Home Staging with a TOUCH of Feng Shui

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Home Staging with a Touch of Feng Shui

We ALL know that Home Staging and Redesign help enormously to get a home sold....FAST.  Others wonder sometimes if Feng Shui also helps a home sell faster-and at a better asking price.  After 12 years experience, I can honestly say it does.

Combing BOTH Home Staging AND Feng Shui create a space clients will fall in LOVE with.  We ALL seek to create the same thing, a home that just FEELS good and looks beautiful.  Clients will walk in and often see and feel a difference then they have in the other homes they've seen-most noticeably the vacants.

How DO you combine the two?  It's not as difficult as you may think.  Knowing just the basics of Feng Shuiand learning the Bagua will be a great asset to everyone-sellers, home stagers and realtors.  It was interesting to me that in learning about Home Staging, Feng Shui Consultants do many of the same things but for different reasons.

Bagua

Home Stagers put a bowl of fruit out; it incorporates colors and looks inviting.  Feng Shui consultants often use fruit as well but to US it signifies ABUNDANCE.  We also open the blinds and windows to let "the outside IN"which is an important principle in Feng Shui.  We incorporate the FIVE ELEMENTS in each room for balance and a good flow of energy.

Five Elements

It is a misconception that using Feng Shui will make your home look like a Chinese Restaurant.  Nothing needs to show.  When you talk about "Curb Appeal" we think of the Entrance to the "Mouth of Chi."  Interesting how many principles we BOTH use.  We also Lighten Up spaces, clearing it of heavy furniture and CLUTTER(considered the most important thing in Feng Shui).

What CAN home stagers do to incorporate Feng Shui?  Stand at the Front Door and look to the back left hand corner.  This is the WEALTH area of the home.  We suggest placing 3 or 9 coins in this area in a Red Envelope.  It doesn't need to show!  It can be behind a picture, couch, whatever is in that area. 

Red Envelopes

Look to the back Right Hand Corner-Relationships.  With builders, clients and realtors.  In this area think in TWOS to signify the relationship.  A pair of candlesticks (same size) will do.  And don't forget those elements : )  These are just some additions we make.  Making simple changes is only a small part of it.  The important part is to do it with INTENTIONYou INTEND the home to sell quickly-and are sending the Energy out that it will. 

You are also infusing the home with your positive energy.  If it sounds just like the Law of Attraction, it's because it is.  We use the Principles of The Secret along with some changes and it works.  I know of a Realtor here on Long Island that has a wonderful knowledge of Feng Shui---and never hesitates to tell her clients about it.  She feels it gives her an edge.  We are ALL looking for something to make us stand out from the others---using YOUR knowledge will help give YOU that "edge."

Feng Shui Home by Feng Shui Long Island & New York

People ARE interested.  In speaking to The Long Island Board of Realtors in November, 2006 I did a dual presentation on both Feng Shui and Home Staging.  I had no idea how it would be received but when I was done, a long line formed with Real Estate Agents that had more questions.  BOTH were a "hit."  Although I do not rent furniture, I have been "rearranging"it (before the word ReDesign came along) for 12 years...(suddenly I feel VERY old)! 

Home Staging with Feng Shui isn't so odd.  Especially when people are burying St. Joseph's in the backyard.  I hope that those who haven't tried it yet will do just a few simple things.

http://www.LongIslandFengShui.com

Laura Cerrano and Carole Provenzale--New York Feng Shui Consultants

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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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Rainmaker
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Robyn, wow, I'm getting confused here :)  I use the main floor back hand right side room as the relationship area--unless it is a bedroom.  I do that for a whole house perspective.  Then you can do another floor of a home (or business) or a realtionship area for just a room.....Is that what you do?  I definitely need to clarify the Bagua I think...or would you like to? 

Chris, I CAN imagine why you might not want A boyfriend right now....but six?  Hey, that might be fun :)  lol

Cynthia, The principles are not so difficult when you learn them.  I just try to give a few at a time or I find people get confused or discouraged. 

