I had the AMAZING opportunity to work with Della this week on a Feng Shui project. Della is an Operation Fresh Start student (about to graduate--WOOHOO!) and an aspiring Interior Designer. Her mentor, Jody, is a past client of mine (I am so lucky to have such amazing people in my circle) and connected us for a meeting which blossomed into this fun afternoon of hanging mirrors together--
Mirrors are a Feng Shui Cure for MANY imbalances
Many homes have an overabundance of EARTH energy, and while Earth Energy is grounding and stable, too much of it can leave you feeling “stuck in the mud” and unable to move forward in life.
Mirrors represent Water Energy and they help by adding FLOW to spaces that feel stuck and dark.
For this project--Leah wanted a big upgrade to her empty and dark family room. It has rough wooden paneling and was painted beige with beams (purely “decoration”) running across the ceiling creating lots of downward, divisive energy.
We made A LOT of changes (paint, flooring, furniture, lighting AND took the beams down), which I will highlight in another post, but today I want to focus on the mirror wall that went in across from the sliding door.
7 STEPS to create a stunning mirror collage:
Even Leah’s Cat, Emmy, made another appearance--purrrrrring throughout the entire project!
This wall FACES the sliding door so the mirrors will double the light, bounce it around to create a BIG uplift in energy. Notice, too, that you can see the (newly added) ceiling light doubled in the mirror.
This Family Room HAPPENS to be in the Wealth Corner of Leah’s home--excited to see abundance pouring in for her and her family!
BIG THANKS to Della and Operation Fresh Start for this opportunity--Della was wonderful to work with.
More pictures of this space coming SOOOOOOON--what an exciting project!!!!
Lots of Love,
How is your week going?
We are planning a quick trip to see 4 of our grandbabies this weekend--they’re so BUSY that I can rarely get a picture of them all together, but here is a quick pic of Callum (15 mos.) practicing his selfie skills--can’t wait to see them all!
So many people ask me about one of the most basic Feng Shui Tools--the balance of the elements--it’s SUCH an important key in creating a beautiful feeling space--
There are 5 Elements in Feng Shui:
When they are all in balance, it feels wonderful, the vibes are GOOD and you never want to leave the space.
You can instantly feel when the elements are in harmony or when one or more of them have gotten out of balance.
Today let’s focus on the element of WOOD:
The WOOD Element is represented by:
Examples of Too Much Wood in a space:
The above rooms may have won design awards, but from a Feng Shui perspective, they are out of balance and if you were to live in these spaces you might feel:
When Wood is in balance in your space (as in this client’s home):
So, check out your home or office, how do the rooms feel, in general, do you have wood elements in your space AND how do they make you feel?
Notice the element of wood--do you have too much, too little, or does it feel just right?
There are always “corrections” that can be made in a space to balance the elements--when I work with clients to harmonize, balance and upgrade a space, I am always aware of these foundational principles and use very specific design “remedies” in the form of paint color, art, fabric choices, furniture, space planning, flooring, and art to correct or cure the energy of a space that has gotten out of balance.
I will be highlighting the other elements in future posts, so keep an eye out :)
And, if you would like to have a conversation about working together, just send me an email and I will be in touch as soon as possible.
Lots of Love,
The furniture was delivered to our client, Leah’s, family room on Sunday and look who found the Feng Shui Power Position? Animals instinctively know where the “best seat in the house” is--if you’re wondering about yours, check where your pets are hanging out!
If you’re sitting in this position you can see all entrances to the room, and you will ideally be seated against a wall or other structure, so that no activity is occuring behind you.
Just notice how you feel in your favorite (or least favorite) spot in your home. Are you feeling powerful and confident, or always wondering what’s going on behind your back?
Take a few minutes with me to consider this idea of the Power Position for your Living Room Sofa...
From a Feng Shui perspective, the sofa position is critical in any living room--it’s a place to relax, connect, talk, snuggle and rejuvenate. It’s the FIRST piece of furniture we evaluate in our clients’ living/family room spaces.
Living Room #1--
In this living room (you are seeing the living room from the entrance to the home) the picture window is across from the sofa. The sofa feels GOOOOOOOOD there--it’s in the perfect spot for this space.
These clients can see who’s coming up their sidewalk and to their front door from the sofa. They are very likely to sit there to have a conversation, read, work and hangout. Annnnd, bonus points, the sofa has its back against the wall offering them feelings of stability and confidence.
Living Room #2--
The sofa is in the power position, with the TV directly across--the view is behind and the wood burning stove is to the side. The curved sofa (like a BIG HUG) gives this family the chance to cuddle into the corner to see out the windows, enjoy the fire or the TV, all from the sofa.
In fact the weekend this sofa arrived, the whole family, parents, teenagers and GRANDMA sat down for a holiday movie extravaganza--a definite first for them!!!
Living Room #3--
This sectional creates the room by following the shape of the walls. Sectionals are AMAZING for giving you LOTS of seating room and this one, in particular, is a Great Big Invitation to sit down, relax, read, watch a movie and snuggle.
If you live in a home where there are lots of factors to consider in your living room, start with the sofa position--if you pay attention to how you feel while seated on the sofa, you might just “know” when you’ve got it in the right spot.
If you have a higher level of difficulty as you plan the space of your living room--and need to also consider a beautiful view, a TV and a fireplace (not to mention chairs!) feel free to email me--I would love to chat with you about your space.
Your sofa position is an important piece of the Feng Shui puzzle!
Lots of Love,
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Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Warner Park Community Center and met so many amazing new people at our “Power of Decluttering” event.
This is Fil and I afterwards--she did a fabulous job organizing the event!
Your life can change in So Many Ways by letting the chaos/clutter go and making a plan to keep it gone. This is a wonderful time of year to start...
This year, Saturday, January 25, marks the Chinese New Year (referred to as the Lunar New Year globally because so many countries and cultures celebrate). It happens when the New Moon appears between Jan 21 and Feb 20.
It’s the YEAR of the RAT this year which symbolizes a flexible and open mind, good luck and prosperity in your career, as well as cleverness, creativity and fertility--this might be a good year for a baby (!) or the birth of a book, a fabulous new idea--anything that feels like a “labor of love” (Like FINALLY clearing out the basement, closets or garage :)
In Chinese culture, a New Year cleaning ritual is a really big deal--but it's just generally done before the first day of the New Year so that the good luck of the first few days of the celebration is not swept away.
Many people also use this time to repaint their homes, clear clutter and fix anything that's broken. (Ahem, yes, I was looking at you :)
I have a yearly ritual of clearing my office at this time--I seem to collect so many samples--tile, wallpaper, carpet, fabric from working with clients--they pile up and it always feels amazing to clear them out!
Do you have an idea of where you will start? Any hotspots calling your name? Email me and let me know what your first project will be--I would LOVE to know--and bonus points, send before and after pics, I would be so excited to cheer you on!
Lots of Love,
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! We raised ALL the money to paint the Black Women’s Wellness Center (and then some).