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Green is where the Heart Is for November 29th, 2017

“Please sighn your name and what your’e thankfull for!”  ~ sign posted on front door at family Thanksgiving

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

We made it.  Two weeks ago we finally obtained the coveted Certificate of Occupancy along with permission to move into our new home.  There still will be many things that will need to be refined, but the furniture has all been moved into the house.  Boxes line the walls, temporary shades cover the windows and rug pads and area rugs have found their spots in each designated room.  
Good friends have shown up, helping to unpack those boxes to get kitchen, pantry and bedrooms in order. I am thankful. Sparkle, one of my college roommates, drove from Northern Virginia determined to get the sheets on the double full-size bunks in the kids’ bunkroom but neither she nor I considered the disadvantage of two hip replacements and a knee replacement when climbing to the upper bunk. The suggestion was made I hire a cleaning lady who can change the sheets willingly on the top bunk.  
Bound and determined to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at our new Swedish table which opens up to seat 14, we plugged along everyday.  I am thankful.  It was not easy finding a simple white tablecloth size 144.”  After looking at all the typical places, Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Goods, Stein Mart, Dillard’s and Pottery Barn, I finally found one in stock at Williams Sonoma. I am sure it will serve me for years to come, especially since I can change the look with a seasonal center runner.  
Randy has been dedicated to the installations in the house beginning with the water feature in the foyer.  Kitchen flat roman shades were hung easily.  The Toto Washlet was more difficult, but he is getting it worked out.  After dropping a needed part into the single skirted toilet cavity and the arms of three grown men not being able to reach it, the smaller and more flexible arm of our 7 year old grandson, Zander, fished it right out.  I love it when the team works together.  
Sunday, Randy and I combined forces and put together 10 Swedish stars which will hang in the front windows for the holiday season, conveniently turned on and off by one switch in the hallway by our bedroom. Dean Pye, our electrician, suggested this during the initial electrical walkthrough last February.  Sparkle picked up the stars and electric lights from Ikea before she made her trip south, Face-Timing me from the store to make sure she was purchasing the right size and colors. Randy and I spent hours unfolding and preparing the stars for hanging.  I thought to myself, “The people in Sweden can probably do this in their sleep and I hope it will be easier next year because I feel a little ridiculous trying to figure out such a simple activity.”
Jeremy and Susie wrote on the sign that they were thankful for Family.  Jack was thankful for erth and Alayna was thankful for food and turkey.  Zachary was thankful for being together in the new home.  Me, too, finally.  I wrote, “I’m thankful for YOU!” and if you are reading this I hope you take it personally.  We are all connected on this big beautiful ‘erth.’  What are you thankful for today?  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 30 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.molinquist.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.