While I love every room that makes up a home, I must admit that I find kitchens especially enchanting especially during the holiday season. This is the heart of the home, a place where love can be expressed through creativity. In fact, I have never lost my sense of awe at how one can take a classic recipe, and with a pinch of this and a dash of that, something delicious and original is born. Whether your creativity comes alive in your favorite food recipes, decorating or entertaining here are some Feng Shui tips that will help you create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all to enjoy.
- Make holiday meals memorable – Round or oval tables are the best shapes for feng shui-friendly dining. The absence of sharp corners and hard edges helps energy flow freely and gently through the room. If you do have a rectangular dining table, make sure your guests are not seated too close to the corners, which can cause a feeling of unease during the meal.
- Before your guests arrive give your home an “air bath.” It may be a cold winter’s day but even if you open a few windows a crack for an hour or so it is enough to cleanse your space of any stagnant energy (Chi) that may be lingering in your home. You and your company will feel refreshed and ready to celebrate.
- Delight your guest’s senses with pine and cinnamon which are wonderful fragrance choices when entertaining. Are things getting too stressful to handle? You can create a calming environment during the holiday rush by using scents like lavender or chamomile.
- The entrance or foyer is called your “Ming Tang” in Chinese. Do not block your Ming Tang with packages, cartons or bags. Keep the pathway to your front door uncluttered. This is where fresh energy and opportunities enter your space and your life.
- Beautify your side doors. If you regularly enter your home through a side door, give it a beauty treatment by planting lush plants or holiday lights nearby. Make your guests feel as if they are entering your “castle” no matter which door they enter.
- A room generously filled with platters of fruits, nuts and sweets is welcoming and also serves as a symbol of abundance. Your guests will feel well taken care of and your party will be well on its way to a joyous success!
Best wishes for a joyous holiday season filled with good Chi!
Guest Contributor, Debra Duneier is an accredited LEED® Green Associate, Certified Eco-Designer, Feng Shui Master Practitioner, Creator of EcoChi® and an award winning Author of EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience. www.ecochi.com