Green is where the Heart Is for September 21st, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 21 September 2016 04:00

“How young can you die of old age?” - Steven Wright

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Last week Sherwin Williams hosted an event at the Cameron Museum of Art called Colormix 2017.  We were wined and dined and treated to a very stimulating power point presentation presenting the color forecast for 2017.  Since I had two out-of-town guests that were originally college roommates where we all studied fashion and interior design, I dragged them to the event with me.  As we watched the screen, it reminded us of sitting in Lee Ann Lawson’s History of Costume class.  
Several years ago I participated in a color forecasting group during an ASID conference and the most interesting part of it is how the colors develop.  Individual groups meet with color chips, news magazines, popular global trending information and as the teams brainstorm, the colors emerge.  It is amazing that each individual team eventually comes up with similar color stories which prophesize what is happening socially on a global range. Unexpected events like 911 will change the forecast. Times of war and peace effect the colors. Color trends was not the only influence presented in this program. Lucky as I am, I won the raffle and was presented with the book YOUNG-OLD: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society, by Deanne Simpson.  
The information contained in this massive book describes the lifestyles of the Young-Old.  Bernice Neugarten coined this phrase in 1974.
This postwar category are those nearing or having reached retirement but who remain independent, healthy and vibrant.
Being in this age group, I realized the number of neighbors and friends I have on this island who join me in this newly recognized group.  Previously people were categorized in three age groups; 1st Childhood, 2nd Adulthood, and 3rd Old Age.
Peter Laslett (social historian) interjected a fourth group between adulthood and old-age describing the Young-Old as extended active leisure reaching personal fulfillment as they span from independence to dependence.  
We have already invested our time in education, employment and childcare and may expect to live up to one third of our lives before becoming constrained with dependency and decrepitude.  
When we were raising four children it was important for me to keep our master bedroom close to our children’s for convenience and sense of safety.  Being of Young-Old age, Randy wanted to make sure our master bedroom is located on the first floor so we don’t have to navigate steps continually, allowing for his office and my studio to be located on the second floor for occasional exercise.  Our guests will all be located on the second floor to allow them privacy (and us privacy, also.)
Many people ask me to tell them what is good feng shui. The answer usually ends up being, ”It depends.”  Who uses the space?  What is your lifestyle?  How will the space be used?  We can now take into consideration how active or inactive we are.  Apparently, the Young-Old will remain active for many years.  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 the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear 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, 25 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.

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