Feng Shui House | Using Space To Make Manifestation Happen
What does intimacy look like to you? Is there room for love in your home?If you’re single, it’s about preparing to share your space – and your life. Because so many people hope for shortcuts and magic tricks when it comes to love, I like to address the classic Feng Shui love “do’s and don’ts, but also know when to break the rules, knowing that everyone has a different set of behavioral patterns, beliefs and desires when it comes to relationships.
My client hired me to transform her condo with feng shui. Her desire was to manifest a relationship. Staying in her budget, I came up with ideas that would fit with her playful, imaginative sensibility. The process invigorated her. Just out of college, she was defining who she was as a woman and together we created a space for her to ignite her creative spirit while being restored. Everything seen was a direct extension of her personality.
For me the first step for anyone to manifest a relationship is the relationship with self. My challenge in the feng shui interior design would be to look for ways to make her feel more empowered in her belief that she would be able to have a healthy relationship. This was a process of discovery as we delved into a dialogue that you don’t typically associate with redecorating your home. By adding this personalized layer of detail, her relationship with herself and her space began to deepen. We stimulated the feng shui in the appropriate bagua areas to create a space with more connectivity, sense of intimacy and of course to manifest a relationship.
There were feng shui issues that were present throughout, such as her floor plan which was more aloof rather than inviting, a disconnect with how her items were positioned which was the opposite of connectivity, a window behind the bed in her guest room (shown) as well as empty areas such as blank walls which represent obstacles and a never used patio which represents emptiness across her abundance, fame (how she is seen by the outside world) and her main relationship area.
I also needed to be aware of taking out those elements that reminded her of the stress she felt from her demanding job in the entertainment industry. The space also needed to make her feel creatively inspired, reminding her of what she loved about her career while keeping her focused on her goals.
Another consideration was the budget. As a young but successful woman in her first condo, we worked with medium and budget minded items, knowing where to splurge and where to find creative creative solutions that wouldn’t break the bank.
The living room floor plan was the first step towards creating more intimacy and connectivity as you entered the space. I designed the sofa in a shape and position to draw you in, to feel more warm and inviting. Using the fabulous Missoni cushions accentuated this. I even designed the coffee table to subliminally make you feel like you are being embraced as you step into the space. This is a feng shui interior design trick which was a departure from the aloof position of her previous sofa which brought the opposite effect.
The pops of color anchor an eclectic mix of furnishings that led to a groovy design concept. Each object was thought out in terms of how it would tell her story, creating a space that would resonate with her deeply and trigger the many memories from childhood that brought her back to a convivial place. One of the memories was scuba diving with her mother. I found marine minded decor such as the ceramic coral sculptures and lit glass laminated seaweed panel used to create ambient lighting where the gas fireplace once lived.
To be sustainably minded I re-used various items, such as her old bed in what would become our pink guest room. I sawed off the posts, added a new headboard and spruced up the furniture with a new coat of paint, hardware, and glass. In the same line of thinking I used unexpected wallpaper as art for a bright creative splash and even framed a wonderful John Deridan tray as a way to save money on wall decor.
In her previous space the patio was an unfinished area which brought stagnate chi (energy). In that state it can add to your stress level because there is always a major project left undone that haunts you in your space. I transformed the patio into a spa like space with a custom buddha fountain (not shown), gorgeous bougainvillea, illuminated sconces, and a festive cabana to make her feel like she could “get away’ to refresh in her very own home.
Blank walls were filled with lit niches that displayed some of her favorite things. Each item was curated to make her feel happy and stimulate parts of her childhood that made her smile as well as symbolize motivation towards where she wanted to go in her life. The end result is a fabulous personalized space. Now happily married, click here to see the space I designed for she and her husband.
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