Can you Improve on PERFECTION? A Feng Shui Perspective

Home Stager with Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island #888

I am fortunate enough to get called to some incredible places with "behind the scenes" things I never would have seen if I hadn't been working.  In the fall I received a call from a gentleman who owned a beautiful restaurant in Suffolk County, on Long Island, New York.  He reported that for the last several years he found his money going out just as fast as it came IN.  He had once had a Feng Shui Consultation at his home but didn't connect with that particular practitioner. 

I was familiar with the Restaurant, it is well known on Long Island as being one of the best for Food, Service AND decor.  It has been consistently rated high on Zagat's for all three (and who wants to mess with Zagat's decor award??).  I met him at the restaurant and sat down to get a better perspective to see if there were other issues.  He owned the restaurant with a friend, and had purchased a large parcel of land that both Costco and BJ's were interested in renting for a space.  A wonderful new business opportunity, but he was concerned about the restaurant.  I asked him when he started to notice the money issues and he said it had been two years.

I toured this lovely place and found some things from a Feng Shui perspective that were not ideal.  Because the restaurant is located directly on the water, there is a large amount of the "Water" element but no "Fire" to offset this.  He also had a large drain located in the outside of his building in the Wealth area.  Most important to me, however, were the placement of the cash registers.  We pay particular attention to them and I found that one was in a direct line with the front door (money in and money out).  The other one had been placed directly facing a mirror---the place had many mirrors to double the beautiful water views but his money was hitting a mirror and "bouncing" outside again.  When had they been installed?  You guessed it, two years ago. He made the suggested changes and he is doing very well once again and about to embark on a new business deal.

Here are some pictures of this lovely place:

Long Island, New YorkThe outside of this lovely restaurant

Long Island, New York Feng ShuiA large drain in Wealth.  We offset fast flowing energy with a very large rock.

Long Island Feng ShuiA small part of their immaculate kitchen.

New York Feng Shui in Suffolk County

On the back Right side you can see one of the "offending" cash registers.

Suffolk County Feng ShuiThe name has been taken out to protect the innocent :)

Can you improve on Perfection?  VERY carefully!

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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 



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Stefan Scholl
Buyer's Broker of Northern Michigan, LLC - Petoskey, MI
Northern Michigan Real Estate
Fascinating stuff, Carole.  I attended a feng shui seminar for Realtors put on by Holly Zieglar who is a real estate broker in California.  It is amazing to me how much sense feng shui principles make.  I look forward to reading and learning more about the subject. 
Apr 17, 2007 03:09 PM #1
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Thank you, Stefan, for your interest.  There are hundreds of principles of Feng Shui and I think they make sense as well. Clients often have "A HA" moments when I explain them. And Holly is a wonderful person in relating to Real Estate, she explains the principles in easy to understand language and what to do to correct them. 
Apr 18, 2007 02:23 AM #2
Sheron Cardin
California Moods Inc - Selma, CA
ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend!
Hi Carole - Fascinating! Can money problems be solved that easily? Come on over!!! I think it is time to start the new Feng Shui Cafe group...don't you?
Apr 18, 2007 07:13 AM #3
Val Allocco
Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island - Northport, NY
HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island

Hi Carole,

Great post - I wonder what it is about Feng Shui that scares so many people off?  Only 3 comments on this blog?  I find it fascinating!    In fact, I'm going to feature it in the hope that others will think so too!


Apr 18, 2007 03:43 PM #4
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"
This was very interesting and informative -- Please write about more examples of how Feng Shui principles bring success in home staging!
Apr 21, 2007 06:30 AM #5
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