Consider a Feng Shui Consultation!

Consider a Feng Shui Consultation!
Consider a Feng Shui Consultation!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

What's a Feng Shui Consultation?

Your environment shapes you whether or not you’re conscious of its outcome. If your income, love life, or career needs an overhaul or just a boost, consider a Feng Shui consultation. Intrigued? The Ba-gua (a transparent map you lay over your home and/or business) has 9 different segments called guas

The Ba-gua
The nine guas or segments include wealth, health, partnership, reputation, career, helpful people/travel, family, children, and knowledge. Change something in the right way in a particular gua and you can improve that segment of your life.  Do some of these elements need improvement in your life?

A Consultation's Timing

Feng Shui consultations usually take 2-3 hours of uninterrupted time in your home or office, and accommodate the schedules of both client and practitioner. Fees are determined at an hourly rate of $150/hour.

Before the Consultation:

We talk via the phone or email about your home or business, as well as your needs and desires for this consultation. We set up a mutually convenient time that you and I can meet at your space. You will need to send me a floor plan of your space. This might be an architect’s drawings, but more likely it’s a rough guestimation of your space. I like to know how the building is placed on the lot, the orientation to the street, where each room is placed, and placement of the front door (as well as the beds, the desk and stove within the home.) I sometimes make a second phone call to chat about any situation I see from the floor plan prior to our appointment. 

You will need to prepare 9 red envelopes containing my fee for Chinese tradition, acknowledging that you are going to receive sacred and secret information from me. At least some money is needed in each of the 9 envelopes, and you will present these envelopes to me at the culmination of the consultation.

What Style Does Your Home Need to Be:

Feng shui works in any design style. If you love Asian fusion design style, great.  But if you love traditional, transitional, modern, or any other style, it works just as effectively with these trends.


First, let me make a blanket statement: Every Feng Shui consultant is unique, as is every client, so every consultation is going to be different. 
I will generally arrive a bit before the consultation to get a feel for the neighborhood, and to meditate so that my mind is free of any distractions. I’ll knock on your door at the prearranged time. You will often be asked to give me a tour of your whole space. You may choose to make an audio recording of the consultation so that you can listen to my explanations and suggestions again afterward the consultation. I ask that phone calls and other interruptions be eliminated during our time together.

We often sit down then, and I talk you through some of the basic precepts of the philosophy such as the Ba-gua and a bit of Feng Shui history to give you a basic understanding of the practice.

We then walk through your space, and I will identify the various areas of the Ba-gua. I chat about each of the guas, or sections of the space with you. I will make suggestions for cures (i.e.: remedies) for possible problems that I see as we travel through the space. Some cures require moving furniture or equipment. Some necessitate adding an object*, such as hanging a crystal, wind chime, or light (amongst other remedies.) Some cures call for repairing or replacing a broken item or system.

At the end of the session, we walk to the area of the space you would most like to see change. I then teach you the Three Secrets, a feng shui ritual that helps to insure that the cure(s) you’re implementing will have the maximum affect on your desired change. You give me your prepared 9 red envelopes as an acknowledgment of my sharing sacred information.

After the Consultation:

You can feel free to contact me for clarification on anything that I’ve said that’s unclear to you after the consultation. The sooner you implement cures (i.e.: remedies,) the more likely the desired change will occur. Some cures, such as crystals, mirrors, and wind chimes are available for purchase through me to facilitate your ease of installation.  I will provide you with a written “report” to you within a week of the consult for an extra $100 fee. Now, you visualize the change, and wait for it occur. This sometimes happens immediately, and it sometimes happens over time.

Feng Shui Tune-Up:

Sometimes people ask me to return to give them a refresher on their home or office after the initial consultation, particularly when a major change such as family member or personnel move, a remodel, or updating has occurred. I’m happy to accommodate your needs, as the only thing in life that’s constant is change, which can affect the Feng Shui.

