Feng Shui 101

Feng Shui in my way is about designing your dream life.
These feng shui basics and tips will help you to personalize your environment and make it feel fantastic while ithey bring your intentions to life!
Here we break down feng shui terms like the bagua, yin and yang, the five elements and other “technical” feng shui lingo so that you can understand and assimilate these big concepts in your life with grace and style.

design your happiness

When a guru of success makes a statement like this, I smile… because the late Jim Rohn, godfather of self-empowering motivation, used the word “design” to describe happiness.  What a very advanced idea!

You know how I feel about design. Its all of life.  Its what makes us great. Design is everything from your calendar to your clothes, your mindset to your home.  It is all design.  And when it all integrates- from home to schedule to life to friends to art to thought- its the best thing ever.

If you haven’t started your own feng shui yet, my e-guide to feng shui can walk you through the step-by-step to making your home more fluffed up and fabulous using much of what you already have at home.  Typically we have most of what we need to do most anything… but the design, strategy, the what & how blueprint is where everyone gets a bit lost.  Myself, included.  Design is a part of every day in my house!

Happiness by design is very do-able.  Let yourself have it. Lots of it!  xoxo Dana

space

While I am pretty certain there is no rulebook for life, I do know that without the space for what you love and what you want to do, these things just don’t happen.

The common thread is always there when you look at people who truly want things and can not seem to have them.  The overscheduled person who beats themself up for not having time to make art.  The woman very intent on love still clinging to the past where it was once safe. The man who wants a new career but can’t reconcile it with the mountain of responsibilities that make life feel stuck.

All these people- and you may identify in one way or another- are suffering from a lack of space.

Do you have space for the things you love?

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supermoon

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Supermoons are special moons. Huge moons. Profound.  The effects they have on tides are 20% stronger.

The moon affects the planet.

There is no way to deny it.

Every full moon is crazy-powerful.

We are mainly water in our constitution, and we are affected by the moon as profoundly as the tides.

Since feng shui deals with cycles of life and respecting the changing energy of the seasons, the power of nature and the inherent life force in all things, today we are going to do a little bit of “making the most of the full moon.”

If you do this for every full moon in some way, you are flowing with the cycles of nature and respecing the powerful forces that shape our planet.

Full Moons are known to be the best time to cast out the old and bring in the new.

Get clear, get calm and get ready: today you can do a little full-moon intention-setting that can focus your month (and year, and life!) on greatness!  Continue Reading…

yellow splash bedroom

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Color brings lots of feng shui fortune to space, but if you are either color shy or color apprehensive in your space, a statement color can bring you the energy you want without painting all your walls and completely redecorating! Continue Reading…

neon brights

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Uplift!  Its what we all crave.  The shot of espresso. The You Tube video of a dog doing just about anything adorable.  Diving into a pool. Having news that sets us soaring.

The bright spot in a day is also visual if you let it be visual.  Today’s feng shui desgn idea is all that you can do with some neon bright floursecents to create that uplifting punch of wow-factor!    Continue Reading…

carnations

Feng Shui in my way is about story rather than just space.  It doesn’t matter if you live in a tiny studio or a 12-bedroom estate,  your home will tell a story about you and every day you will read that story.

We all know what happens when you read something every day…

Consciously or unconsciously it will affect you.

It seeps into your mind, reminding you….

Perhaps in a less-than-great way  your home will remind you of how much you’ve neglected (because the shower still isn’t fixed), of your financial limitations that you can’t seem to shake (as the furniture frays), of your breakups (with old lovers gifts stuff in your house) or your illnesses (with a medicine chest packed with old prescriptions)…

Do you see how this works?

Everything in your space is part of a narrative you absorb daily.  And you are in charge of the script of that story!  Continue Reading…

sunset

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I am so excited for Labor Day I can’t even begin to tell you!

Not only is it a break from Los Angeles, its a sign that 5 things are coming… 1. fall food and a zillion dinner parties, 2. the best art openings, 3. exciting back-to-school energy, 4. family holidays and, to be self-indulgent, 5. my birthday, too!

Today I am thrilled to share some Pre-Fall feng shui from my very own feng shui master, Dr. Gabriele Van Zon, to help you smoothly transition into an incredible season of action ahead!  Continue Reading…

you matter

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This is is.

You matter.

You.

Not what your parents want, what your friends say, what you imagined in movies or read online, not some silly standards or some societal pressure… YOU matter.

Organize your life so that you matter most.

That’s the fast feng shui that really makes a difference.

If feng shui is all about designing spaces to optimize your life, the key feature in all of this is that your life is important.

Ask yourself:  ” Am I treating my life like I matter?”  Continue Reading…