Thursday, December 3, 2015

Including All the Senses Enhances the Home's Feng Shui

The holidays are a special time for decorating and enhancing a home with love. Including  all 5 senses while enhancing your home provides a  safe haven for your evolving body and soul.

Your home is your oasis. Through your efforts, your house or apartment can become both a private sanctuary and a welcoming, serene, and healthy place to live in and visit. An organized and comfortable home can have a calming effect on you, your family, and guests, as well as be your personal escape from the rest of the world. Creating this nurturing space isn’t difficult. Even a household that includes young children or multiple animals can be a serene and peaceful place. In just a few minutes, you can make a number of changes that can turn your home into a safe and comfortable haven that you can be proud to share with your loved ones and friends.

One way to fill your house or apartment with calming energy is to imbue it with a peaceful ambiance that nurtures all five senses. Soft lighting and soothing colors like blue, purple, and green can make a space feel warm and inviting, while pleasant and calming aromas such as lavender and vanilla can positively affect moods. Peaceful sounds, such as running water in a fountain or gentle chimes can uplift and clear the space, while clearing clutter and making the most of open space can ease internal turmoil and dispel negative feelings.

During the holidays bringing in all 5 senses is easy: 1) Smell the pine trees, candles and baking,
2) Taste all the familiar holiday foods, 3) Hear carols, chimes, bells, 4) Touch the ornaments and place familiar family decorations,  and hug your family and friends, 5) Open your eves to the lights, colors and beauty surrounding you.

The changes you make to your home can be as unique as you are and may involve utilization of space, lighting, new furniture, decorating, Feng Shui, or ritual. But what you do is not as important as being clear in your intention to set up your household as a soothing and refreshing place to be. Make your home a place of comfort, and you will feel nurtured and cared for whenever you are there.

Wishing you a blessed holiday season!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Finding Restfulness in Feng Shui

The purpose of Feng Shui is to bring peace, harmony and a sense of serenity and restfulness to you home and your life. The serenity you create in your home has a great deal of influence on your outlook.

There are areas in your home that lend themselves nicely to peace and rest; the left front section of the structure is particularly related to “Stillness.”  In the Feng Shui  Bagua (Ba-gua) Map, represented  as a grid of nine sectors, his area is referred to as the “Knowledge and Self Cultivation Area”. It operates under the premise that we assimilate knowledge best when we also cultivate a peaceful mind by practicing some form of regular “keeping still.” This can be accomplished through meditation, contemplation, and introspection.  Knowledge is viewed as the seed of wisdom, therefore when we spend time resting, our field of knowledge will be lush and productive. This teaching reminds us that to be brilliant, creative, and productive, we must also embrace stillness. “One cannot see one’s reflection in running water, but only in still water.” Chaung Tzu

The Bagua comes from the Chinese philosophy, “The I Ching,” and literally means “eight trigrams.” In the” I Ching” the Knowledge and Self Cultivation  area of your home or business is called “still mountain” as it refers to taking the time to climb the peaceful inner space where you can integrate and assimilate your daily experiences.

Whatever room your Knowledge and Self Cultivation area resides, applying some basic Feng Shui principles can help you create a peaceful sanctuary.

The Knowledge and Self Cultivation area is located in the left front corner of your home/office/business.
Enhancements in this area are particularly helpful if you want to cultivate a more peaceful mind, restful space or lifestyle.
The element for the Knowledge area is Wood, and the colors are black, blues and greens, therefore representations of this element can be used inside and outside of your home or business.

Enhancements for energizing Knowledge and Self Cultivation inside your home or business:
* Keep this area clutter free, since clutter does not act to soothe the mind.
* Items in the colors of blues, greens, or black
* Items in the shape of columns or stripes
* Posters, paintings, collages and/or photos of mountains, woods, or anything that depicts a quiet outdoor space or meditation gardens, pictures or collages of figures such as teachers and wise people in your life in meditation, contemplation or repose
* Wooden tables or bookcases holding books, tapes or material being studied
* Healthy plants with rounded soft leaves

Enhancements for energizing Knowledge and Self Cultivation  outside your home or business:
* This area is best enhanced outside with beautiful lush, healthy plants.
* Figurines of people you consider wise, or blue/green gazing balls
* A wooden or wicker bench or seating area for quiet reflection
Note: If this is where your front door is located, the Chi, the vital energy, is invited to flow in through a peaceful, serene entrance.

