Sheron Cardin's Input...: Feng Shui Journal from a Decorator’s Point Of View Part One: “The Love Stones”

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Feng Shui Journal from a Decorator’s Point Of View Part One: “The Love Stones”

opal diamond amethyst ruby silver sahpire amber pearls

I am not here to challenge the ancient art of Feng Shui; Believe me, I am merely attempting to correct my Chi without compromising my decorating sense and I am inviting you along on a journey that I have never taken before. This is my journal…

As I am opening my first Feng Shui book, looking for some guidelines I could apply from this mysterious art in my own home, I quickly realized that if I did what was asked of me, my home would look like a Chinese restaurant! I hit my brakes of course and pondered confidently as I would any decorating challenge; How on heaven and earth am I going to use chimes and crystals and mirrors and love the results, oh my?

Feng Shui is a serious business and I respect that, but what it tells me to do just “tickles” my funny bone.

Chinese Buffet vs. Ritz Carlton!

Question to the Ba-gua – how do I use Feng Shui to turn up the thermostat in my bedroom?

Answer from the Ba-gua - you can find your Love in the South West Sector of your home.

Problem - My home faces north and according to the Ba-gua this puts the southwestern love and sex sector right smack dab in the middle of my kitchen table.  What? That’s interesting!  “What is my family going to think?” My next thought was “Ah that's why they love my cooking…it’s sexy!”

Feng Shui tells me that I may have some problems if my kitchen is in the southwest sector of my home…ya think? My goal is to work on my bedroom first so to make a long story longer, I will leave this path of aligning my kitchen’s Chi and find out what to do with my bedroom…

Feng Shui Solution: I now head to the information regarding the South East Sector of the Ba-gua where my bedroom lies and what do I find in that sector?

  • Money
  • Great people
  • Having it all

Who knew? Maybe some red velvet draperies with fringed lamp shades, dim lighting, soft music, and my money issues will be solved!

With that not an option (although it does explain a lot) I need to continue the search for the answer to my initial quest.

Ah, here is something…crystals can cure anything that ails you no matter where your bedroom is. Feng Shui says “love and relationships are ruled by earth so if I toss some precious stones in the southeastern corner of my southeastern bedroom then they will raise my vibration”. (Footnote: you can also wear stones on you to dispel any problems you are having in your relationships. Are you supposed to throw them I wonder?) I am reading along and now I see the stones have different purposes. I can’t believe what I am reading! I just have to list them here for you because you won’t believe it either! (I apologize to all Feng Shui Practitioners but it is funny)

  • Sapphire – helps you resist violence and lust, hmmm.
  • Yellow Topaz – helps you release drunken or abusive partners, hmmm, whose left?
  • Rose Quartz – promotes a sense of self-appreciation and self love, improves your mood and enhances your feelings of joy. Hmmm, what are they trying to tell me?
  • Diamond – helps you perceive beyond surface appearance and understand the truth about another person. (Where are they going with all of this?)
  • Emerald – helps you learn lessons so you don’t repeat mistakes in your love life.
  • Ruby – helps to dispel feelings of discouragement and self-doubt. This is the stone to wear if you are drowning in self-pity. (things aren’t exactly looking up)
  • Amethyst – helps you let go of past hurts and relationships (will it make him leave?)

You know, I am just going to have to trust that this will all lead to Great Love in the bedroom so I am going to go for it. Since I do not have gemstones laying around that I can gather up and throw into the love corner (my housekeeper would think I was off my rocker) the decorator in me is going to figure out how to take a vase and create a mosaic masterpiece out of the alternative faux stones (semi-precious) like; agate, aquamarine, carnelian, garnet, lapis, jade, moonstone, onyx, opal, pearl, quartz, and crystals…all of which I have in my jewelry box and my little girls toy box.

The excitement is building and I am ready for the challenge. I am taking my first real step to decorate with Feng Shui! (This could take years at this pace) I’m off to make my love pot.

Next day: Voila! I came up with a Feng Shui concept that I can live with...I love it.

Lucky Bamboo     Feng Shui Stones

I used several stones on the list and placed them in a glass vase and until I read further, I threw in some luck with a Lucky Bamboo plant and a ceramic blue fish. You won’t see this in a Chinese restaurant!

