Mallory's Interior Design & Feng Shui

Interior Design & Feng Shui Designer & Book Writer in Victoria and Vancouver BC Canada.


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Sacred Mysteries from Vaastu Shastra-Feng Shui

Sacred Mysteries from Vaastu Shastra-Feng Shui


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For the last sixty years, ancient studies have found worldwide application in all aspects of architecture and interior design with the aim to create healthier environments and homes by balancing the flow of positive and negative energies.

Vaastu Shastra, the India study of energy within the environment, and Feng Shui from China are the ancient art of living in harmony with the environment.

I decided to write this book, and put onto paper all the mysteries and secrets I had been practising in my design business for the past thirty years for all to learn, for all to understand and know that these studies have for millennia mapped the path of the Earth’s subtle energies, endeavoring to bring harmony and well-being to people, buildings and the environment.

Why is the world interested in ancient studies?

The purpose of the ancient China and India studies was to identify instability and create a calm, healthy, harmonious environment for our well-being where the mind, body and spirit become balanced with universal energy.

The world today, as we see it through electronic devices and no longer newspapers, is bursting with new inventions on a daily basis. The materialistic ways of the West are becoming common everywhere and turning lifestyles into a state of chaos.  People are searching for a sense of calm, a peacefulness that will ward off rare illnesses and diseases. The daily chatter of an active mind now dominates every minute of every hour. Times of rest and self-relaxation are few and far between, with no energy left for contemplation.

The time once spent listening to nature is almost non-existent. There is no time to focus on the meditation of following the inhale and exhale of our own breath with sudden stops for enlightenment, which the sages did to obtain their wisdom. The study of Patanjali aphorisms is almost non-existent compared to a few centuries ago. Ironically, the West is seeking insight from the East, while the East is turning to materialism.

The spread of ancient studies for harmony and balance is taken very seriously by architects and designers around the world. They wish to create healthy buildings and a renewed lifestyle free of multi-tasking. Stress is caused by an overactive mind lacking a harmonious environment. Outside space must be calm so that the body can rest and absorb the healing flow of the cosmic energies. Harmony with nature both inside and outside ourselves can be attained by learning to have what we need and nothing more. Greed is the ego of desire. Let go and be cleansed. The ancients said the less you had, the less you had to worry about, so that you could fill yourself with knowledge, wisdom and harmonious energies while in a relaxing atmosphere.

These practices offer ways and means to focus on yourself. By reducing your activities, you have time to learn how you ‘feel’ about things, places and people. Take some quality time and focus on yourself. Notice how you react to certain people, colors, shapes, places, foods, and other items. Ask yourself if you like them or not. Would you change them if you could? It is about the need for a calm, uncluttered space to quiet the mind and talk back to the constant chatter of intrusions. Tell them to ‘Take a hike!’ It’s quiet time!

Creating a home for the soul, your true self is the goal of these ancient studies. Live right, eat right – naturally. Good light, fresh air, natural foods and healthy materials in your buildings, clothes and vehicles will all add up to a longer, more purposeful life minus the chemical off-gassing substances.

Keep things simple and remember that everything in moderation is good.  Once a week is better than once a day. Listen to music that feeds the soul, which will heal the body just as laughter has been known to do. Energy flow from the eight directions surrounds us no matter where we stand on the planet. Some directions are healthier than others are, as we all have different needs. Start mapping your own needs, giving yourself time everyday to heal. Attract positive energy by making your own corrections in favor of a more harmonious lifestyle with less ‘chatter’ in your mind. Pay attention to where you are happiest and to the surrounding colors, shapes and materials.

Since these ancient studies need to know where you are happiest, so they can truly reflect your personality and be aligned to your personal needs, be honest and list your needs. Remember the ayurveda rule, like increases like. For example… if you have a vata (air) constitution and you find your memory is not just poor but declining, you could be spending too much time in the Northwest realm, which belongs to the element air. If you are sleeping or working in this area, like increases like and leads to excess air-energy in the body. This interferes with your well-being.

Take a closer look at each space in your home or workspace. Does each area identify itself and speak to you by reflecting your personality? Or are you (so to speak) not in the picture? Is something amiss? You can read all the books you want, follow all the suggestions and make all the alterations, but if your home doesn’t ‘feel’ just right, then your health will suffer.

The mystical movement of energy is something we cannot see, but it has the most profound effect on the body as well as the home. Make your own personal list of your favorite… colors, shapes and products. You will soon learn if you are more comfortable living with wood floors or tile, white walls or green walls, floral fabrics or stripes, round or rectangle windows, etc. Make yourself a personal portfolio and collect pictures of what you find pleasing and would be comfortable living with, then try and duplicate your ‘likes’. Get rid of things you are not comfortable living with.

Over the years, we all change our opinions, needs and favorite items. Just as the weather changes from season to season, nothing ever stays the same forever. Pay attention to your health. It can tell you when it is time to refresh or change your surroundings. A change will alter the flow of energy within your space thereby aiding in preserving a healthy body.

~ Mallory ~ and thank you for sharing this with your friends, which is much appreciated. Ancient Secrets Cover-page0002

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GRAVEYARD AUTOS… new photobook release

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Graveyard Autos: During the time I was designing the interior of a beach house on the sunshine coast near Sechelt, I was asked to go on a hike into the forest of the big firs, and this is the time and place where we witnessed the remains of the Graveyard Autos. These are the pictures that I snapped during my visits to this place of wonder where spirits hover and heavy metal classics from 1930-1950 linger in ruin, fading into oblivion.
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NEW RELEASE… The Laundry Art Book (photo book)

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My new book on travel, sites, colour, humour, fashion are all apart of .. a different point of view, regarding the cleansing of negative energy.

