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Chanel Said It Best

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” - Coco Chanel

The world’s most elegant woman made this most useful suggestion when dressing a look with accessories. The core of this concept is that elegance comes from simplicity and healthy restraint, and when it comes to decorating your home, the same should apply.

I am always advising my clients about creating alters within the Guas, where they can focus their energy and good intention. When there are too many “accessories” in the room, creating these alters is next to impossible. Focus on the following 3 areas to avoid too much of a good thing:


Too much color can be aggressive and make a space agitating. Keep larger pieces of furniture neutral and introduce smart pops of color through your accessories. Try this concept with accent pillows, lampshades, a vase of seasonal flowers, green plants, candles, or a striking glass bowl.

Dying to paint a room in a bold color? Experiment first with one accent wall to make your statement, rather than painting the whole room.


Each time you choose an accessory, you have the opportunity to incorporate an object into your home that will bring good fortune and positive energy. Certain objects can be used to “create an alter” that brings out the intention for a part of your life. Does your romance sector or career/life-path “Gua” need improvement? Select an item specifically for that purpose, and work it in to the room’s design.

If you can’t find a reason for an object to exist in a space, get rid of it. Those items collect dust and block energy.

'Tis The Season

Certain themes and colors should not be utilized in your home year-round. Change out the accessories that are infused with seasonal meaning or significance. That way, all your favorite items can have their moment in the spotlight without creating clutter or a thematic clash. When they come out of storage for their moment in the sun, it will be like greeting an old friend!

In Feng Shui, the clutter within a space is analogous to the clutter within the mind. When you keep them both clear, you will be able to “see” all the opportunities that life throws your way.

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