So the final analysis here is: If your bedroom is anywhere besides the southwest sectors of your house (per compass) then try doing something like this in your southeast corner of your bedroom. It is too soon to tell if this is really going to work and I am sure it is going to take much more effort than some rocks in a vase but it's a good start.

Part 2 will address what to do when other rooms are located in the Love sector of the house and the next step on what I can do next to attract love and romance in a bedroom located in the darn money sector.

I have written about Feng Shui before in one of my newsletters if you are interested in how to upgrade some other suggestions I found interesting.

Footnote: You may not think that this post has anything to do with real estate but in fact, it really does. If employing Feng Shui principles to create a more desired lifestyle where I am living now does not work, I will be looking for a really good real estate agent!

Namaste

Comment balloon 66 commentsSheron Cardin • February 20 2007 02:50PM

Comments

whew- I thought the fish was real and in dire need of some H2O!! Love your style by the way!
Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) over 12 years ago
I need help.  My house is out of whack!  Fortunatley, I recently bought a lucky bamboo plant -- and I do have 5 smooth stones! 
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 12 years ago

Sheron:

 You are too funny! Feng Shui really really does work. I can give you a few book titles that are easy to read ( because all this east- west, fire -wood stuff CAN get mind boggling) And it's not about Chinese furnishings at all.

I will give you one mere example. Clean off your desk. Now there IS in fact a way where you should place your agenda, computer etc. But the mere act of having a cleared off desk brings you good financial fortune. I tell you - this is true. As for the bedroom, they say to put a red ribbon underneath the mattress. Red=passion. AH go ahead and try it. We won't know! 

Posted by Mary Seferian (DIVA DECOR DESIGN) over 12 years ago
How funny, love the plant.
Posted by Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist (Keller Williams Legacy One) over 12 years ago

"What is my family going to think?"  LOL!!!!  (Wiping tears.) 

OK, I can go up and read the rest of it now, I have myself under control.  (Deep breath.)

Posted by Sarah Cooper (Real Estate Shows) over 12 years ago

Michele - I didn't mean to make you worry, I just wanted to make sure you saw the fish but it is happily back in the water now. Thank you for the compliment. I have fun writing.

Joan - can you find your love sector? 

Mary - I have a long list of ebooks on the subject and they just crack me up. I needed to find a starting point to begin the transformation. As for my desk (I have 2) I can see why I would have good fortune...the money would stay in my bank because I can't find any invoices!

Elena - thanks for stopping by. Lucky Bamboo plants are only $3 at WalMart...now that is good luck right there. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Too funny, Sheron!  But educational, too -- and I love how you managed to use what you learned!  Can't wait to hear more!
Posted by Sarah Cooper (Real Estate Shows) over 12 years ago
Sarah, thanks...that is the whole purpose of the journal and the journey. I want to bring Feng Shui into my life but have always considered it ugly and cheap looking. My fingers are crossed and I hope I can pull it off.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Sheron let me know if the red ribbon works, I will go out and buy tons of it, LOL...This is too funny. It seems a little overwhelming to me trying to get all this chi stuff right. Now chinese restaurants, no matter how hard I try, are one place where I never could improve on the decorating scheme. Hmmmmm, does this really work?? I think you need to keep us informed.

Phyllis Pafumi

Posted by Phyllis Pafumi, ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ (ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey) over 12 years ago
Hi Phyllis, I am going to wear the red ribbon around my neck...why mess around! And as far as my Feng Shui experience goes, I will be posting blow by blow as I go, one week at a time...I should live so long at this rate. Thanks for stopping by.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Sheron - I Feng Shui'd my whole house and my house does not look Asian and don't have one lucky bamboo anywhere.  You really made me laugh.....very cute post....and I do like your lucky bamboo solution.  One small piece of advice is not to generalize when it comes to Feng Shui, a lot of books will talk about placing Ba-guas or crystals or other "Feng Shui" stuff, but stick to the concepts and you'll be just fine. Let us know if the love pot worked!