Tessa, I think Robyn and I just may have learned differently.  I use the relationship area of the home when you're facing inside from the front door to be on the main floor of the home...in the back right hand side.  I'll wait to see if Robyn pops back in to hear what she says.

Audrey, It's true and if your home is as square as possible.  That being said people don't live in perfect homes---so we fix them with inexpensive items and lots of good intentions.  I tell my clients if they truly LOVE a home, it will work for them.  Your own personal chi (and some Feng Shui) can make any home support you in life--my own personal opinion.

Joni, Ms. Maven, Thank you for catching up (I SO know the feeling) but what was sad??  I think we all need a nap :)

Elizabeth, Is your daughter well again--and safe at home?  I thought about you both every day and waited for updates.  I hope everyone is well--GBU!!

Nov 10, 2008 03:52 PM #37
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

OK so where do I get the red envelopes???  And your smarts!!!   Carole, you are amazing.  Thanks for your constant good advice and counsel. 

Nov 10, 2008 03:54 PM #38
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Robyn, God Bless, beautiful job explaining it!  I wasn't trying to explain it from a birds eye view but it's much more clear to do it this way on line!  Thank you!!

Nov 10, 2008 03:54 PM #39
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Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

Carole & Robyn - I guess it depends on who the six are!  lol

Nov 10, 2008 03:55 PM #40
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Robyn Guinn
StageAZ - Phoenix, AZ
Home staging, Arizona

Carole, we both have it correctly, we just call it different things.  What you call "relationships" in the back right hand corner I call "helpful people"  You're talking about realtionship with the helpful people, same thing.:)

When I think relationship I think the love kind, the upper right on the bagua.  So we're o.k. We both studied under Professor Lin Yun so it's the same Feng Shui.  How funny we call it different things but the meaning is the same.

I Feng Shui the house as a whole and then each room sometimes if one of the guas is missing in the house.  Like if you have a L shaped house, the realtionship/LOVE area is missing, I would enhance the relationship area in each room then to offset it.

 

Nov 10, 2008 04:09 PM #41
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thanks for sharing some great tips. I will bookmark and read this as well as Robyn's comment.

Nov 10, 2008 10:37 PM #42
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Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Terrylynn, You don't have to buy red envelopes. I make mine out of red construction paper or red wrapping paper that I have left over from Christmas.

Nov 10, 2008 11:09 PM #43
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Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors

Robyn - Thanks so much for explaining this in such detail and for the great bagua map. It was as I thought. Love relationship is the far right hand corner (area) if you're facing the front door of the house, its a room, if you're at the door of a room its a corner of the room.

Here is a fun book that I found out about that makes the general principles of Feng Shui easy to understand. She also writes a column for Redbook magazine. It does address some real estate issues and I like her positive attitude!

Thank you Carole for reminding me to use feng shui in my business!


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Nov 11, 2008 01:12 AM #44
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Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

I have no doubt that there is something at work. Buyers want to fall in love. Some homes are less than inviting and others just feel something with certain homes.

Nov 11, 2008 03:03 AM #45
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Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN
SpousesSellingHousesTM

Wow Carole -I always learn something new from your posts....I have always felt this need to have a bowl of fruit on the dining room table ( probably cause my mom did that when we were growing up lol) - I refill it with a variety weekly and my niece & nephew just pointed out recently during a visit that auntie Grace always has fresh fruit ( they go right to it :) . thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Sincerely,

Grace

Nov 11, 2008 03:16 AM #46
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Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC

I found your post very interesting.....I know next to nothing about feng shui---I do know that one is not supposed to have their back to a door.  Makes sense to me.

Nov 11, 2008 03:17 AM #47
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Kathy Riggle
STAGING SMART N SOLD - Houston, TX
Houston Home Staging

So interesting-thanks for the post.  I have applied it to my home.

Nov 11, 2008 07:56 AM #48
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Terrylynn, You can make them.  You can also use white and decorate them in RED.  Or you can buy chinese envelopes in Chinatown or Ebay.  I buy in quantity because I give my clients and everyone I speak to a gift of a red envelope.

