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I understood that this 3,000-year-old collection of “folk wisdom” and observations about how to arrange our living spaces in the most optimum way was just as applicable today and still being used in design curricula; it just wasn’t called Feng Shui.

Along with these core design concepts, Feng Shui goes on to teach that our outer environment always reflects our inner environment. If our homes are out of balance it is an indication that our lives are as well. By making our entryways more “entrancing,” we call in positive energy that translates to new and welcoming opportunities in our lives.

Feng Shui teaches us to observe the first thing we see when looking at the home. These are called “greeters” and are felt to either attract or repel the good energy or “chi.”

Negative “greeters” might be dead lawns, plants limping along, old shoes, toys, car parts, junk or clutter of any kind. Sticker bushes and pointy plants are not only dangerous but send “go-away” messages along with unfriendly signs such as “beware of dog,” “no soliciting,” burglar alarms, or “no trespassing.” The burglars may get the message but unfortunately so will the chi!

Peeling paint, rusty door-knockers, cobwebs, broken lights, squeaky or broken doors and locks all broadcast a message about the state of the lives of the occupants and will be attracting a like energy. (See  Your Home is Attracting your Future). Replace these with positive “greeters” such as water fountains, gazing balls, garden art, and fragrant plant-lined pathways. Add colorful pots of flowers on either side of the door and a fresh new doormat.

A newly painted door is another great way to freshen up your entry and call in positive energy. If the door is not visible from the street, bring in eye-catching objects such as lighting, wind-socks, flags, banners, wind chimes. Make sure the address is easy to find and in a prominent place.

If you do not resonate with the more traditional Chinese “cures,” there are books that present a more Western perspective of Feng Shui you might relate to more easily. The point is to take the essence of these wonderful, simple and practical teachings and apply the parts that make sense to you. Using objects that you love from your own culture and upbringing will have a much more powerful impact than superimposing objects from another culture.

I encourage you to use these tried and true Feng Shui suggestions in creating a beautiful transition to your home. It will not only “entrance”  the chi but set the stage for a wonderful arrival!

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By Erica Sofrina, Author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World.

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at

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9:38AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

sounds like good advise. That's if you don't rent and have money to spend.

8:40AM PDT on May 31, 2013

Thank you Erica, for Sharing this!

7:46AM PDT on May 31, 2013

make it clean and beautiful )))

9:27AM PDT on May 28, 2013


8:21AM PDT on May 23, 2013

Thanks. I just planted some pretty plants by the door.

8:59PM PDT on May 22, 2013

Not so sure about this

9:51AM PDT on May 22, 2013


5:36AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Waiting for my porch to be finished...then hopefully some plants in it!

Thanks Erica!

3:07AM PDT on May 21, 2013

I'm thinking here........

4:22AM PDT on May 18, 2013

Might be able to do something about your front door, but not everyone has atlease 15feet of pathway.

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