Ines

Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 12 years ago
Who am I talking to here...Rick or Ines? You as in YOU Feng Shui'd your whole house? Tell me what you did and where. Post some pictures..., do you have red ribbons? I am trying to make sense of it. Did you read my newsletter link? I crack up everytime I visualize my Chi running out the front door. Thanks for stopping by and please...any tips?
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

I'm gonna get me a lucky bamboo!!!

Sheron...that is Ines talking...Rick is her silent partner<gg> at least in the Rain he is silent.  

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 12 years ago

Thanks Monika - that's correct Sheron - Rick doesn't do any blogging, but he DOES read them.

I am an architect and started studying Feng Shui on my own (from books) several years ago and use basic principles - no ribbons or crystals.  I like this definition - It is an aesthetic, practical approach to the ancient art of space alignment (and by ancient I mean hundreds of years being used in Chinese tradition).    The essence of feng shui is a harmonious relationship between you, the spaces within which you live, and the environment.

Not bad, huh? - so to not write a blog inside your comments I used it first in my master bedroom - I am "tree" according to nine ki astrology and everything in my bedroom was related to wood (floors, furniture, Eastern exposure in the morning) - I could not sleep so I had to balance that "tree energy" with the opposite element which is fire.  I put a chair-rail in the room (horizontal lines to counteract the horizontal wood/tree lines), I painted the top of the chair-rail red (fire)- and I sleep like a baby.

I used basic principles using color, furniture placement and finishes throughout my house and it's been a GOD SEND. I'm off to read your newsletter....you do crack me up!

Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 12 years ago
Sheron - great newsletter!  you got it!  that's exactly what you do - you combine western principles and usage of materials and bingo!
Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 12 years ago
Ines - your a GOLD MINE! I cannot wait until I can either sleep all night or be kept up all night. Do I need more than 1 bedroom?
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron - Great blog!!! You crack me up.  I've never read anything about feng shui, but I do like the look of the bamboo so who knows - I may look into it. 
Posted by Maureen Maureen over 12 years ago
I lost a deal due to Feng Shui. The asian buyer loved the home, agreed to a price with the seller and was ready to go into contract with the buyer. The grandfather came along for the contract signing, waited and told his grandson "Do not buy this house!" A tree casted a shadow over the front door. This made me lose 35K in commission. Since then I learned everything I could about Feng Shui.
Posted by Luke Constantino, Residential/Commercial Real Estate Brooklyn NY (Brooklyn/Manhattan Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Thank you Maureen, I am told that if you want to learn about something then write about it so that is what I am doing. 

Luke - geeze, don't they even consider removing the tree? Seems to me that could have been fixed! So tell me, what do you know about Feng Shui that is important for agents and stagers to be aware of? Inquireing minds want to know.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Hmmmm...I think I am going to figure out where our love sector is. It's actually where it's supposed to be. That's cool. 
Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) over 12 years ago

OK Think you got problems?  Know where MY love sector is? The Bathroom! I think that says just about says it all....  :=(

 

Posted by Mary Seferian (DIVA DECOR DESIGN) over 12 years ago

Man you are funny!!! -----> either sleep all night or be kept up all night.

You don't need 2 bedrooms sweetie - maybe some candles????   :)

Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 12 years ago

Christy - When I get to the part where your bedroom is where it is supposed to be I'll let you know

Mary - The bathroom =0 I will look that one up right away and include it in part two...I'll knock on your door!

Ines - and what am I supposed to do with the candles?

Shell - hi there! glad you stopped by...we will have have to have some coffee and have some kitchen table talk!

 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron, you can begin by lighting them ......      :)
Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 12 years ago
Ines - I think I have a dragon lighter somewhere...then what? Get the paint can out maybe?
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Dragon lighter...hmmmm...that's interesting Sheron.....where in the world did you get a dragon lighter?
Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 12 years ago
ebay -  Isn't he cute!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
VERY CUTE!!!  Why in the world would you get that?  (unless you collect weird looking thingamajigs)
Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 12 years ago

Once again a great blog!  Entertaining and informative . . . the perfect combination!  Thanks.

Jeannene

Home Staging by Interiors Defined, Inc.