In Conclusion:

Do you live in the Puget Sound region?  If you're feeling ready to improve your wealth, health, partnership, reputation, career, helpful people/travel, family, children, and/or knowledge just contact me through my website: and we'll set up a time that is mutually convenient at your home or business.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Does Art Deco Work With Modern Style? Part 2

Last week we wrote about a client who wanted to know how well some Art Deco pieces work with a clean contemporary style.  This week we'll answer the question by showing you some more pictures of homes that utilize the Art Deco style.
Exterior characteristics are similar to those of commercial sites. Homes are usually rectangular, boxy and horizontal but come in many variations today.  They’re clad in smooth white stucco, earthy tan, or occasionally in Caribbean pastels if you live in warmer climates like Florida or Southern California.  These simple lines are combined with rounded corners and elegant arches that are beautifully sculpted.  Windows vary from large to small, and are rectangular, octagonal, and even round. 

Open Concept with High Ceilings:
An Art Deco home has an open floor plan with eclectic flair. What if you don't have high ceilings? Since this is just one characteristic, it's possible work around this, especially if you have an open concept space, or non-loadbearing walls can be removed to provide one.

Features that are classic to an Art Deco home include a stone fireplace and a flowing staircase. Today’s designers utilize contemporary materials in their Art Deco designs such as stainless steel, lacquer and opaque glass panels.  In the sixties, Art Deco Style saw a resurgence in popularity.  That interest has again hit a high point in the U.S. today.

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Design Motifs:
Abstract, geometric, chevron and zigzag motifs abound with this minimalistic style. 

Doorways are either plain and industrial, or flanked by angular or stylized shapes.

A selection of furniture that would work well with either classic or a more contemporary vibe might include some of the following pieces:
Curves make this a chair everyone wants to sit in!

Glitzy mirror is so popular today!

Curves even dominate the barware!

This writing desk is a classic!

You can see from the photos below that clean contemporary and modern style can and will work with most Art Deco styled furniture. 
Ready to take the "plunge?"  Contact us at for help in creating your Art Deco with clean contemporary style home... or office! 

Who'd go to the movies with this media room?

Not quite ready to take the plunge into Art Deco?  Need help to visualize what best suits you?  We're here to help. Our website, listed below will give you more information about the possibilities for your office or your home.

Have questions or wish to share your thoughts?  We'd love to hear from you!  If your home or office has some Art Deco characteristics, take a picture and send it to me.  I’d love to include it in a blog entry.  If you’re not sure about what style a piece of furniture is, send me a picture. 

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Does Art Deco Work with Modern Style? Part 1

A client recently told us she loved some accent pieces in a well-known Seattle furniture store, and that a salesperson identified them as Art Deco.  She wondered if her desire to have a more clean, contemporary look would complement or fight with Art Deco, so we're writing about some history and characteristics for anyone who is drawn to this design style.

A Brief History:
Joan Blondell and Art Deco props.

Art Deco style has been a fashionable trend since it began in Paris in the earliest part of the 20th century, but reached its pinnacle in the Roaring Twenties and Thirties. 

It was a direct replication of the jazz age, and Americans idolized the flashy flapper movement. Hollywood glamour epitomized this development, and the movies of that era were a reflection of this design style. 

Architectural structures such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building are the most recognizable of this era,
but there are many buildings throughout the country that echo Art Deco’s sophisticated style.
Elevators at 1411 Building, Seattle

The ceiling is definitely Art Deco in the Exchange Bldg., Seattle

Even today, Art Deco seems to be more popular in warmer climates such as Florida and California, although Seattle boasts a number of significant buildings in that style.
Homes are usually rectangular, boxy and horizontal but come in many variations today.  They’re clad in smooth white stucco or Caribbean pastels. 
These simple lines are combined with rounded corners and elegant arches that are beautifully sculpted. 

