I see a lot of living rooms with furniture arranged like wallflowers at a dance—everything pushed up against the walls or stuck in a corner. “It makes the room look bigger,” people tell me. And that’s important, why?
According to Feng Shui, your front door and entry are key to bringing a good flow of energy into your life. But what happens when, as is the case in so many suburban homes, you actually enter and exit your home through the garage? It’s not a pretty picture.Read More
Our bedrooms are where we spend, on a daily basis, the biggest chunk of uninterrupted time at home. And that’s why it’s important to get that room right. Here’s what Feng Shui teaches: how your bedroom looks and feels, the type of bed you have and the way it is positioned, the pictures on the walls, the color those walls are painted, and so on, can affect your sleep, health, happiness, and the quality of your love relationships.Read More
Thanks to laptops and mobile devices, we can now work just about anywhere: on the sofa, in a café, on a bench in the park. But I would still argue that for those who are self-employed, a well-appointed home office can be an essential element of success—especially if you apply Feng Shui principles.Read More
In Feng Shui, one of the most important places in your home environment is your front door. It’s the face you show to the world, provides the first piece of information about you to visitors, and it’s what welcomes you home every day. (Or at least it should. In a later post, I’ll talk about why it’s not a great idea to enter your home regularly from the garage.)
So crucial is the front door in Feng Shui terms, it is often referred to as the Mouth of Chi. Chi is the Chinese term for life energy (also sometimes spelled Qi and ch’i) and it’s what you want flowing abundantly in your life. Just as our own mouths are the way we receive life-giving nourishment, the front door is the primary entry for energy into a home. If it’s blocked in some way, good things may be blocked from coming into your life.Read More
A drab, bare-looking room furnished with cast-offs gets a revamp that turns it into a bright, stylish work space for a client launching a new business.Read More
I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time over the years perusing real estate listings online. Besides searching for a couple of my own home purchases, I’ve spent endless hours clicking through those listings in an effort to help confused and/or overwhelmed friends and family members find their dream home. For a time, I even got paid to look at the listings—it was part of my job when I wrote the “Property Line” real estate column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. More recently, I’ve found myself searching realtor sites and the MLS for photos that will help me illustrate talks and presentations about home staging.
Through it all there is something that has consistently baffled me: Why do so many listings (even high-priced ones) feature bleak photos of completely empty rooms?Read More
When I tell people I do interior redesign, they sometimes ask me: “What’s ‘redesign? ” I can give them the concise explanation: Home redesign works to improve the look, feel, and function of a room (or multiple rooms) using the things you already have. Or I can say a little more: At its heart, redesign is a greener and more affordable version of interior decorating.Read More
My featured Home & Design resource this week is Color Made Easy, a 144-page, lusciously photo-packed, inspirational primer on how to use color confidently in your home. Published by Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications, the magazine features tons of of basic information for the beginner on such topics as how light levels in a room affect color, the difference between warm and cool colors, and how to choose the right paint finish (flat, satin, semi-gloss, etc.).Read More
What do you do when you have a beyond full-time job and a young child, and you’re faced with setting up and furnishing a largely empty new apartment ASAP? What if you don’t have the time to shop and make decisions about sofas, and tables, and chairs? And what if you can’t be there when the furniture deliveries arrive?
That’s the challenge a client was contending with when she called me.Read More