Posted by Jeannene Edwards (Home Staging by Interiors Defined, Inc.) over 12 years ago
My pleasure Jeannene.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Hope your feng shui doesn't get all green and slimy from the plant...

Your yellow marble is my favorite precious gem. Do marbles help with the love sector?

Sue 

Posted by Sue Argue, NH Home Stager (Staged First Impressions) over 12 years ago
It does if you want your clild to feel loved and important...and I do! You have really good eyes! And as far as the slime goes I will keep my eye on that! Thanks Sue
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Update - my bejeweled lucky bamboo plant doesn't like it in the corner of my bedroom...the leaves are turning pale green...may have to plant it in some soil to make it happy and change the pot as well. 
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Soil? And cover up the jewels? How can you get lucky with your gems all covered up?

hee hee 

Posted by Sue Argue, NH Home Stager (Staged First Impressions) over 12 years ago
Sue - I can't argue with that! I won't cover them up.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

 

 

Hi Sheron,

I just found this post, I am still laughing!   I don't knnow what books you read or by who (and there are SO many and everyone's got a different perspective) but I can tell you, Feng Shui DOES work.  I've been Certified for 10 years (when people called it things like Feng Sheuy) and nobody had a clue what it was :)

When I did the blessings, my kids hid under their beds (that weird mother of theirs, nobody else had a mother like them!).  I have done countless homes, businesses, renovations and new constructions and none of them look chinese, honest.  Feng Shui is 90% about Intention, much less about the actual placements of objects.  Working with Energy, like attracts like and if you believe that, open a positive energy flow in your home or office, transformations do take place.

I have seen it with so many clients (not to mention myself).  And it's more popular now then ever with "The Secret" having found it's way all over the tubes.  The compass method doesn't work here, our homes are built the way they are facing and we can't change that.  The bagua was developed which is a "life station map" and you can find your wealth area (add a plant or something moving to get your wealth moving in), your relationship area (think in TWOS and the color pink), your health, career, future, fame....the list goes on. 

It is facinating work and getting an opportunity to meet facinating people who are like minded.  And not the trend it was thought to be for so long......reminds me of home staging.  Feng Shui took off on the West Coast and took YEARS to get here.  Home staging won't take that long, the market can't wait; besides, they both work! 

And yes, many Realtors work with us now.  Unless someone practices from a negative point of view and tells the client that a home is "bad luck."  With many different methods of Feng Shui to use, NO home is bad luck, there are simple, inexpensive things we can do to change the energy flow.  And not have it look like a factory in China.  But come on, let's all get just one lucky cat.  They "wave" in the money :)

Your post was great! 

Carole Provenzale  http://www.FengShuiLI.com

 

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago
Carole - so glad you are having fun with me. Right now I am working on the next entry of my journal and I am fighting pink hearts in my kitchen...we will see what I do with that one. I visited your web site so I know you are an expert. I have a strange sense of humor, I know! It just makes me laugh when I visualize my Chi running out the door and stops and looks in the mirror.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

 

 

HI Sheron,

Your Chi is just checking itself before it leaves in the morning, seems normal to me :)  You have a great sense of humor, but what are you thinking?  Pink hearts in the Kitchen?  They go in the bedroom (hard countertops in the kitchen).  No WONDER you're having so much trouble with Feng Shui!

I look forward to your next article. We all need some light and laughter!

Carole Provenzale

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago
Carole- honestly...that is what the book says...if my love and relationship sector is in the kitchen then I needed 2 birds, 2 pink hearts and a partridge in a (just kidding). I just read your wonderful feng shui post and i just know your talking about my "love plant" in my southeast corner of my southeast bedroom better known as my wealth sector...I might be in the wrong business!!!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Sheron, I don't know why I never saw this post- IT'S SO GREAT! 

I so agree with you that some of the Feng Shui solutions are not attractive, especially for staging- most people don't want to see wind chimes hanging from the ceilings at Open Houses.

Your comments on the love stones have me LMAO.  I love the subtle solution you came up with, but it sounds like REALLY bad Feng Shui if your LUCKY bamboo dies! 