A Missing Knowledge Area:
If your knowledge area is missing from your floor plan - I recommend anchoring this area by doing one or a combination of the following: planting a lush meditative garden, adding a bench or quiet seating area, or placing a statue or gazing ball in the corner. The key is to complete the space, and simultaneously create a peaceful environment.

With the holiday season beginning this is an excellent time to seek the nourishing peace and rest your body and mind deserve.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Feng Shui Questions and Answers

In most of the fifty newspaper columns I've written, I've given readers the opportunity to ask me questions. The answers have helped others who follow my columns and blog. Here are a few examples. You can read my columns on this site for more questions, or better yet write your own question on the blog.  Many blessings!

Sample questions from readers:
1)  Reader: “I have been reading your columns and have been trying to get pregnant for over a year. Looking at the Bagua I see that my Children’s area is the dinette area of our kitchen, which is usually filled with piles of clutter. We also keep 4 boxes of our deceased pet’s ashes on a shelf in there. Where should I move them? Can Feng Shui help me get pregnant?”

Dear Reader: “Awareness is half the battle. Yes, you definitely should move the ashes which represent loss in a place where you need to focus on new life.  If you can’t bury the ashes in your garden, giving them back to the earth, they can be placed in one of your two more spiritual Bagua areas; Knowledge and Self Cultivation or Helpful People, considering them your angels. Clean up your dinette area of all piles, decorate with whites and pastels, place 9 pictures of babies in metal frames and replace them with your pictures when the baby is born. This is a great place for a vision board. Use the area for your meals with your husband. You may even want to bring in a high chair to show the baby you are ready. Keep working with your doctor. Blessings to you, please keep me posted.”

2) Reader: “My mother, who lives out of state, is ill. Is there anything I can do in my own home to help? Looking at the Bagua I see that my Health and Family area is in my extra room. Sadly this is my cat room. It basically has cat boxes and a couch for them to lie on, and I otherwise use the room for storage. Does this matter? What can I do?”

Dear Reader: “The good news is Yes, you can definitely send your mother positive energy, and hopefully help her through her illness by incorporating Feng Shui into your own home. In Feng Shui every space counts (closets and attached garages included). The first thing you need to do is clean, declutter and straighten the room. If you can’t move the cat boxes at least place them in covered containers and keep them clean. The Health area of the Bagua is governed by the Wood element, therefore bringing in shades of blues and greens and healthy plants is essential. Flowers symbolize good health, so hang pictures of radiant flowers, as well as adding floral carpet, throw pillows or a flowered throw on the couch. I recommend placing one or more flowering orchids in the room, which are powerful Ch’i enhancers. Display pictures of your mother in a state of good health with affirmations such as “Mom is healthy and thriving.” If possible hang a 30 mm round faceted crystal in the center of the room to move the energy. Your cats will like this transformation also. If possible, have your mom do this in her own home also.  I wish you mother good health and many Feng Shui blessings.”

3) Reader: “When is the best time for a Feng Shui consultation?”

Dear Reader: “Just the fact that you’re asking indicates that you are ready for a consultation. One of the best reasons for a Feng Shui consultation is simply to get yourself “unstuck”.  Feng Shui can reduce your stress, improve your sense of life balance, and support your health and prosperity. I recommend Feng Shui consultations at major life transition points like a home renovation or move, marriage, divorce, a new baby, moving into a new office, starting a business are all perfect opportunities to attract fresh, auspicious Ch’i energy into your life. An initial consultation takes approximately two hours and can have amazing results.”
 “unstuck”.  Feng Shui can reduce your stress, improve your sense of life balance, and support your health and prosperity. I recommend Feng Shui consultations at major life transition points like a home renovation or move, marriage, divorce, a new baby, moving into a new office, starting a business are all perfect opportunities to attract fresh, auspicious Ch’i energy into your life. An initial consultation takes approximately two hours and can have amazing results.”

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Create Passion Through Feng Shui

In Feng Shui it is a known fact that your environment is either supporting you or draining you. If you are looking to put more passion into your current relationship, or find a new relationship, Feng Shui can definitely help. Look to your bedroom for support and follow these simple guidelines for helping you create a passionate atmosphere.

1. Begin by evaluating your bedroom. What is it saying to you? Does it set the scene for the relationship you want, is it calm and nourishing, or is it a room filled with piles, one that you don't think too much about because you only sleep, or maybe try to sleep there.

