How are you? I know, lots of big stuff going on in the world--I’m feeling it, too.
Now that we’ve moved in and are mostly settled, I’m reconnecting with my yoga practice and walking in the State Park (now that it is in my backyard) is helping.
I’ve got some EXCITING projects coming up--keep your grapes peeled--can’t WAIT to share!
Today, though, I wanted to show how working on even a teeny, tiny space can make a HUGE, life-changing difference…because Feng Shui Design is not just about making a space look beautiful, it’s also about changing the energy for the people who live (or work) in the space.
We’ve been working with Kris and Jason for a very long time (years, but who’s counting?) going through their entire home, room by room, considering EVERYTHING.
They have two kids and when we first met them their youngest was having some bathroom issues along with BIG, INTENSE FEELINGS about lots of things.
Their powder room (right off of the kitchen) and the one that the kids used all of the time looked like this:
It was the kind of bathroom you wanted to get in and out of quickly. Their youngest (cutest little redhead you ever did see!) was spending more time there (potty training :) and it was really affecting him!
I completely designed this bathroom for him, even though the rest of the family enjoys and uses it.
The room has been transformed, and their youngest relaxed. He still has a fiery personality but EVERYTHING has calmed down for him (including the potty training!) Yes, he’s matured and grown up but I believe that tiny little bathroom was KEY to him being able to more easily take steps in that direction.
One of the last times I was talking to Kris, he piped up and said he loved that wallpaper so much--he wished it could be in his bedroom--hear that, Mom?
Sometimes it’s small tweaks that can be a total game-changer.
Sending you tons of love,
And Big virtual hugs and kisses,
PHOTO CREDIT: Nancy Noet--Thank you!
I know I’ve been Missing-In-Action, but we have packed and moved and unpacked and painted and fixed and crushed cardboard and it’s been kind of A LOT!
I missed you, though, and so many of you are asking how it’s going, soooooooooo, here’s an update (if you’ve got 5 minutes :)
In another month, everything should be in place and ready for a virtual housewarming party--you will all be invited!
In the meantime, enjoy the Feng Shui Gas Station Renovation update! (It could very possibly be the ONLY Feng Shui-ed Gas Station on the planet--
And, if you’re feeling you need an energy upgrade in your own space, big or small, please reach out, I ALWAYS offer a complimentary 20 min. phone call and would LOVE to talk with you.
Lots of Love,
Bob, lovely husband, and I have been painting, packing and cleaning to get ready for our move to the little home above the Gas Station that we’re building.
I made a video so you can see the progress, too...
Even after I shot this, more tile was laid, more wallpaper was installed and more trim was painted. At this point, it seems like it cannot possibly be ready for us to move in in 2 weeks!
This is a good time for us to practice trust and faith :)
Enjoy and I will catch up with you very soon!
Lots of Love,
Our project in Blue Mounds, The Gas Station Renovation, is moving full steam ahead--I’m posting daily-ish updates--follow me on Instagram for the play-by-play. Not only is the NEW place taking a ton of energy, but (let’s not forget) we also have to paint the apartment #backtobeige. So far, I’m staying on schedule with that--spending an hour a day painting--less sexy, but has to happen...
This GORGEOUS LIGHT from Madison Lighting was installed yesterday and today we were cleaning (that’s Bob, lovely husband) and getting things moved out for the flooring to be installed tomorrow.
(Thanks to Whitney for this weeks’ topic suggestion--Virtual Learning)
Have you started Back to School? Are you supporting kids who have? Most/all learning is taking place virtually this semester and I wanted to share a few quick Feng Shui tips to maximize your experience.
1. Dedicate A Place:
Each person does not need their own fully-appointed office. However, designating a space for live, virtual meetings will help ground the energy for learning. The basics include a desk, table or counter at a comfortable height for the learner, a solid chair, a space for a notebook and learning materials and a way to organize them.
If possible, place the desk so that the learner is facing the room--a very powerful position! Facing a wall will make learning and staying in that spot, VERY DIFFICULT.
A carrier like this can help if more than one person is rotating through a space--laptop on one side, and supplies, books, etc. on the other--mobile learning at it’s best.
The newly-designed virtual meeting space below is being shared (I mean, arm-wrestled over) by two teens and their mom who’s an Educational Support Coach:
Also, nice to have an extra chair in the space if your kids need support. The mural on top is Palawan Beach (look it up) and the wall is finished with a vibrant blue below--water energy, good for FLOW!
Make sure that your space has a good light that doesn’t produce a glare on the screen. A desk lamp like this one from Century House can be adjusted and has an LED light which is bright without a glare + it’s super fun!