Posted by Gina Dougherty, Home Staging Redondo Beach, CA- FusionDesignConsulting.com (Fusion Design Consulting) over 12 years ago

Hi Gina - I have missed you. Ah, my lucky bamboo plant. That would be depressing! However, I am nurturing it along...pouring filtered water into it and the leaves are back to bright green so apparently it wasn't happy where it was.

Thanks for laughing -  I am having fun with it. I have had so many interruptions the last couple of weeks, I haven't been able to focus on my next step...pink and red hearts apparently...eek. I got as far as reading that and gagged. Hopefully I will produce Part 2 this week. I have been getting results of which I cannot share here but will say that when you use Feng Shui or any other technique, be it crystal ball, palm reading, etc, it quickly becomes the source for creating everything that happens soon thereafter. Nothing new there. But thanks for finding me and see you in the rain dance.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
It amazes me how so many people are interested in feng shui, yet I rarely have clients who judge the house they are buying based on feng shui principles.  I guess that's how they end up with homes with their love portion under the kitchen table.  I know...you thought it meant ON the table :)
Posted by ARDELL DellaLoggia (Better Properties Seattle ) about 12 years ago

Sheron, I am SOhappy to see this post again, it makes me laugh over and over!  For those that don't know, Sheron and I have struck up a lovely friendship over Feng Shui!  WAS that Feng Shui or some other force at work?  It doen't matter a bit to me :)  Her posts are full of laughter and fun and mine are the quick remedies you can try if you have an interest. 

The age old question of HOW to practice?  Compass, Form School, Bagua, Astrology....it can turn your head inside out and yes, make you sleep (or do other fun activities) on the dining room table. Learning too many at one time and you'll likely have a house that looks like you live in Chinatown.  So I use the approach of teaching very simple methods to help startyou on your way....things that you can do that won't take much time without trying to figure out complicated directions (which can scare you to death!).  I know all forms (or most) and truly Feng Shui goes to very deep levels in incorporating them but it just isn't possible or practical to do on line.

But if you are driven by Intention, you really CAN do simple things to change the Energy. And not have your home look like a restaurant in Chinatown----who REALLY likes seeing those ducksin the window??  My home does NOT look like it has been Feng Shuied because the methods I use do not have to be SEEN...there are put there with the best intentions and can be behind a picture, sofa, or yes, we DO on occasion bury those blessed rocks while doing New Construction and Renovations. 

Ardell, I read your comment and I'd like to say that Consultants get calls all the time regarding buying a property....they want us in, FAST, because they want to make a bid on a home they LOVE but have become so terrified that the home won't "support" them they are afraid to buy.  I hear it all the time!  But the Agents don't---

My own personal beliefs are that YOU have enough Chi (Energy) to overcome a Feng Shui Home or business with corrections and a better understanding of Feng Shui.  Which makes you the master of your life.  Empowering thought, huh? 

To anyone with an interest in Feng Shui, learn one method and the basics before moving up the levels and layers of it.  As you see it start working, you can go muchdeeper into it but it is a life long learning process, it doesn't end so be prepared!  Now to your newsletter, is that where you've been???  You have been missed in the Rain!!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 12 years ago

Carole - what did I ever do to deserve you! I will fill you in on the details via email but just let me say to everyone that Feng Shui is, to me, the last frontier. It is so unknown and foreign to me, it is like taking an exotic trip without ever leaving my chair. With a metaphysical background and my years of interior design, it is a perfect fit and my new direction. I of course have to laugh at it because of the absurd requests it makes right up front as if there were no other choice. That is where I am going to come in. I have started a draft onto the next step and you won't believe what FS wants me to do. I will have it finished very soon I hope.

Ardell - is that where your love section is? I have some solutions coming up...stay tuned.

Gina - You may have to join in on the journey with us...I have a feeling you could make a difference! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 12 years ago
Great post, let us know if it works!
Posted by Monica Bourgeau, Business Coaching (New Phase Business Coaching) about 12 years ago

Monica - it is working and here is a link for a feng shui update.

My word is ichang...another coingkydinky?