2. Let go of anything you don't want to bring into your present or upcoming relationship. Remove pictures of children and family members; just pictures of your mate or romantic representations here – and items in pairs to represent “two –ness.”

3. The bedroom is your romantic boudoir, therefore it is important to remove exercise equipment, desk, and computers.  This energy will conflict with the purpose of the bedroom - serenity, romance and renewal. If necessary, use a screen to separate these different functions.

4. Remove the television from your bedroom. The television is a more vibrant, yang energy, which can make it less relaxing for sleep, and take your attention away from your partner. If you have to have one in the bedroom, place it in an armoire so it can be closed off when sleeping.

5. Move your bed to the ideal Feng Shui position, which is as far away from the door as possible, and with a clear view of the door from where you lie. If you cannot see the door easily, this will set up an unconscious vulnerability that will affect the quality of your sleep and other aspects of your life.

6.  Get a new bed and bedding if your bed holds memories of past relationships. Your bed holds the energy of anyone who has slept in it, so invest in the best possible bed and begin anew.

7.  The most draining thing in Feng Shui is clutter. Clutter affects all areas of your life more than anything else, and your bedroom is no exception. Clutter here will be affecting your health, your prosperity, and both existing and potential relationships. Begin your Feng Shui journey by decluttering your bedroom, and closet.

8. Art work is a powerful enhancement in creating your life. Position images of pairs of things in your bedroom and relationship areas of your home. Place pictures of you and your partner and/or romantic representations above the bed and around the room. Wherever you bedroom is in your home bring in accents of the red spectrum to symbolize the fire element.

9. Make space for a relationship by having items in pairs; two lamps, nightstands, pillows, and even two bathrobes in the bathroom.

10. The relationship you have with yourself is the most important. To love another you must first love yourself. Nurture yourself with your favorite scented candles, music and sensual fabrics.

11. Express gratitude for the love that you already have in your life; family friends, pets, interests. Wake up feeling thankful for the love that surrounds you and more blessings will come.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Opportunities for Feng Shui Classes

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Feng Shui?  Here is your golden opportunity!

I'm offering my Feng Shui series of 4 classes again in Walnut Creek through Acalanes Adult Ed, and registration is now open.  It is course number 05-7427 and will be offered on Thursdays from 1-3 pm. beginning on Sept. 17th.

You can register through
I’m looking forward to seeing you all soon.
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Feng Shui Newspaper Columns

I’ve had the honor and pleasure of being a Feng Shui newspaper columnist for the last 4 years, and have loved every minute of it.  I’ve currently written 48 columns, and as I near my 50th anniversary I reflect on all the topics I’ve covered and the readers I have met along the way.

I’ve now created a Table of Contents to help readers locate them with ease.
They can be found on   Enjoy!

Feng Shui Basics:
•    Feng Shui and the Bagua – Aug. 2011, Oct. 2014, May 2015
•    Anchoring Your Home – Nov. 2013
•    Decluttering Your Home – July 2011, Oct. 2013, Jan. 2015
•    Finding Balance With the 5 Elements and Yin and Yang – Sept. 2011, Oct. 2011
•    Common Cures for Problem Areas – May 2013
•    Vision Boards – Aug. 2013

The 9 Bagua Areas:
•    Career – Nov. 2011, March 2015
•    Knowledge and Self Cultivation – Dec. 2011, June 2013
•    Health, Friends and Family – Jan. 2012, April 2013, May 2014
•    Wealth and Prosperity – March 2012
•    Fame and Reputation – April 2012
•    Love, Marriage and Weddings – Feb. 2012, Feb. 2013
•   Children and Creativity – May 2012, Sept. 2013, March 2014
•    Helpful People and Travel – June 2012, July 2013, June 2014, April 2015
•    Centering and Grounding – July 2012

Feng Shui in the Home:
•    Bathrooms – Oct. 2012
•    Bedrooms – Aug. 2012
•    Dining Rooms – Nov. 2012, Nov. 2014
•    Entrances – Sept. 2012
•    Gardens - March 2013
•    Holiday Decorating and Gift Giving – Dec. 2014
•    Kitchens – Dec. 2012, Dec. 2013
•    Offices (Home and Business) – Jan. 2013April 2014
•    Selling, Buying, Energizing a Home – July 2014, Aug. 2014, Sept. 2014

Lunar New Years:
•    Year of the Horse – Jan. 2014, Feb. 2014
•    Year of the Sheep – Feb. 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Money and Feng Shui - Growth Opportunities

Saving to send your children to college, paying your taxes, buying a new home or car; all this takes money. Feng Shui can help you generate the energy you need for a better flow of prosperity into your life.

