Balancing Elements

Balancing Elements


Tom and I both grew up in Palos Verdes. We are back, staying with Tom’s parents as we were evacuated from our house in Mount Hermon in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 


It’s scary to leave your home not knowing if you’ll see it again, having to choose what to take and what to leave behind. 


In the Santa Cruz Mountains we have a lot earth and wood, some water and some metal. Right now we are heavy in wood, fire obviously, and earth. Wood produces fire, fire feeds earth and eventually, earth creates metal. 


In Palos Verdes, we have a better distribution of all the elements. It’s by the ocean, so lots of yang water, earth, some wood and some metal. Physical fire is weaker here, but Palos Verdes is in the south, which, in Feng Shui, is the direction of fire.


Though we love living in the forest, we are mindful that, with this imbalance, comes a cost. We are happy for the reprieve from the fires and smoke, and know that when the earth is out of balance, so goes nature. 

Floyd’s Floors


So, yesterday the guys finished laying the floors and we moved back upstairs last night! Finally, a bathroom 10 feet away!!! 

The floors are reclaimed tobacco barn pine and they do not disappoint! 4”, 5” and 6” random widths, lengths and variegated and fit Floyd’s personality to a T.

Moving upstairs from the basement is good Feng Shui. Anytime you move up in the level of a building, you’re getting further away from the bottom. This is not to say it’s bad Feng Shui to hang out in your finished basement, it’s just better not to live in it 24/7. 

Moving furniture and the room in which you do different activities does disrupt the chi in your home. The basement was pretty yin, the secret room is more yang, so we will see how that affects our sleep. 

Stay tuned…

Feng Shui and Master Bedrooms


One of the important areas inside the home to create good Feng Shui is the master bedroom. The bed is, of course, the most important element in the mix, so choose wisely! 


The bed should reside on an inside wall for “support.” For the same reason, you should not sleep under a window, considered a weak wall. 
The headboard should be taller than the footboard, but you don’t need a footboard. 


Solid wood is a great headboard material for stability and good sleep.
The master bedroom should be more yin than yang for better rest. Earth elements are good for a master bedroom, water is not as good an element as it is yang and may disrupt sleep.


Avoid sleeping under beams as they represent poison arrows and can exacerbate illness.


This bedroom pictured below is a good example of a good setup for good Feng Shui in a master bedroom. 

Image via housely.com