Feng Shui for the Modern Home

By the end of the year (hopefully by Summer's end), we'll be offering a new category of services.

Feng Shui for the modern home will be available as it's own category of services or as an add-on for our existing design clients. We'll be offering workshops, ebooks, and more, all on the topic of how you may use Feng Shui, (either on your own or with my help), to enhance your life through enhancing your space! 

This room isn't perfect (design or feng shui-wise), but I wanted to draw attention to some VERY easy ways to instantly improve the feng shui of any room in your house! Just add people, plants, and pets!!! As a practitioner, I'm always assessing the flow of Ch'i (positive energy) and a great way to enhance it's flow around your space is by the placement of the furniture. Another thing we take serious consideration of is the balance of the five elements.  Of the myriad ways to elementally balance your home, we consider the nourishing and controlling cycles of those elements. For example, I point out the use of "metal" (one of the 5 elements) around the mouth of the "fire"place.  Metal controls fire and provides more harmony. 

This room isn't perfect (design or feng shui-wise), but I wanted to draw attention to some VERY easy ways to instantly improve the feng shui of any room in your house! Just add people, plants, and pets!!!

As a practitioner, I'm always assessing the flow of Ch'i (positive energy) and a great way to enhance it's flow around your space is by the placement of the furniture. Another thing we take serious consideration of is the balance of the five elements.  Of the myriad ways to elementally balance your home, we consider the nourishing and controlling cycles of those elements. For example, I point out the use of "metal" (one of the 5 elements) around the mouth of the "fire"place.  Metal controls fire and provides more harmony. 

Feng Shui (pronounced: fung shway) is the ancient Chinese art of placement. Not a stretch that an Interiors professional should care about such things yet it's largely left out of the modern interior design conversation. There is a sort of "hippy" connotation to it but I assure you it will work just as well for anyone from any background and with any particular interests. You don't have to do anything but be open-minded to it's power.

And, though I'm a modern day designer, this ancient Chinese practice is a perfect companion to my work. Whether you live in a colonial, a mid-century modern, contemporary home or even a cabin in the woods, Feng Shui can work for you.

Additionally, Feng Shui can work for your small home office to a corporate headquarters. Any space can be assessed and enhanced to improve the quality of your work and those that work for you. 

My love affair with Feng Shui began in or around 1999. I went to a Feng Shui talk at a local health food store and it resonated so deeply with me. I was intrigued and went on to buy Terah Kathryn Collins' book: The Western Guide to Feng Shui and now, nearly 20 years later, I am a student of hers nearing practitioner certification.

Often, people are surprised to hear that I have studied this art for so long. Dear friends of mine don't even know this about me. I laugh now when I think that I'd kept this interest at bay for so long simply because it felt "off brand" for my business(es). I now realize that it's my responsibility to share this knowledge as it's too intricately involved in my life as a designer not to. And, because my passion for this practice has continued to increase rather than diminish.

That increase is due to witnessing and benefiting from it's power first hand. My deciding to launch an interiors business last year, to finally become certified in Feng Shui, and to offer you these services is a result of my enhancing the "career" bagua of my own home...my foyer. (see before and afters below).

I've seen, experienced, and felt the power of Feng Shui first hand for nearly two decades and I can't NOT see things through my Feng Shui eyes. I've been practicing intuitively - as many of you already are!

What is particularly exciting for me, is that I will be marrying two passions: modern interiors + lifestyles to my deep appreciation for the ancient art of Feng Shui. 

I think, indeed this will be fulfilling a niche that I see as necessary. There is a major shift happening within our society right now. Amidst the chaos of politics and terror, I'm seeing so many people, myself included, turn to personal wellness in a deeper and more committed way. Feng Shui is an extension of that experience that is currently lacking in the mainstream design lifestyle dialogue.

I am deeply immersed in a lifestyle that values beauty and good design, I have made a career out of it. And that is not going to change but I needed it to evolve.

I think it's OK to care about good design even though there are *more important* things I could be caring about. It's in my DNA, it's who I am to care about design, but it feels really good to evolve that into a practice that is about more than a room just looking good. It's about how that room is making you feel. How that room is literally changing your life for better or for worse, because the design choices we make actually have that much power.

I'd love the opportunity to explain how and show you how to take that power back and enhance your life along the way.

There are times when Feng Shui is ideal to consider. Though I could argue it's always important, deeper examination and analysis of a space can be a handy tool when there is a specific area of your life in need of enhancing.

Feeling like your career is stagnant or worse, in jeopardy? Perhaps you're creatively blocked, or possibly even in financial or relationship turmoil. These are some of the areas of your life that can become enhanced by employing Feng Shui properly. It's true and it's very powerful.

This practice is far more personal than typical interior design consulting. For that reason, every client consultation will be administered with the utmost respect, care, and discretion. 

I've been feeling a pull for years to live my life more in service than to simply covet material things. This journey is an opportunity for me to do just that.

But don't worry, I still like pretty things and will continue to design with and around them I'll just be doing some real good along the way!

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Thanks for reading today and always,

Danielle