In the Feng Shui  Bagua (Ba-gua) Map, represented  as a grid of nine sectors, the Wealth and Prosperity area is located in the left back corner of your home/office/business. The Bagua comes from the Chinese philosophy, “The I Ching,” and literally means “eight trigrams.”

Take time to look at your home’s Wealth and Prosperity area and ask yourself, “Is the area enhancing or draining my prosperity?” “How can I increase the flow of prosperity and make it blossom?” Spring is a great time for spring cleaning and decluttering. Begin your prosperity work by culling and organizing the old to make way for the flow of abundance.

Enhancements in this area are particularly helpful if:
You want to generate more cash flow in your life, you are raising money for a special purpose, you would like to be more aware of the flow of abundance and prosperity through your life in general.

The element for this area is Fire, and the colors are purple, red and deep blue. Representations of this element can be used inside and outside of your home or business.

Enhancements for enhancing the Wealth and Prosperity area inside your home or business:
*Healthy plants with rounded, coin shaped leaves such as jade, impatiens, begonias, gloxinia,   
  cyclamen,  violets, mums and/or healthy looking silk flowers in purples, red, and blues or  
  artificial trees such as a ficus
*Water features (fountains, waterfalls or aquariums) symbolizing the abundant flow of money
*Posters, paintings, collages, photos or figures depicting moving water, wealth or your desired   
   possessions (homes, cars, boats, equipment, jewelry etc.)
* Valuable possessions and collections, such as antiques, art, sculptures, coins and crystal
* Items in the colors of purple, blue or red that help create a feeling of richness and opulence
* Quotes, affirmations and sayings pertaining to Wealth and Prosperity

 This beautiful painting is a representation of art in the Wealth Area

This client totally redecorated her dining room to enhance wealth and prosperity

Enhancements for enhancing the Wealth and Prosperity  area outside your home or business:
* Items that “call the Chi” such as flags, wind chimes, whirligigs, wind socks
* Items, flowers, plants in the purple color spectrum
* Fountains that either bubble up 360 degrees or where the water flows toward your home
* Waterfalls flowing toward your home

The Elements of Wealth:
Although in the elemental cycle Fire is extinguished by Water, in the case of Wealth and Prosperity, moving water symbolizes the abundant flow of prosperity so this is the only area of the fire sectors that water acts as an enhancement. The Wood Element feeds Fire, therefore adding representations of wood, such as plants or items made of wood would help nurture enhancements.  Picture a beautiful fountain surrounded by purple plants, near a wooden table with a deep burgundy or red umbrella.

A Missing Wealth and Prosperity Area:
If your Wealth and Prosperity area is missing from your floor plan, you can anchor the area by doing one or a combination of the following cures:  Anchor the missing corner structurally, such as building a trellis or deck, planting flowers in a flower garden or planter boxes in the purple spectrum, adding a fountain, a seating arrangement or a figure representing wealth and prosperity. If the area outside is not accessible, you can symbolically anchor from the inside by hanging a 30 mm round faceted crystal, placing a mirror, and/or a picture of a prosperity representation on the wall by the missing corner. If the missing area happens to be a parking lot, you can draw a small symbol of a dollar sign, Yin/Yang sign or the trigram for persistent wind in the exact location, closing off the corner. In a lawn or dirt area a piece of rose quartz can also be buried pointing up in the exact corner to symbolize anchoring.

A bathroom is especially important to enhance when it is in your Wealth and Prosperity area. Always remember that ALL drains and toilet lids must be kept closed when not in use, to keep the flow of prosperity from “pouring down the drain.” Chi flows very much like water and has a tendency to be pulled down any open drain, especially an opening as big as a toilet.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Feng Shui Living Spaces

Our living spaces can become nurturing homes for us when we make sure that our surroundings accurately reflect who we are as individuals and who we aspire to become. No matter how positive and creative you may be in your inner world, if your home or work surroundings are contradictory or present energetic barriers, you are likely to find it difficult to manifest all that you desire. By paying attention to the flow of energy around you, you can align your inner intentions with your outer realities to make your life a conscious act of creation.

