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CHlEN 6

helpful friends & travel
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Western Approach
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Eastern Approach
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Helpful Friends & Travel

Season: Late Autumn, Early Winter
Element: Metal
Colors: White, Gray, Pastels,
Metallic Gold & Silver
Supporting Element: Earth
Colors: Terra Cotta, Brown, Yellow
Beige, Sand
Symbol: Heaven
Shape: Circle

The Gua of Travel & Helpful Friends or Benefactors, includes anyone who supports you such as family, friends, business associates, good neighbors or strangers who lend a helping hand. Heaven is the symbol for this sector and it's trigram, Chien 6—represented by three solid lines, is the most masculine or yang trigram within the Bagua. Helpful Friends is expressed with philanthropy, unselfish acts, giving and receiving without expectations of return, like an angelic presence. Heaven can be naturally expressed with imagery of the sun, moon, and stars.

This location is excellent for a home office to both attract and maintain helpful friends and clients. Desk accessories in stainless steel, brass, bronze, silver, or gold provide the element of metal. Circular objects and shapes can also offer support with imagery and accessories. A globe can be a perfect addition, placing your intention for global travel or expansion for your business. Here, handsomely framed posters, prints or photos of desired destinations can further place your intention.

Metal being the primary element, can be introduced with imagery, objects of art, and sculptures or with associated color palettes white, grey , pastels and metallics. It's easy introducing the metal element with accessories, window treatment, wall color, bedding, carpets, pillows and throws. The element itself can be expressed with cabinetry, light fixtures, hardware trim, door knobs, kitchen appliances, or a handsome metal base under a glass dining or coffee table.

Earth, the supporting element, can be introduced similarly as above, but with earthy color palettes of buttery yellows, rich browns, biege, and sand. Sculptures, clay and ceramic pots or earthy imagery and mountain landscapes also offer enhancement. Square shapes also represent earth and can be introduced with a coffee table, carpet, a framed print or decorative accessories. Crystals and gemstones, both beautiful and powerful, can create energetic shifts. This Gua has a direct relationship with Wealth & Fortunate Blessings. Helpful Friends can open the doors of Heaven with philanthropy and in turn Wealth can offer Blessings, such as box seats at a tennis match, a car, or tech "toy" no longer needed , use of a beach house, recommend you for a position or invest in your new start up company.

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Bathroom

Before—The Window here is intact and bath products are exposed on open shelving.
After—The Window having been removed due to construction next door, is remedied by introducing more of same stone tiles for the alcove where the window once existed. This created a seamless transition and more Spa-like appearance. A teak door was also designed to conceal the bath products and compliment the teak shower floor.

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Bedroom

Before— The Window here is intact, offering Eastern views, sunrises, natural light and fresh air.
After—With the Window now removed due to construction next door, a large Autumn Landscape Photo with depth has been hung in its place as a remedy. This image offers both a sense of expansion and connection with Mother Nature. Additional overhead lighting was also introduced with dimmer capability.

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Kitchen

Before—Here the kitchen is totally open to both the living room and dining room with little attention to beauty.
After—The Shoji Screen offers a graceful separation, introducing more serenity and elegance. Now, the kitchen counter and some appliances are no longer in view. Certainly, if high end appliances and attention to detail are in place, you may choose to leave every thing open.

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Bedroom

Before—Here you see a bedroom with open bookshelves facing the bed. Ideally a bedroom's focus is about sleep, serenity and romance. In cities where space is at a premium and rooms multipurpose, creativity is invaluable. Preferably books should be less abundant in a bedroom and topics more relaxing or uplifting rather than work-driven or angst producing!
After—For an easy cost effective remedy a curtain was created, concealing the books, softening the landscape, but still allowing access. This adjustment is particularly beneficial at night as it supports more relaxation, romance, and deeper sleep. The fuchsia bed cover introduces more warmth and the fire element.

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Living Room

Before—Here you see a small T.V. exposed at all times.
After—As an enhancement, a second partition was created to sit directly in front of the original, able to slide left or right. Now the T.V. Is concealed when not in use and a beautiful painting with depth is in view, creating a sense of expansion, adding more beauty and interest to the room. Also, Privacy can be provided to occasional guests, as a home office located behind the partition offers a Murphy Bed.

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Living Room Partition - Close Up

Before—The Partition here is moved to the left, revealing the larger T.V.
After—The Partition, now closed, conceals the T.V. and offers a lovely painting as the focal point, conducive to entertaining or providing a more elegant presence.

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Home Office

Before—Here the Window is intact, offering Eastern views, natural light, fresh air and cross ventilation.
After—Once the Window was removed, due to construction next door, a wood wall was created to connect with the existing wood wall to its right, offering a seamless, elegant transition. To balance this new design element the closets, originally a soft grey, were faux painted a rich metallic grey. Additional lighting was introduced to make up for the loss of natural light and a large Autumn landscape photo was placed against the back wall to provide color, depth and more life.

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Staging for Condo Sale - Kitchen

Before—In Feng Shui, the Entry is known as "The Mouth of Chi", where the energy enters, and is considered very important in a home or business. Here is where a mood is created and "intention" placed. On entry, the kitchen in view, is unadorned with basic appliances. Neither location nor it's dull appearance is auspicious!
After—Despite a small budget and one day to Stage, a colorful collection of fruit, olive oils and a little greenery in a fiery vase were dispayed to create a sense of welcoming and life. It's Interesting to note, that with this group of products all five elements were introduced with color alone. This will also allow potential buyers to visualize themselves living and preparing food in this apartment.

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Staging for Condo Sale - Dining Room

Before—Here the Dining Room appears dull. The heavy window treatment diminishes light and looks dated. The Mirror, although attractive, is poorly placed as it reflects primarily, a blank wall and the kitchen. Ideally, mirrors are best utilized when reflecting views, art or an object of beauty.
After—With the heavy window treatment now removed, more natural light is provided, creating a more open and contemporary feel. The mirror has been relocated to the living room and replaced with a painting introducing some missing elements, particularly fire, which was sorely missing. The bowl of yellow pears on the table further brightens the room and adds more life!

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Staging for Condo Sale - Entry of Living Room with Hutch & Mirror

Before—The Hutch and two Botanical prints are a bit dull and small in scale in relationship to the size of the room. The dominant elements here are Earth and Wood but thankfully there is a white ceiling and trim, the Metal element, the reductive element for Wood. Note the heavy window treatment to the right.
After—As you can see, the large Mirror, relocated here with the Turquoise Vase, creates a more dramatic presence in the room.. The mirror now reflects more light, terrace and city views rather than a blank wall and the kitchen. The pop of color in the vase with tiny white blossoms introduces more life and creates a connection with Mother Earth, so critical for city dwellers. Note the difference now that the heavy window treatment has been removed, offering more natural light and a more contemporary look.

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Staging for Condo Sale - Living Room

Before—The Living Room looks dull, heavy, earth and wood dominant. There are water elements expressed in the glass side and coffee tables. The Metal element is introduced with the light fixtures, table frames and white ceiling, but there is no fire represented here. The Botanical Prints are also too small in scale for the size of the room and furniture.
After—Here the Living Room offers more Balance by introducing the Fire Element with the furniture, accessories and imagery. The art prints now are proportionate to both the furniture as well as the scale of the room. The tree adds life in the corner and according to the Western approach to the Bagua is well placed in the Wealth area of the living room.