Designing the Ideal Retreat Inside or Outside

One simple way to create a peaceful and serene area is to install a feng shui fountain. twf028-ld__25647.jpg Putting in a garden or home waterfall is a simple way to make this happen. It is a beautiful complement to the decoration of any property. Be sure to position your outdoor fountain so that it is able to be seen from inside in order to get the most out of it.

Make sure to include some pretty flowers and plants, as they enrich any water fountain. The best idea is to add some plants which be beautiful no matter what the weather is outside. In addition, think about incorporating other elements such as an outdoor fireplace, art, or pretty rocks.

A Genuine Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Water Fountain in Cosmedin

Amazing discoveries of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The nearby basilica is mainly renowned for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della VeritĂ , (Mouth of Truth) located in its portico.

Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was relatively unknown and situated far from sight making it hard to visit. Due to the fact that the nearby area was depressing and mostly uninhabited, visitors were not particularly interested in visiting it. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to build a water fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an attempt to make the area more popular. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the task to lay down the foundation of the church. The blessing of the first rock to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in showing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Spruce up Your Backyard with the Help of Feng Shui

Integrating feng shui design into your yard will help spread its energy into your home and your life.

As far as the size of your garden goes, it is not particularly important when adding feng shui design to it. If you have a lavish, charming one, that is great, but even a smaller area works well with feng shui design.

The primary feng shui tools can be utilized for your interior decor as well as your garden design. The first task is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should know how to use each of them to maximize the energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast section of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might give some thought to putting some into a serene Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

A water element is a great addition to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).


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