The photos taken in The Laundry Art Book are from all around the world where I found people hanging out their delicates for all to see. Their personals tell all about them, who they are, what they work at, what they like, their fashion sense, their passion for colour and status in life.

The beauty in dirty laundry, with its vibrant colours flying in the breeze enhances the landscape and removes the negative energy of the area, no different than flags. A form of cleaning the clutter from a bad day by letting the sun, wind and rain wash away and renew, in the view of starting anew… fresh day.

It’s all about fun. Stepping outside the box. Beauty is everywhere.

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Creating a Calm Space.

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What does it take to create a ‘calm’ zen-feeling in your favourite room?

Although I have been working in the design/build industry for over 25 years, one of the most requested things asked of me, is to re-evaluate a client’s space using feng shui applications.  They are not interested in new purchases, renovating or decorating, but are feeling a need for change without a huge expense.  There may be a specific area in their personal life which needs ‘correction’. By recommending alterations, the flow of energy will change.  There may be a need to improve  their health, relationship or career among other things.

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 More often than not, the problem is that the flow of energy is being blocked by objects and  unable to reach the occupant, or by the time it does, it could have turned from positive to negative because of the many interruptions (objects) in the way of its meandering path. By taking a closer look at the example photograph, we can see that to create a smoother flow of healing energy, there must be ‘less’ to keep the ch’i flowing smoothly.

Starting with the flooring, you can see the hardwood, a large carpet topped with a smaller rug. This is too much, too busy and needs to be reduced so it does not slow down the flow.

The fabric on the corner wing-chair is matching the drapes, which is an excellent idea, but looking over at the sofa, there are too many pillows in several different patterns or materials creating erratic energy.

The throw on the arm of the sofa should be removed. It is not that these items are wrong, it is that they are introducing ‘more’ instead of ‘less’. The less number of objects in a room, or the less number of colours/patterns will allow the energy to stay positive … with less items to ‘hit’ on its way to the occupant. Everything (objects) in the path of the flow, reduces its strength from positive to negative, as if each item that the energy bumps into will bruise it, or reduce its healing ability by weakening it. You may not see the flow of energy, just as you cannot see electricity or the wind, but you know it exists.

As you can see, there is an ottoman upholstered in yet another pattern/colour. To create a healthy home, calm and zen-like, less is best.

There are too many piles of books on the end-table/stools at each side of the sofa, and on the trunk (coffee table)  all in the way of the meandering flow. It is recommended that 3 items on a table is ample, as there should be 50% clear space on all flat surfaces.

As for the bookcase, colour co-ordinate the covers so all the whites sit together vertically and horizontally. (Keep the colours together, the same as you should do in your clothes closet; colour co-ordination). This bookcase appears too cluttered when mixed. There also needs to be space on the shelves so the energy can meander in and out of the area. A mixture of textures, (wood, ceramic, metal, etc) is a good thing.

The above recommendations are for improvements in one’s life when a correction is needed.  Even changing the position of the artwork on your walls can alter the flow of healing energy.

~ Mallory ~

Thank you for sharing this article with your friends.

Author: Ancient Secrets of a Healing Home (coming soon)
Fun Schway, the House Dressing way


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Living With Positive Energy.

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2014 … we are literally in an age of change, and are feeling the need to be surrounded by  nice things, good friends, healthy environment and positive energy. This is a topic that presents itself in the willingness to consult with others and research for the ‘best’ you can find in just about everything that comes your way.  The point is … you know when you don’t want to go into a certain restaurant to eat, or purchase a specific item or even a home … your reason is that ‘it doesn’t feel right’ and you just don’t like its energy. It doesn’t resonate with you. But, why … for what reason? And so we ask ….

It lacks balance. There is no harmony, comfort or visual appeal. It is lacking good feng shui. The importance is that all healing comes from within you and from within your environment. You can ‘hold on’ to success or ‘attract it’ when the energy of your environment is in balance, and then your creativity flows, your health improves, and medications react differently. Anyone can read another book, take another pill, walk another mile, but if your personal space is lacking, then you are not receiving the maximum benefit of it all which can affect your relationships, career, health and prosperity.

The photo in the example is showing a room that is bottom heavy in colour,  therefore lacking balance.  Correction?  The photo frames would be more in keeping if they were in a dark colour which would improve the room’s energy.

Notice the lack of the ‘life’ element. There is no sign of it. Greenery is an important element (wood) to every room, as it helps eliminate toxins from the off-gassing of the surrounding materials which encourage poor health. It can be added in the form  of artwork, fabrics or plants/flowers as well as wooden sculptures.

Sharp edges also ‘cut’ the flow of meandering positive energy within a space. Notice the ‘corner’ of the brick wall. This ‘point’ is aiming right onto the back of the person who sits in the sofa. Also, the sharp corners around the window (fire element) also aim at the person who sits on the sofa.  This ‘negative’ can be reduced or softened with the addition of  floor plants behind the sofa. Round leaves on plants are better than sharp edges.  All these ‘sharp’ edges are referred to as ‘poison arrows’ in the study of feng shui and you should be aware of them within your space.

There are five shapes to include in your awareness of feng shui … living in harmony with your environment … round/oval; vertical; horizontal; square/rectangle and meandering. These shapes combined within the overall visual will encourage the flow of mystical, positive energy.

Whenever ‘things’ in your life are not going your way, or are not the best they can be … then change in your environment is required. This ‘change’ of altering and removing or adding … will shift the flow of ch’i (energy) and corrections will follow.

~ Mallory ~
thank you for sharing this article with your friends.

Author:  Fun Schway, the North American way










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