Decorating Your Home? Here is a Truly Unique Decor Idea

So, you are feeling like your home could use a new look but you just don’t know where to start.

My advice is to start at the beginning. Huh??? What do I mean start at the beginning. When it comes time to decorate your home it can be a daunting task to figure out where to start.

You are decorating your home to create a feeling of happiness and pride. What decorating boils down to is making you feel good. When I say, start your decorating at the beginning, I mean start at the entrance. The first thing you and visitors to your home see is the front door.

Removing Clutter from Rooms

Start your decorating at the entrance of your home and work your way back. If the entrance (interior and exterior) and less than pleasing your efforts to decorate anywhere else could be in vain as your mood will be impacted from the moment you enter.

Start by planning a “feeling” you want your home to project. Southwest decor, country, or maybe ultra-contemporary, essentially decide on the theme of your home and then start decorating at the front door, yes the exterior. This is what you see first.

Exterior Decorating

When you have nicely decorating the exterior entrance, begin work on decorating the interior entrance to your home. Before you begin any decorating on the interior entrance, start by removing clutter. Are there mounds of shoes stacked haphazardly or coats strewn about?

Start by finding ways to eliminate the clutter from your entrance and then add the decorative touches after. Clutter removal may save you money on decorating as you may find yourself saying: “Hey, this looks great once the clutter is removed”.

I do quite a bit of travel in my business and while on the road I was reading the Home and Garden section of the Charlotte Observer newspaper and read one of the most interesting and unique home decorating ideas I have ever seen, Ladders as a decorative and functional accessory.

More Clever Decorating Ideas

Ideas such as use a ladder to hold towels, magazines and various other household items. Hey, why not consider trying a ladder to be a functional and decorative piece in your home.

You may want to consider spray painting to fit in with your home color scheme. Use some imagination, maybe a basket that could hang from the rungs of the ladder. I haven’t tried this but I do know the possibilities are there. Well, I am off to find other interesting decorating ideas with you.

Maybe next posting will be a little more traditional.

Bedroom Layout Feng Shui Tips

Each person are being needs adequate sleep and quality for the sake of health. Unfortunately, not a few people who have trouble sleeping or insomnia every night.

Humans need to sleep at least eight hours a day. Sleep time is when the body regulate metabolism back, and regenerate to replace cells that die.

Lack of sleep not only causes body lethargic and creates dark circles under the eyes. Research shows that lack of sleep also causes weight gain, inhibit the overall health, including shorten one’s lifespan.

One way to get that deep sleep is to extinguish the lights and go to bed early. In addition, the atmosphere of the bedroom, also affected our ability to sleep.

Ceiling Fan

The fan in the bedroom ceiling can act as a lullaby. White noise created by the rotating fan, and it produces a soft breeze can help you sleep more soundly. For allergy sufferers, looking for the fan model of the blade coated Nano particles to prevent accumulation of dust.

Color wall

Tuscan yellow could be the perfect hue to brighten the entrance. But, the colors are not the ideal choice for getting to sleep soundly. In contrast, muted colors of blue, green, or purple is a better choice.

Light sleep

There are people who choose to read a book before bed to get sleep. Problems arise if you share a room with others, and one party demanding turn off the lights while others still want to read. To avoid arguments, find the neck reading light with a telescope, which will shine the light directly to the books read and not to the eye.

Water purifier

Dust, pollen, and pet dander can trigger allergic reactions that cause sinus and asthma problems. All the problems that led to interfere with restful sleep. To fix this, install the water purifier in the bedroom, which serves to filter common bedroom allergens from the air and clear it.

Feng Shui Home Decorating Tips to Help You

To start with, here are some key concepts for you to keep in mind when following Feng Shui

In literal translation, Feng Shui means ‘wind’ and ‘water’, and seeks to influence the flow and quality of ‘Chi’ or ‘Qi’ (energy) in our environments. Chi is vital energy or life force that’s everywhere – good Feng Shui practice keeps the Chi flowing but contained and not too aggressive.

It works with ‘Yin’ & ‘Yang’ energy (opposite ends of the spectrum) – o ‘Yang’ – active, bright, hot, full of life, summer. o ‘Yin’ – quiet, dark, cool, blocks energy, winter.