Windows vary from large to small, and are rectangular, octagonal, and even round. 
Abstract, geometric, chevron and zigzag motifs adorn the window frames and cornices.  Doorways are either plain and industrial, or flanked by angular or stylized shapes.

Ready to Go?

If you're ready to go, please contact me and we'll make an appointment for an initial consultation.  If you need more info, come back next week when
we’ll talk more about interiors of homes and how they work with modern designs.  Have questions or wish to share your thoughts?  I’d love to hear from you!  If your home has some Art Deco characteristics, take a picture and send it to me. My website is to access my email address, and I’d love to include it in next week’s entry.  If you’re not sure about what style a piece of furniture is, send me a picture.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Making Your Galley Kitchen Feel Spacious

Do you feel frustrated with your minuscule galley kitchen and want to update its efficiency without being able to gain an extra inch of real estate?  Actually, one of the most efficient kitchen layouts is a “Galley Kitchen” when one considers the primary objective of this well-used room in our homes: cooking. This floor plan takes its name from a ship or airplane kitchen, so it is by nature small and compact. Lots of restaurant and other commercial kitchens are designed in a similar fashion, cooks working between cooktops and ovens on one side of a long hallway, and refrigerators and countertops on the other. If you want help with making your kitchen feel and look more spacious, read on.

Basic Layout:
Galley kitchens generally have the sink and refrigerator placed on one wall, and the oven and cooktop on the other.  That said, perhaps you have slightly different arrangements such as the ones below.  Nevertheless, you want to provide the most storage possible while giving the cook(s) more than one good work station from which you can chop, mix and combine.  Need help with your layout?  Contact us at the website at the bottom of the page.

Lighten Up Your Color Scheme:
Light colors provide more illumination, which in itself is good, but also make a room look bigger.  Contrast is often what makes a room look smaller, so rather than selecting white painted cabinets and black countertops, consider a faux Carrera marble quartz countertop with light grey painted cabinets, or creme painted cabinets with a tan hue countertops. Your backsplash could provide a more linear pattern that brings in all the colors you’re using throughout. Love color?  Then utilize lighter & muted hues of the colors you love- they're very fashionable today. If you need help putting the flooring, cabinets, countertops and backsplash together, give us call through my website at the bottom of the page.
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Keep It Simple:
Too many patterns, colors, and decorative nuances can make the space feel smaller. Whether you love traditional or other more fluent styles with lots of embellishments, think about a more linear look of Transitional style in your kitchen if you want to make it feel/look more spacious. Check our past blog if you're uncertain what Transitional style is at  It works seamlessly with traditional style in a kitchen. If you need help saving money and getting the assistance so that you're 1.) done sooner and 2.) don't waste money on choices you don't like when installed, contact us through the website below.
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Open Shelving:
Open upper shelving can really open up your space.  You can take the uppers down completely and add shelves that work with your selected style, or sometimes you can just take the doors off existing upper cabinets and add lighting inside.  If you have a reasonable number of beautiful dishes, glasses, vases or such, it’s a great opportunity to artfully display them.  (Save the cereal boxes or plastic storage containers for lower cabinets.)
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Flooring Choices:
Consider long planks that draw the eye down the narrow corridor to give a great feeling of space.  If you’re opting for tile, then place them diagonally so that the eye travels from one end to the other. My suggestion is to stay lighter, rather than darker in hue so as to make the space feel larger. Transformations for Interiors can help you make this and other beautiful and practical choices that you'll love for years to come.

I can’t over stress the importance of good lighting in a kitchen.  Consider recessed or ceiling mount, as well as under counter, rather than pendants (or a chandelier) because you can create visual space by lighting every corner while not “cluttering” it with even the most beautiful hanging variety of lighting. 
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Questions or Comments?
What are your questions or comments on your galley kitchen?  Not sure where to start?  If you want or need help updating, or selecting, designing or remodeling your kitchen, please contact me at and we'll set up an initial consultation....and please follow this blog for the latest home improvements!