Welcome to My Favorite Things! Each month (every few weeks during the Five Elements podcast series), we highlight products to help you create a holistic lifestyle that inspires and nurtures you, so that you can be happier and feel supported.
This month's favorite things center around the Wood element and how to keep it balanced in your holistic spaces. Be sure to listen in to the newest podcast, Feng Shui and the Wood Element, for a more in-depth look at the Wood element and how it relates to us and our spaces. The Wood element relates to kindness, life, human heartedness and the ability to be flexible, so it's very important to maintain harmony with this element. Here are my favorite ways.
The Wood element is represented by tall, columnar shapes, so a floor lamp like this one is a perfect adjustment to balance Wood in your space.
This Tolomeo lamp is one of my favorites. I even have one in my office, next to my desk! Not only does it add the Wood element through shape, it provides light, which adds life energy and the Fire element, and it's made of metal, which adds a bit of the Metal element. Three elements in one!
Bonus, you can even make this adjustment eco-friendly by using an LED bulb!
Available at: Design Within Reach
Adding living green plants to a space is one of the easiest, and healthiest, ways to add the Wood element. I love this video interview with plant stylist, Satoshi Kawamoto. One of my clients hired him to add more plants and life energy to her space, and he is so knowledgable and in tune with the Wood element.
Not only does adding a green plant bring the Wood element and nature into your space, which has been proven to increase health, many plants are also excellent absorbers of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These toxic fumes can cause serious health issues and come from many of the products we use every day in our homes. With green plants, you can breathe easier and balance your wood element!
Available at: Green Fingers
If you're dedicated to or experiencing personal, internal growth or healing in any way, this mandala is the one for you.
The Wood element symbolizes growth, and the Ketu mandala is great for encouraging and facilitating personal growth. This mandala also features shades of green, which relates directly to the Wood element as well!
This mandala is very close to my heart, because it represents my Vedic psychic number. Keep an ear out for an upcoming podcast on how to calculate yours!
Available at: Holistic Spaces
Images of Nature
As you'll hear in the podcast, bringing images of nature into your home can also help balance the Wood element.
Framed or hanging images are great additions, but I love these wall murals depicting trees and other beautiful aspects of the Wood element.
There are tons of available images of nature that you can get in mural size, but remember that the Wood element is represented by trees, tall, columnar shapes and the colors green and blue.
As a note, you can also look for darker colors, as they add the water element, which feeds wood.
Available at: Wallsauce.com
Green or Blue Drapes
I love these full length drapes. They're so elegant and add a touch of color to any room.
What's more, they're a great way to symbolically add the Wood element into your space, especially if you don't think you can keep a living plant alive.
Since these drapes are columnar in shape and come in shades of blue and green, they're perfect representations of the Wood element and beautiful design pieces as well! This specific color blue is an ideal color for balancing the Wood element, so head to your local drapery store and ask about options in this shade.
Available at: Your favorite drapery store.