Home and garden TV shows are a hit for a reason.
Everyone dreams of a home they can be proud of and where they can be happy with the people they love.
But the homes you see on TV are designed or remodeled based on the vision of a designer and not the likes and needs of real people, like you.
Real people have specific needs in each room in the home, that are to be provided for, so that they can be happy, healthy and successful!
I have a program that teaches you how to turn every room in your home into a haven, and I will tell you about it at the bottom of this page, but first I want to share with you 5 easy things you can do right now to upgrade your home in the following spaces:
- The Front Door
- The Entrance
- The Living Room
- The Dining Room
- The Master Bedroom
Each section of this page comes with tips to make changes at home fast – and start seeing results right away.
The very short videos at the end of each section complement the information about each space and they reveal to you the importance of that room or part of the home.
Put Flowers on the Sides of Your Front Door
The Front Door
Like the guards at Buckingham palace, you need symbols of protection by your front door.
There are three things you may use to create these symbolic guards:
- Planters with live plants in them.
- Pot holders with a potted plant on top.
- Garden art or sculptures.
If you choose planters, you can combine very colorful planters with evergreen plants, or muted color planters with colorful flowers. If you’re not shy, you might even want to combine colorful planters with colorful flowers!
A door without plants on the sides somehow feels naked, or abandoned.
If you have an entrance that doesn’t get enough sunshine to have live plants, or if you live in a place with winters so harsh that nothing survives in a pot outside during the cold months, that’s OK. There’s still something you can do to bring good Feng Shui.
If you can’t use live plants, use garden sculptures or garden art. You can even put garden art, such as metal flowers, inside a planter or pot.
Whatever combination you choose to create the side-guards for your front door, use the same for each side. In other words, the two guards should match.
Take Charge of Your Entrance
The first thing you see when you come home sets the tone for how you perceive your home and the things that your home encourages you to do.
If when you come home the first thing you see is the washer, you’ll feel like housework never ends.
If you see a staircase going up to the second floor, you’ll feel all of life is hard work!
If you see the back door or a large window, you’ll think about going out (and neglect the inside of your home).
The first thing you see when you come home should tell you:
- Welcome home!
- You’re doing well!
- It’s time to enjoy!
To take charge of your entrance, you need to control what you see when you come in.
Place a beautiful image to guide your eyes and your attention right after you open the door.
If you need to distract from an eye-sore, chose an image with bright colors and high contrast.
What will you add to your entrance to give you that “I’m doing great” feeling?
Make Conversation, not TV, the Focus of Your Living Room
The Living Room
If you make the TV into the most important object and the focal point in your living room, you’ll immediately think about watching something or playing video games, instead of interacting with family members.
Many people place their TV on the most prominent wall of their living space and then arrange the furniture across from it, like a movie theater. If you do this, all you’ll want to do is watch movies.
Arrange your furniture to promote conversation.
Let the TV be an afterthought. Make sure your TV is not the first thing you see when you walk into your living room, family room or great room. Even better if you can hide the TV behind cabinet doors when not in use.
If your living room is small, DO NOT get a sectional (L-shaped) sofa. In small spaces you can only place a sectional in one way, and you can’t change things around easily.
Instead, choose individual pieces of furniture that you can rearrange in several different ways, for flexibility.
Versatility is a must for living and family rooms. Of course, you need a sofa, plus other seating. Other seating may include a love seat, a chaise lounge, individual arm chairs and a rocking chair or recliner.
Arrange Your Dining Area for Amazing Family Dinners
The Dining Room
Bar counters and high stools are great in bars and restaurants, but that’s no way to share dinners with family on a regular basis.
Arrange your dining area with a proper table and standard height chairs.
Conversation is half of dinner and for great communication you need to be able to see each other clearly. Don’t hang chandeliers too low and don’t place center pieces that are too high so that you can’t smile to each other freely.
When you’re raising a family, some of your most beautiful memories happen at the dinner table.
That table should be oblong or rectangular with rounded corners. Chairs should be comfortable. Every family member needs their own chair. Benches are great for picnics, but not for dining areas.
Show Equality in the Master Bedroom
The Master Bedroom
The master bedroom is the space where couples connect at an intimate level.
Place the headboard of your bed against a solid wall and leave enough room to access the bed on both sides.
Give each partner an equal nightstand and lamp. This promotes comfort and equality.
Even if you are single, it’s important to show equality in the bedroom, and to have space available to welcome a potential partner.
Avoid images of one or images of three.
Speaking of threes, there are three things you shouldn’t bring into the master bedroom:
- Family photos.
- Workout equipment.
Family photos of any kind create a crowd in a bedroom that is designed for you to connect with your partner.
Workout equipment is noisy and in the master bedroom it doesn’t just wake you up – it gives you the impression that marriage is too much work!
And speaking of work, do you really want to argue with your spouse about how much you or they work? Don’t have a home office in your bedroom, and don’t bring in your work laptop to the bed.
Reserve the bedroom for sleeping, love making, reading and resting.
I Made this Mistake Early On
I made this mistake early on – I encouraged people to do it themselves.
I even wrote a series of books on do-it-yourself-Feng Shui. I didn’t realize that the things that seemed easy to me to do or figure out, only seemed that way because of my background in architecture.
Now I can tell you, from over 20 years of experience practicing Feng Shui, that the complexity of this art – and the numerous opportunities to make mistakes every step of the way – make it essential to have at least some guidance.
Now I say D.I.G. – Do It with Guidance!
You do need guidance. Otherwise, it’s too easy to make mistakes.
Feng Shui mistakes end up in spaces that don’t look good or don’t feel right.
Feng Shui is a personal journey you embark on to turn your home into a dream home where you can live a happy life.
You have to be involved in all the decisions because it is your home.
You can’t just throw money at it and hire someone else to make all the decisions for you.
The Greatest Thing is Feedback
In the Feng Shui Dream Home Creation Lab you can learn so much about how to make each room in your home a place for beauty, comfort, productivity and fun.
You can learn so much…
But the best thing you get is feedback about what to do in your home directly from me. You also get to enjoy witnessing the transformation of other people’s homes and learning from their experiences.
The result of joining the Feng Shui Dream Home Creation Lab is a life you love in a home you are proud to show!