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What does Feng Shui Mean?

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Feng shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. The term feng shui literally translates as "wind-water" in English.

This chair is called “Queen Anne, Queen Anne”. It is an example of:

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The “Queen Anne, Queen Anne” chair is a 1960’s pop art version of the English 18th century Queen Anne chair, doubled up. It is a fun example of taking something old and making it new. This chair still adds a splash of personality to a room, and of course, adds a much-needed touch of red!

What does the acronym LED stand for?

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A light-emitting diode (LED) is a two-terminal semiconductor light source. It is a p–n junction diode that emits light when activated. LED lighting is a relatively new and fast changing type of lighting that is critical to highlighting beautiful interiors while also maximizing energy efficiency!

Which of the following will catch light and add visual energy to a room?

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There are many ways to reflect light and add visual energy to a room design. Don’t overuse this method within the same setting because sometimes, “less is more”.

The term “mid-century modern” refers to a design movement that occurred only in the 1950’s

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Mid-century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965.

The term “Chinoiserie” refers to:

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First appearing in the 17th century, this trend was popularized in the 18th century due to the rise in trade with China and East Asia. Chinoiserie is especially prevalent in Interior Design, garden design, architecture, literature, theatre, and music.

In general, the ceiling of a room should never be taller than its width.

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Although we love to have tall ceilings to work with in Interior Design, we never want to have a room that is taller than it is wide. This effect causes a room to look like an “elevator shaft” and the odd proportions emphasize the small size of the room to the eye.

If you have an open floorplan, using large-scale elements like a chandelier on steroids, an oversized floor lamp, or a big mirror will give the room a grand effect.

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When designing for large spaces, you need to be mindful of scale. Small elements will get dwarfed in big spaces and will look completely out of place…better to go for the large pieces for that grand effect!

Do bar stools and counter stools have the same seat height?

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A counter stool has a seat height of 24 inches for seating under the standard counter height of 36 inches. A bar stool has a seat height of 30 inches for seating under a typical bar top height of 42 inches.

The average 3-bedroom home should have how many portable lamps?

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Portable lamps are fixtures such as table lamps, up lights, art lamps, etc., that are part of a light layering plan to showcase a beautifully designed home. Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a great interior design and the average home is woefully under-lit!

The art of Feng Shui is to bring good energy or Chi into a home or office. Which of the following is the primary reason this energy can be drained away from a room?

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Although all of the above are energy draining factors in Feng Shui, CLUTTER is by far the dominant reason for energy loss in a room!

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