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Three Home Décor Trends to Avoid, and What to Do Instead.

As an interior designer, I follow—and sometimes salivate over—home décor trends as much as any other interiors enthusiast. And I don't think trends are a bad thing at all. They help us evolve the looks of our home, and when applied well, they can make an out-of-date space feel more contemporary without the expense of a complete overhaul.
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Easy Rituals to Mark the May Festival of Bealtaine/Beltane.

In modern times, May 1st has been officially deemed to be the feast of Bealtaine. However, the precise date falls halfway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. This year Bealtaine technically falls on May 5th, so you still have time to mark and celebrate this life-affirming turning point in our calendar.
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Harness the Energy of Spring, to Spring Forward in your Life

In astrology, the Spring Equinox is the actual ‘new year,’ which makes complete sense to me. I, for one, always feel much more inclined to shake things up in my life in springtime than in the darkest depths of winter when we’re traditionally encouraged to consider developing new habits.
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A Full Moon Meditation for Healing.

February 27th we have a full moon in Virgo. Full moons are believed to radiate an energy that supports us in letting go of issues that aren't serving us. This energy remains potent for the 24 hours leading into the full moon and the 24 hours that follow. So this weekend is a great time to set an intention to release anything you feel ready to say goodbye to.
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7 Tips to Take the Pain Out of Moving House.

There is an urban myth that moving home is the third most stressful life event we can undergo. It isn’t true. That said, moving house is typically experienced as a stressful event for most people, especially if the move includes buying that new home and maybe also selling a home to facilitate the move.
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How to Work with the Natural Elements in Feng Shui

If you know Feng Shui's basics, and you want to add a little more potency, then try adding some natural elements into the mix. In the Feng Shui Bagua, each area (gua) that corresponds with an aspect of your life also has a natural element associated with it.
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A Feng Shui Primer for Westerners

Many ancient traditions applied sacred space practices to purify the energy of our homes. In the modern western world, though, Feng Shui is possibly the better-known system. And it can be relatively simple to apply — if we don’t get too bogged down in having to do it perfectly.
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Genuine Kindness is a Self Care Practice.

February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. That’s kind of cool. And also sad. We shouldn’t really need such a day. Being kind should be part of our daily experience. Not just for the benefit of others, but for our own service too.
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A Valentine's Day Meditation for Everyone.

The Hallmark holiday that is Valentine’s Day can make ‘Love’ appear to be an exclusive club. With membership reserved for those with a romantic partner. This is precisely why the day can be one of the loneliest days of the year…
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Busting Myths that Keep People from Meditating

While the benefits of meditation are no longer doubted, and the practice is becoming more and more mainstream, many people still believe that it’s not for them. And — for most of them — this is probably not the case.
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Imbolc: What are you Ready to Give Birth to?

In nature, February brings a shift in energy that we can harness for our own personal growth too. Stemming from the pagan Celtic tradition, sunset on February 1st until sunset on February 2nd is celebrated as ‘Imbolc’.
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Tips to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger, Without Painting it White.

The most common advice when it comes to decorating a small space is to paint it white. And while this has its merits, it won't always work. White reflects light, and this can help a room to feel more spacious. But if the light coming in is northern (in the northern hemisphere), the room will never be bright enough.