Monday, January 25, 2010

A live plant and Feng Shui

hanging purple flowers in Seattle

I had a hectic weekend and nothing to show for it---except for a more spacious bedroom after I've repacked my "winter" clothes to a bigger luggage. Moving to a new apartment certainly takes a lot of energy and time, not to mention money.

It's been 2 weeks since I transferred to a new apartment. I gave away a lot of old books, furniture, wall decor, clothes, shoes and bags and I'm still left with a lot of junk. As I unpacked a few more boxes yesterday, I realized just how many gifts of plates, bowls, cups and saucers and wine glasses I got all these years. I felt like a newly-wed rummaging through the wedding gifts!:p

The new apartment has spacious bedrooms but the living room, dining/kitchen areas are a bit small. To avoid clutter, I decided to pack the things that are not used on a daily basis and place it in storage. Good thing the apartment building has a small storage space under the stairs. And because I gave away my shoe cabinet, I am now in the market for a shoe cabinet that would fit in the space behind the main entrance. Hayyyy!

My mother wanted to place a stone cast sculpture or an artificial flower arrangement to cover a "dead space" in the corner while I wanted to put an end table and a live plant in that space. It can also be a good place for cable and telephone connectors. Obviously, my mother and I don't see eye to eye when it comes to interior design---she prefers utilitarian while I am more on the aesthetic but functional (maarte daw ako :p). Not that I'd like to plant a tomato or chili pepper on that dead space---although it does sound like a good idea. Tried to explain to her that plants emit a positive energy and because they clean the air, they contribute to the positive flow of energy throughout the house. Naturally, she blamed the idea on feng shui because I mentioned that feng shui doesn't recommend thorny plants in the house---I had this wild idea of collecting cactus.

Talk of positive and negative flow of energy in the house is strange for my mother, too New Age for her. All I want is to make use of every nook and cranny instead of leaving an artificial flower here, a stone sculpture there to accumulate dust and for spiders to live in.

I hope this qualifies for
Our Weekend Memoirs.


escape said...

wala bang house warming? hahaha... congratulations on your new home.

♥♥ Willa ♥♥ said...

wow! namigay ka pala ng furniture,sayang,sana sa amin na lang, para may laman naman itong aming li'l apartment. :)
I can't wait to pack my winter clothes either, calling Spring!!!! :D
Our Weekend Memoirs

Ebie said...

Congratulations to your new apartment! I can relate about having all the excess baggage accumulated all through the years!

Good luck with the unpacking, and I agree with the live plants, go green!

Photo Cache said...

My husband and I butted heads for creative control of home decorations. He is more modern and I lean towards the girly Victorian style. In the end the budget spoke. It's cheaper to be more current than transform the house into a Victorian museum :)

I'm very interested in learning about Feng Sui. I have to read up on that.

Sidney said...

Are spiders bad feng shui ? ;-)

Unknown said...

@ Sidney, i haven't consulted a feng shui master on that yet.:p

@ Photo Cache, you would need really deep pockets for a Victorian museum.:p Modern furniture is more accessible, you can express your love for anything Victorian through decorative accents.

Feng shui is fun, some tips are even practical...but i still follow my own personal style when it comes to decorating.:p

Unknown said...

@ Ebie, thank you. if i didn't give away lots of of my old stuff, i would need a 20' footer to store them. and i thought i was living a minimalistic lifestyle (LOL).

yes, i would definitely get a nice indoor plant for the dead space.:p

Unknown said...

@ dom, there will a house warming for sure. just let me clean up all the clutter to be able to cook pancit.:p

@ Willa, i loved my old sofa but it was too big for my new place, same with the shoe cabinet, computer table, etc.

i have accumulated lots of jackets through the years para sa byahe. pinamimigay ko rin kapag may kaibigan na pumupunta sa malamig na lugar.:p

Hazel said...

So no thorny plants inside - I'll remember that. Enjoy your new place. I'm a pack rat too :)

Sunshinelene said...

Wow you had a very busy weekend but i can't help to admire that flower bush. The flowers are so beautiful.

I bet you can do rummage sale sa dami ng mga gamit mo. :-) Moving to another house is a tedious job. It takes longer than a day to settle eh. I moved from China to Phils and I still have 4 big boxes over there but already instructed my friend to dispose my winter clothes kasi for sure di na yon kasya sa akin. hehehe

My post is late but it's already up. :)

Have a nice Tuesday, Luna!