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Government may not be able to get its house in order, but you can! 5 Tips.

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I don’t usually get political, but with our capital in chaos it’s time for us to show the politicians how to move forward!

Here are five tips for our government to get back to work, and for you to get a life that works:

1.  “End the Shutdown” – Get the energy in your home and life moving again.

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TIP: Add water near the front door. This is a classic Feng Shui remedy that really works, it generates energy and draws abundance into your home. If you can’t place an actual fountain or aquarium next to the door, consider a fresh bowl of water with floating flowers or at the very least, add artwork with images of water.

 2. “Reach a Compromise” – Balance Yin and Yang to create a harmonious space.

yin and yang room houzz Culligan Abraham ArchitectureTIP:  An equal number of Yin and Yang items will create a comfortable environment that both relaxes and stimulates simultaneously. Look around your house and see how many of these items you have in each room:

  • Yin items:  soft, cozy furnishings like rugs, drapes, pillows, upholstered furniture, and soft lighting.
  • Yang items: hard, shiny, sleek furnishings like glass or marble top tables, stainless steel accessories, polished stone floors, mirrored surfaces, and large windows.
  • Aim for an equal number of each, a little more yin in the bedroom, a little more yang in the office.

3. “Stop the Dysfunction” – Get organized, and Clear the Clutter in your home and office. office -  room lust

 

TIP: Since this is a daunting task for most of us, I suggest you start with a small, manageable area. Take one drawer of a dresser or desk. I’ve seen miracles happen for myself and my clients by doing this. And once you get started and see results, you often get motivated to do more and more.

4. “Focus on Jobs” – Get a great new job or attract more business.

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TIP: Add a candle or a lamp with a red lampshade in the South area of your home. This “fire” element will generate a good reputation and abundance. If you can write your resume or do your job search from this area, all the better.

5. “Don’t Default”- Ok, I realize this one is a stretch – but “Don’t Default on your Dreams.”

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TIP: You have to take action to get results.  The definition of default is: Failure to perform a task or fulfill an obligation. When you set up your space with the power of Feng Shui, you make yourself available for amazing new people and opportunities to come into your life, but you need to take positive actions, too. Create a vision statement for what you want in your life, read it daily, get support, and take bite-sized steps towards your goals. In my experience, the combination of good energy and good action is unstoppable.

…better than a politician’s flag lapel pin, a chic red white and blue living room.

October 11, 2013   No Comments

Feng Shui Design: 5 Simple Steps to Create the Life You Want

Starting with this...

 

...can lead to this.

What do you want? What do you love? How does your home reflect that? How can your home help you to attract more of that into your life?  

In my experience of over 10 years working with clients, and experimenting on my own space, I am convinced that our homes can be a mirror of what we love, and a magnet of what we want.  You’ve heard all about The Secret and the amazing work of Abraham-Hicks – Law of Attraction  by now. Well here is an easy, fun, and amazingly powerful way to apply these principles to your home and see real results:  

1. Decide on something that you want to attract (an item, a personal goal, an experience, etc).  

2. Create a vision statement around your goal. Write it out as if it has already happened (“I am so happy that I have —-.” Or “It makes me feel great to have —-.”)  

3. Now, choose an item that represents the thing you want to attract. The item should make you feel good when you look at it. (My item is sea shells. See examples below)  

4. Look around your home and decide how you would like to use that item in your space. Then have some fun integrating it into your home or office.  

5. Read your vision often, and when you see the item in your space, remember what it means to you.  

This is step 3 of my “More than Just a Pretty Space” design philosophy : Improve. This final step takes the essence of our dream life and works it directly into our home. Through key sensory cues, strategically inserted throughout the house, we can reinforce the vision of what we want (and reduce the influence of what we don’t want) to great effect…the result is a home that is in alignment with who we want to be, and the life we want to have. Then, that life can begin to manifest for us.  

For me, my love is the beach. Living at the ocean was a dream of mine for many years, until I finally achieved it. In order to do that, I created a home that felt like a beach house,  even though it was a tiny apartment in NYC (see post).  Now that I live at the beach, I continue to infuse my home by collecting sea shells. My husband and I pick up a few on every beach walk we take, then decorate them and place them around the house (photos). Each time I see one of these golden shells, I am reminded of my new vision: to eventually live in the tropics full time. I feel the joy of being there, and reinforce my belief that this will happen.  

At my front door, a water fountain (a feng shui solution for attracting wealth) is surrounded by seashells, reinforcing my vision of tropical living.

Ganesh is the Indian God believed to remove obstacles. I placed a golden sand dollar at his belly, to represent tropical living and riches.

  

I recently found the book Sea Shell Chic in a Hamptons bookstore and was inspired to start creating my own shell encrusted designs.  Some of my inspiration pieces are:  

This cafe table I found at Mecox Garden in Southampton.