The aim is to keep ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ energy in balance and harmony for most positive outcomes – for example, you can balance either ‘yin’ or ‘yang’ with elements of each other to balance energy flow. In summer, you can introduce a water element into a ‘yang’ environment, and in winter, you can introduce a fire element to bring warmth and light to a ‘yin’ environment.

Feng Shui also works with the elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and their influence on balancing your environment.

1. Basic Principles for harmonious home decorating

Incorporate design and decorating features that help to quiet the atmosphere of a room. For example, lots of floor to ceiling windows can result in a room feeling disturbed and unsettled. You can balance this by using heavier blinds or drapes on windows to achieve focus, and by using heavier furniture to stabilize and settle the room. This also has a calming effect on the people who use the space.

Try to decorate with natural materials as they have a positive effect on your body.

Balance hard straight lines and cutting edges with soft, flowing shapes and curves. This is particularly important in rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom where slippery surfaces, cutting blades, fire and water can be sources of conflict.

  • Correct missing corners – When corners are missing from the ideal balanced square shaped home – the area that corner represents will experience difficulties in corresponding areas of your life – wealth (south-east), relationships (south-west), health (west). You can remedy this by filling in corners by either:
    • Using a wall mirror to create the illusion of extending the wall o Installing a bright light or lantern o Defining the corner area with verandah details and arches o Building an extension
  • Soften the effect of sharp protruding corners (these create and release harmful energy from their knife-like edges) – of either wall edges or square pillars/columns (round columns are much better). Place plants to soften, dissolve or deflect the harmful energy.
  • Overhead beams have equally harmful energy and weigh down on a room and the people occupying the space – you can soften this by hanging a 5-rod wind-chime.
  • Living rooms should have at least one solid wall without windows, ideally facing the door into the room, allowing the ‘chi’ to flow into and around the room and not escape through windows directly opposite the door.
  • Fireplaces – their best location in your living room is on a south wall, but also good on east, south-east, south-west and north-east walls. Not good on a north-west wall (consider closing it up). The north-west corner of any room or house signifies heaven – not a good location for a fireplace or stove.
  • Front Door – When your main/front door opens onto a large hall or living room (not a cramped area), or looks out onto a wide open space, it allows beneficial ‘chi’ to accumulate.

Chinese Astrology Four Pillars Intensive Weekend Courses

The Ancient Chinese Astrologers devised a very powerful and accurate method for a life reading called “Ba Zi” (Four Pillars).

These four pillars contain Birth information–Year, Month, Day, & Hour providing detailed information on one’s fate/destiny regarding character, relationships, career, wealth, power, health & more… The most important is the Day Pillar, called the “Day Master.”

Basic Course content:

  • Brief Historical Introduction, Twelve Animals of the Zodiac
  • Ying/Yang Theory, Five Element Theory
  • Heavenly Stems & Earthly Branches, Seasonal Influences
  • (Zodiac) Animal Relationships, Characters & Personalities
  • 60 Year Cycle, Calculating the Pillars: Year, Month, and Day
  • Create Basic Four Pillars Chart

(Required book for first-day of class, “Ten Thousand Years Book-The Essential Tool for Chinese Astrology,” By Dr. Edgar Sung, price: $45.95. If you can’t find this book, contact us in advance so we can order it for you. It will also be available for purchase in class.)

Intermediate Course: (Prerequisite: Chinese Astrology Basic Weekend)

The Four Pillars of Destiny provides a format to analyze and understand the effects of personal and environmental ch’i (vital life energy) on our lives.

Using the Chinese Five Element Theory, we are able to observe the influence of the elements on the cycles of our lives and become aware of the potential for periods of opportunities and challenges.

  • Review of Basic Chinese Astrology
  • Five Element Theory, 60 Year Cycle
  • Calculating the Pillars: Year, Month, Day and Hour Luck Periods
  • Heavenly Stems/Earthly Branches: combinations and clashes
  • The Twelve Stages of Life Seasonal Influence on the 5 Elements
  • Create Intermediate Four Pillars Chart

(Required book for first-day of class, “Ten Thousand Years Book-The Essential Tool for Chinese Astrology,” By Dr. Edgar Sung, price: $45.95. If you can’t find this book, contact us in advance so we can order it for you. It will also be available for purchase in class.)