If you have natural light coming in, try to position your student FACING a window or, at least, have the window at her/his side. A window behind the learner causes the “witness protection” shadowy look--makes it hard to look sharp on the screen with your friends and teachers.
Remember, kids AND adults can only really handle 60 minutes (if that--me too) of sitting and focusing before brain-function starts to decline. Movement can help in those cases where a quick dance-break or 100 jumping jacks (math + gym) is not possible. Here’s one amazing idea (thanks, Kelly)--an under the desk elliptical machine
Also, sitting on a yoga ball or an upgraded Swopper Desk Chair can enhance the learner’s core stability and provide more movement as well.
Murals are a super fun way to raise the chi (Big Time) in any office or learning space. If your budget allows--go for it--I would love to help you select the perfect one--there are only about a zillion to choose from!
One creative way to get the mural effect (but in a very inexpensive and temporary way) is to use a printed shower curtain like this one. Hang it stretched out on the wall behind the desk either with small nails or 3-M hooks--you will need 12 :)
Shower Curtain (actually we used 2), provides a beautiful background for this classroom teacher AND hides storage
In any case, pay attention to what’s on the wall behind the desk, remove clutter, add something beautiful!
I hope at least one of these tips will enhance the Virtual Learning Experience at your house--please let me know if you would like to connect about your unique situation. I would love to help get you set up.
Lots of Love,
PHOTOS: “Sierra--Ready for School” by: Kelly Jones, “Teacher’s Shower-Curtain-As-Mural” by: Morgan Simons
How have you been? I am focusing on Beauty this month and taking the smallest of steps each day towards my goal (at the moment, putting our gorgeous apartment #backtobeige).
Yes, the wallpaper had to be removed--but our new living space on top of the Gas Station is going to be fabulous!
Recently, a lot of murals have been popping up for my clients--and I wanted to share with you a few reasons why I use murals in my Feng Shui design
(I know, you might be picturing “murals” as something kind of tacky or faded from back in the day…)
But the current mural selection is OUT OF THIS WORLD! And here are a few Feng Shui Reasons to use one:
Have you heard of Twitter’s “Rate My Room”? There are some office spaces that could really use some tweaking!!!!
I mean, I know we’re just “keeping it real” but... take some time to arrange your space for optimal lighting and potential--for me, the Holiday Inn curtains just don’t do it :)
We’ve just finished installing murals in several home office work spaces--here’s one example of a HIgh Chi enhancement:
This was the catch-all room. It lacked color, purpose and organization. And, our client was in DESPERATE NEED of a home office--she had virtual work to do and interviews for new job possibilities as well.
The Mountain Mural enhances confidence and personal power--this is an office where things are happening!
The wolf is keeping watch while the mirror across (you can’t see it) doubles the mural so she has access to it too.
The orange chair adds a spark of fire and the fun rug balances the colors in the room.
She is in a very powerful position here--cannot wait to hear what Big Things happen in her life!
PS: The clutter and unnecessary things have been removed/organized.
2. Headboard Wall
Adding a Mural to a headboard wall extends out the energy of the headboard.
In ancient Feng Shui, people were looking for properties that could support them by having a “mountain” behind them for protection and safety.
In our modern world, the headboard serves that purpose and to boost that energy even further, we often add a strong color or a mural behind the headboard for an even higher energetic frequency.
In this case, the bedroom is in the basement, so the high vibration of the mural acts as a magnet to pull you down the stairs to this gorgeous space.
3. Bring Chi to a “forgotten” space--attic, loft or basement
This big space (man cave, lower level) was perfect for entertaining, watching movies and playing pool and shuffleboard, but it was not being used to its potential. This Lower Level space needed an energy tune-up to cause the family and their friends to come down and use it!
We changed a lot in this space but the mural is DEFINITELY the highlight. It’s a photo that captured a very special event for our clients and we had a mural created from that photo to celebrate the event and enhance the space.
EVERYONE wants to come downstairs now--the lighting is enhanced, the paint colors are upgraded--lots of things changed but this mural is the crown jewel of the Lower Level. You cannot help but want to go downstairs!
If you’re hungry for a space upgrade, send me an email--I would love to chat with you about the possibilities. Murals are not for everyone, but they are a fun easy way to tune-up the energy of a space.
Lots of Love,
PHOTOS: Mark Schepker, Nancy Noet, Manotee Cornet--Thank You!
It’s about time for an update on our Gas Station Reno, isn’t it?