In Feng Shui the words “feng” and “shui” mean “wind” and “water. Walk through your home and imagine the way these elements would flow through your space. You can evaluate whether or not your home is a balanced ecosystem that would allow a plant to flourish. A straight path between doorways would make nourishing elements rush right through, while a pleasantly meandering stream would instead create a flow that nurtures life. Look for signs of debris that might obstruct the flow of such a river. Clutter acts like hurdles placed in your path, blocking you from creating what you want in your life. Once the obstacles are recognized, however, they can be removed to let energy flow freely throughout your home and your life so that you can thrive.

Your home can be thought of as a symbolic metaphor for your life. Using the Feng Shui Bagua you can see if a neglected space may correspond to a lack of growth in your career or personal relationships. By shifting your perception, you shift the way you direct your energy and attention, which can enable you to make the changes you need to actively create the life of your dreams. If you need some assistance, please contact me. I would love to  help you create  a living space which would bring you harmony and allow you to achieve your goals.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Feng Shui and Kindness Go Hand in Hand

Feng Shui is all about balance and positive energy.  The universe is in a constant state of Yin and Yang. What we put out there (yang) comes back to us (yin) in a non judgmental and perfectly balanced way. When we make Feng Shui enhancements in our home, and expect results, we must remember that these adjustments are only 1/3 of the equation. Our destiny and our actions make up the other 2/3 of the formula. We may have little control over our destiny but our actions are completely within our reach. Feng Shui master professor Lin Yun stated that the key to prosperity is kindness.  To change your situation begins by doing a good deed each day. This will change the course of energy. A simple act of kindness can make an impact. When one does something good, solely for the benefit of another, the reality is that they both benefit.

Begin doing an act of kindness a day and watch your Feng Shui energy change for the good!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Join Me in Some Feng Shui Fun

Join me in some Feng Shui fun! Here are two easy ways to join me in learning the powerful art of Feng Shui.

The first is through a relaxed, instructive and fun home consult. An initial home consult takes about two hours. At this time you receive a packet with an introduction to Feng Shui, the principles, focus and Bagua map. We discuss your needs and then map out your house using the Bagua, recommending enhancements for each area. For booking the consultation, you receive  a complimentary copy of “The Western Guide to Feng Shui” by Terah Collins, and a written report. I will then be available to you via phone and email.

The second fun way to learn about Feng Shui is by taking my series of classes. The next series on Essential Feng Shui for beginners begins on June 2 through Acalanes Adult Education in Walnut Creek. To Register contact Acalanes Adult Ed. (925) 280-3981
You can view my latest class flyer on

Whatever venue you choose, you will not be disappointed. Your new learning will lead to life changing enhancements, and a lot of fun!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Practicing Intuitive Feng Shui

Do you practice Intuitive Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is all about a feeling. Do you feel calmed and nurtured by your home, as if its your own personal paradise; or does your home stress you out? If you feel calmed and nurtured by your home, it’s because it probably has good energy and you’re experiencing intuitive Feng Shui.

Are good things happening to you, opportunities opening up, and problems easily solving themselves; or do you feel that it’s just one thing after another, you’re stuck and can’t seem to get ahead?  If good things are happening to you, and life even with its challenges is flowing smoothly,  then you’re experiencing intuitive Feng Shui.

Do you find that you sleep better in one room over another, or enjoy sitting in one area of your home better than the rest? If so, take a close look at those rooms because they exhibit intuitive Feng Shui.
Without you even thinking too much about it, you’re intuitively arranging areas in your home to be  balanced and allow the energy to flow in a positive way.

Feng Shui is based on three guiding principles:

1)    Everything is alive.  Everything in your home is talking at you either positively or negatively. If you listen to the chatter and quickly do something about it (discarding, clearing, replacing, repairing or redecorating) then you’re allowing your energy to be transformed and are practicing intuitive Feng Shui. If on the other hand you live with clutter and broken items your energy will be drained.

2)    Everything is Connected. When you allow changes to be made, a chain reaction in energy flow occurs. You may feel you have more energy, smile more, feel healthier, want to do nice things for others; this in turn will lead to positive opportunities. Just by clearing a closet and bringing clothes to a consignment store I have made new friends and business opportunities. By observing and celebrating the connections your positive energy creates you are practicing intuitive Feng Shui.