I love the top, which is made of cut shells set in resin.

The Stella mirror by Made Goods took a natural element and made it glamorous.

This grotto chandelier from Curry and Co is gorgeous!

A client in mine in Los Angeles has a fireplace surround made of shells, which represents her love of Hawaii.

But I think I will start simple, with something like this lovely tissue box from Bella Campagna.

Or a mirror similiar to this lovely Curry and Company piece.

What inspires you? How might you start improving your home by adding elements that reflect your vision for yourself? I will post my creations along the way, and encourage you to share your ideas as well.

Though this technique could be seen as simply playful (or even frivolous), this is a powerful act that can lead to living your vision.  

“Imagination is the beginning of creation.You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will.” ~ George Bernard Shaw  

Have fun!  

 

October 19, 2010   4 Comments

From a Shower Curtain to the Pacific Ocean: My Story

view of Waikiki Beach from my bedroom window 

 (As a side note: this story first appeared on my website and seemed relevant to include here. Of course I’m now on to new exciting dreams, see footnote.*)

I became a feng shui consultant because I wanted a life of natural beauty and spiritual harmony. But when I first started on this path, my life was anything but.

I lived in a dingy, tiny, walk-up apartment in New York City; an apartment which got its one moment of direct sunlight between 2:03 – 2.18 pm each afternoon, when a shaft of light would squeeze between the buildings and pierce my bathroom window.

I always imagined having a view of the ocean in my dream home, so I decorated my bathroom in an ocean theme. A translucent blue shower curtain caught the light and hinted at Caribbean waters. Hand towels with tropical fish, some seashell bath soaps, and a vase filled with fake sea grass completed the look.

I had a vision of living at the beach, but all I had was the vision. I couldn’t see how, when, or where this beach life would manifest. Yet studying feng shui started to open my mind to a radical new vision about physical space. It was a theory that would be proven again and again in my work with hundreds of clients over the years:

You have to tell your home what you want.

To me, the best way to do that was to turn my home into a reflection of the life that I envisioned. My boyfriend (now husband) and I had just moved into the tiny apartment together and wanted to redecorate our bedroom (which also doubled as our dining room, living room, and office!). I shared my beach vision with him and found that he too had a passion to live on the water. So we decided to decorate our bedroom in a tropical “South Pacific” theme. We papered the walls in grass cloth, carpeted the floor in sisal, installed a ceiling fan and hung billowy white curtains on the windows. Even when it was snowing outside on the gray streets of the city, in our home it was perpetually 80 degrees and sunny (and not just because of the forced heat in our tenement building!).

When we create a home that in some way mirrors the life we want to live, we attract that life to us. By contrast, when we unconsciously surround ourselves with furniture, images, and clutter that we don’t need, or don’t want, or items that are associated with bad memories or past relationships, we simply keep attracting those situations into our life.

As we turn our home into the former, and shed the latter, our home starts attracting our vision. Try it, it works!

Sure enough, my life started to move in better and better directions. My feng shui business became a full time job, I then went to school for interior design which increased my business further. My husband’s new career in finance became more successful and allowed him to work online, from home.

As our incomes increased, we were able to start taking vacations and traveling to real tropical locations. We began exploring the idea of living on an island.

We grew to love our tiny home, but needed more room. So we started to visualize having the apartment next door. Sure enough, it soon became available! We grabbed it and combined the two apartments into a very sweet, livable space.

I continued the beach house theme in the new apartment, but more grown up this time. The newly acquired apartment would have a sleeker urban sophistication, but with a lot of tropical warmth. It was like the luxury resorts I envisioned staying in when vacationing in St. Barts or Bora Bora. Having visited some of the islands I had dreamed about, it now became easier to imagine living in these places. As we got a clearer sense of what we wanted, I began decorating the house more deliberately. We could viscerally feel that we were moving closer to our dream life.

A few years later, I think it is fair to say that our dreams have manifested. As I look out my window at the Pacific Ocean, the turquoise water and sandy beach lie 23 floors below my luxury high rise apartment in Hawaii. My husband is working in the next room, and we are about to go swim with sea turtles.

As great as this life is, we have more dreams ahead. We hope to eventually buy a home on an island not quite so crowded as this one – so we are decorating our current home in order to attract our next one.

But in essence we have done it. We took a silly blue shower curtain and turned it into the Pacific Ocean. We live our dream. This stuff works…try it.

(*As a footnote: I did eventually buy my dream beach house, and it turned out to be in the Hamptons – I know, I said a tropical island, not Long Island!  I will share that story in a future post.)

What have you experienced around manifesting your dreams, be it big or small? I’d love to hear what’s worked for you, or the current dream you are working on now…

August 6, 2010   4 Comments