February, Yang Wood and Offices


Remember my office reveal last week? Well, my office has a lot of it! Wood holds the promise of Spring and February, the Tiger month is charging toward Spring and growth. Wood inside an office or home in the form of flooring, furniture and baskets is Yin, whereas the tree outside and the growing flowers are Yang as they are alive. Wood inspires ideas. 

What’s the difference? Yin wood is more subtle and does not have as strong an effect as Yang wood-Yang wood is more powerful and not as much is needed to change the balance of our elements.

Each of us is a mixture of the 5 elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, water. 

I’m told that I need more Yang wood, and luckily we have a bunch of redwood trees growing outside. I also need wet earth, so I should garden, that or roll around in the dirt during a rainstorm. 

Getting the balance right is not easy! I love my office, but it looks like I need more earth there too. 

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

Wood Houses


Houses built from wood are really the most common, our house Floyd being the example for today. Wood is great for inspiring ideas and action, but it needs balance. Too much wood, and you get tension and fighting in the home because all you have are ideas and no action. 

To balance wood, we need metal and earth elements. We are adding these elements to Floyd to keep the ideas coming without the added tension and arguments. 

What Homes Reveal


America’s exuberance with “the perfect home” is affirmed by the myriad of pins, boards, blogs and sites dedicated to reaching this goal. 


Sometimes, we fight a space in our efforts to tame it and have it yield to our taste. We do this by layering material over material generationally until it is forever lost under an Atlantean sea of plywood, tile, linoleum and glue. 


We are doing it differently. Our house’s original floors are Douglas Fir,  under no less than 5 layers of the materials listed above. 


Our house is trying to tell us, in many ways,  to lighten its load-a basic tenant of Classic Feng Shui. 


We are exposing all of the wood floors, in a tedious effort to restore it to the way it was over 100 years ago. We are the stewards of our home, and we plan to tread lightly. Stay tuned 

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Wood, wood and more wood


We bought a house! It’s all wood-wood inside, wood outside-even wood floors under the hideous carpet!! 


What does it mean when your home is heavy in the wood element and what should you do?


Too much wood can be associated with arguments and fueling tempers. I’m going to say this house has too much wood. If you don’t want to argue, it’s best to try to achieve a balance of elements ASAP.


Metal is an element used to destroy wood, so I can use this sparingly to diffuse the wood. This is furniture, accessories and the colors gray and white. 


I will also use the fire element to reduce the strength of wood, as fire burns wood, but metal kills it. Think lights, candles, colors. 


Stay tuned for a full Feng Shui diagnosis and Renovation of my home coming soon. 

FSF GoT Wood


It’s difficult to remember the abundance of the element wood factors into the landscape of GoT. How could everything burn so well otherwise?

Wood feeds fire, and therefore, is easier to spot if you look (easier than spotting Starbucks cups for sure)

Here is wood right next to Tyrion-most of the structures and cremation platforms are made from wood.

Wood is associated with the Southeast, abundance and prosperity, as it feeds into the fire of fame and reputation Gua in the South.

This year, wood is not used to enhance the good stars or weaken the bad stars, but is ok to have in the East to support family and finances in moderation, and in the Southeast for prosperity. 

Wood can be actual wood, or plants, and of course things made of wood.

Dimond Lighting 3215-014
Triple Barrel LED Wood Tone with Rust Chandelier Ceiling Light
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Barnstorm LED 20 inch Wood Tone with Pewter Pendant Ceiling Light
Dimond Lighting
Single Barrel Weathered Antique Brass and Black Four-Light Chandelier


Light and Fire


Light and Fire is an essential Feng Shui element. How do you know if your lights are good Feng Shui? It’s all about balance and placement, but some fixtures are more dominant in one or two elements and that will influence the space differently. Below is predominantly wood and a little metal. Light on is fire, and the wood feeds the fire-so this light is great in the Southeast or South. It is round too, with some metal, which is good in the West.

So confusing, right?

In this case, the wood and the fixtures function, Fire, feel predominant for me so I’d put this in the South or Southeast.

Light and Fire

My New Desk


Wood is generally the best Feng Shui element for a desk.
It’s grounding, brings focus and collaboration.
My new desk is great because it’s both rectangular and rounded so there is sharpness and softness for good balance.
I’m looking forward to setting it up in it’s proper place…
Stay tuned…