Feng Shui Fun

While “being more organized” wasn’t on the shortlist of things we’d like to accomplish this year, we’d still like to make an effort to turn our cluttered and sometimes chaotic desks into havens of positive energy and beauty (bring on the zen!).  So we turned to the bagua, an energy map that divides any space (be it your entire home, your family room or just your desk) into nine areas, each corresponding to a part of your life (relationships, health, creativity, etc.)

A Feng Shui Desk

A Feng Shui Desk

In a great article written for WholeLiving magazine, feng shui expert Jayme Barrett suggests picking “one or two goals that are most important to you, whether it’s improved health, success or inspiration.”  Here are the areas we think might need a little attention:

Wealth ~ back left: A plant will encourage growth in this area, as does a water fountain or symbol of water.  Since a water fountain is out of the question, how about these delightful pickling jars used as terrariums?

Turn Pickling Jars Into Wealth Enhancers

Turn Pickling Jars Into Wealth Enhancers

Family (did we mention we have teenage sons?) ~ middle left: To nourish close ties, display a family photo, a bowl or lamp and accent this space in shades of blue or green.  These wonderfully organic nestling scallop bowls will do the trick.

Heather Knight's Delights

Heather Knight's Delights

Knowledge ~ front left: Keep books or reference materials in this area, along with a blue object to energize learning.  Flower Sense, by Tricia Guild, is always a great source of inspiration and it’s cover is blue!

This Book Makes Sense

This Book Makes Sense

Creativity ~ middle right: Add a journal or light and place colored post-its here if you need your creative juices to flow.  Christian Lacroix certainly does the trick for us and these zinnia note blocks are so much more fun than the 3M ones.

Stylish Notes

Stylish Notes

Snow & Graham's Colorful Coordinates

Snow & Graham's Colorful Coordinates

Any thoughts… is feng shui funky or fun?

Photos from WholeLiving, Pottery Barn, Heather Knight, Kate’s Paperie and Snow & Graham

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  • Reply Kelly Dunn January 7, 2011 at 7:52 am

    It’s both! I’ve never really held myself to it, but then again I’ve found myself referencing it many a times 🙂 I love to learn about it all and your sense of calm and togetherness with teenage boys gives me hope. I believe in the power of helpful, intellectual, inspirational, and beautiful anything! XO, Kelly

  • Reply The Zhush January 7, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Funky and fun…and very inspiring! Great ideas!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips January 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Yes and Yes! I may not always get the elements in the “right” places….but I’m glad to see that I have most of the elements. Wishing you an organized day! And lots of good luck!!
    xoxo E

  • Reply pve January 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I am full of intrigue in regard to feng shui and how placement can add so much calm to even the zaniest of desks. My desk is a cross between Phyllis Diller and Lucille Ball, well not exactly, but I do appreciate a sense of humour along with a little funk! Great post ladies.

  • Reply Kate from Party Resources January 7, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I took a class on feng shui. Not sure what I think, but I did move my bed (feet should never face the door – represents death) and put a good luck coin under my front mat. Brings wealth in every sense of the word. Can’t hurt right? Have a great weekend. xx

  • Reply quintessence January 7, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Fascinating – I know so little about feng shui but know people who swear by it. Organization IS on my to do list – it’s actually my bête noire! I’ve been coveting those Heather Knight bowls!

  • Reply Mona Thompson January 7, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I know very little about feng shui, but it sounds like I could definitely benefit from tuning in to it. Just catching up so I’ll comment on your thank-you post here as well. Living a thankful life is certainly a life well lived and as it was intended to be. Happy Friday. I’m thankful for our new friendship. Oh, and I didn’t know that you and your twin sister run this business together. We do have a lot in common. Happy Friday. Mona

  • Reply Kelly January 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Feng shui is a little funky for me, but always interesting to learn more about. I also posted about office organization today and included your blush peonies…one of my faves! Have a great weekend!

    xo Kelly

  • Reply Stitchfork January 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Always fascinated by feng shui and my desk could use a good dose!
    xo Cathy

  • Reply The English Organizer January 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Well, I love all the items you’ve featured, but my desk is pretty small and I’m not sure about adding anything else 🙂
    Is it a bad thing, do you think, for me to have a giraffe in my wealth zone??!!

  • Reply Diana January 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    This is such a fabulous post, darling!! I’m marking it because I am totally going to upgrade my desk space.

    Funny thing is, I know nothing about Feng Shui… but… in my cubicle at work I have family photos AND something green in the same corner (a pretty little box filled with delicious herbal teas and apple cider mix), and in the opposite corner (just like in your diagram) I have a journal! I use it jot down any ideas I might have… work related or not 🙂 Do my training guides count as *knowledge materials*? lol.

    My coworkers always marvel at how pretty my desk space is. I’ve been yearning for a plant and those canning jars look amazing.

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • Reply Eddie Ross January 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I hope your new year is filled with organization, happiness, and good health!
    Happy 2011!

  • Reply Mackenzie {Design Darling} January 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I had no idea feng shui could be applied to desktop organization! Very cool post!

  • Reply StacyStyle January 11, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Love this! Just placed plants on new desk area. A few months ago I met the most fascinating woman in Connecticut who is a feng shui expert (she was written up in the WSJ) and studied under a really well-known master. She says it’s all about energy. Let’s keep that energy flowing!

  • Reply Navin March 1, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Love it ….

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