Interior Design, Architecture, and Landscaping

Feng Shui Makeovers Make For Incredible Home Improvements

MaryAnn Russell
Untitled Document One of the most important decisions that you, a homebuyer or a home renovator, have to make is in the character of the living space and how it will affect your interaction with the environment. The Chinese art of feng shui emphasizes a system of key principles that focus on making the spaces we live in useful and practical. MaryAnn Russell, author of the book The Feng Shui Factor: Modern Houses/Ancient Blueprint, offers up a quick course in the essentials of feng shui.
MaryAnn Russell’s passion for property renovation has brought many a home or residence up to a whole new level of living enjoyment and potential. There are lots of different aspects of a property from the neighborhood setting to the interior of a bedroom. You need to learn how to analyze all the factors that make a home or property strong or weak and identify how to make the right improvements to fully explore personal development and maximize environmental potential at a reasonable cost.
The following photos demonstrate how a particular house looked before and after the home improvements Russell specifically selected to improve the strength, warmth, and friendly character of a house based on the principles of feng shui.

Front Exterior – Strategic Area for Attracting Energy

Before: The roofline has protruding beams (poison arrows) pushing energy out and a tree is positioned in direct alignment with the front door, obstructing its visibility. After: The protruding beams have been cut and the fascia board smoothes out the roofline, making it more welcoming. The tree has been removed giving the front door full visibility.  
Front Door – Feng Shui Begins Here
Before: The original front door is off center, which throws off the balance of the house. The glass panel to the right further weakens the entrance. After: The glass panel is removed, allowing a 42-inch door to be installed directly in the center of the path thereby maximizing the balance and strength of this key area.  
Foyer – Room of First Impression
Before: The staircase has a chaotic, unsettled impact on the entrance and the upper bedroom door is overly exposed to the entrance. After: The staircase now has a lower profile creating a settled, solid and balanced entrance. The upper bedroom door is now private and protected from the entrance.  

Kitchen – Key Area for Health and Wealth

Before: The upper cupboard is a hazard and the low florescent lighting creates a compressed and constricted atmosphere around the counter. After: The upper cupboard is removed, the florescent lighting is removed and the ceiling is raised to optimize the flow of the entire kitchen area.  
Range Cook Top – Key Area for Health, Wealth, and Career
Before: The cook top is directly across from the sink, putting fire and water at odds with each other, agitating the environment. The burners are limited by the low-mounted hood. After: A five-burner cook top has been offset so that it does not oppose the sink, the area above the range is expanded, and a hood with a curved design has been installed to strengthen and protect this key area.  
Wet Bar – is located on the Center Line of the house.

Before: An open drain located on the center line of the house along with the mirror reflecting the outside challenge the feng shui. The Center of the home is leaking energy in a horizontal and vertical direction. After: The sink and the mirror are removed, creating a balanced and stable key center area.  
Conversation Pit – The Fire Element

Before: The conversation pit has a double-sided fireplace, giving the home a total of four fireplaces, which is an excess of the fire element for the square footage. The sunken pit between the living and dining area lacks flow and balance. After: The conversation pit is filled in and one side of the fireplace is bricked off, reducing the fire element. The area becomes an extension of the coat closet for additional storage and the feng shui for the living and dining room have both been improved.  
Master Bedroom - Key Formative Area

Before: The bedroom/sleeping area is overly exposed to the bathroom area. The three-fourths wall design, wide doorway, and the wardrobe mirrors are influencing the sleeping area. After: The wall has been raised to meet the ceiling, the doorway narrowed, and the closets redesigned, removing the mirrors. The bathroom and the sleeping area are now two separate areas.  
MaryAnn Russell is an expert in the field of environmental energy. As a feng shui consultant she has studied all the major schools of feng shui. For more than a decade the focus of her research and practice has been on the feng shui factors that truly influence the quality of people’s lives. She resides in Southern California. 

Print Date: 2/28/2020
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