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Green is where the Heart Is for June 19, 2013

“Being born with good looks is not as important as being born with a good destiny.  Being born with a good destiny is not as important as having a kind heart.  Having a kind heart is not as important as having a positive state of Ch’i.” ~ Chinese saying

Contributing Writer

Color selection makes me sing.  This week I worked with a client who wanted the perfect white/off-white paint color for the walls in her new condo.  Benjamin Moore has a whole deck of whites/off whites to select from and the trick is to find the one that works best with the natural and artificial lighting in the room, the cabinets, counters, floor and other permanent architecture features that will remain in the space. 
Wall color is the landscape of the room creating the first impression upon entering.  Choosing the perfect color is the beginning of a creative process making this space unique to the individuals who live there.  It gives the room good looks. 
Destiny is different than “fate” because fate implies no choice, but destiny does not stand alone.  It participates in achieving the intentional outcome, hence my way of creating ‘deliberate’ spaces giving purpose to the room. Making pretty and giving purpose are the foundations of any good design but to create a positive state of Ch’i in the space we go the extra step with using feng shui and choosing products to surround ourselves with that are safe for ourselves and the environment.  Selecting the color of paint initiates the process then choosing the product (with a positive state of Ch’i) completes the effort.
The Green Promise®, Benjamin Moore’s green designation, shows this company has lead the industry in producing eco-friendly paint and environmentally friendly coatings meeting and exceeding the strictest industry standards.  Why is it important to surround yourself with a good paint product? 
Many paints contain high amounts of harmful VOCs  (volatle organic compounds) which are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. 
Like lead, VOCs are both naturally and chemically produced.  Don’t be fooled by mother nature.  Just because something is ‘natural’ doesn’t always mean it is safe. 
Before 1978 when our country banned paints containing lead, this toxic ingredient, found primarily in paint in homes, was poisoning children.  Lead poisoning is entirely preventable and so are the negative effects from VOCs.
According to the EPA ( the Health Effects of VOCs could be:
“Eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics can cause cancer in animals; some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans. Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epistaxis, fatigue, dizziness.”
I am offering this information, not to create fear but to open awareness so you can choose your products wisely.  Choosing the least expensive product may be a short term pocketbook fix but the long term result could include sick days and doctor visits.  Generally it is children and the elderly having a lower immune tolerance, who have the most direct effect of this toxin. 
On the island you can purchase Benjamin Moore products with low or no VOCs at Spectrum Paints and at Bame Ace Hardware both located on Lake Park Blvd.  Some bases combine the paint and primer together with a typical 2 coat coverage. Some provide a mildew resistant coating.  To be low VOC compliant with The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) it must contain lower than 50 g/L.  Other paint companies may suggest their products are zero VOCs but the colorants may contain them.  Ben Moore has zero VOCs in their colorants which do not add any to the paint itself. 
Let me help you to make educated choices in decorating your room to look good, be intentionally functional and designed with healthy, happy products containing the most positive state of Ch’i.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.