Below is a short video tour:
We are heading into the homestretch--flooring, tile, the rest of the lights, cabinets, wallpaper and railings! (I know it seems like a short list, but sometimes it also seems like a l-o-o-o-o-ong list :)
Renovating, building, adding-on is NOT for the faint of heart--so many moving parts, decisions and opportunities (AHEM) for growth :)
Yes, the part about Feng Shui being a tool for transformation--it’s definitely happening within our own project, too.
I will share some more on this in a future post--it’s the behind the scenes part of this work that I find the MOST exciting/terrifying/thrilling. Since we’re right in the middle of it, it’s a little hard to unravel, but it’s there--I can feel it, and I can’t wait to share!!!
Lots of Love,
IF you joined us for the *Get it Done* Clutter Clearing Session--WOWOWOWOW!!!! We (all--me, too) got a lot done! Boxes were emptied, closets cleared, files dealt with, stuff under the bed was released, and the energy as we wrapped up was FLYING HIGH!
Marie sent this picture as her #win from the session (I guess there wasn’t a before shot):
(check out the clear floor…)
When I saw her this week, she asked, “Which area of the Bauga correlates with the Front Door? (As this was the front hall closet) I told her that LIFE PATH or CAREER is the correlation.
She S-M-I-L-E-D and said that she had just landed a DREAM client--”Could it be...the work I did during the session????”
Absolutely--releasing clutter and stagnant energy in any area of your home will give you an energetic boost and this a beautiful example.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next *LIVE* session!!!
And speaking of upgrades--
I wanted to share a sneak peek of Leah’s Master Bath upgrade. We are not completely finished, still waiting for towels, and a few other things, but the transformation of the space is so exciting I thought you would like to see it too...
Feng Shui Upgrades:
Leah LOVES her new bathroom--we are so happy for her!
If you’re ready for a space (and life!) transformation of your own, please send me an email--I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Lots of Love,
PS: We can’t do this work in a vacuum--special thanks to Kelly, Sean, Tim, Lucas and the electrician who moved the light--didn’t get his name :)
Thanks so much for your responses from last week's post: Gas Station Reno --the project is moving along well this week--my next update will be when the colors start going up on the walls--WooHoo--can't wait to share!
Also, I've been talking with #ManyOfYou who are working your way through clutter challenges. Want some support for that?
I'm planning a Zoom Work Session next week where we will ACTUALLY WORK on a clutter-clearing project. I will set you up with some tips to get the most from your session and then we will roll up our sleeves and get to work!
I will HOLD SPACE for one hour as you concentrate on one area that needs to be cleared.
You will not believe what you can do in one focused hour--
And, I cannot wait to prove it to you!!!!
When the hour is over I will be available for 30 MORE minutes to answer questions and celebrate with you #wins.
This session is completely FREE--I know you're home more and have been wanting to get to your projects--and in this time of Change and Challenge, I'm feeling SO inspired to give you this gift with a big shot of accountability, fun and LOVE!
There is a limit to the number of spaces we have, so sign up NOW!
Mark your calendars for next Thursday, 7/30, at 12pm CT (The session will last 90 minutes)
EEEEeeeeeee! I hope you can make it!
Yes, there will be a recording--for those who sign up--but I hope you can make it live!
BIG virtual hugs and kisses,
Photo credit: Nancy Noet, Jake Boyd Photo and Mark Schepker
I’m thinking about you A LOT and hope you’re doing well. REMEMBER, your home has a HUGE impact on How Things Are Going--please reach out if you are feeling like your home (or your LIFE) needs an upgrade--I would love to support you.
Feng Shui Design is magical--in just these last few weeks, I’ve heard clients say things like:
“All of a sudden I’m sleeping ALL NIGHT LONG--it’s been an issue my whole life!”
“We got married! We finally just did it--A Feng Shui WIN!”
“I got a corporate contract for my coaching work--super happy about that!”
And I see these kinds of results ALL THE TIME in my full-time practice--just think how amazing it would feel to have your dreams woven into the design of your home SO THAT you constantly have the support you need to freely move towards them…
And speaking of dreams…
Bob (lovely husband) and I are making our dreams come true, too!
Bob has owned a 1950’s Mobil Gas Station in Blue Mounds, WI since the 70’s. He pumped gas and serviced cars there until the Interstate was built (Hwy 151)--this diverted the traffic and caused him to go to work in Madison.
