Diane Ross Feng Shui Gallery
Feng Shui consultations are highly individual. Before the on-site there is a conference over the phone to determine goals. This includes which areas of life the client wants addressed to improve or enhance.
A plan is instituted to achieve all goals and solve any challenging areas both inside and outside the home. Recommendations also include furniture arrangement and enhancements to restore balance, optimize the flow of energy and maximize potential for positive change. They do not require costly renovations. Most Feng Shui consultations make use of what is already in place but with minor adjustments or additions, to keep the cost reasonable. Suggestions may include addition of mirrors, area rugs and other low-cost items along with paint color if desired. More complete design services are available on request.
In the case below, the table presented a hazard to anyone passing by. In Feng Shui this not only represents a “poison arrow”, it bruises people who pass too closely. The after picture shows that with the addition of a table runner, the edge of the table is brought into better perspective and warns passersby not to get too close.
When a space is long and narrow like this living room and dining room combination, the chi (energy) moves too quickly down the center of the room, rather than staying within the room which would be more desirable. No furniture was added; we used what the client already had. The chairs were previously lined up against the left wall. They were pulled into the room to slow down the chi and relate them to the sofa for better conversations. A silk arrangement on the cocktail table attracts the eye to keep the chi in the center of the space. The most dramatic change was in the paint color. Four different paint colors were applied to the walls to draw attention to wall breaks, arches, and other architectural features. It molds the space and encourages one to see these features rather than travel quickly from one end to the other.
In some cases, clients desire complete or partial room makeovers using Feng Shui principles. Here are some examples:
During a Feng Shui consultation this client was focused on her unsatisfactory career. She was a manager of dental offices and found the company to be inflexible. Ready to “move on”, she desired a job with more money, more responsibility and management that respected her capabilities and were easier to work with. Having previously done a business consultation at one of her dental offices, I was struck by the similarity between the office and her dining room, which just happened to be in her career sector. Both had an over abundance of the metal element which results in rigidity and lack of flexibility—exactly what she was experiencing at work.
When I pointed this out, she confessed she had been wanting to redo the dining room anyway and if it would help her land a new job, she wanted to do so right away. We kept the cost down by using the furniture she already had, but recovered the chairs. A rusty red was also used for the window treatments and area rug to warm up the space. A new chandelier was purchased and the walls were painted green to keep the red from becoming overpowering and create balance. Within months the client found the perfect job.
Bathrooms inherently have an abundance of the water element. The drains of the toilet, shower, tub and sinks can drain the energy right out of the room. In the before picture, you can see the black theme in the tiles and on the walls. Black in Feng Shui represents the water element; creating an imbalance in the room—too much water. The carpet was unsanitary so it was removed and replaced with marble. The shower tile was replaced by travertine in an earthy color to counteract the effect of all the water. The glass block window was replaced with sandblasted glass. It provides privacy while still letting in the light. The partition was replaced with a glass divider with an attractive bamboo etching and the countertop was replaced with granite with a rounded edge.