Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Living Room Feng Shui Tips


Finding a sanctuary in our modern world isn't always easy. Many of us work at home, or take work home from the office. Lots of us share spaces with significant others or family members, so turning down the volume of life at home isn't always easy.

To create a place to unwind, the idea is to remove the stuck energy in your living environment, otherwise known as clutter! So your mind and body can feel at ease and fully release the stresses of the day.

Living rooms are considered a common space where we want to relax and rejuvenate. Therefore, it should be clutter-free, organized and inviting.

You can easily create your own sanctuary, a place joy, comfort, relaxation, and rejuvenation by applying these very simple and practical Feng Shui enhancements to your living room:
1.      Declutter - Clutter is stuck energy!  This might be the hardest step for some, but clearing clutter in your living room will result in increase of the flow of energy, hence feeling good.
2.     Find a good view - If you have a great view of nature or the city, leave your blinds or curtains open to bring that expansive view inside. If you don't have a view, you can create one with a great piece of art.
3.     Appeal to your senses - Explore aromatherapy such as essential oil diffusers and even pure incense to flood the air with layers of sensory goodness.
4.     Add more nature - Nature is the ultimate relaxation nirvana. Add plants, fresh flowers and bring more nature into your living room.
5.     Rearrange your furniture – Furniture are not permanent fixtures and can be easily rearranged. Move them around to increase energy flow and remove furniture that have no use or purpose in your living room. While you are at it, get rid of cracked and broken furniture, lamps, smelly rugs, etc.

Get inspired, have fun with the process and make a habit of reinventing your sanctuary at least once a year!

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Mediterranean Summer Salad Recipe!

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This lovely Mediterranean Summer Salad is delicious, refreshing and very easy to make. You can always substitute this recipe’s veggies with other veggies to your liking. This delicious salad is wonderful by itself, but beautifully complemented with a glass of red wine.

Salad Ingredients: (serving size 6).

2 Cans Italian butter beans, drained and rinsed
1 Large fennel, washed and diced (remove exterior tough layers, use the tender parts only)
2 Medium zucchinis, washed and diced
2 Small watermelon radishes, pealed, washed and diced or a cup of diced radishes of any other kinds
1 Tbsp. Meyer lemon rinds
1/2 Cup green olives

Dressing Ingredients:

1 Cup dill, washed, drained and roughly chopped
2 Garlic cloves, pealed
1 Large Meyer lemon juice
1/3 Cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tsp. cumin seeds
1/5 Tsp. sea salt

Instructions: Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few time until mixed, but not too mushy, so when you pour it over the salad, you can taste and see each ingredient, pic 3

Salad Assembly:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, pour salad dressing over or you can serve the dressing on the side. Lastly sprinkle Meyer lemon rinds on the salad as garnish, pics 2 and 3.

Optional: you can also add some crumbled feta cheese to make this salad even more delicious!

Enjoy!

Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine


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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Declutter your home, office and your life!


Declutter your home, office and your life! Let go of anything you don't need, use, or even like. While you are at it, take inventory of your relationships and make a list of people who have no positive impact on your life whatsoever, let go of those too.  Unless, you take these actions, nothing new or exciting will come into your life. Once you let go, all sort of great things and people will pour into your life! Get inspired, do something today!

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Powerful Tips for Letting Go!


We are changing. The universe around us is changing. Just because something was right for us in the past doesn’t mean it still is. This truth could be manifested in an unhealthy relationship, a toxic job, a cluttered home and work environments, a bad habit, etc. 

As we grow and discover more about ourselves and what we want out of life, we realize there are deliberate changes we need to make to keep up with changes that are happening around us and within us.

The lifestyle we’ve been living may no longer fit. The specific people and routines we’ve known forever may no longer align with our values. Thus, while we may cherish the memories, we find ourselves letting go and moving on. The truth is we can’t start the next chapter of our lives if we keep writing the last one.

