What Can Feng Shui Do For You?

What is your knowledge about this long practiced method of using energy flow to improve your life? Read on to learn some of the facts vs myths so you can benefit from this ancient practice.


Many of you are aware of feng shui but have not taken advantage of its benefits. I believe that is because there is so much written and a lot of circulating information, which can be overwhelming. I totally understand that! Books, articles, blogs—there is a lot. But that goes to show you how intricate feng shui can be. But that statement alone can be unnerving! Before I became a Certified Feng shui consultant, I was aware of certain feng shui adjustments, but I really didn’t understand how it all worked. It is my intention to simply explain some of what feng shui can do to help you in your day to day life, and dispel some of the myths.


There are different schools of feng shui, and therefore, many different types of practi-tioners. Your understanding of feng shui could be that you need to have a red door, or that you have to have wind chimes and mirrors everywhere. While these are useful tools that we use for adjustments, it is a myth to think they are the only ones. Depend-ing on the training of your consultant, there will be different approaches for different circumstances. The method your consultant uses reflects their training, and some are more complicated than others. I practice BTB Feng Shui, often called Western Feng Shui. It encompasses the ancient teachings, but has been adjusted for the lifestyle of the modern Western world. I describe this more in-depth here.

Feng Shui consultants use the Bagua to help determine many things about the space you occupy. Simply put, the Bagua is a map that is placed over a blueprint of your home, office, or a room. It can be used on many other surfaces as well from a table to a desk. It is comprised of 8 different sections or guas, each of which rep-resents an area of life, including one’s career, family or wealth, with the center re-served for Health. The Bagua is placed in relation to the front door and tells us many things about good or not so good positioning of bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens, among many other things. It guides us as to how we can help. To read a more in-depth description of the Bagua, click here.

Our lives have become so busy and often times chaotic. Feng shui addresses this in many ways . When working with a client, I first determine where there may be stress in one’s life. I offer a simple quiz that helps one understand where they most need assistance. Once that is determined, I can offer suggestions to help improve the situation.

Mirrors and crystals are two of many different tools used as feng shui adjustments. But it is a myth to think that they are mandatory. Mirrors are very effective in ex-panding a space, which is often the solution to a problem, but not always. Crystals keep energy from going stale. They are common and inexpensive adjustments and they definitely have their place.

What can be tricky is knowing when and how to use a crystal or a mirror. Does the crystal have to be big or small? Does the mirror have to be expensive? Where do you place it? Can you use mirrors outside? What else can I use instead of a crystal? These are areas where your consultant can help.

Feng Shui Is Not A Religion

It is another myth to think that feng shui is a religion. It is a fact that feng shui stems from the Tao, but its teachings are not about reli-gious beliefs or dogma. If you practice a par-ticular religion, feng shui does not interfere with that or replace your personal belief sys-tem. Feng shui supports us by using the flow of energy to our advantage. In BTB feng shui, we also add the power of our intentions as well. This enables our positive thoughts to circulate throughout the universe, which strengthens the power behind our adjust-ments. Remember, feng shui is about energy.

How can feng shui help you? Well, how are things going for you? Are you in a fulfilling relationship? Does your work feel meaningful to you? How are your finances? These are just a few questions that bring to mind how feng shui can help. As a certified feng shui consultant, I can help you discern what areas of your home or office are not working to give you the support you need to meet the goals you have in mind.

We live with feng shui every day, whether we are aware of it or not. When you make adjustments to your surroundings to enhance the feel of a room, whether it be your living room, bedroom or office, that energy is being channeled to help you in your life’s endeavors. When correctly utilized, feng shui can be very effective in bringing about positive change in your life. You can sign up for my free Feng Shui Tidbits newsletter and receive a free download on how to enhance your home’s entrance. I wish you all Peace, Balance and Abundance.

When It’s Time For A Change

Changing a Room Color Changes the Balance of Energy. Feng Shui Brings it Back


WHEN IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE in your home, be it the family room, office or kitchen, there is a lot to consider.  From a design perspective, you want your home to be pretty, comfortable, cozy and welcoming. And from a Feng Shui perspective, you also want it to enable the best possible energy flow, so you get your best energetic support.


One way to promote energy balance in your home is with color.  In my home, our family room is located in our Partnership area of the Bagua.  It is the gathering place in our home and years ago I had it painted this beautiful coppery orange because I loved the color.  I did not know at the time that this was a great color for the partnership area of my home, because this orange-y color represents fire and promoted lively conversation.  Also, while the color for Partnership on the Bagua is pink, the color orange (as an extension of red) brings some fire to the space and fire always sparks up the Partnership area.  