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
Sheron, you need to be careful how you take care of those stones.  Typically they don't like living in water.  They absorb their energy from the air around them, then dispense said energy to whomever or whatever needs it.  Once a month they should be cleansed in salt water and put in a sunny place to dry and re-energize.
Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) almost 12 years ago
See! It just keeps getting better and better. I had to plant my lucky bamboo plant in some dirt so the stones are clean and happy but not energized so thank you for that tip. I will place them in some sea salt and water right now. The REAL SALT WATER will have to be added a little later but I will be sure to bring some home. Thank you old wise one. (not the old part)
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
No reason to use real salt water, regular sea salt and water will do just fine.  Just keep them in the open air.  And don't forget to let the sun work its magic tomorrow.
Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) almost 12 years ago
Hey Terry - didn't mean to drop the ball here. Sorry ;) I happen to have sea salt and am going to go bathe my beautiful stones right now. Thanks...you have a plithera of valuable information. Keep it coming.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

Sheron - Ok a little help please... I have noticed that if I see a set of steak knives  knives in the SW corner of the kitchen that usually a couple that owns the home is getting a divorce or having trouble communicating. I actually had one customer move them and they decided to get back together and not list the house. So yes my new rule should be to never tell them to move them until I have the home listed :=). Then let the home stager or Feng Shui master tell them right? But I do wonder could buyers also not buy a house for the same reason? Yes could this be a two edged sword?

Also perhap an evil idea, but should we all go out and give steak knive sets to our buyers as closing gifts in the hopes of repeat business?

Posted by Ray Essick (Coleman Realty Group) almost 12 years ago

Sheron;

   I am still fairly new to the active rain community, but it didn't take me long to realize, a post by you is a post worth reading.  You are hysterical!  As to the feng shui stuff...I too recently started to apply feng shui to my living spaces.  I attempted to do this some time ago, but got way too confused.  I found some simple to read books and soon learned the difference between those items that are Chinese tradition and those things which are the true use of feng shui as related to energy ( good and bad ).  I went about applying these things in my office first.  Immediately it seemed to me that things had gone from bad to worse and I thought oh great....I am feng shui dyslexic.  I took all of the maps and obviously read them and applied them backwards!!!  But then out of no where business took an amazing turn.  In fact, my business and income have started to grow in ways that I was not expecting and I literally feel overwhelmed by it all.  I can truly say I have observed amazing changes personally and professionally.  Now...is it solely the feng shui or is it my belief that it's the feng shui?  I have a saying...it doesn't matter which came first the chicken or the egg...fry them both and call me down for dinner.  I am continuing to incorporate more feng shui in the rooms of my home.  If for no other reason...they feel good.  The other thing is I have had no problem in getting my husband to buy in to all of this.  It once and for all solved the toilet lid debate.  I explained that it was bad chi for him to leave the seat up...so after just a few gentle reminders of " you are messing with my chi"...the toilet seats remain in a "closed and locked position" when not in use. 

In all seriousness I am very interested in the practices and principles of the art of feng shui and am looking forward to the fact that this month I will have two feng shui experts on the radio show.  I will have Suzee Miller on the air with me November 16th and Stephanie McWilliams of the new HGTV show, "Fun Shui" is joining me November 30th.  I believe both women will be wonderful interviews and will offer valuable, easy to apply techniques that we can all use.  I hope you will listen in and let me know what you think. 

Thanks for the valuable resources you provide including the great gift of laughter! 

Gina McNew- The Diva in the House-The Voice of Real Estate Staging

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Posted by Gina McNew, Host of Diva in the House - The Voice of Real Estate Staging Radio (diva la difference interiors) almost 12 years ago

Hello Ray - your ponderings are really funny but also real. I don't have your answer but you could ask Carole our feng shui guide. I know sharp knives are a no no as well as sharp pointed plants. Funny stuff though...I like the idea of us fs as a premeditation tool...

Gina - we need to get the word out about you! Do you have an email reminder service? You are doing a great job even if you are a feng shui dyslexic and the toilet seat? Too kewl!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

Hi Sheron;

    Thank you in turn for the kind comments...I hadn't thought about an email reminder...will need to look in to that.  I really am blessed to have such wonderful guests who will come on the show and they really are a wealth of knowledge.  Will have to look in to a newletter service for reminders.  I again just loved your feng shui stories...I find so many of your blogs not only inspiring but fun and together that's a lethal combination!!!  I'll keep enjoying....

