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Design Goddess, Sherry Burton Ways Virtual Book Tour Day 2

Introducing Sherry Burton Ways. Sherry is the author of a brand new book: Feel Good Spaces A Guide To Decorating Your Home For Body, Mind, & Spirit.

From February 1st – February 12th Sherry will visit 12 blogs on her virtual book tour. You are invited to follow the tour, visit a new blog each day, meet some wonderful new friends and experience something new.

As part of Sherry Burton Ways virtual book tour, I am happy to share a video, Mid Winter Blues? Here Are Two Quick Interior Tips!

Yesterday, the tour stopped at Elle Trendy with an article: “Your Favorite Color Is For Your Healing Color.”  Tomorrow Shifa Al-bey will host the tour by sharing an enlightening radio interview on her blog Oneness Wellness Lifestyles . All radio shows can be reached here:

Visit Sherry’s website to sign up to win a prize!

* Grand prize: A copy of Sherry’s book along with her grand prize of a 30-minute H.O.M.E. Interior Environment Intro Coaching Session via Skype or in person depending on location.

* A copy of Sherry’s book along with a 20-minute Color Therapy Consultation via Skype. Color Therapy Consults for interior color is one of the first elements you notice when you walk into a room, and color resonates with you when you leave. Color sets a mood: The right color combination can transform a home or office and bring all who reside there new levels of energy. Custom color palettes for interior walls can bring happiness, harmony and well-being.

* A copy of Feel Good Spaces: A Guide for Decorating Your Home for the Body, Mind, & Spirit

To see the complete virtual book tour line up, follow each host on Twitter and connect with them on Facebook click here!

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The Feng Shui Health Connection

written by Sherry Burton Ways, Principal Designer, Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC

Your health is inextricably connected to your environment, which is why good Feng Shui benefits your health. Granted, Feng Shui may not alleviate all of your ailments; however, it can help optimize your wellbeing to the extent that your health is linked to your physical environment. On the other side of that coin, the lack of good Feng Shui can cause or exacerbate negative chi, which results in the kind of physical or mental stress that leads to illness.

One of the home’s main sources of bad health is the bathroom. Because it is a place of waste, it is also considered to be a place of dead chi. In addition, bathrooms have drains which suck or flush away good energy. For this reason, it’s best to keep the toilet lid down and the bathroom door closed, especially if your bathroom is connected to your bedroom or is near your kitchen – you don’t want the opposing energies to mix. One way to stabilize chi in the bathroom is by placing a crystal on the toilet tank. Furthermore, keeping your bathroom clean and disinfected will not only make it look and feel pleasant, it will also keep it free of germs and bacteria that cause people to become sick.

Leaky shower heads, pipes, and faucets waste more than water. Leaks represent (and often result in) a waste of money. They can also influence your emotional state. Water bills increase when such problems are ignored or allowed to perpetuate; suddenly you’re wondering where all of your money is going and why you are feeling stressed. Make sure to have a plumber fix water leaks in or around your home as soon as you discover them.

When it comes to the health of you and your loved ones, why not have all of your bases covered with the use of Feng Shui? Not only will you reap the benefits of this ancient art’s healing qualities, you will also enjoy the way it opens up and brightens the spaces you occupy. As you begin to make adjustments in accordance with Feng Shui, tell yourself that you have good health and feel wonderful. These intentions will then become tied to the physical changes you make and they will come to fruition in your physical reality.

Sherry Ways is the Principal Designer of Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC a Washington, DC based interior décor firm focused on Feng Shui Design, Interior Environment Coaching and eco-friendly design.  She is the author of the forthcoming book Feel Good Spaces:  A Guide to Decorating Your Home for the Body Mind and Spirit.

1 of the 5 cardinal rules: creating sacred space

written by Sherry Burton Ways, Principal Designer, Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC

Recently I was assisting one of my best repeat clients redecorate her home.  We had worked together several years ago where as I had given her a comprehensive color scheme based on the principles of color therapy.  The results were outstanding.  After several years, the colors I had chosen for her home still held up and were just as vibrant and powerful as when I had specified them.  She called me over to ask for my assistance with redecorating several rooms of her home.  I was so excited to see her again and had thought of her often over the last three years since I last worked with her.

As we toured her home and discussed the project, we came upon a spare room that she used as her meditation space.   She stated almost without thought that we could simply move it out and use the space as her home office.  Upon hearing this I almost screeched!  I told her flatly that a sacred space in the home is one of the 5 Cardinal rules of Feng Shui and that we should keep the space as a meditation space.  She then looked astonished and asked what we could do to make the space more functional for her.

First, I explained the concept of meditation and how it is important to the mind, body and soul.  Relaxation should not only apply to the body, for it is our mind which finds little relaxation from the pressures of our daily lives.  Whether you have a particular spiritual belief or not, it has been proven that we can all benefit from spending ten minutes a day in contemplation.

A meditation space needs to be a quiet and tranquil part of the home.  If you do not have a room which you could convert to a relaxation area, your bedroom probably has the right mood for meditation. A garden and nature has very healing and relaxing vibrations, so in warm weather, a veranda, balcony or terrace is an ideal place to practice meditation.

Make sure you have adequate seating for meditation purposes only such as circular floor cushions or stools dedicated to the practice in your space.

The room should be airy and light even if it is small because although your eyes are closed when you pray or meditate you still need to draw in prana (life-force energy) from the air.  Dark colors are conducive to meditation as they have been known to influence your unconscious mind.

If you need some meditative colors to bring in for inspiration, use a purple or lavender lampshade, window blind or violet colored light bulb.  Aroma can also help raise your consciousness, thus aiding meditation.  Use of oils such as lavender (my favorite), frankincense, myrrh, or sandalwood haven been proven to be powerful enhancers to the meditation experience.

The best shape of rooms to meditate are those which are octagonal, hexagonal or circular.  Unless you are doing structural alterations in your home, it is difficult to create these shaped room, so you could consider introducing these shapes into the meditation room through objects, artwork and furniture.

Certain shapes will also aid to the peace and harmony in the room and your ability to connect to spiritual forces.  A round bay window or dormer which has a view of a garden or nature will support a peaceful meditation room.  If the room is on the top floor of your home, you can create an atrium or install a skylight or small glass dome.  This will bring in light and allow you to view the sky during the day and the stars at night.

In any case, we plan to create a meditation space personal to my client using various shapes, furniture and accessory selections.  I am pleased that she will keep that important sacred space in her home.

Sherry Burton Ways is the Principal Designer of Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC.  She is also author of the newly published book “Feel Good Spaces:  Interior Decorating for the Body, Mind and Spirit.”  For more information about her go to