Yet when you have something that works well but you want to change it, how do you replace that built-in gain when new colors negate that very advantage?

Here is a picture of our family room before I had it painted. We enjoyed this color for nearly 10 years. It was cozy and inviting and visitors always complimented us on it. But after being cooped up in the house during Covid for over a year, I felt it was time for a change.

One of the many wonderful things about Feng Shui is that it allows usnumerous, flexible remedies when we find ourselves at a disadvantage due to color, location, room size or shape.  In my case, yes, I was losing the energetic support of that color, but I knew I could balance all of that out by implementing Feng Shui principals and adjustments.

Going from a coppery orange to an off white brought in the metal element to the Partnership Area. The element associated with Partnership is the Earth element. Metal comes from Earth and here, does not cause a problem. However the black around the windows is the Water element. In Feng Shui (and in life) water extinguishes fire. Because we want lively conversation, I brought in the Fire element by placing votive candles on the bookshelf. Also, there are orange-y pots on the bookshelf and orange in the wall pictures. Read on to see how this whole space was ultimately balanced.

The bookshelf itself is where I finished the balancing of the Partnership corner. I placed a round yellow placemat, put a terra cotta decorative tile on it to enhance the Earth element which is really all I needed to do to enhance the Earth element.  However, because I like balance (who doesn’t?) I brought in all the Elements.  We have Wood (plants), Fire (as mentioned) Earth (as previously described,) Metal on the walls and the shelves and Water (the black around the windows.)


When a room has Feng Shui balance, along with good design, the energy is there to support you, not work against you.  Remember to keep your place clutter free and display possessions that represent your story or items that you love.  And don’t forget to display pairs in the Partnership area!   


If you find yourself unsure of how to proceed on your next design project, or if don’t know how Feng Shui can help you, give me a call!  I offer many packages to suit your situation and am ready to help you achieve Peace, Balance and Abundance!  

Thoughts For The New Year

The holiday season is over and it’s time to think about the new opportunities that are available to us with the coming of a new year. Here in Western New York, we always have the added challenge of the winter weather which can be so unpredictable, with the exception of the gray skies, winter snow and blustery cold. But in spite of the chal¬lenges of the weather,

Holiday Tips

Well, it’s hard to believe but it’s December already and the holidays are upon us. And just like that, another year is drawing to a close and a new year is on the horizon. Have you given any thought to how you want to spend your holidays? Will you be continuing with your holiday traditions or will you start new ones? Are you overwhelmed or mov-ing along at an enjoyable pace? Do you feel like there’s too much on your plate or does everything feel just right?

Feng Shui Sleep

Everyone is hoping to wake up feeling refreshed and renewed every day. The sad fact is however, that many wake up feeling like they don’t even want to get out of bed. Or that they’re not well rested. I have written about how Feng Shui is used to help us get a good night’s rest. This month, I’ll share some tips to set up the master bedroom so that positive energy can enter, negative energy can leave and you’re surrounded by the best energy possible to support you while you sleep. And a supportive master bedroom transfers into support for the whole household making for an overall better living environment and ultimately a better life.

Feng Shui Sleep


People long for a restful night’s sleep, yet unfortunately, for many, restful sleep can be elusive. You may sleep for awhile and wake up in a panic wondering if you overslept, or did you forget something for that presentation or did you remember to make that appointment? Or you slept through the night but sometimes wake up groggy and grumpy. If you suffer from a physical condition that robs you of restful sleep, it is advisable to seek medical attention for that. But if all is physically well and you just can’t get catch those Zzzs, then you need to look critically at your bedroom, for most likely, that is where the problem lies.

Yin Yang Balance

“If there is harmony in the house, there is order in the nation.  If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.”

Chinese Proverb


The above quote is timely, considering the political climate we are currently living with.  Not only is America experiencing a nasty political division, but the rest of the world is looking on with trepidation.  Everything is “unprecedented.”  Many watch in shock, others watch and feel encouraged.  Most everyone can agree—we haven’t seen anything like this before.

What is Feng Shui and How Can It Help Me ?

When it comes to feng shui, most people have a basic notion of what it is. Or so they say. Because when I ask people to describe feng shui, they start to falter. “Well, it’s uh…, well, you know…” When we speak of feng shui, we are referring to an ancient art and science dating back over 5,000 years. It literally means “wind and water.” Interestingly, feng shui used to be referred to as Kan Yu – as above, so below, meaning that as things occur in the cosmos, so too do they occur in our lives.