My husband and I purchased a small condo in Florida to escape to due to the crazy winters we experienced in Buffalo over the past couple years. We selected a unit that was owned by an eclectic fashion designer who used the condo as a gallery and event space for his million dollar art collection. He used the neighboring unit for his living space. We were sold on the view of both the intracoastal and ocean, the pristine white space, and the open layout.
Initially, we were going to immediately update the unit creating an open kitchen plan, new floors, update the ceiling and more. After a few meetings with contractors and decorators, we decided it was important for us to live in the space for a few months to ascertain what changes we’d like to make based on how we use the space.
After living in the space on and off for the last few months with limited furniture, we still haven’t quite decided what we want done. As we wind up our time in the sun for the season, I wanted to put a plan together so that construction can be done over the summer months so we can enjoy next season. I elected to hire not only an interior designer to pull everything together but also a Feng Shui expert to guide us in making the ultimate choices in furniture placement, colors and other decorative elements for great energy in the space.
Anjie is a registered Architect, Feng Shui Interior Designer and Amazon best selling author of 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing and Organic Homes. Since 1999, she has been creating beautiful and nourishing environments throughout New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and beyond.
Anjie’s philosophy is to create harmonious and nurturing spaces for people! Just the person I need!! While we haven’t made any changes in the space as of yet, I asked her what could I do now to Feng Shui my space for good energy. She shared 5 tips with me that truly created a positive shift in energy.
1. Add wood element: Wood element relates to flexibility, growth and healing. Anjie suggested I purchase either real or high quality silk plants or flowers and place them in the entry way, kitchen and bedroom.
2. Brighten the entry way: Replace the light bulb(s) in the entryway to keep it bright.
3. Living room/Family room chairs: Make sure to have seating in the living room/family room that doesn’t face the TV to inspire conversation and connections.
4. Eliminate any kind of storage underneath the bed, if possible. Soft items like pillows and linens are okay, if necessary.
5. Broken objects: Repair or toss any broken objects which can represent stuck or broken energy
Contact Anjie or do a little research on the subject and experiment in your home or office. Feng Shui is an ancient art that can shift energy in many aspects of life. Enjoy!