Friday, July 27, 2012

Feng Shui Hallways

People don’t usually think of hallways as “rooms.” They just lead from one part of the house to another and are usually treated as “non-rooms”, remaining dark and plain.  Long, thin hallways are like rivers of Chi, forcing us to hurry through them. These can be slowed down by hanging round faceted crystals a few inches from the ceiling every 10 feet or so.  Ideally we want to be pleasantly drawn and enjoy a hallway’s special d├ęcor.
Think of where the hallway is aligned to the Bagua, and enhance it with the attributes and colors of that area, choose the lighter shades of the spectrum to enlarge them.  This is a perfect opportunity to create a gallery for displaying paintings, photographs and posters – especially anything with depth that will widen the area. Wider hallways can be made narrower with furniture, bookshelves, carpets and plants.
Lighting in hallways is very important. Bring beauty to the area with track lighting, sconces and interesting lamps.  Treat every inch of your house as a special gift to you and you will reap the results!
My hallway above is enhanced with my father's art and beautiful hand blown glass sconces from the Nourot Glass Studio.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Garages and Feng Shui

In Feng Shui EVERYTHING COUNTS, including closets and garages.  If you are building your home, keep your garage detached from the main house to ensure good air quality and a more peaceful flow of Chi throughout the house.  Unfortunately, that is not the case for most of us. Garages tend to be built in the front right or left of homes, either in the Knowledge and Self Cultivation, or Helpful People areas. Both of these areas are very important in your life, therefore what your garage looks like is critical to your harmony.

Avoid the tendency to let the garage become a chaotic storeroom. Make it a place you enjoy seeing every day. Leave plenty of room to drive in and out, without worrying about hitting piles of stored items. Install shelves and cabinets for storage, design attractive work areas.

The garage is often the last room you see when you leave and the first when you return. Make is a beautiful and inviting place. Make it a “real room”, hang art and pictures representing its area of the Bagua, paint it an auspicious color, add travel posters,  pictures of family, beautiful lighting and carpeting.

In our garage we have hung a large round faceted crystal in the center, and placed travel pictures and pictures of our spiritual guides. We also created a vision board inside one of the closet doors with pictures and positive affirmations of what we want to have come into our lives.  Outside, in a small flower garden by the garage we planted white flowers surrounding a small angel blowing toward our house. Whenever we feel that our synchronicity is off, and that we keep hitting stumbling blocks, I say, “Honey, it’s time to clean the garage.” We take a few hours to organize, dust, polish, sweep, and state our affirmations once again.  We immediately feel the shift in energy, plus our garage is once again pleasing to look at.