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There are crystals embedded in the walls at 532 Sentinel Drive.
A river rock lies buried in the yard and Leslie Kleiman even jumped into the Cowichan River to appease a water entity — all to make sure everything in her new home met a certain criteria.
“Feng shui is important to me because I’m an energy person and I wanted to make sure the place felt good to us, and to the people who come here for help,” she said of the stunning Mill Bay home that was built just four years ago.
Feng shui (pronounced “fung shway”) is the belief one’s surroundings affect material comfort, physical and mental health, relationships, and overall success.
To start, clear out your clutter; get rid of everything in the house you don’t love. Do not skip this step— it’s an essential one to create harmonious Feng Shui energy.
The 5,200 square-foot home in a new subdivision with floor-to-ceiling windows allows spectacular panoramic views of the Saanich Inlet and Salt Spring Island. It is a clever mix of industrial chic, creative colour choices and homey touches that combine in a way to instantly make a stranger feel at home.
“I wanted our home to reflect us, but to also fit in as best we could because we were building in a pretty prominent place in the development,” said Kleiman, a lawyer who practises enlightened dispute resolution, professional mediation and arbitration.
“So, we came up with this kind of modified Prairie house design, with (Shawnigan Lake architect) Darryl Jonas.”
As the centre of the house is the heart of the space in Feng Shui, also called the yin-yang point; you usually want to have it open, light and with a sense of beauty to it. The centre of your house is also considered the area from which all the other Feng Shui areas receive energy.
The living room of the two-storey home is a smart mix of lounging whites and blacks with touches of subdued gold and chrome. But it’s the art on the walls with jagged darks and brights and red — vivid red — touches that connect with dual, red-painted open hall closets to maintain an intelligent flow to the scarlet kitchen.
“In my old house I had a red kitchen — which is good feng shui, by the way — with black granite countertops,” said Kleiman.
“When we were planning this house, the last thing on my mind was a red kitchen, but we went to Urbana (Kitchens, in Victoria) and they had a red kitchen with white Corian wraparound countertops and I just loved it.”
The chef’s kitchen comes with a downdraft cook top grill, along with a gas stove and oven, a pair of massive pantries and offset, deep restaurant-style sinks.
Your kitchen is the Feng Shui part of the home that nourishes and sustains life. The kitchen is the most important part of your home and a Feng Shui symbol of wealth and prosperity, so: for good Feng Shui, it is best not to have your kitchen close to the front door or to the back door, where the Feng Shui energy can easily escape.
The home also sports see-through, Plexiglas stairs next to a floor that is partially clear. They lead to the lower level where Kleiman has a home gym, and a media centre with sliding doors that shut out all sound, save for what’s happening on the tube.
A bedroom, bathroom and small kitchen round out the lower level.
In fact, the home has only two bedrooms — the master is upstairs —but will easily accommodate three more.
The home also features an enormous walk-in closet in the master bedroom, a substantial office and designer lighting throughout the home.
At nighttime your body needs strong support, as well as protection, in order to do its best with the work of regenerating itself. This is the reason a good solid headboard is highly recommended in Feng Shui. In addition to a good headboard, you always want to have a solid wall behind your bed — not a window. When you sleep under the window, your personal energy tends to get weaker in time, as it has neither proper support, nor protection.
This spectacular, one-of-a-kind home was recently put on the market, and is listed at $1,174,900.
Always be mindful of the feel of your home and how its energy influences your well-being. Make a habit of paying close attention to the so-called Feng Shui “trinity” that is deeply connected to your health: your bedroom, your bathroom and your kitchen. Nothing is static in the world of energy, so be wise and keep your home healthy and happy.
—Sources:About.com, Dummies.com, Ask.com, Wikipedia.