Sunday, December 14, 2008

Everybody Feng Shui Tonight

Thursday night I went to a Christmas party at a friend's house. She's a decorator by profession and has an absolutely beautiful house. She took a couple of us for a tour of her house to see the upstairs bedrooms. Recently she's been studying feng shui and used a lot of the principles in those bedrooms to do some rearranging, and really feels like it has had a big effect on the relaxation in the rooms.

Since that party, I've been thinking a lot about what she said and looking at my bedroom. It made me think that there's got to be a better way to lay out our bedroom furniture - not that I have a problem sleeping or relaxing in that room - I just don't think it has the best layout.

So I went on line and googled Feng Shui. From what I've read, I'm not sure that an old house is the best for acheiving Feng Shui!

And here's what has to say about Feng Shui bed placement:

Feng shui commanding position is the area further from the door / diagonally from the door, but not in line with the door. In other words, you want to be able to see the door while in bed, but not be aligned with the door.

All the walls are broken up by windows or doors or radiators. The only unbroken expanse of wall is where the bed has already been located, and it's both right next to the entry door (which we don't typically use to enter the room) and right in front of the bathroom door (which we do use to enter) - my apologies for not really "making" the bed -

As you can see, when you walk in from the bathroom, you practically walk right into the bed:

And this is the intermediate placement I came up with, also as viewed from the bathroom door:

I know there's still some Feng Shui principles being violated here - I don't think you're ideally supposed to put a bed in front of a window - or 3 windows, for that matter... and the headboard isn't "solid" - but there's no way I'm giving up my antique headboard. Still, we're going to try this out for a little while. My initial response is that it makes the room feel way more spacious.

And hopefully next week, my friend is going to come over and take a look with me, and we can make this as Fung Wah as possible. Oh wait, that's the Chinatown bus... Feng Shui. We'll get it Feng Shui, old school!


Stacey Lund-Walker said...

I did a little studying of Feng Shui in school. I believe the best placement for your headboard is to be on the east side of the room. There's a second best placement, but I don't remember which direction it is. I might still have all my information somewhere.

Tiffany said...

Luckily, that wall with the bay window IS the east side! Oh, see, I'm so feng shui.

lynnemarie said...

Tiffy, baby, if you want to get down with the concepts of Feng shui, get a book called "The Western Guide to Feng Shui" by Terrah Kathryn Collins. I LOVE this book... it helped me understand the whys of the art so I could make the hows my own.

Love you!

Trina said...

I think that's a great place for the bed! I bet that totally transforms the flow of that room. And love the antique bed! And I think it's better to have the openess between the rails -- less natural light gets blocked from windows.

Heather said...

I love your room! The wall color, the bed, and the bedding.......oh please tell me where you found that duvet/comforter. It is beautiful! I have read the last several posts and really like your style! Very Pottery Barn.
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