Ideas for Your Ideal Retreat Inside or Outdoors

To attain the optimum sense of serenity and harmony, be sure to include a feng shui fountain. The best solution is to put in a garden or home waterfall. It will undoubtedly add a lot to the interior and exterior of your home. angel cherub__67925.original.jpg Position your outdoor fountain where you can see it from inside the house as well.

Make sure to include some pretty flowers and plants, as they enhance any water fountain. Plants and flowers that bloom in various seasons make the perfect accompaniment. Attractive rocks, statues, or a fireplace are also nice additions.

The Brilliance of Michelangelo’s Roman Water Fountains

During the 16th century two famous Florentine sculptors by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati designed the first wall features in Rome. The earliest fountain Michelangelo designed came in 1536 with the construction of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to be part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. A conduit from the Aqua Felice was constructed later and it brought water to the Capitol making a more impressive water effect possible. Expecting this, Michelangelo had added a more substantial basin styled on the late Cinquecento.

The question remains as to whether the famed sculptor was the earliest to build wall fountains. The maestro's designs absolutely influenced the future style of fountains in Italy.

Today, this structural style is found at the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone arranged among the stairs on the main axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Michelangelo’s great talent was put aside because he was forced to design fountains combining classical elements and a Roman style. Julius III (1550-1555) decided to have a fountain erected at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and instructed the Florentine artist to design a one-of-a-kind wall fountain. A marble sculpture of Moses striking a stone streaming water was to be built as embellishment for the fountain. However, an ancient sculpture of Cleopatra replaced the statue of Moses because the latter would take too much time create. It was thought easier to use a classical sculpture above the fountain rather than have the eminent artist design a totally new figure.

Add the Benefit of Feng Shui into Your Garden

Add feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can bring energy into your residence.

Do not be concerned if your yard is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. If you have a lush, eye-catching one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

Whether you are introducing feng shui design to your home or garden, the approaches are the same. As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your home's bagua, you will need to begin by knowing the bagua of the house.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is important to start by understanding how to bolster each of its five elements.

The Earth element, for example, should be located in the northeast portion of your garden which connects to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. This could be the perfect spot to put a meditative Zen garden with some attractive stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

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


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