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.
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.
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?
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.
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.).
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.
Welcome to Truly Home, where I write about all things related to creating a beautiful, supportive living environment—and having lots of fun while you do it. No matter where you live (big house, small apartment, city, country, suburbs), I promise you’ll find ideas and inspiration here for transforming your home into a place that brings you joy, energy, and tranquility.
Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. I think it can also spark creativity. In a bedroom redesign project I worked on, the necessity was finding a bedside table or bureau to fill an empty corner next to the bed. For my client, who was starting a new life as a single woman, placing that second bedside chest had great significance in terms of the Feng Shui of the room.