Sheron Cardin's Input...: Feng Shui Journal from a Decorator's Point of View: The Tale of Two Hearts!

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: The Tale of Two Hearts!

 yinyang I was really thrown looking for the next step to take in my bedroom after the phenomenal success of my Feng Shui'ed "Love Stone's"  Well...a couple of flirtations at best but still a sign of good times to come.

The next logical step to me would be to move my bed (which I cannot and I will tell you that story if I ever find that part again) and then the issue of the master bath door opening is running in the back of my mind, or the color of the walls...surely there is more information as what to do for my Chi! Is it too much to expect a logical sequence of events to occur? Surely they know who they are talking to don't they?

Nada! If you want to turn the heat up in your south east sector bedroom (without turning it into a full blown brothel - see Bagua below...my bedroom is in the money sector SE) and IF your kitchen is in the LOVE ZONE which mine is, then you are supposed to paint your kitchen pink! PINK! Uh, I don't think so. Mauve may have made Target a household name back in the day but please! But wait...it also says red accents can help. Alright, I already have many red accents so I need to get beyond the first couple of hints here...like; this isn't working for me yet!

FS Bagua

Think pairs. Think in two's the master says. Hang pictures with two birds entwined or how about displaying some pink flamingos? Oi...

flamingos

Let's see, I can display my salt and pepper shakers, that's a pair. My painting has red in it but only one palm tree trunk...should I add another trunk? 

I could. I have two benches on either side of the table...do I have enough two's going on I wonder? Well, I guess not or I wouldn't be Feng Shuiing! 

Is it me or am I supposed to redecorate my kitchen or my bedroom?

Trying to get back to my original focus of heating up my love life, I pull my FS folder out and lay it in front of me again. So where did I leave off? Oh darn...I was using the e-book on my desktop...so I open the e-book called Feng Shui for Love and...

Oh no! If I am single I need to throw out all gloves or socks that are missing a match because this is bad Feng Shui for love! And here I thought they made great rags...could this little practicality be causing my troubles? And always make sure the shoes in my closet are lined up neatly with their match as clutter with shoes can cause disruptions in my relationships... FYI; I don't keep shoes in my closet but let me show you what the shoes do look like in my garage and I am not going to touch up the photo either...

shoes OK so I see that this could be the source of a problem with my family who thinks they needs shoes for every 5 minutes of their lives and do not know how to put them back on the shelves...maybe decluttering family members is in order?

I'm not getting anywhere!

So am reading on and understand about pairs of ducks, birds, dolphins, anything living and a relationship would suggest that pairing is on my mind to all who enter and THAT could suggest something to strangers but my family? They will want to know what is going on...

LAVA LAMPS? A PAIR OF RED OR PINK LAVA LAMPS WILL ENHANCE MY PROSPECTS???lava lamps lava lamps

Can you imagine...why not lava lamp wallpaper or fabric for my windows...lava lamp wallpaperwould that prove my commitment?  Maybe I can just forget about it all and concentrate on the bubbles for hours on end and watch time pass me by...I remember this all used to work for me in the 70's but...common!

I think I need a drink! No, I am sure of it! I wonder what Feng Shui would look like after a couple of Mojito's?

And before I go on here, I remember getting a newsletter from a Feng Shui person finally letting me know what color to paint my front door and I just have to go find that right now because it was very important as to how my good Chi can enter my house to begin with...here it is; ah, my front door faces north and to attract all the good Chi I possibly can, I am supposed to paint it what! BRIGHT WHITE! Again, I don't think so! What on earth am I going to do with pink hearts, mating birds, lava lamps, and a bright white front door?

Breathing deeply and slowly now, I am going to cut out 2 RED paper hearts and put them between my mattress and box springs making sure not to displace my Chakra crystals (leftover from the 80's) so only I know they are there...throwing in a pair of red hearts for good measure.

The more I read, the more I see RED as the important color for many things. As I am Gooling for some creative ideas for RED hearts, I learn that RED envelopes can work too so I can put 2 plain hearts inside a RED envelope like these red envelopeswhich is very cool. I like this idea so that is what I am going to do. OK, so...why am I doing this? Oh yes, happiness and joy...but wait, that is not what I am trying to do and I am lost. Where is the purpose for the pink hearts? I can't find the reason but I am going to make some pink hearts and put them in a piece of red construction paper stapled shut and stuff it under my mattress...OK, done! No decorating challenge here so no picture to show...but I do feel a little anticipation.

All this and a golden one arm waving cat for prosperity coming in the mail but by bedroom still looks the same. Pink hearts hidden away, faux stones holding my lucky bamboo in place...seems like a dead end. 

I want to paint my walls, add texture, bamboo, lighting, floor mats and pillows, all the delicious Zen lines that I yearn for yet I want to develop the room with all the forces of nature in alignment as well, but oh it is far from this I am afraid.

As determined as I am to pull together some kind of logic and straight forward thinking from Feng Shui principles into my life without looking like a Chinese restaurant, I am going to need a little help from my FS friends to keep me focused!

To be continued... 

 

Namaste

Comment balloon 20 commentsSheron Cardin • June 04 2007 07:14PM

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Hi Sheron,

I consulted on a home last week where the lady of house kept telling me she couldn't move this or that because her Feng Shui consultant had told her to put it there! I don't know much about Feng Shui, despite the fact that I lived in Hong Kong for 6 years, but her Feng Shui was messing with my staging!

For those of you who combine the two  - no offence intended - perhaps I need to understand the principles so I can stage without messing with someone's good chi:)

Stephanie

P.S. If I had a nickel for everytime I have been called Sheron in the last 40+ years - people like to run my initial and my last name together to make Sheron Weeber. Now I know a real Sheron! 

