We love them, I love them-we wish they could last forever, like my bridal bouquet and Tom’s boutonnière. Thank you, Dyana Zweng at A Bit of Earth Flowers – you are a true artist!

I used to think that dying flowers were bad Feng Shui as they represent death, but in my deeper dive into Classical Feng Shui,  I’ve learned flowers are fine in any state as long as they mean something to you. They do not affect chi in a negative way inside the home. They don’t have to be in any particular area or not, anywhere you enjoy them is fine, regardless of their color. 

That’s not to say you should sit surrounded by dead flowers, but that is their cycle, and to be reborn again the next season. 
So fill your home and fill your life with them and rest assured, they are Feng Shui sanctioned. 

Dog days of Summer, Feng Shui and pets

We are prepping…for a dog! Said dog must be cool with cats, as Licorice is going strong at 18+. It’s time. What do dogs, and pets in general have to do with Feng Shui? Feng Shui is about the home, where it is, the forms and elements surrounding it, timing, and who occupies the home. If your kids are of the furry variety, they also affect the energy of the home. The 4 legged kids are usually Yang Energy. We began discussing Yin and Yang energy a couple of weeks ago, so I want to give you some Yin Yang perspective regarding your pets.

Fish are yin, if you are wondering. Fish=water=yin when it’s still water.

Animals are associated with the South, and Fire element, making them Yang. They add good energy to homes, but it’s all about balance. Too much of a good thing becomes a problem if your pet’s health and your health suffer. No hoarding! How many is too many? If you have 30 acres, you can spread the love, if you have a 400ft studio in New York, think small and one.

Post your pets! We’d love to see them.

Licorice the cat
Our cat Licorice

Going Home

After 3 long months in Palo Alto to be near Stanford Hospital following Tom’s heart transplant, we are finally home! In the basement, yes, but home. 

I recently found this picture of my parents; such a great photo! They are both gone, and deeply missed, especially now. I can’t think of going home without thinking of my parents; they are always on my mind these days.
I’ve been trying to replicate my childhood home my entire adult life. It was a 1920s bungalow in Studio City, it had pegged and grooved hardwood floors, stone, large and plaster, and really tall, ornate baseboard and crown moulding. It was cozy, it was my home. That is exactly what I’m chasing in order to cope with 2020.

With Floyd, I feel as if I’m completing the circle, coming back around to the beginning. Though Floyd is nothing like my childhood home, he is old, he’s authentic, and he’s part of Tom and me in a way that no other house really has been. I feel like my parents are here, watching over us… thinking we are crazy! 

These days, I yield to wild turkeys, pluck errant ivy, and talk with our neighbors about ground cover and shrubs. I wouldn’t have it any other way. We have arrived. 

Yin and Yang; masculine and feminine energies that are perfectly balanced.

Floyd got a bathroom makeover! He went from rustic, dark yin, to a more yang space. 

Yang= crisp, light, white, shiny, noise, contrast

Yin-dark, soft, brown, earthy colors, quiet, consistent

Your home should have both yin and yang spaces, with a little more yang to get you moving.

Now Floyd’s bathroom is a clean, crisp place with a some yin remaining, and addition of lots of yang.

The black and white theme brings the opposites together. The wood trim is warmer, more yin, as is the tub. The floors are yang, so is the lighting. Floyd is definitely feeling more balanced now. 



Eclipse, Mercury Retrograde, Big Change

Yay! Summer Is here! June 21 marked the Summer Solstice of 2020. The longest day of the year, coupled with a rare Solstice solar eclipse. It is said by some Feng Shui Masters if you observed this solstice solar eclipse outside, you will have 2 years of bad luck. As if we needed any more! The yang of the sun is essentially covered by the yin of the moon during an hour where there is supposed to be light, so it is considered sha chi, or bad chi, to expose yourself to it. I stayed inside!  

Now we have Mercury Retrograde. June 17-July 12. Problems with communication, delays in travel, meetings. Don’t sign a contract or make big purchases. A great time to complete a project, or practice anything with re-Revive, reorganize, review, revisit. 

2020 will certainly be a year that we all remember, but with the Summer solstice, change is in the air (and by change I do not mean COVID) All of this planetary activity gives way to big shifts. The year is more than half over, and we have an opportunity to move in a different direction. Let’s take it, get out in the sun and begin the process of healing. 

solstice eclipse
Solstice Eclipse