Get started today! Practice these powerful tips and “let go” of whatever is holding you back from writing the next chapter of your life:
  1. Breathe. Take a deep breath and exhale with a loud sigh. Do it a few times. Let go of whatever tension is being held in your body. 
  2. Grieve. Change (no matter how small, healthy, or positive) can feel like a loss. Give yourself the space and time to honor whatever emotions come up and embrace them all.
  3. Seek out support. Sometimes letting go and navigating change by yourself can be overwhelming. Give yourself permission to ask for help.  
  4. Compassion. Acceptance. Acknowledgement. Have compassion and acceptance for where you've been, where you are now, and where you want to go. 
  5. Create a new vision. Envision possibilities that will bring you personal growth, happiness and prosperity.
“Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing Fear to Stop You from Growing, Evolving and Progressing.” -  Mandy Hale

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Kitchen Feng Shui Tips!


As the place that nourishes body and spirit, your kitchen is the heart of your home. Whether it’s doing homework with children or preparing meals, almost everyone (guests included) gather in the kitchen. When the energy in the kitchen is positive and uplifting, families are more inclined to want to eat at home, and will enjoy better health and relationships as a result.  If your kitchen has been stagnant for too long, is burdened with clutter, or needs a serious cleaning, by all means make a point of revitalizing it. 

Get Started Today! Apply these simple and practical Feng Shui enhancements to your kitchen and watch your relationships, health, and wealth enhanced in amazing ways:
1.      Make cleaning a habit to improve prosperity. One of the most important things you can do for your kitchen is to keep it clean and organized – and the two areas that need it most are the pantry and the refrigerator. Why? This is where food, a symbol of wealth and health, is stored.
2.     Clear off countertops to energize your lifeIt sounds counterintuitive, but when you have countertops that are covered with items such as small appliances, dishes, loaves of bread, bags of chips, or stacks of bills, it doesn’t inspire you to cook. On the other hand, when you have a kitchen with clear counters graced with an attractive bowl of lemons or potted herbs, it just makes you feel like cooking. 
3.     Discard damaged items to promote good energy in your foods. Hanging onto old, stained and damaged kitchen items “because they’re still good,” gifts or for sentimental reasons, cause clutter, negative energy, not good for your health and well-being. Discard them.

Happy Decluttering!

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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French Black Lentil Beans Salad Recipe!

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Ingredients

This lovely Spring-Summer Mediterranean salad is delicious, refreshing and very easy to make. You can always substitute the rainbow carrots with fennel and cucumber or any other veggies to your liking. This wonderful salad is perfect by itself, but beautifully complemented with a glass of red wine.

Ingredients: (serving size 4).

1 Cup French black lentil beans
1 Bunch rainbow carrots
4 Scallions 
1 Meyer lemon
1 Tsp. Herbes de Provence
2 Tbsp. Meyer lemon juice
1 Tsp. Meyer lemon rinds
1/4 Cup olive oil
1/5 Tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup chopped cilantro 

Instructions: 

1. Place lentils in a medium saucepan, pour 2 cups hot water and soak for 30 minutes
2. Cook lentils in the soaked water for 30 minutes until the water is evaporated.
3. Let aside to cool for an hour 
4. Peel and dice rainbow carrots, pic. 2
5. Thinly slice the scallions and add to the diced carrots, pic. 2
5. Add herbes de Provence, chopped cilantro and a pinch of sea salt to lentils and gently mix them
6. Put the lentils on a plate and sprinkle the diced carrots and scallions over them
7. Drizzle the olive oil and Meyer lemon juice over them and garnish with Meyer lemon rinds

Optional: you can also add some crumbled feta cheese to make this salad even more delicious!

Enjoy!

Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Declutter Your Life in 3 Practical Ways!


Declutter Your Life in 3 Practical Ways:

1) Declutter Your Mind: Don't allow negative thoughts to take over your life, instead, override them with the positive ones.

2) Declutter Your Home and Work Environments: Remove, recycle, donate, trash, sell, do whatever is needed to remove all items you don't need, use or even like. Clutter generates negative energy and has a direct impact on your physical and emotional health. Start decluttering now!

3) Declutter Your Relationships and Social Network: Identify negative and toxic people in your life by making a list. Then, come up with a plan to letting them go. No explanation nor justification necessary, release and let go!

Happy Decluttering!

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine


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Monday, May 7, 2018

Happiness is a habit – cultivate it!


