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By: Debbie Schaffer

holisticImagine walking into your home (or maybe you’re there now). Do you feel comfortable and happy?  Or are you restless and at a loss?  Is your space your sanctuary? Or do you feel that something is missing? We’re all familiar with the term “holistic” as it is applied in a health context – as a way to bring balance to the mind, body, and spirit.  But did you know that this same approach can be applied to our homes and what better place to practice a holistic approach to living than in our homes.

As a designer, I study each client and home from a holistic perspective.  I can’t “decorate” a room without looking at the people who live there, how they live, what their energy is like, what their goals are, and how they want to FEEL when they are home.  It is so important to understand the “whole” of my clients and their spaces so that I can bring them into balance with each other.  Our homes are more than just the address where we live; they are energy that can be designed to support us… mind, body, and spirit.

Through my “holistic design approach,” I incorporate techniques that can have profound effects on my clients and their homes, including Feng shui, space clearing and use of essential oil sprays.

Most people are aware of Feng shui, the ancient practice of using energy to bring a balance.  Feng shui techniques can be applied to a whole house, a single room, or even a desktop or the garden.  As an advanced practitioner of Instinctive Feng Shui™, I help my clients discover how their “inner worlds” are reflected in their “outer worlds.”  We identify areas of their lives that they would like to enhance, and then work to balance the energy in the corresponding areas of their home.  For example, if a client wanted to bring a new romantic partner into her life, we would focus on the topmost right corner of her home.  I might suggest making sure the bed is big enough for two people, having a night table on EACH side of the bed (with equal lighting on each), and bringing in pairs of pillows – all of which represent TWO people in a relationship.

Energetic space clearing is another technique I love to use.  We all know what it’s like to walk into a space and realize that an argument just occurred.  What we’re doing is sensing the residual energy left by the people involved. “Space clearing” (a term coined by the amazing Denise Linn) removes old, stuck, stagnant, or unsupportive energy from a space and sets the intention for new supportive energy.  I recommend a space clearing after you’ve recovered from an illness, to remove the “leftovers” from an old relationship, to enhance the energy of a new season, or especially when moving into a home. Think of it as throwing open the windows on that first warm spring day!  I use bells, sage, crystals and/or essential oils, depending on what the space “needs.”  And make no mistake, rooms DO communicate!  I’ve cleared single rooms, entire homes and even yoga studios.

Speaking of essential oils, this powerful arsenal is a key component in my toolbox.  Essential oils have been used for centuries to “treat” various physical issues.  But did you know that essential oils have spiritual and emotional properties, too? Connecting with someone’s angels or guides will help me determine and create unique and personalized essential oils sprays in order to help bring them or their home into spiritual and emotional balance.

The relationship you have with your home is a two-way street.  How you feel on the inside will be reflected in the way your home looks.  But the reverse is equally true.  If you think of your home as energy, and you treat it with grace and kindness, it will reward you with a renewed sense of balance, happiness and support.