Advanced Course (Prerequisite: Chinese Astrology Basic and Intermediate Weekends)

An awareness of our personal characteristics and traits can enhance our ability to successfully interact with environmental ch’i and maximize our potential for health, wealth and happiness.

  • Review of Intermediate Chinese Astrology
  • Ten Traits, Strength of the Day Master
  • Favorable and Unfavorable Elements for Health, Family, Character, Career
  • Selecting Special Dates for Wedding, Baby’s Birthday, Business Opening
  • Relationship “Matchmaking” Advice (Dating, Wedding, Marriage)
  • Create Advanced Four Pillars Chart

(Required book for first-day of class, “Ten Thousand Years Book-The Essential Tool for Chinese Astrology,” By Dr. Edgar Sung, price: $45.95. If you can’t find this book, contact us in advance so we can order it for you. It will also be available for purchase in class.)

Sacred Space Clearing Fundamentals for Better Living

Whether you’re new to Sacred Space Clearing or wish to refine your knowledge…this seminar is for you. Sacred Space Clearing (an aspect of Feng Shui) is a very powerful way of clearing, purifying and invigorating the energy in residences and businesses that can dramatically improve your wealth, prosperity, happiness, and harmony.

This three hour experiential seminar will provide practical solutions for both home and work-related concerns. This seminar is ideal for Holistic professionals, Feng Shui practitioners, interior designers, buyers and sellers of real estate, apartment dwellers, home owners, business owners.

Find Out:

  • What is Sacred Space Clearing? Why is it so important?
  • Where does it come from? How effective is it?
  • How can it be used in real life situations? AND MORE…

(Prerequisite: Prior knowledge is helpful but not required.)

Sacred Space Clearing Weekend*

This weekend workshop will teach you the how to’s of enhancing your inner sanctum. Just because the prior residents have left the space you are now occupying, doesn’t mean the intense energy they created is gone.

Energy in a space can become stifled and still from illness, divorce, arguments, death, suicide, emotional illness or even clutter. You will learn how to consecrate the space, clear out unsupportive energies and allow the occupants to create a fresh start.

After a clearing, your home or business will feel brighter, lighter, happier – as if the sun lit up every room! This seminar is ideal for Holistic professionals, Feng Shui practitioners, interior designers, buyers and sellers of real estate, apartment dwellers, home owners, business owners. Find out:

  • Key steps of Sacred Space Clearing
  • How to use traditional tools of Sacred Space Clearing
  • Create a wealth fountain that will improve the quality of your life
  • Overview of Feng Shui
  • Maintaining yourself and your space for better living AND MORE…

(Prerequisite: Sacred Space Clearing Fundamentals for Better LivingTM) A $5 materials fee is due to the instructor at the beginning of the class.

Modern Feng Shui Fundamental Courses and Seminars

Feng Shui Fun-Damentals for Modern LivingTM Seminar

Whether you’re new to Feng Shui or wish to refine your knowledge…this seminar is for you. Feng Shui (pronounced fung schway) is an ancient Chinese practice that can dramatically improve your wealth, prosperity, happiness, and harmony while maximizing positive energy in your home and workspace. In this three hour experiential seminar you will learn essential Feng Shui principles and tools as well as the proper placement of colors, objects, special plants and more…

Find Out:

  • What is Feng Shui? Why is it so important?
  • Where does it come from? How effective is it?
  • How can it be used in real life situations?
  • Floor Plan Analysis AND MORE…

(Prerequisite: Prior knowledge of Feng Shui is helpful but not required.)

Feng Shui: Introductory Weekend I*

This intensive course is a practical and comprehensive introduction to many facets of Feng Shui. In this weekend workshop you will gain critical skills such as…

  • Becoming able to practice Feng Shui efficiently in your home.
  • How to use ancient methods for purifying and invigorating a home and occupants as well as bringing good luck and fortune.
  • Ensuring that your home Feng Shui Analysis is done correctly. AND MORE…

(Prerequisite: Feng Shui Fun-Damentals for Modern LivingTM) A $5 materials fee is due to the instructor at the beginning of the class.