So many simple things you can do to cultivate happiness in your life and below are just a few:
  1. Appreciate life.
  2. Practice optimism.
  3. Express gratitude.
  4. Be a problem solver.
  5. Love yourself unconditionally.
  6. Do what you love & love what you do.       
  7. Choose friends and business associates/partners wisely
  8. Say No to people making demands 
  9. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in younot the stress in you.
  10. Consider your own happiness, because you deserve it.
  11. Mind your own business. 
  12. Whatever is holding you back from living a happy life, make peace with it and Let It Go.
Choose to be Happy!

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine


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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Butternut Squash D’Anjou Red Pear & Ginger Soup Recipe!

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The beauty of homemade soups is that you can play around with the Ingredients to your liking. I use a varieties of seasonal vegetables and fruits when making soups!  

You can enjoy this delicious Tangy Creamy Butternut Squash, D ‘Anjou Red Pear and Ginger Soup hot or cold. In this recipe, pears are roasted to sweet perfection with butternut squash and pureed to create a creamy soup that gets a beautiful garnish of crushed pistachios and a drizzle of olive oil. The flavor is amazing!

Ingredients (serving size 4):

2 cups butternut squash, pic 1
1 cup d'anjou red pears, pic 1
2 tbsp. Meyer lemon juice, pic. 3
1 tbsp. Meyer lemon rind, pic. 4
1 1/2 tbsp. grated fresh ginger, Pic. 4
1/2 cup hazelnut milk, pic. 6

Instructions: 

1. Cut butternut squash in half, remove seeds, peel skins and chop into medium size cubes, Pic.1
2. Cut pears  in half, remove core and chop into medium size cubes, Pic.1 
3. Roast butternut squash and pear with olive oil and sea salt at 400 for 20 minutes. Let it cool for 1 hour.
4. Rind one Meyer lemon and extract juice 
5. Grate enough ginger to make it for 1 1/2 tbsp.
6. Place butternut squash, pears, Meyer lemon rind and ginger in food processor, pic. 4
7. Process all ingredients until they are pureed, pic. 5
8. Add hazelnut milk, pic. 8 and process again until creamy, pic. 9
9. Place soup in a bowl and garnish with crushed pistachios and a drizzle of olive oil
10. You can enjoy this soup cold or hot (warm up the soup in a saucepan for a few minutes).

Enjoy!

Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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Lily of the Valley Flowers Story!


Lily of the valley is the birth flower for the month of May and represents humility, sweetness, purity and is said to bring luck in love. It also means "the return of happiness" which is the reason why it is often used as decorations in weddings. 

The delicate, fragrant flowers of lily of the valley typically appear in early to mid-spring, and the plants bloom three to four weeks. In mild, coastal climates, they bloom from March to April. Lily of the valley can be grown indoors as a potted plant to bloom out of season.

On May 1st, in France, Lily of the Valley flowers are given as a token of love and affection. This tradition started on  May 1st, 1561, when King Charles IX of France was presented with a bunch of lily-of-the-valley flowers as a token of luck and prosperity. 

Lily of the valley flowers are one my favorite flowers after lavender of course! No matter which flower you like, gift yourself with fresh flowers from your garden and potted flowers throughout your house. They generate good energy in your home and bring visual pleasure too!

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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Promote Abundance and Prosperity In Your Life!


In Feng Shui, the entryway to a house is considered "the mouth of Chi." When a house has plenty of good Chi coming in and the flow of energy is positive and harmonious, the people living in the house will experience heightened levels of abundance and prosperity.  

The entryway to your house sets the intention for the rest of your home. When you stand at your entryway, it should emanate beauty, vitality and abundance. The entryway is also the transition area where we come in from the outer to the inner world. Keep it clutter-free, beautiful and welcoming.

Make sure there is good lighting, use an inviting welcome mat and hang a seasonal wreath on your front door. 

Replace artificial plants and flowers (stagnant energy) with energy purifiers such as colorful fresh plants and radiant flowers. 

These few simple and practical actions will make the entryway to your home beautiful, vibrant, and welcoming. They will attract, promote and enhance abundance and prosperity into your life.

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine


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