Green is where the Heart Is for April 20th, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 20 April 2016 04:00

“Real style is never right or wrong.  It’s a matter of being yourself on purpose.” ~G. Bruce Boyer

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

The past two days have found me in my most comfortable shoes, walking over 10,000 steps per day, being wined and dined by showrooms anxious to show their wares and looking for the newest trends to bring to my clients.
Before I left the beach, I was working with a client whose condo built between 15-20 years ago had shiny brass everything from bathroom fixtures, shower doors, chandeliers and so on and so on.  The condo is on its way to being gutted but even though the beveled mirrors, carpet, appliances and window treatments made their way out the door, the brass remained, to be switched out in the future.  After all, how much is enough when you are trying to maintain your budget?
Paint colors and products were chosen for this project and TJ Drechsel’s crew did an amazing job from ceiling to to floor using not only the colors I spec’d but also the type of paint (zero VOC’s is a must in my book) and the sheen specified for the client.  T J did message me, “First question: almost 100% of the time ceilings are done with flat finish. You have down eggshell. I'll need to order the paint at 7:00 AM. Which should I order?”  I assured him that the client expressed a desire to have the rooms as light as possible for as long as possible and the added sheen will bounce the light in the room.  Does anyone else do this but me?  I don’t care.  It works for my client and that is what is important to me.  Good design will also be good feng shui, but not all design is created equal.  The BEST feng shui is when the space is designed specifically for the ‘person’ using the ‘place.’  It changes. It morphs.  It evolves.  It creates a space that person can feel safe and happy.  
I did not see any shiny brass at the showrooms in High Point.  Brushed nickel has been quite  popular, but even that is waning to bronze, dulled brass and copper.  
The antiqued look is still being shown with paint rubbed off where the underside shows through.  There was lots of glass and GEODES galore.  Trends seemed more natural and I liked it.  
Outdoor living spaces continue to take precedence, but living at the beach, we all know that.  Sunbrella fabrics are being manufactured to be used inside and outside.  Since 2005, outdoor furniture has been the fastest growing division in the home furnishings field.  I have found myself that all fabrics and finishes are not created equal.  
Our climate and beach air is brutal on anything metal. Polyester or acrylic fabrics may be sold as outdoor grade, but they cannot come close to the clean-ability and lightfastness of a  solution dyed acrylic.  That $20 chair or cushion from Lowe’s may be great this season, but what will it look like next? Rust? Rot?  Powdered coated aluminum is the way to go.  
My take away this season is to create your space with objects that you love and serve your purposes.  If you love something (like shiny brass) and you wait long enough, it probably will come back in fashion.  Don’t let anyone else tell you what YOU love.  I can help you be YOURSELF with style.  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 FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile. 


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