3)    Everything is Constantly Changing. Life has a way of being in a constant flow; nothing remains the same. The art of Feng Shui is to steer the flow in positive directions. One opportunity can lead to another. If you allow the energy in your home to help move you forward you are practicing intuitive Feng Shui.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Happiness and Feng Shui Go Hand in Hand

The song said, “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” I say “Don’t Worry Feng Shui.” Feng Shui is all about creating an environment that will make you happy. As I was reading Getchen Rubin’s book “The Happiness Project” I was amazed to see how the recommendations paralleled Feng Shui principles.

•    Boost Your Energy (In Feng Shui enhance your Friend, Family and Health Area)
•    Remember Love (In Feng Shui enhance your Love and Marriage Area)
•    Aim Higher (In Feng Shui enhance your Career and Fame Area)
•    Lighten Up (In Feng Shui declutter and organize)
•    Be Serious About Play (In Feng Shui enhance your Child and Creativity Area)
•    Make Time for Friends (In Feng Shui enhance your Friend, Family and Health Area)
•    Buy Some Happiness (In Feng Shui enhance your Helpful People Area)
•    Contemplate the Heavens (In Feng Shui enhance your Knowledge and Self Cultivation and   
       Helpful People Area)
•    Pursue a Passion (In Feng Shui enhance your Knowledge and Self Cultivation as well as
      Creativity Areas)
•    Pay Attention (In Feng Shui enhance your Knowledge and Self Cultivation Area)

But most of all “Keep a Contented Heart”

I recommend this book to my Feng Shui followers. As Gretchen states “Time is passing…focus on the things that really matter.”

Happy reading and happy Feng Shui!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Gratitude and its Positive Effects on Feng Shui

 Cherish Your Journey!

Feng Shui is all about the journey, positive affirmations and expressing gratitude.

“Gratitude is important to happiness. Studies show that consistently grateful people are happier and more satisfied with their lives; they even feel more physically healthy and spend more time exercising. Gratitude makes it easier to live within your means, brings freedom from envy and connects you to the natural world.” Gretchen Rubin

In her book, “The Happiness Project” Ms. Rubin gives gratitude such importance that she keeps a daily Gratitude Notebook, each day writing what she is grateful for. This has made her aware of her many blessings.

UC Davis professor Robert Emmons studied the effect the effects of gratitude on physical health, physiological well being, and on our relationship with others.  In his studies he also advocated for a Gratitude Journal.  In studies of thousands of people from ages 8-80 he found that people who practice gratitude consistently report the following benefits:

•    Stronger immune systems
•    Less bothered by aches and pains
•    Lower blood pressure
•    Exercise more and take better care of themselves
•    Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
•    Higher level of positive emotions
•    More alert, alive and awake
•    More joy and pleasure
•    More optimism and happiness
•    More helpful, generous, and compassionate
•    More forgiving
•    More outgoing
•    Feel  less lonely and isolated

I feel grateful for my family and readers who are on this lovely journey with me!

The  dragonfly plaque was given to me by a dear friend and is used to enhance the  Children and Creativity area in our home. It is a constant reminder of gratefulness for the journey with my loved ones!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Feng Shui of Family Rooms

Many homes have Family Rooms or Great Rooms which serve numerous purposes. They tend to be multipurpose rooms and need to be balanced and structured to meet the needs of all family members.

A small child needs a place to play with toys. This toddler is given his own space, a creative activity center, for him to express himself in the Children and Creativity area of the Family Room.

Older children need places to do homework and work on the computer. Adults as well as children need a place to relax, socialize, watch TV, and listen to music.

When designing your ideal Family Room take some Feng Shui recommendations for better harmony and family happiness:

 Include adequate storage such as chests, trunks, drawers and cabinets for family members to stay organized. (Notice the organized shelves for the toddler's toys.)
  • If possible put electrical equipment behind closed doors for a calm room when not viewing.
  • Choose tables with rounded corners that are made of easy care materials. 
  • Use easy care floor coverings.
  • Choose bright, happy colors.
  • Include very comfy casual sofas and chairs.

The toddler we viewed above has his special center in the children's area behind this comfy couch. The table also acts as a tray and a place where the children can play. It's easy care and spills wipe right up.

Have fun with it and enjoy the positive bonding energy that Family Rooms bring to your household.