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Success O a sis DESIGNER NURTURING The Cradle from Richard Clarkson Studio is much more than just the coolest-looking rocking chair ever. The company did significant research into Rhythmic Movement Disorder and the results are incorporated into this head-turning design. T E X T BY SA N DY L I N D S E Y “This rocking chair is named “Cradle” as it epitomizes what the chair is all about,” says the chair’s creator Richard Clarkson. “It’s about creating a safe, comfortable and relaxing space in which the user can dissipate the overstimulation of their senses.” The design was heavily directed by a synthesis of research into Autism and children with Rhythmic Movement Disorder (RMD) as well as safety, sustainability, function, and aesthetics. While the emphasis was placed on creating a solution for sufferers of RMD, this handmade chair is designed for everyone and will bring relaxation, comfort and calmness to anyone who uses it; RichardClarkson.com. GOOD KARMA Feng Shui is touted as a simple way to get the most out of life, but there’s nothing simple about it. Before you reposition every sock and kitchen appliance in the house, give these fast tips a try. T E X T B Y S TAC Y W Y N N 26 KEEP CLOSED BEDSIDE MANNER TOSS IT Perhaps the simplest Feng Shui tip is to put the toilet lid down. The toilet is a drain that if left open will allow positive energy and money to literally drain out of your home. Similarly, you shouldn’t ever work with your back to a door. This is a compromised position. Facing the door will make you feel more powerful. No choice? Add a mirror or reflective surface so no one can “sneak up on you.” If you don’t already have a pair of nightstands, it’s long overdue. While this is traditionally used to attract love, even if you’re happily single, it creates a more balanced bedroom. The second nightstand doesn’t have to match the first. While you’re out shopping, get some plants for nature, growth, creativity and better air. The more electronics in the house, the more plants you’ll want…without going overboard, of course. Fixing what is broken in your house removes the items’ negative energy. If you can’t fix it, toss it. Either way, this is a first step to fixing other lingering issues in life. And then there’s the #1 nemesis of Feng Shui: Clutter. If you even get rid of 1/3 (to start) of your unnecessary stuff, your entire world will feel lighter. Some people report weight loss and an elimination of headaches.