Green is where the Heart Is for April 27th, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 27 April 2016 04:00

“I live in my own little world. But its ok, they know me here.” ~Lauren Myracle

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Putting politics aside, being a resident of North Carolina has its advantages. Living a day drive away to the Biltmore Estate with all its grandeur and glory is a real asset. It provides an opportunity to step back in time and imagine what it must have felt like to be so close to nature and human creativity and a lifestyle where people of a certain class were delightfully entertained and those of the servant class were well taken care of and provided for, for generations to come.  
On my way home from High Point Market, we donned our BE season passes and explored Asheville for two days.  I know geographically it is opposite of where we were heading to arrive home, but that is the joy of being a free spirit.  You are allowed to go west to get east and enjoy the journey along the way.
We stayed overnight at the Grove Point Inn, entering the elevator from the side of the chimney.  It was charming to have a real live person run the elevator once we discovered where it was hiding. Our room in the historical area was small and crowded.  We kept the closet door closed to hinder any ghosts from entering our sleeping space. It did not work.  My eyeglasses were misplaced in the room. After checking out I realized I did not have them with me. I called GPI but they had not found them. When I returned home and practically detailed the inside of my car searching for them, I called all the other places we visited in Asheville. Once again I called the GPI and suggested perhaps a ghost had kicked them under the bed and could they please look again in room 271. They were found and Fed Ex’d immediately.  
Last year when we visited the Biltmore Estate I was overwhelmed with the Downton Abbey costume exhibit in each room and did not think they could top it. This year they did. Running through July 4th the theme is ‘Fashionable Romance' and costumes from movies of this same time period grace each room. Antler Village also had a display of family heirloom wedding objects. Unbeknownst to me was the connection which included Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy’s wedding veil when she married JFK in 1953.  Her exquisite rose point lace veil belonged to her grandmother, Margaret Merritt Lee.  Four years later Jackie’s first cousin, Mary Lee Ryan, wore the same veil when she wed William A.V. Cecil, grandson of George Vanderbilt. The Cecil’s daughter and daughter-in-law also wore the same veil.  What a tradition!  Who wouldn’t want to be part of that history. To me, this was the most charming way of reduce, reuse, recycle I have ever seen.  
During this time of year the visit to BE would not have been complete without touring the gardens.  The flowers were amazing and they daily graced the inside of the house which was staged for a wedding.  I remember my friend Mimi who once said to me, “I wish I could have just enough money to have fresh flowers in my home everyday.” We imitate inside our homes with silk and dried arrangements, but the healthy feng shui of real flowers cannot compare. Surrounding yourself with living plants is a natural way to remove harmful compounds from the air. Scientists call it phytoremediation.  Basically it means that living plants like English ivy, Boston ferns and Peace lillies can restore balance to the environment by neutralizing VOCs and other pollutants. Even the aroma of cut flowers changes the vibration in a room. That is why aromatherapy using high quality essential oils has gained popularity recently.  I suggest using essential oils in the paint you use on your walls if you are game.  Of course, that paint would contain no or low VOC’s.
Create your world to please yourself.  Your home is a direct reflection of who you are.  Look around yourself right know.  Who do you see?  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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