Every so often, you come across a phrase or a statement that is breathtaking in its perceptiveness. This is what happened to me when I read the following quote from The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard:

“The main benefits of the home, I must say: the shelter during the day, the home protecting the dreamer, the home allows one to dream peacefully … the home is one of the greatest forces of integration for the thoughts, memories and dreams of humanity. The binding principle in this integration are daydreams. “

The Importance of Daydreams - How Your Home Affects Your Ability to Create the Future You Desire

Of course, you need to keep in mind that Bachelard had this book first published in 1958, he was 74, so he was writing predominantly from a bygone era, and from a European (specifically French) sensitivity. However, he writes on a theme so universal that it still resonates strongly in even the most contemporary urban psyche. Similar to the work of Carl Jung, and of the same era, Bachelard writes about the conscious and unconscious allure of the dwelling we refer to as home.

As a Feng Shui consultant with a background in counselling psychology, I have always conducted my assessments from the position that a client’s home reflects a great deal of their inner life. So when Bachelard’s put so much power into the term “daydream”, a term we now often use derisively and dismissively, it struck a powerful chord within me.

On pondering his elevation of the status of the daydream, I could indeed see the intimate connection between reverie, and the actual path someone’s life might take. After all, daydreams reveal our predilections, our yearnings. They are where our vision for our life is conceived. They are where solutions to our dilemmas are germinated. And daydreams can best flourish in the quiet nooks and crannies of our mind, supported by nooks and crannies of our actual dwelling. Daydreaming is a solitary activity, only occasionally shared with a trusted other.

Those who live in overcrowded places, or in close proximity to noisy neighbours would certainly understand how precious a bit of peace and quiet is, and how much we are missing the chance to get inside our own heads awhile.

Sarah Susanka, author of the Not So Big House, writes that the reason that many modern homes seem to be getting bigger and bigger, is that people are trying to escape the noise of the television (including the neighbour’s), simply trying to find pockets of peace.

How many of us, as Feng Shui consultants, work at creating such pockets of peace for our clients? Is it not to foster the art of daydreaming? Sure, you might like to call it by more powerful names, such as meditation or stress management. But by calling it daydreaming, it gives you permission to simply “be” and not have to “do” something.

It also struck me that those of us who work with the Bagua school of Feng Shui, are simply facilitating the daydreams to be drawn forth in the various … Read More


The beauty of a house is largely determined by the type of floor it has. In contrast to walls that can be repainted and re-installed, floors are a more long-term and most often permanent feature. Three main factors determine what type of floor is most suitable for your home – first, your home location, second, usage patterns and third, your budget. If you live in a humid area, wooden floors may not be the best plan. For rough and difficult uses, hard substances such as granite are the best choice. Budget, of course, is important for obvious reasons. Here are some of the best and most widely used flooring materials in home design.

The Best Floor Material for Homes - Have You Been on the Floor?

Vitrified Tiles

These are glazed tiles made by heating a certain type of clay at a specific temperature. The good thing about these tiles is that they are joint free, which means that there are no gaps between adjacent tiles. They are larger in size and are a lot sturdier than ordinary tiles. The disadvantages of this material are high susceptibility to scratches and slipperiness. So, it is not a good option if people with joint problems live in the house. However, according to contrary belief, they do not hold stains and can be cleaned by acid wash.

Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic is basically a mixture of marble, white cement and marble powder. These tiles are available in great colors and designs and are very visually appealing. However, powder and fading remain a common complaint with mosaics. In addition, the use of low-quality marble powder can reduce durability. The best way to keep your mosaic floor durable is to polish it regularly.

Ceramic floor

Ceramic tiles are more flexible because they have different finishes such as satin, antique, mat and shiny. The fee depends on the type you choose. These tiles are very stylish and super easy to care for. The great grip they provide makes it suitable for both interior and exterior. The only problem with ceramic tiles, if glazed, is the fact that the glaze fades over time.

Wooden floor

Wood flooring is probably the most elegant type of flooring you can get on the market. It is always good to use 100 percent solid wood for durability. There are more than fifteen types of wood to choose from. The problem that may arise with wood floors is the depletion of quality due to oxygenation and dampers, and of course, festive costs. If you are looking for an inexpensive and inexpensive treatment alternative, you can always choose wood laminate on an existing floor.

Marble / Granite Flooring

The best thing about marble and granite is that they are 100 percent natural and as a result, are more durable. Both are available in tiles and sheets that can be easily placed. They can be easily maintained with ordinary polishing. The disadvantage of marble is that it tends to retain moisture. One must also be very careful when buying marble and checking for cracks and damage to the … Read More


Wood shutters, plastic shutters, metal shutters, and there are many other different kinds of shutters out there. Some are better than others and some are more expensive than others. The most popular of the shutters are wood shutters. Wood offers the look that people are always wanting and the price is great as well.

Plastic shutters are often a miss with people looking for shutters. They are often the cheapest in price, but if that is what your main concern is then they are not a bad option. However, with plastic shutters they can look a bit more fake than a wooden shutter. They are often also a bit more bulky looking and just give off the “cheap” and “inexpensive” look. They are not a bad option, but they are not the best option.

Another material that people look for shutters in is metal. They are obvious strong and can withhold a lot of punishment from the natural weather. Metal lasts a long time but it can also ding easily. Metal shutters are usually the ones that get the most dents and imperfections as time wears on them faster. Some dents can be unnoticeable, but a large enough dent can really cause the whole shutter to lose it’s appeal and even cause it to function improperly.

The most popular of materials for shutters is wood. Wood is sturdy and cost effective. The look of wood, either left as is or stained or painted, makes any window look complete. Other shutters can do that as well, but many people think that wood shutters look the most natural. Dings and dents won’t really effect the wood, like it does metal. Any imperfection with wood just makes the wood appear more appealing and weathered. Wood is also cheap, not as cheap as plastic, but cheap enough that it would be worth getting.

No matter what you decide, the options are endless. You can find many materials that can be made into shutters and many of them will fit your needs and your wants. Get the look you want to complete your house no matter what material is used!… Read More