Green is where the Heart Is for July 26th, 2017

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 26 July 2017 04:00

“wabi-sabi (n.) – a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.” ~JAPANESE

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

The house is coming along, thank you.  I have chosen my battles with pricing, balancing custom and common, keeping within an affordable range, knowing all too well, ‘affordable’ is a relative term.  
If you are a guy reading this, you are probably asking yourself, ‘what is so hard about walking into Home Depot, seeing the display and pointing to the one you want, packing it up and going home?’  That is what men as Hunters do.  
Women, on the other hand are Gatherers.  We peruse the internet looking at Pinterest and Houzz.  I have scanned thousands of photos, ordering many different sample pieces so I could touch them, see them, smell them to discover which ones float my boat.  I developed a vision and set out to find the perfect tile for the best price. I like simple.  I like unique.  I like meaning.  
My friend Janie was surprised that my laundry room tile was a 1920’s art deco design.  “Don’t you think you’ll get tired of it?” she suggested.  I live today.  Today I love it.  It makes me happy.
The kid’s bathroom coloration on the shower wall was one that I ordered without the sample.  It was called cool gray but clearly was warm compared to the cooler gray floor pebbles.   At first I considered stopping the job and ordering a different lot, but when I looked out the window and saw how beautiful nature is with a multitude of colors, I thought, ‘wabi-sabi.’  Nothing needs to be that perfect.  
I did insist on one design change and that was when some of the tile was placed in a brick pattern instead of stacked.  That probably means little to most of you who are reading this but it really does make a difference in the look and feel.  Choosing the layout pattern of the tile makes a huge difference.  You may want to place it diagonally and that costs a lot more because of the labor and waste in materials.  If it is the look you are going for, that’s great, but be prepared for the higher cost from your tile guy.  
I gave up a radius bullnose for a regular bullnose on the edge of my whirlpool.  Again, is it a big deal?  My tile guy had installed it that way and I had given him permission, but when I saw it, I was slightly disappointed.  Would you even notice it if you saw it?  Probably not.  
Once again I thought, ‘wabi-sabi.’  Wabi-sabi keeps you humble.  It will be a reminder to me that perfection is not my goal.  Contentment in the cycles of life is my goal. There is beauty in growth, in flowering and in decay.  Is summer better than winter?  Is a baby more valuable that a wise old (wo)man? YOU are valuable, today, in what you think and what you love.  Be content.  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 FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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