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Decorating with Funky Shui: How to Lighten Up, Loosen Up, and Have Fun Decorating Your Home Paperback – June 1, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
"If Feng Shui is the art of arranging objects to promote harmony, then Funky Shui is the art of arranging objects to make your home and your life fun," note the authors of this guide to "playful good taste." Borrowing from (and merrily riffing on) the lexicon of Feng Shui, the Chinese design philosophy that has garnered so much attention in recent years, the sisters offer a trove of suggestions on how to showcase quirky objects, create themed rooms with kitschy charm and integrate color and lighting to ensure good cheer, evoke pleasant memories and generate a sense of both stabilizing harmony and off-kilter whimsy. Arranging snow globes, stringing twinkle lights and serving chocolate milk in fine china are among their conduits to fun. Each chapter addresses a different room in the home, and offers tips on reinvigorating these spaces with cheeky, winking touches (a surfboard-turned-desk for the home office, silk scarves draped over the bedside lamp, black-and-white autographed pictures for the dining room). Some of the tips are too time-consuming for everyday life, and those who cant stomach the cutesy bits wont want to follow the advice to the letter. But the sisters have included plenty of good ideas for imbue a home (and therefore, they affirm, the life of its residents) with happiness-without spending a fortune.
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About the Author
Sisters Kitty and Jennifer O'Neil have "Funky Shui'd" homes from Miami to Boston to Copenhagen. Kitty is a toy designer, artist, and writer with experience in consumer product development for LEGO, Star Wars, and Barbie. Jennifer is a writer, producer, and director at a San Francisco production company and creates gala-event scripts for such clients as Columbia Tri-Star and Discovery Networks. Jennifer and Kitty both live in the San Francisco Bay area.
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The photos in this book have about as much personality as most stock art photography (at first perusal, I thought that the bulk of the pics in this book WERE stock photos). Also, when something rather cool is pictured, its usually only a close-up of the item, so you get no sense of how it relates to its surroundings, or how the overall room looks. Most of the cartoon collectibles featured in this book seem to have just been from one room, you'd think that for something like they'd have photographed at least a few different collectors' homes.
There were a few photos of things I was somewhat interested in; a very small Pez collection, a Simpsons figures collection, a very small Blondie collection, a somewhat lackluster snow globe collection, etc. It seems like every other photo in this book though is either of flowers, candles, or hearts or a combination thereof. This is a book created by women (two sisters) FOR women. Nothing wrong with that, but sometimes its hard to get a sense of that sort of thing from online reviews...if you're a straight guy, there's not much here that's going to appeal to you, no matter how wacky and offbeat your tastes are. The sisters who put together this book have typical American suburban taste, and are not nearly as 'weird' of 'funky' as they seem to think they are. For instance, their 3 plastic penguins are not featured just once, but in THREE different photos (lots of filler throughout the book)and even with a "Penguins Crossing" sign - lame.
I love the idea that you can decorate with stuff you accumulate and can't toss out, but I can't see myself collecting so much stuff in clusters and having to dust my decor. Imagine the intricate work involved! And with pets, forget it.
In theory a great, fun book. In reality, only if you're single or not sharing a space and have the patience to clean all these objects and spaces.
This is a jewel of a book, as beautiful as it is funny. I love all the tongue in cheek tips. For your bedroom: "A single white rose bud in a glass vase represents chastity--so you don't have to." It's a humorous look at making your house a home that really represents who you are and how you like to live. Since reading it I've taken out several of my collections that were under the bed and in the closet (like Kitty & Jennifer recommend) and displayed them as beautiful objets d'art in my home. I'm feeling better already--and I bet I'll be happier this year just because I can find stuff. If you know a friend who needs more fun and less work or has clutter instead of collections (don't we all) buy this book for them today. Highly recommended!
The O'Neil's have written a breezy, funny, wonderful book. You can always hire somebody to rebuild your house. Its the less-than-massive-scale decorating that kills us. This book fixes that problem right up!
To my amazement, I was laughing and learning about how to add a sense of fun and style to my dreary surroundings. This book is HILARIOUS. And it provides real insight on how to take the clutter of life (which you'll never get rid of) and make it into a fashion statement.