What do Oprah, Johnny Depp, Richard Branson, George Clooney, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cher, and Tommy Hillfiger have in common? They all practice the Chinese art of feng shui. Most of us have heard of feng shui, but many of us have no idea what it means. To quite a few of us, it sounds like an esoteric lifestyle philosophy, but once you learn about it, it actually starts to feel like an art form that makes intuitive sense. Feng shui literally means “wind” (feng) and “water” (shui), the two elemental forces of creation. In Chinese culture, they correspond to happiness and...
On this day 88 years ago, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop solo across America. This trip was a record for a female pilot, both in terms of distance and speed. Over the years, she would break aviation barriers in ways we could never imagine.
Five years later, she and Fred Noonan disappear as they attempt to fly around the world. Tragically, they were never found and the mystery of their death continues. Yet her legend lives on, because of what she accomplished not only for aviation, but for women across the globe.
McMansions are out; tiny homes are in -- or so it seems. The movement is gaining traction, and for good reason. Environmentally, a tiny home leaves a smaller footprint (quite literally, too). Less space to heat and cool, less room to clutter up, less of a headache to maintain, simpler living, and, very often, returning to nature.
But going smaller doesn’t mean having to sacrifice quality. In fact, we’d argue that in a smaller space, you’d want to be up close and personal with quality. After all, if you’re renouncing space, you at least deserve luxury.
Let's talk clutter. Let’s talk about the fact that we’re all at home these days, staring at the stuff we’ve accumulated over the years – not the stuff that “sparks joy” but the stuff that we may or may not need, creating chaos in our space and minds. And besides, no one likes to spend half of his or her waking days reorganizing and putting away clutter.