STORE SET UP ~ Calgary 2012-2013
NOTE ~ the link below takes you to a video of the Balinese Stores that I have been setting up in Calgary over the last year. The owner gets large containers from Bali and I set up three showrooms with the merchandise. It is a lot of Stuff and so for me its all about making it look good, without it looking too cramped. This is not always easy as there is usually ‘ too much stuff’ and ‘not enough room’.
* TAP the BALI & BEYOND to take you to video
FENG SHUI DESIGN ~ CONDO in VANCOUVER
Feng Shui Design is Inspired by the art of placement combined with functional design. When one experiences an environment that emits a feel that is welcoming and draws you into the space without any one element taking priority other than the overall experience, then you are experiencing Feng Shui Design. A good design should allow flow in and thru it in an un obstructed gentle and inviting way.
Here are some examples of transformation and transition of spaces
P. YAKURA ~ VANCOUVER CONDO 2010
In the process of designing the home the issue of my clients present living space came up! ~ He would want to sell it in order to re invest in the his new home so he commissioned me to redesign the Vancouver condo. As the building was older we faces challenges of brick walls, low ceilings, small bathrooms, and tight kitchen spaces within a 70′s style building. I wanted to create a more Zen space and in doing so to make the space feel bigger. Potential buyers would be attracted to the location and view, so we had to create a simple but attractive space. The buildings age inspired the retro look that took on a more ‘natural feel’ without getting over the top with design or color. The view of the harbor and natural color scheme of blues, grays, soft oranges and beige ~the palate of river rock with some bright orange red as an accent seemed to appeal. Mr Yakura’s neighbor and builder who had reshaped his own apartment/condo to maximize space was excited about the project and we three worked together to create a simple and warm space. We found the natural flooring under the wall to wall perfect as a flooring with beautiful colors and natural warmth. The kitchen and bathroom were gutted and redesigned with maximum function and space. We used over size mirrors to reflect the outdoors and maximize the feel of space. Natural bamboo and grass window coverings were used in feature windows and a bamboo wall was made a feature wall in the living room. The photos are the before and after shots of how the space came together. Mr Yakura was pleased with the outcome and is still living and enjoying the space.
FENG SHUI HOUSE DESIGN 2010 ( See plans below these photos of Condo)
A collaboration of Mr Yakura’s vision, Charlyne’s feng shui design & Rob Matthes’ architectural creation to actualize them.
DESIGN BY M. CHARLYNE CHIASSON of ADARSA: Elemental Design & ROB MATTHES of MATTHES ARCHITECTURE
Hired by Mr Yakura to design a ‘Feng Shui House ‘ for a Rossland property, I worked extensively with him to create a design. This design was then submitted to Rob Mattas of MATTHAS ARCHITECTURE and the process of creating a viable shell,
around a design concept started. This process was an intense and valuable learning experience which as led me to writing ‘ The ABC’s of FENG SHUI ~ for Architects, Developers, Builders, Designers & Decorators ‘ which is presently being edited and illustrated for publishing in 2012.
The finished drawings below show the results of this collaboration of Mr Yakura’s vision, my Design and Rob’s Architecture to create a beautiful ‘Feng Shui Home’ ~
The sketches below the finished product are to show you a part of the Feng Shui Design process. I sited the home based on many factors starting with the Feng Shui Landscape which includes many of the architectural check points used universally for home siting~ including access, view, sun orientation, cost of construction etc.
Many Feng Shui Designs are logical, fundamental and basic when it comes to placement. The scanned ‘somewhat lopsided’ and hand drawn sketches are to illustrate part of the ongoing process of ‘refinement’ ~ and both the small and broad ‘feng shui factors’ that can shift a good design into a flowing, harmonious and ultimately ‘fantastic’ space.
FINAL FLOOR PLANS FOR P.YAKURA ROSSLAND FENG SHUI HOME ~
* If you are interested in the development of these final plans and would like to see the progression, please email me.
MIR CENTER FOR PEACE 2007 ~ Design by M Charlyne Chiasson for a Doukhobor Building located on the Selkirk Campus in Castlegar BC ~ an ongoing vision of many to create a center where Peace Studies are offered as well as serving as a community center for ongoing transformational events.