Too Much Feng Shui on the Brooklyn House Tour

The Brooklyn house tour I went on last Sunday provided so much food for Feng Shui thought.

There was the clean, modern house filled head-to-toe with furnishings from Room and Board, an over-the-top house decorated by celebrity professionals, and one of the most beautiful brownstone gardens I’ve ever seen.

tour-sign

And then there was the “Feng Shui house.”

Everywhere I looked I saw a Feng Shui adjustment.  Red tassels on doorknobs, bamboo flutes in every room, maps as wallpaper in the Travel area of the home’s Bagua: the overload of adjustments went on and on.

I love Feng Shui. There is no doubt that you can change your life by changing your space. But in this case it was just too much!

The decor of the house was oppressive; the excessive number of objects felt like distraction and clutter, rather than creating a sense of flow and peace.

This experience reinforced my determination to use Feng Shui wisely, beautifully and subtly.

Feng Shui is about your intentions, and not so much about the stuff.

We need to remember to use its power wisely :)

(photo credit: Dave Goehring on Flickr)

2 Responses to Too Much Feng Shui on the Brooklyn House Tour


  1. Elizabeth says:

    Ann,
    I couldn’t agree with you more! People who think Feng Shui is a ‘style’ ruin it for those of us who see it as what it really is…a system of arranging items for optimal energy flow. We can do that with ANY style of decor.
    Glad to have a sister in arms…and a new friend on Twitter!
    Best,
    Elizabeth Chamberlain

  2. Ann says:

    Thanks, Elizabeth! I really appreciate your comment, coming from a West Coast Feng Shui expert!

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