Chris, Let us know how that works out for you :)  Could be fun!!

Robyn, I too address areas that are "missing" and oftentimes have to figure out the best place for missing spaces.  I do love Helpful People and it's actually the FIRST thing (unless there is a health issue) I will ask them to work on.

Gita, I knnow it can sound like a lot--but it's not.  Give it a try when you have time!

Michelle, Thank you, that's so creative.  No matter how you get envelopes, whether you go out and buy them, decorate them  or make them, there is energy put into doing it.  I also always ask my clients to put their intentions into them.

Tessa, Thank you for the information, I don't know the book or author but will look for it!  I love to read and never get enough of Feng Shui.

Chuck, It sure it a feeling along with some wonderful decorating.   I don't have to wonder why vacants stay on the market much longer, there is just empty space--no feeling!

Grace, I love when I see it in clients homes.  Now when you put it out think of ABUNDANCE you want...in all areas.  So aside from being good for you, it has your intentions in it as well.

Diane, Thank you for stopping by.  Feng Shui principles DO make sense; there are just many misconceptions about it that ufortunately deter people.

Kathy, Good, I'm happy to hear it.  Simple changes can start what I think of as a synchronicity....one area flows into another and soon things start to change in ALL areas.

Nov 11, 2008 09:05 AM #49
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Patt M. Judd
First Realty Company - Cookeville, TN
Realtor - Your Cookeville Connection

47 comments, i guest i not the only person that llikes what you write, keep up the good work. Patt Judd

Nov 11, 2008 09:06 AM #50
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Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

By sad I was referring to the story about the man's wife with schizophrenia...

Nov 11, 2008 01:42 PM #51
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Wendy Timmons
Move Home Realty - Temecula, CA
Temecula Realtor

As always Carole, a great, informative post! Thanks so much, I learned a lot.

Nov 11, 2008 03:42 PM #52
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Pat, Thank you, I was surprised at the amount of comments myself!  But it's a good mix--home staging and Feng Shui and we do many things alike--just for different reasons.

Joni, You must be very tired and trying to do too much!  That was my last post---I love you, take a nap :)

Wendy, Thank you---and thank you for stopping by to comment!

Nov 12, 2008 12:56 AM #53
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Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

 

Aloha Carole,

Great tips thanks for sharing. Feng Shui is hugely popular here in Hawaii and it is more the norm than the exception from my experience.

I  strongly believe energy flows were your attention goes so when it come to the Wealth corner I thought it is better to see the coins than hide them. This hand blown glass bowl is inlaid with gold leaf and sits in the left hand corner of the living room. The coins are representative of Canada, America, Europe and China!

 

 

 

This Prosperity Koi Fish or carp Banner Hangs easily by the front door which is to the left and out of site. The neat part about the placement is it animates when when you open the door as the air current moves past flipping the tail towards the interior of the room.

These little details help you to notice these items and thus focus your attention on the reasoning for why they are there, hopefully. Reinforcing the positive Chi you ideally want in your living space. 

A couple of years back it was widely publicized Here in Honolulu that a wealthy Chinese business owner had dropped a million dollars in gold coins into a clear polymer resin and placed the large hardened block in the doorway threshold of his new mansion for all to see.

Peace,

Nov 12, 2008 09:21 AM #54
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Cat Zwicker, CRS
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results!

Carol, I was on a very long flight back from NAR conf in Florida and missed this wonderful post. Great information.  So if I'm standing at my fron entry way looking in the furthest visable point left is my coat closet. The reality is it would be the corner of my family room which sits just beyond and offset. Which one is the money corner?

Nov 22, 2008 08:55 AM #55
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Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC

Wow! Great post, thanks so much! I seem to have the uncanny ability to walk into a house, and while developing my staging plan and estimate, it sells! Not sure if this has anything to do with feng shui, but maybe it's all the positive intent I bring to a house.This has happened so many times (twice just last week) that I have started mentioning it to Realtors as to why they should have me come and look at a house )usually vacant). It also helps me to explain to them why I charge a consultation fee to prepare the plan and estimate!

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