FIRST THOUGHT: Design With Intention
We’ve all heard of feng shui, right? You know, the design idea that deters you from placing items in your home all willy-nilly and instead, encourages designing with purpose in an effort to create balance. This concept ranges from easy tasks like clearing clutter to more complex chores like creating an energy map. But have you ever thought about applying the tenets of feng shui to the thing you stare at the most? I’m talking about your computer. Here are a few tips: Get that desktop out of the bedroom. Trash the files that bring bad juju, like pictures of your negative ex or projects that bummed you out. And my favorite tip: Don’t forget to place a note of affirmation front and center at your workstation or as your desktop wallpaper. Happy working!
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 6,000 B.C.
Feng shui is an interpretation of the ancient Chinese concept of yin and yang, and is all about intentionally bringing harmony into your environment. Though feng shui has experienced somewhat of a modern revival, the concept actually stems back to as long ago as 6,000 B.C., when ancient Chinese villagers applied elements of alignment and organization to the graves in their village cemeteries.
WOMAN TO WATCH: Amanda Gates, Owner and CEO of Gates Interior Design
If the idea of organizing a space to achieve better chi elicits more strain than sanctuary, you’re not alone. But take a deep breath and open your mind to the possibilities. Today, we’re exploring the world of interior design and how feng shui can bring more harmony into your life. Amanda Gates is just the woman to help. She’s an energy-and-design expert who, through her company, Gates Interior Design, has helped tons of folks ensure their homes are comfortable, beautiful and perfectly energy-aligned.
Amanda insists creating a beautiful space requires beautiful energy, which is achieved through putting focused attention on the details. As she puts it, “If your home is not energy-aligned, then no matter how much money you spend or how beautiful your style is, the home will always feel off.”
So, just how does this design guru create your perfectly energy-aligned home? Her process, while somewhat unconventional in today’s design world, is actually quite simple. She gets started by studying your home’s floor plan and aligning the big pieces or spaces accordingly. For instance, for one recent home project, Amanda sectioned a large, open basement into four separate gathering spaces, enabling energy to flow throughout. She also painted the interior basement doors bright yellow as a way to bring a little yang into the quieter yin atmosphere.
If this sounds complicated, it’s because it’s pretty detailed. Amanda didn’t just read Feng Shui for Dummies then come up with some haphazard ideas. She’s been studying and practicing the art form for two decades, and even continues to work under a feng shui grand master. Her company has graced the pages of some seriously notable home-and-garden publications, and she was named one of the top designers to watch in her town of Nashville, Tennessee.
In applying her well-researched and focused design intentions, Amanda has become known for her integration of energy and aesthetics, ensuring an energy-aligned space includes colors and textures that make homeowners never want to leave their perfectly curated spaces. Her clients rave about their now “alive and happy” homes, insisting that Amanda “brings something different to the table.”
We can’t wait to see where this Tennessee gal flows her beautiful and purposeful design to next.
Understanding the flow of your energy is crucial to your overall performance and success at work. Amanda Gates shares with us her six tips to understanding your energy by practicing the art of feng shui. Learn more by clicking this link or head over to OnTheDotWoman.com!
QUITE THE QUOTE
Life coach Gail Blanke puts it all into perspective. She said:
“When we throw out the physical clutter, we clear our minds. When we throw out the mental clutter, we clear our souls.”