FaithHaus knows we are all looking for ways to maximize the bang when we choose our home decor. Combining the ancient beliefs in Chakras with the concepts of Feng Shui can do the trick in a contemporary, sophisticated interior.
Chakras are the centers of spiritual power in your body, and each one is associated with a color. Feng shui is the system of harmonizing your environment and uses symbols to achieve various purposes. Both of these concepts are about spiritual and physical health and well being. Bringing these concepts into the home are easy when you consider colors and symbols when choosing interior elements.
The seven chakras are represented by the colors of the rainbow: Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red- and the ultimate White. Important symbols in feng shui are koi fish, flowers, Quan yin, paper lanterns, butterflies, the mystic knot, Fu dogs and more.
So we combined the two for the ultimate SHAZAM of living a higher purpose. Here are some fun and stylish ideas from FaithHaus for your house... and your soul.
Kids need zen too! Violet is the color of the love of humanity and butterflies the symbol of love and freedom. This too cute butterfly rug is higher spiritual attainment at $199.99!
Love the Legacy Home Koi Indigo Duvet Cover from The Home Decorating Company. This beauty isn't cheap ($684.99 for the King size) but is a good investment in home intuition. Place this in your master bedroom where you can master wisdom and intuition - the indigo traits. The powerful and energetic life force that koi bring are priceless.
If it's good enough for the president of the United States it's good enough for us! This beautiful Mottahedeh Blue Dragon Dinnerware is at Gracious Style. The blue brings peace and understanding in the chakra world while the dragon encourages strong and loving relationships. So set the table with a whole set of these dishes and ohmmmm, enjoy. $35 for bread and butter plate.Refresh your lighting with this lovely paper lantern. It's a combo of Chinoiserie, the color green (our favorite), and the ability to bring harmony, balance and health. Pop this over a dining table or reading nook and bask in your spiritual glow. Find it at the Paper Lantern Store for only $4.95. Yep, we said $4.95.
Never place your Quan Yin on the floor, in the kitchen or in the bathroom. A height of at least 3 feet is recommended for the best feng shui placement. You can also place the candle close to your front door, facing the entrance. This will create a protective quality of energy at your entrance (the mouth of Chi), as well as the most welcoming sight to be greeted with when coming home.The Fu dog is a Chinese symbol of protection, wealth and status. At $49, you can live like a king with these fun and functional resin bookends. Orange is the color of creativity and playfulness, and will help bring equilibrium into your life. A Zen King, if you will. At One Kings Lane.The mystic knot is 6 times infinity. There are so many good qualities related to this symbol - prosperity, longevity, everlasting love and protection. As you can guess, red is the color of energy, enthusiasm, and passion. Hang this on your door handle or handles. Wallflowers watch out! $12.99 at the Mega Feng Shui Shop.And finally, WHITE is the color of purity, innocence, wholeness, and completion. It opens the way for the creation of anything the mind can conceive.
It is true that a baby comes into this world with a perfect balance of white, ready to impart his life with all the colors of the rainbow, the full spectrum from his life experiences. In Feng Shui, the tiger relates to creativity and joy, so why not give your precious tot the biggest, softest one around? This cuddly white tiger is from DougandMelissa.com, $79.99
Red underwear for a holiday? We aren't crazy! It's that time of year- Chinese New Year- and red is their color.
Chinese New Year isn't - strictly speaking - a religious holiday, but in a culture built on nearly 5,000 years of Confucian, Buddhist, and Taoist traditions, its a festival firmly rooted in both religion and folklore. Chinese New Year also isn't - strictly speaking - Chinese. More properly known as Lunar New Year, it is celebrated all across Asia, with different traditions observed in Korea, Japan, and China.
Chinese New Year is, foremost, a celebration of family. Each year, the world's biggest human migration starts in the days leading up to the New Year, when millions of urban Chinese travel by bus, train, and plane back to their family homes. Once there, families celebrate with feasts and fireworks at homes adorned with the trappings of the holidays - red lanterns, red art on the doors, and bowls of lucky mandarins on the table. The houses are cleaned from top to bottom, and everyone wears new clothes for the New Year. Underneath the smart new wardrobes is hidden smart new underwear - in red.
Why red? Red is one of the luckiest colors in Chinese traditions, representing loyalty, success and happiness. Red is worn to bring good luck, and especially to ward off the bad luck that may come when the new lunar year is "your year," the year in the 12-year zodiac cycle in which you were born. Why underwear? Some people wear red all over, all year long, to keep bad luck at bay. Those with more subdued wardrobe tastes may keep it on the down low by wearing only red underwear, which is often heavily adorned with gold embroidery or the zodiac animal of the year.
Want to try out red underwear for the Chinese New Year? Here are some of Faithhaus' favorite picks for the entire family:
Forget blue and pink - red is a festive unisex look for babies - check out the Grow With Me One Piece in organic cotton from Hanna Andersson:
Toddlers and older kids will love these cozy red pajamas from Burt's Bees Baby that can double as cold weather underwear:
We love little girls in dresses, but know that little girls in dresses hate for their underwear to show when they play. Monkeybar Buddies solves that problem with cool and sporty underthings for girls of all ages.
Men, whether you're a boxer or brief man, these Naked brand boxer briefs will fit the bill - and keep you comfortable and lucky year round:
Finally, ladies, whether you prefer practical underthings or tend to high-end lacies, Faithhaus has you covered for this Chinese New Year. From Anthropologie, this stunning duo from Natori is perfect for that secret - only I know what's underneath - boost:
And finally, for a more practical take on protection from that unpredictable bad luck, Cosabella offers the pretty lace-trimmed Dolce boyshort. Via Gilt.
The best things about shopping for red underwear for the 2016 Chinese New Year? You're totally covered for Valentine's Day!