Feng Shui Experts

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Since I rehabilitated an old building to create my guesthouse, I've been watching this show on HGTV called Selling New York, where they try to sell multi-million dollar apartments. They keep bringing in Feng Shui experts to help them arrange the furniture for the ideal "energy setting". 

The experts are always women. Are Branson Bob, Proud Texan, and I missing something? Does arranging furniture based on logic rather than "energy" mean we are ruining our properties?

Sorry, I'm in the whisky again tonight. (But must admit, it has been MONTHS since my last Jameson!)

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So, as we are in China, we get really annoying chinese government types walking in very frequently, often with their inability to contain several comments and thoughts on our design. If I was Chinese they would never think to bring it up, but as I am not, they will always point out to the best of their knowledge where we had a lapse in fengshui.  It's a laughable joke.  Our community of architects and designers all around us sneer at the thought of fengshui experts and especially the idea that fengshui should be a design priority for anyone.

If you step back a bit, you can see that fengshui is a brilliant tool-set for a non-designer/architect to get half-decent results.  It is filled with tons of great ideas that are codified, seemingly without specific intent or purpose but that prove to show excellent results no matter one's understanding of it. It is also filled with tons of junk that one cannot pick apart to see good results --- we can only label that part as junk superstition. But on the whole I think it is quite effective as a lay-person's tool in basic design and rearrangement.  Once you have a qualified designer however, you can just toss most of it. 

 

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Would love to visit your website. I am very interested in what a CHinese B & B looks like.

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How do you feel walking into the rooms? Is it relaxing? Do you keep wishing that something was different? Keep moving things from here to there?

If the room is relaxing you're done. If you hate the thought of going into the room it needs work.

There should be an easy flow of people and energy. ie - if you open the door and there is a wall right in front of you, bad feng shui. You can fix that with a picture of 'nature' or even a little shelf with flowers.

You should be able to move around the furniture without tripping or without it seeming like a line at Disney!

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Oddly enough...i thought of feng shui while in Arkansas. It is my belief, as is the fen shui that a square table or rectangle divides and a round table encourages closeness, no division.

i have always liked that...if given the option will go for a round table every time, where people can rub elbows, so to speak.

but, the round table we had was so large i couldn't even see y'all across it.

so it would need to be a more intimate round table, vs a banquet sized one.  smiley

There, that was my feng shui Arkansas style...all roads tie back to Arkansas it seems.

ps...if there is no round table, then pulling people out from the square table, for say, a game, is my other option.  This just breaks down the walls...er of a post office especially. 

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Nothing with being male... ahem!

Send in different Feng Shui experts and get different layouts. The most basic thing is no clutter in one area and never have a bed opposite a door. So basically the bottom of the bed shouldn't face the wall with the door. You need two bedside tables (for a bed for two people) and the bed needs to be approachable from both sides. Most of that is just common sense... both people need to be able to enter the bed freely and a place to put stuff. 

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I think you have the Feng Shui thing  go on Arks.  I love the way you have the furniture arranged. ( I like it so well I thought a woman did it!)  wink

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Ice wrote:

I think you have the Feng Shui thing  go on Arks.  I love the way you have the furniture arranged. ( I like it so well I thought a woman did it!)  wink

Women definitely selected and placed the furniture and all the "accent pieces". They even made me put the skin of a poor goat under one of the coffee tables.

I draw floor plans then I'm done. If it were left up to me, all walls and ceilings would be white and all furniture backed up squarely to the walls. I'm VERY boring!

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No, Arks, you are Not boring.  

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