Feng Shui: Introductory Weekend II*

This is a continuation of weekend I. Learn how to get ahead in your professional life by applying these remarkable principles and adjustments to your workspace. Since Business Feng Shui is completely different from Home Feng Shui. You will gain crucial insights and know-how that will greatly enhance your professional/business career. Learn how to:

  • Effectively and confidently apply Feng Shui—step-by-step.
  • Benefit from ancient methods that can improve your career, wealth and partnerships.
  • Managing your professional environment for its greatest potential. AND MORE…

(Prerequisite: Feng Shui Fun-Damentals for Modern LivingTM) A $5 materials fee is due to the instructor at the beginning of the class.

Feng Shui Fun-Damentals for Better Living Seminar (6-Hours)*

This special 6-hour seminar will teach you the how to’s of enhancing your inner sanctum as well as workplace. Just because prior residents have left the space you are now occupying, doesn’t mean the intense energy they created, such as illness, arguments, hardship, divorce, death or even clutter is gone.

You will learn Sacred Space Clearing (an aspect of Feng Shui), for clearing out negative energies and making room for positive energies–a fresh start. Plus, Feng Shui Floor Plan Analysis–essentials for proper placement of objects, colors, special plants and more…

This experiential seminar is a must for apartment dwellers, home owners, business owners, holistic professionals, Feng Shui practitioners, interior designers, buyers and sellers of real estate. Find Out:

  • What is Feng Shui? Why is it so important?
  • Where does it come from? How effective is it?
  • How can it be used in real life situations? AND MORE…

(Prerequisite: Prior knowledge of Feng Shui is helpful but not required.) A $5 materials fee is due to the instructor at the beginning of the class.

Feng Shui Classes and Events

Here’s a Proposal describing my Feng Shui services:

Working with your personal and professional needs, along with design preferences, the consultation will highlight and resolve problem areas of the home and/or business, providing effective solutions for reaching your goals. We provide the following services:

  • Analysis of your space and possible effects on its occupants.
  • Remedies for unsupported energies and for enhancing supportive energies.
  • Remedies for structural imbalances.
  • Symbolic remedies to enhance specific areas of your life, as they relate to specific corners.

During the on-site consultation the environment, both inside and outside, is evaluated and certain recommendations are made at that time regarding adjustments and remedies. Prior to the on-site consultation appointment complex preparations are necessary off site, based on all pertinent information that you have provided, which will facilitate the Feng Shui analysis.

Following the Feng Shui consultation, I will be available to answer questions you may have. A follow-up call will be made within a few days to check your progress.

On-site Residential and Business Feng Shui Consultation

Provide the following information prior to the consultation:

  1. Client’s name, address, telephone number, email address–(optional).
  2. Birth information–birth date, birthplace, birth time-if possible. This birth information is needed to conduct your consultation.
  3. Also list the name(s), gender(s) and relationships of any other people sharing the space, include birthdate(s)–including birth time(s)-if possible.
  4. Hand-drawn or rough sketch of home or business floor plan(s). Include all rooms, directional points, doors, windows, furnishings and fixtures.
  5. Briefly describe what you want Feng Shui to help you with in your life. (Example: Wealth, Love, Health, etc.)
  6. List any unusual exterior structure worth mentioning, (e.g. a swimming pool, obstructed views, power lines, mountains and rivers views.)

Next, how to schedule an On-site Feng Shui Consultation.

When you are able to provide this information contact our office. We will provide you our fax number. After we have reviewed your information we will contact you to set up an appointment. With respect to your privacy, all information shared during your consultation is kept in strictest confidence.

If you live or work out of town–off-site consultations are available upon request. My on-site consultation fees are:

Homes & Apartments Start at $250 per hour

Commercial Space Starts at $450 per hour (for larger spaces–20,000 sq.ft. or more, starting at .54 per sq.ft.)

(Based on size of space and amount of work needed.)

For those who can not afford a complete consultation there are two other options:

You’re welcome to take one or more of my classes.

Or, our Site-Visit Program–receive a consultation at a reduced rate in exchange for having your space evaluated by Dr. Janet and her students.

For Other Feng Shui Services (click here)

Interested in having your home or business evaluated? Contact our office today at 212-946-1102. If sending via E-mail: include your name and phone number. Serious inquiries that do not include this information will not be considered.

Off-site Residential and Business Feng Shui Consultation

If you reside outside the New York City area, and would like a Feng Shui consultation of your home or business–this can be arranged.

Contact our office for details today!