indoors. Avoid placing indoor plants near heating vents or fireplace or wood stoves. Also, a mix of large and small plants can add diversity and visual interest to your home.

Feng Shui Tip #3 – Improve Your Lighting

One of the things you can do to improve your feng shui energy during the winter is to install full spectrum light bulbs in your lighting fixtures and lamps. Full spectrum light bulbs have light that is extremely close to natural sunlight and will naturally improve your energy and mood.

Also, open windows and allow light into your house as much as possible. Natural sunlight will enhance and improve positive energy flow through your house during dim winter months.

Feng Shui Tip #4 – Winterize Water Elements

If you have installed a water element or feature in your backyard, perform any needed maintenance to prevent damage from freezing. Water elements, even when they are winterized, are one of the four elements you should integrate into your home and living environment for feng shui balance.

In your home, add a small desk or table fountain to bring the water element inside. Add small plants around it to encourage positive feng shui energy and improve energy flow throughout your house.

Feng Shui Tip #5 – Plant Evergreens

Another thing to add to your home for winter is evergreen plants. Inside your home, plant them in large containers and place them near doorways and in hall entry ways. Outside, plant evergreen trees to encourage positive feng shui energy into your living space and residence.

Winter months can be a great time to redirect energy in your home. Feng shui techniques allow you to encourage positive energy in your living space to promote positive emotions, prosperity and abundance.

Author Bio: Michael Schnippering is the founder of Feng Shui at Work. He is committed to the true art and science of Feng Shui. Over the years his Feng Shui practice has taken him to various parts of the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Colombia and Argentina. If you’d like to learn more about Feng Shui, read Michael’ blog and follow him on Twitter @fengshuiatwork

Guest Post: James from Masters of Design

Hello friends, both old and new!  This is James Swan author and host of the web series Masters of Design. What a joy to be guest blogging for Vicente Wolf and a double joy to share with you my hour long conversation with Vicente from our recent Masters of Design Interview.

“If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.” Mark Twain. My belief in the power of learning is what prompted me to launch The Masters of Design Web Series. This series of hour long web based conversations with leaders in the worlds of design and decoration offers listeners, around the world, unique insight into the lives and businesses of today’s leading tastemakers. Questions from our listening partners as well as those from our research team form the framework for these lively conversations.  Our invitation for Vicente Wolf to kick off our most recent series was a result of the respect his work and career have generated over the years. His artistry and thoughtful approach to the profession mark him as one from whom there is much to learn and Mr. Wolf does not disappoint. Self-effacing, witty and kind, I think you’ll agree our time with Vicente Wolf, Master of Design, was well spent.

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