Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tips for creating a stress free home

 I recently gave a talk at my women's networking group, TEAM Win, about living stress free, inside and outside of your home.

If you're not familiar with the decorating principles of Feng Shui (pronounced fung schway), you might enjoy a recap of my notes to help you round out a feeling of positivity, calm and serenity in your environment; be it work, home, yard or closet. 

There really is something to this, so what ever you can do to de clutter and open up the energy in your  home, the better for you and your family.

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  • Start with a welcoming entry, bringing good energy into the home.  Fix squeaking doors, wash windows, set plants in the foyer-anything that makes you smile when you walk in the door.
  • Clean windows= clear vision and connection to the outside world.
  • Soften angles, no hard edges (block energy); think curves not corners.
  • Clear any obstacles impeding your path through every room.
  • Mix shapes: oval, round, square, rectangle, triangle.
  • Give light to dark spaces.
  • Display favorite items in a prominent spot.
  • Bring nature indoors through greenery, light, natural objects.
  • Create intimate seating conversation areas that invite interaction.
  • Create a balance of light; task, overhead, accent, table, wall lighting.  Use full spectrum bulbs that mimic natural light
  • Have separate rooms for work, tv, exercise; keeping that out of your calm and serene spaces.
  • Work/office space should conceal 'business' behind doors, a screen or drawers.
  • Symmetry = connection to all.  Single items like a single end table, nightstand, etc. point to solitude and not sharing. Decorate for two.
  • In the bed room, position the bed farthest away from the door, but within sight of the door, for a feeling of safety and well being.
  • Have a favorite art piece opposite the bed; the first and last thing you see in bed that brings you joy and inspiration.
  • No family photos in the bed room. Focus on your self and your partner and renewal.
  • Footboards on a bed frame 'block energy and forward progress in life'.  Drape with a throw or put an inviting chaise or chair at the foot of the bed.
  • Use of essential oils elevate mood and behavior.  Calming oils include bergamot, sage, orange, angelica, lavender.
  • A COOL color palette of colors of water, sky, ice and cold make for a calm environment.
  • Less is more.  Clutter free living allows energy to flow freely.
  • Introduce natural textures, not hard and slick.
  • Engage all 5 senses for a subtle and soothing environment
  • Outdoor curb appeal welcomes you home; add flowers, pots on the porch, things that make you smile.
  • Reduce clutter in your yard to welcome you home and reduce stress.
Jen Dowell Photography

Your environment is a reflection of your life and your conscious connection between people, animals, air, water, and soil.  Breathe, declutter, find joy and create a home that makes you smile when you walk in the door; your haven and escape from the outside world.


  1. I love this...so much of this I do as it feels right and makes sense. Wonderful to see it all written down.
    Thank you!

  2. love your tips! thanks for sharing :)


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