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The spaces between… the lessons of ikebana

Many years ago I studied ikebana in Berkeley with Soho Sakai, a master teacher of the Sogetsu school. Ikebana has so much to teach besides aesthetics and how to work with plant materials. Life lessons. I go in and out … Continue reading

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Is your kitchen making you fat?

We are incredibly sensitive to visual clues – and they influence our behavior, often without our knowing it. Our surroundings can help or hinder our mood, our focus, and – in the following example – our food choices. Behavioral scientists … Continue reading

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Front door no-no: the surprise drop

Ooops! A number of older homes in my neighborhood are cursed with a dropped front stoop. This is a sprained ankle waiting to happen. Feng shui doesn’t like sprained ankles. Feng shui doesn’t like unpleasant surprises. Feng shui likes people … Continue reading

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How to see home with fresh eyes…

A few weeks ago I returned home to New Orleans after more than three months. There are two techniques I know of that allow you to see your house with fresh eyes. One is to have a party, when at … Continue reading

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Fresh flowers: beauty, color & good ch’i

This glorious bouquet of dahlias at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market this morning was only $8! I LOVE fresh flowers. If you want to keep the chi moving in your home or office, fresh flowers will do it. Their color, fragrance, texture and … Continue reading

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Flying with the FlyLady

A client asks me out for a feng shui consultation, hoping that after a few simple enhancements in their wealth corner Publishers Clearing House will arrive at the door with a fat check. I hate to disappoint – but all … Continue reading

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Pop quiz: find the feng shui no-no’s

Safety and comfort are top priorities in feng shui – and common sense tells you this too. (In fact feng shui – done well – is common sense.) One of my clients was moving into new offices and asked me … Continue reading

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Even a financial planner’s office deserves to zing with color

My friend Heidi Johnson Bixby’s financial planning firm, Johnson Bixby & Associates, is in a plain vanilla office building downtown (Vancouver). The other office-holders take plain vanilla to new heights of dull. For an example, here’s the office across the hall. … Continue reading

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How (and why) to give your garage a makeover

From my just published article in the Fall 2010 issue of Northbank Magazine: (see photos illustrating a successful garage makeover ) This may have been the year you were going to remodel the kitchen, buy new furniture, move to a … Continue reading

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If you’re going to have to fix it someday, why not today?

The front door in my former house not only fit poorly, it also had three droopy windows. That is, the caulk that was supposed to hold them in place would soften and the windows would slip in their sockets. Eventually … Continue reading

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