Cheers!

gina

Posted by Gina McNew Diva in the House-The Voice of Real Estate Staging w almost 12 years ago

Hi Sheron,

    Thanks I'm contacting Carole about it. Maybe she can add some sharp wisdom to my pondering. I know you get my point. This could be the cutting edge of Feng Shui ideas. There is a book out there on Feng Shui, can't remember the title, that talks about that premeditation tool stuff. Oh yeah ever see Ba-Gua mirror wars, one business starts by putting up a small mirror on top of their door and the business across the street see it and does the same? Both trying to send the negative energy to the other. It turns into a Feng Shui arms race. It's like Pokemon see I think Peka-chu peka-chu could totally take the beckoning cat beckoning-cat in a fair fight.

Posted by Ray Essick (Coleman Realty Group) almost 12 years ago

Ray, Thank you for your contact.  Anything sharp or "pointy" including sharp points on furniture are considered in Feng Shui as "Cutting Chi" or "Pointed Arrows"  --  we have names for everything.  The appearance of sharp knives are considered detrimental in Feng Shui for the reason you mentioned and many more.  As for selling, if you want to have the sale you do not have to advise your clients to put them away but when having prospective buyers see it they should be out of sight.

And because I don't want to take over Sheron's wonderful blog, I'll do a post on it to explain it more completely.  Thanks, Sher!!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 12 years ago

Sheron-

Geez! I hope thinks have gotten better since then!

Great post... I'm sending it on!

~Emily

The San Diego Real Estate Expert

Posted by Emily Johnston (Keller Williams Realty) almost 12 years ago

Carole - thank you for helping Ray and we look forward to tips to help cure sharp objects.

Emily - I apologize for missing your comment. Every time I shift an object, my world shifts...very interesting stuff. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
This was too funny but yet way too real at lest from my experience.
Posted by Gayle Balaban, E. TN Waterfront Real Estate (The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E) over 11 years ago
Hi Gayle, I am curious now...what is your experience. I cannot help myself, I continue to be amazed with fs...it hits my funny bone all the time.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Just found this and it is a hoot...Wow, reading the old blogs is quite entertaining...Thanks for the humor and education.  T:-)
Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com) over 11 years ago
Thank you Terrylynn...it was a hoot writing it.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Thanks Sheron!!! I had a similar experience. My Love center is my office. So I noticed I photo that my husband loves that his X took. So when I see the photo I see him looking at her. All he see is an awesome photo him and his Dog -Pike. So I compromised. I found I charm online. I will try to add it to this post and then I set rose quartz and a crystal in front of it. Every time he dusts he tries to put those things down and away and I have to dig them up and put them back. He must think I'm crazy...but he loves me ;).Charm
Posted by Debbie Hodrick, PMP (Crystal Coast) over 11 years ago
Hi Debbie - that is a beautiful charm/pattern. Does it cover the picture? Am I reading you right? Sounds like you two are spending too much energy on this picture. Can you put it in another room...like the garage? Just kidding. I would definitely get it out of the wealth area. At least there wont be any dust under it. Sounds like you have a wonderful relationship.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

I love your story. I too have been learning about Feng Shui and trying to incorporate some of the practices in my home. Lucky for me my office is in the money corner and my bedroom is in the SouthWest.

The difficult thing I find is that the more you read, the more confusing it can get. There are so many different schools of Feng Shui with conflicting advice.

The best piece of advice I have had regarding Feng Shui, is to concentrate on ONE area of your life to improve and do what you can. Just remember that if you don't like the way it looks, then you shouldn't have it in your house. It all has to do with symbolism and also helps us to stay focused on our goals. something that you grumble at with disdain every day when you walk by does not create positive energy.

Books by Lillian Too are pretty good and easy to digest.

Good luck with your Feng Shui adventure......and I will continue on mine.

Katherine James 

Posted by Katherine James (Set Sale and Go Home Staging) over 11 years ago
Katherine - you are right...concentrating on one aspect of my life has been very helpful not only in getting the results but actually recognizing them, noticing the improvement. Happy Chi to you too and do share when you can.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

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