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Since Joy helped me arrange my offices I have twice as many clients and they stay twice as long for consultations. They love the vibe of the space.
Ronnie Noize, Marketing Coach, Vancouver WA
So many great colors! The painters are in heaven – the head guy said, ‘this is the coolest place I ever painted.’
Cassandra Sagan, writer, Portland OR
Joy's creative color choices transformed a former warehouse into a cheerful workspace that really supports our call center staff in the stressful work they do.
Liesl Wendt, Executive Director, 211 Info, Portland, OR
Our seniors really enjoyed your talks on downsizing and de-cluttering. You made them really think about their priorities. We all learned a lot.
Kasey Frazier, Outreach Coordinator, Clark County Sheriff's Department, WA
Joy’s sense of color and balance, her innovative ideas and her ability to see the larger picture make her services invaluable.
Holly Tashian, musician, Nashville TN
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Tag Archives: feng shui
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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