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Feng Shui Consultation

Below is some info I just received from feng shui consultant friend.  Should be fun to use and implement as we layout the space.

Hello Robin.
Intuitively my first concern is the air quality for your employees. Do make sure you invest in some free standing air filters to help out the no window situation. The majority of the workspace is in the NW Helpful People and Travel Area. The elements for this area are metals. Water elements can also be used here. Gold, silver, white, gray, bronze are all positive. Blues, blacks, and water elements are also ok here. The Northern side of the workspace is the Career area. This is where you may want to put mirrors, water elements (fountains to water landscape art), circular items, and any career mottos or goals. You can use the colors mentioned above as well here. A large mirror can help to bring "light" in around the space. The Southern side of your space in the show room will benefit from more greens and slight reds. This is the Fame and Reputation area. You will want to highlight colorful images of your work on the walls. Live plants to silk trees in corners, on desks, etc will help to make this area come "alive". I feel you can go crazy with live plants here because plants help to absorb toxins in the air. The furniture layout is actually fine.

I would google Nasa's air cleaning plants to get a good list. Pothos is an easy indoor plant that doesn't need a lot of light to grow. It's also a rounded leaf plant that brings in abundance. It's a great desk plant and toxin absorbing plant. I feel you have a good intention for the space. It will not need too much work. Just make sure to keep it light and airy in colors. You can keep a fountain in the North work room and even one on the East side of the rooms. This will help everyone to feel at peace. If they can't see nature then bring it in. 

Solid walnut mirror/console/bench triple play

Also first good pics of these three walnut pieces with amazing river views.  My first oversized mirror.  This set in walnut/console pair was designed by super talented Winter Park designer Rob Turner, of Phil Kean Designs.  Although I typically design the bulk of our pieces, after seeing the results, maybe I should "delegate" a bit more.

Rusty & Lisa Alexander's "Way Cool Home"

This afternoon finally got a few decent pics of the maple dining table we made a year or so ago.  All the windows with stunning river views (and natural light) wreak havoc for photography each time i attempt.

Quite amazing that we have an skilled experienced builder of Phil Kean's Way Cool Homes right here in North Alabama.  Several in progress now.  Maybe something to tour by Spring or so??

Monday - Progress bank's first day - first new account

Linda and I stopped by first thing Monday morning to open a new account.  Kinda fun being the newest bank's first customer (in new building).  And at $35 a year we had to have the first safety deposit box.  Not sure what we'll put in there, but my first thought is some fragrant sassafras shavings.

Progress Bank Opens in Florence today

7:10 am Stopped by to do final inspection of several beautiful custom pieces we made for Progress Bank.  Adjusted some feet to level a piece, wiped a little dust here and there. I found Bank President Andy Mann shining Apples in prep for the banks first day to be open.

In addition to some beautiful local walnut benches, coffee and side tables, there's an amazing walnut check writing console and a 14' long single slab conference table.  Hopefully posting pics soon.

Saturday - Progress Bank

Friday - Progress Bank delivery

Museum Of Alabama - delivery/install

We've been working on this one all year.  Working the the Museum's directors and top notch design and install teams from DC have been an educational experience.  We made seating out of Alabama's best local hardwoods:  Walnut, maple, oak, cherry and sassafras.  We departed towing a trailer full of 35 pieces at 3:00am. 

To say things were hectic down there is an understatement.  They had several large crews working 13 hour days, half hour lunch, 7dpw!  It was crunch time, with the Governor's visit planned for the next week.

I look forward to seeing the entire project complete during the upcoming grand opening next month. 

walnut benches to be installed in Museum of Alabama - Montgomery.

walnut benches to be installed in Museum of Alabama - Montgomery.

PAWS fundraiser dropoff

Dropped off two donations for the PAWS fundraiser Silent Auction.  One coffee table, and one "in River Photoshoot" of the winning bidder's pooch. 

Florence PAWS fundraiser

Florence PAWS fundraiser

UNA's Sculpture class Furniture critique

I've enjoyed working with the newest of Chiong Chen's hires in the art department this year.  Aaron Tennessee Benson is quite amazing, talented, immersed.  Aaron's sculpture/certamics students used some of our cut-offs for the assignment of making a piece of functional furniture.  Intriguing to see just what the students came up with, their description of their objectives, where they hit and missed, then Aaron's critique. 

Our new Tourism building.

The area's new Tourism building is coming right along.  I've enjoyed working with Libby Watts Jordan with Tourism, and Architect Bob Whitten on several pieces including the two exterior doors that will be made from solid local walnut.

Florence/Lauderdale County Tourism building in progress.

Florence/Lauderdale County Tourism building in progress.

Alabama Chanin The Factory Store + Café

Catching up with the entire Fox gang at the new, super wonderful The Factory Store + Café.

The Factory Store + Café

The Factory Store + Café


Beautiful day to work on "our" dive - and play with the new camera. 

Monday - the last hour of sunlight

I've been taking lots more non furniture pics lately, and don't want to bore friends only interested in our furniture.  Will begin placing these on a new second blog soon.  But wanted to post these from yesterday late afternoon.