 

Posted by Stephanie Heron, Weeber - Dressing Rooms (Dressing Rooms LLC) over 12 years ago

Stephanie - that is hysterical about your last name but I see the logic!

Now about FS and staging...my new friend Carol the FS lady of AR is the expert and from what I know...and have read and written...Feng Shui can have purposeful usage and releasing energy from a property, creating good Chi and Chi flow is essential in supporting the efforts of the home sellers and should not be overlooked. The way I am using FS is for my own pleasure. 

I am also trying to use what is in front of me and presented to me as a consumer and it just hits me in a funny way...it cracks me up. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron, too funny!  Well, I read mirrors on the ceiling are good Feng Shui for the bedroom.
Posted by Gina Dougherty, Home Staging Redondo Beach, CA- FusionDesignConsulting.com (Fusion Design Consulting) over 12 years ago
Gina - I heard the opposite. Mirrors facing your bed is bad luck and I couldn't agree more...hehe
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Geez, Sheron, you've even got ME confused---what books are you reading, anyway??  Seems to me if you're taking the hearts (LOVE) and "locking them up" in Red MONEY envelopes you're even going to confuse FS principles :)  Get them OUT of there!!  And quit laughing at that cat that's on it's way to you :)

I would paint, decorate, and add anything I wanted....you can't change anything that can't be changed back!  And then come and do my house :) 

Gina, no mirrors in the bedroom....NONE.  You can put one in a closet and keep the door closed.  I have to wonder who's writing these books?

We're going to experiment with one of Val's vacants.....I'm going to get what she needs and she's going to add it to her staging.  That is going to be fun! 

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

Hi Carole, I have been waiting for you to comment. Now that I have your attention:

The headwall in my bedroom I want to install faux stone and carry it out to the patio wall like it is one long wall with the bedroom added to it. Any thoughts?

I will gather my FS instructions for you. 

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

Yes, plenty of thoughts....let's go with this one:  Let me do on online consultation with you---I've done hundreds.  You have to provide me with lots of pictures, and some Red Envelopes and get the absolute JOY of spending three hours on the phone with me :)  lol.....  And we'll Feng Shui your home?  Trust me?  Up for it?  Knowing you, you're going to be too curious to pass it up! 

Feng Shui Long IslandI don't give these out lightly, you know :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago
Wow, 3 hours and the Chi Award? See...my pink hearts in the red envelope is working!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
And what did I tell you??  No one else believes me....oh, wait, Val, she knows (and you won't find her laughing at that little Cat :) 
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago

Oh, did I tell you Carole that I ordered 9 of these...

fs masksfs masksfs masksfs masksfs masksfs masksfs masksfs masksfs masks ?

Just kidding!!! I will be taking pictures today and posting them for all to see...you can walk us through this maze called Feng Shui and be our hero!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
I for one can't wait to see how this all turns out!  It's going to be a great learning experience for some of us!
Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 12 years ago

Hi Maureen - Carole hasn't seen the masks yet...hhhhhoooollllly smolllllly she is going to freak. But on the positive side putting aside my hysteria, Carole is going to help many of us and I hope that she picks up a lot of business because of it. We are all witness to my inability to do it myself so Feng Shui as apposed to decorating is not a do-it-yourself technique.

However, speaking for my innate talent to discover new things, pink hearts in red envelopes is certain to bring unknown good luck and fortune for those who are brave enough to try it...

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

Oh, Sheron, I should have known....you're going to be one of THOSE clients aren't you??  I never know when to shut up (in in this case quit typing!).  I can't do a phone consult online and (sorry) you need to send me pictures.   Many pictures.  I need to actually FEEL I'm in your space.  But you are welcome to share whatever you like on here, the GOOD, the bad (I don't do ugly; actually aside from a possible leak, there won't be any bad either).  BUT you have to stop YOUR way and do it MY way.  I will give you a reason for everything and an Intention.  And I get pretty personal....if I don't know what's going on that you might want to change, I can't help someone I'm working with. 

The instructions are a little long....so do you want to give me a ring?  Tonight or Thursday, I am working out East tomorrow and going out with friends tomorrow night.  And I didn't for a MINUTE thought you had bought those masks....or I'd delete my comment and run for cover :)

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

Carole, you are right! I don't want pictures of my pre-Feng Shui home plastered all over the Internet so will take your advice and send YOU the pics...but I do want to show some before and afters.

You are the Master and I will listen. You are the Master and I will listen. You are the Master and I will listen. You are the Master and I will listen. You are the Master and I will listen. You are the Master and I will listen.

 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
No, isn't YODA the master?  I love that little, spiritual guy :)  Absolutely show some before and afters--so we can show your home doesn't look like a Chinese restaurant!
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago

Here is a collage of the master bedroom I sent to Carole to work on...good luck! I am very excited. (it is too dark to notice my little FS contribution in the corner)

mbr collage

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
I love the collage you put together!  And my "friends" were a no show....You really have to rename this as it progresses.....And I'm leaving that up to you :)
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago
Hey Carole, hope all is well with your no shows...you never know about no shows!  Rename? Will just create a new post for that and the collage was to leave some mystery and not have total exposure...pretty good idea I would say...Picasa is a really nice program to use but you cannot select which pictures you want where...
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Hey Sheron,

That's a really cute litte dog in your photo!  Is he wearing a scarf or something?

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 12 years ago
Hi Maureen - he is a show stealer isn't he! That is my energy efficient paper shredder Buddy and he had just returned from the groomer with his fancy scarf. Thanks for asking...
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

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