He pulled out the gas pumps but kept the station as his “toy box” to fix our cars, his friends’ cars, tinker and play with inventions (When the magnetic motor becomes the salvation for our energy crisis, you can say you knew the inventor ;)
Last May, on vacation, I had a BIG brainstorm--
“Honey, why don’t we put an Airstream on top of the station for a little get-away?”
“You do know that there’s a roof on top of the station and that it’s slanted…”
“Well, what if we took it off and considered building a container home on top (the view is beautiful over the rolling hills…)?”
“Hmmmm, I’m up for seeing if that would work…” (Bob is game for just about anything--don’t you love that about him? :)
That was the start of it--I couldn’t get a paper and pencil in my hands fast enough--through last summer and fall we were on a fact-finding mission.
In the winter, we had collected enough data:
Everything was going IN OUR FAVOR!
So, this spring (what a quarantine project) we drew and drew and re-drew until we had the optimal space planned for a small-ish home on top of the Gas Station.
And, on June 1, the work began:
At this point, a month later:
It’s all very exciting and, I won’t lie, a teensy bit stressful from time to time--but we are moving full speed ahead, and by October, we plan to be moved in and living there!
I feel like we’re giving birth to a BIG HOUSE-SIZED quarantine baby and (you guessed it) I’ve been going through EVERYTHING with a fine tooth comb getting the chi as high as possible--even checking in with my mentor to make sure I’m not short-changing ourselves (since, you know, it’s hard to see your own blocks).
If you want to catch some of the short videos I’ve made of the progress check my Instagram feed.
And, if you’re driving out that way, swing by, honk, wave--you can’t miss it, it’s the tallest building in Blue Mounds!
I will keep you posted!!!!
Big Love and MANY virtual hugs and kisses,
PS: We are moving out of a GORGEOUS 2bedroom/2bath Madison/West Side Apartment with STUNNING views of the back of Elver Park. If you want more info or know someone who may be interested, please forward this post or check here. We have 5 months to sublet--I KNOW there’s the perfect person/family who would LOVE our apartment with a pool, screened deck, gym and access to hiking and ski trails in the park.
We’ve been Blown Away at how many of you have signed up for the event on Tuesday, 6/30 @12pm CST. There’s a limit to the number of spots, so click below to get yours now!
Please pass this invitation along to your friends--everyone’s welcome to join us:
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In these times, where there is a measure of unsteadiness in ALL of our lives, shifting the energy of your home can be a powerful and VITAL way to give yourself and your family a HUGE gift of peace, hope, security, grounding and strength:
Especially by using COLOR!
Even if nothing else changes, enhancing the color on the walls can upgrade your life in the most uplifting, seemingly-miraculous, life-changing ways.
And while I’m SO PROUD of all of you who’ve been out there cleaning, clearing and beautifying your spaces over the last few months – adding the “RIGHT” colors to your space can greatly intensify your results!
In fact, it’s the REQUIRED next step, if you really want to reap the greatest benefits of true Feng Shui.
I see changes like this everyday in my full-time Feng Shui practice:
I want this for you, too. I hope you’ll join me: CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS
And, even though most of my work involves full Feng Shui design services, I KNOW that color is the most powerful tool that I have.
I’ll even tell you a little secret: It’s actually responsible for at least 85% of the transformation in any space I work on.
Many mainstream designers are advocating for us to go with “warm creams”, “soft greys” or “clean and pristine whites” on the walls – but these colors are not helping ANYONE move their life and dreams forward.
Sure, these grays and neutrals might feel trendy – but they are NOT encoded with the vibrations we NEED to feel joy, love, confidence and connection.
Stark white spaces don’t generate any life. Drab, grey, lifeless colors dampen your heart.
(PS: Just because a color is fashionable, or everybody’s using it in their space, doesn't mean it's GOOD for you! It just means it’s safe, and appeals to the masses. . . and we all know what a dreadful idea that is!)
That’s why I’m doing this exciting live virtual event this Tuesday – so you can learn all about the hidden power contained within specific colors, and the special skills and knowledge required to choose the RIGHT colors – as a perfect healing tool for your space, and your life.
So, join me for this “tell-all” about COLOR – where:
• I pull back the curtain on exactly HOW I choose specific colors for my private clients
• You’ll see many beautiful, inspiring, colorful before-and-after transformations
• Hear exciting stories of how color has profoundly changed clients’ lives for the better
THE FENG SHUI OF COLOR –
3 Secrets for Using Color to Increase the Vibration of your Space (and your life)
Tuesday, June 30th at 12pm CST
(A FREE Virtual Event)
*Make sure to sign up – a recording will be available if you can’t make it!
CLICK HERE TO JOIN US!
Lots of Love,