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Sneak peek of a recent project

img_0199 I couldn’t help but give you a little glimpse of a project we’re completing in Connecticut. Our client asked us to design and build their family a new 10,000 square foot home,  infusing good energy from the ground up.

Here’s a peak at the double height foyer. The custom chandelier feels like a gentle rain shower, leading the eye up to a gold leaf ceiling. This combination of elements “water” and “metal” invite abundance into the home.

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More pics to come…

October 28, 2016   No Comments

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

Updating a Classic New York Building with Feng Shui Design

     I was honored to be asked to update the common hallways, elevators, and elevator landings for The Hampshire House . The 37 story building is a New York City landmark. Sitting on Central Park South just steps from The Plaza Hotel, its steep copper roof and double chimneys form one of the iconic shapes on the NYC skyline.

The Hampshire House was built in 1938 as a hotel, but is now luxury apartments, and most have wonderful views of Central Park, which is directly across the street.

It was a little intimidating to do any design work in the building, originally designed by the great decorator, Dorothy Draper.

I did not touch any of Draper’s work, which is still intact in the main lobby. What I was asked to do was update the public areas which had been poorly decorated back in the 1980 (think peach shag carpet and apricot walls – yuck)! Besides being unappealing design, it was not good Feng Shui.

Even though these are transitional spaces, the energy of public areas effect thousands of people over time. When spaces like these are designed for optimal energy, it increases the well being of all those who live there, and ultimately improves the success of the building as a whole.

So as with every project, I started with a Feng Shui analysis. Based on the Feng Shui reading of this building, wealth and harmonious relationships are enhanced by adding Metal and Water elements. That formed the basis for my design.

Metal colors are silver, gold, white or gray. Water colors are colors blue or black. So I selected a color scheme of pale blue, black and white.

For the floors, I installed a blue plush carpet lined with black and white tiles. The tilework harkens back to the Hampshire House’s art deco origins, and tie in with the original tiles in the main lobby.

We finished the walls in a pale blue venation plaster, the softness of which feels a bit watery (and water enhances the wealth energy of the building).

I selected hardware and light fixtures trimmed in polished chrome, and lined the halls with black and white photographs showing parties from the golden age of the hotel.

I placed a white leather settee in each elevator landing, backed with a mirrored wall in a diamond pattern to bounce light into the windowless space. Finally, I chose sleek white and chrome light fixtures to bring a little modern energy into this elegant space.

While many Feng Shui books and teachers focus on arranging the individual rooms in one’s home, integrating Feng Shui design into public areas is a fantastic way to enhance the well being of all who pass through the space. Who knows how many people will be positively affected by visiting such a place…even if they have no idea what Feng Shui is!

 

April 24, 2013   No Comments