Green is where the Heart Is for October 4th, 2017

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Tuesday, 03 October 2017 04:00

“Some things Man was never meant to know.  For everything else, there’s Google.” ~JunAuza.com

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Life was simpler years ago when you didn’t have to have your husband call you so you could find your missing phone. In the good ‘ole days the phone was attached to the kitchen wall with a curly cord, long enough to access the stove, sink and refrigerator.  There was always another one on the nightstand in the bedroom for nighttime emergency calls, and more phones of coordinating colors were strategically placed throughout the home, so you would not have to live, for heaven’s sake, in an ‘under-phoned home.’
Even with the seduction of bundling pricing, the day came when Randy cancelled our land line.  Our name and address printed in the phone book became a relic of days gone by.  Our family has always been one of early adopters and for Christmas 1983, Santa brought us a $2,000.00 Apple IIe.  The screen was black and the blinking cursor controlled by key strokes, typed a single color of green.
Today I sit in a temporary home while we wait for our new home to be completed. I am counting the computers in just this one room.  Randy’s phone, my phone, Randy’s Ipad, and both of our laptops, to name the most obvious.  The dishwasher has one that beeps at us when it wants you to open the door to air dry the dishes.  The fridge has one, too.  In our new house the wall oven is asking me if I would like it to speak in English or Français?  It probably also knows Spanish and Pig Latin. It is going to take me weeks to learn how to operate all the functions of all the computers in our “nest.”
The computer on my phone affords me the pleasure of Podcasts, my new favorite form of entertainment. I recently listened to Oprah Winfrey interview Nate Berkus.  He said that when he enters a home, he does not care if the people decorated the home with inspiration from TV, magazines, a professional decorator or even how much money they spent.  He said, “A home should not be instant.  It should be assembled and layered over time.”
The beauty of the home is in how the space reflects the people who live there.  Recently a friend visiting from OH asked what inspired me in the design and decoration of our new home.  I thought about the process.  It began with a piece of fabric which created the color story for the house revolving around greens, blues and grays.  Icons of ancestors like Swedish horses and Ukrainian nesting dolls will grace the shelves.  Memories of travels to far-off lands will welcome visitors as they enter the space.  Original art by Annabel, Jodi Ohl and Gabriel will enhance the wall space.  The furniture will be comfy to sit in and easy to maintain.  The Swedish dining table will be able to open up to accommodate our whole family at one sitting.  The forethought on eco-friendly lightbulbs and energy efficient appliances makes my heart sing and Randy’s too, when he is paying the low electric bill.  The additional cost of Haiku fans will pay for themselves in a short period of time.
We live in an information society with answers at our fingertips, but no computer can create your space.  That information comes from within.  When you see it you know it.  You feel it.  You love it.  It reflects YOU.  Google cannot transcend human emotions.  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, 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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