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Welcome to the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine, a monthly e-mail magazine with Feng Shui tips, success stories, clutter-clearing advice, and other information to help you make simple Feng Shui improvements. For more Feng Shui tips and advice, also check out my, the weekly articles I write for the Feng Shui site, and my own website, Feng Shui For Real
Carol M. Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner

Feng Shui Tip of the Month – Take Care of Your Foyer
The front door is considered the "mouth of chi" where positive energy enters your home, and the foyer is the first room this positive energy gets to visit in your home. It's the most up-front room in your home, but it's often either ignored or made the dumping place for shoes, backpacks, purses, and shopping bags. That's why it's important to pay attention to how you arrange your foyer, the paint color you choose, and the artwork you hang.
• Avoid placing a mirror directly across from the front door because it reflects the good energy right back out. Instead, hang a mirror on a side wall to reflect in more light.
• Hang art that makes you feel positive when you leave each morning and welcomed back home each night. Images of gently flowing water are good, but avoid images of snow or ice because they represent frozen wealth. The foyer is also an excellent place for a fountain.
• Avoid keeping suitcases in the foyer since this represents constantly being on the move, or storing shoes in your foyer because this symbolizes walking away from a peaceful life at home.
• Choose an oval or round rug and avoid a long runner, especially if your front door lines up with the back door; doors that line up pull the energy out of your house, and a long runner will accentuate the problem.
• Paint your foyer a neutral color to brighten up the space and make it welcoming, and avoid colors like red and dark purple, which are Fire Element colors that don't belong in the front of a home.
For more foyer tips, watch my new video "Feng Shui For the Foyer" on YouTube.

Clutter Clinic -- Where Do You Have Clutter?
According to Feng Shui principles, a home is the outer manifestation of what is going on inside of the person. That means if you are outwardly cluttered with piles of laundry in the bedroom, stacks of magazines in the family room, and disorderly files on your desk, there could be an equal amount of disorder going on inside your mind. Where and why you have clutter says a lot about you. Here are six common clutter locations and what they reveal about hidden aspects of your life.
1. Clutter in your closets - reveals an unwillingness to examine your emotions.
2. Clutter at the entrance of your home - may be concealing fear of relationships.
3. Clutter next to your bed - symbolizes a desire for change or escape.
4. Clutter under your bed - represents a fear of relationships.
5. Clutter on a desk - reveals frustration, fear of letting go, and need to control.
6. Clutter behind a door - means detachment from others.
Do you have clutter in your garage, attic, kitchen, or all over your home? Click here to read about more places where people keep clutter, and what this means in Feng Shui terms.

You can find more clutter-clearing tips in the month-by-month guide to clutter clearing in the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.

Success Story – Autumn Gets Married
I’ve written before about the successes that my client Autumn experienced after making Feng Shui changes in her home. Recently, I received the wonderful news from Autumn that she got married a few weeks ago. She and her fiancé had been having difficulty with his ex-wife meddling into their affairs, and when she first called me for a consultation it looked like the wedding was on indefinite hold. We made a lot of changes in their home, including getting rid of an entire storage shed of family mementos she was holding on to for her siblings. Also, she had five overhead shelves on the dining room walls displaying pottery that I felt were weighing down too much on the couple, and I recommended taking down 3 specific shelves.

Here's what Autumn wrote:
I realized a month ago that I still had one long shelf on the wall over the window in the dining room. I removed all the others as you recommended. Not sure why I hadn't removed that one. When I finally got rid of it I was surprised how much bigger and opened up the room felt. The shelf was only 6 inches deep, but everything changed after that. The ex has calmed down and has actually been nice. We finally got married. And the opportunities in my life have opened up, and I was able to start a successful online business.
Read more Feng Shui Success Stories on my Facebook Fan Page, and post your own.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: My husband and I sleep in separate bedrooms because he snores so loudly I can't get any sleep, which is putting a strain on our marriage. Any Feng Shui suggestions?
A: To pull together your energy, use the same bed linens, comforter, paint color, artwork, photos, etc., in both bedrooms. Also, create an intimate place for the two of you to spend time together daily, like a sitting area where you share coffee as you begin your day, or wine as you end it. Keep this area kid- and work-free.

Q: Can you store shoes in shoe boxes under the bed?
A: In Feng Shui, storing shoes under your bed symbolizes "walking away" from a peaceful night's sleep. Storing them in boxes won't make any difference if they are under your bed. Instead, store your shoes in your closet. In general, it's best to avoid storing anything under your bed so the chi can flow all around you at night. If you have limited storage and must keep things under your bed, choose only soft things like linens and out of season clothes.

Q: I read that it's not such a good idea, Feng Shui wise, to sleep in a bedroom over a kitchen stove. Is that true? My bed is in that location and I'm worried.
A: A bed located above the kitchen stove is not considered a positive location because the Fire Element represented by the stove can disturb peaceful sleep. If you can't move the bed, try protecting your bed from the Fire energy by placing an earth tone color rug under it and choosing earth tone colors for your linens. You could also place a small, and in this location the symbolic water will cool off some of the Fire from the stove below.

Click here to watch my new videos about choosing art for your bedroom, selecting the right bed, and placing your bed on the FengShuiMaven Channel on YouTube.

Do you have questions for the Feng Shui Maven? E-mail them to Carol Olmstead, then watch for the answers.

Feng Shui in the News
All 11 of my new videos are now up and running on the FengShuiMaven Channel on YouTube and on I hope you enjoy watching all of the videos and sharing them with your friends and colleagues.
• Getting Started in Feng Shui
• Learn Feng Shui Basics
• Feng Shui For Bedroom Art
• Feng Shui Bed Selection
• Feng Shui Bed Placement
• Feng Shui For Kid's Rooms
• Feng Shui For a Nursery
• Feng Shui For a Guest Room
• Feng Shui For the Foyer
• Feng Shui For the LIving Room
• Feng Shui For the Home Office

Do you want Feng Shui tips and tidbits to include in your article, blog, website, or newsletter? Check out my website or E-mail me with a request about a specific topic.

Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office - Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love
There are more than 500 practical Feng Shui tips in my book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office - Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love.

• Feng Shui Basics
• Calendar of Tips
• Clutter-Clearing Strategies
• Success Stories from people who made small changes with big results

Winner, Best How-To Book 2010, New Mexico Book Association
Southwest Book Design Award, 2009-2010

Click here to order your signed copy of the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office from the Feng Shui Store at

Feng Shui Workshops
Monday, July 25, 9:30am-11:45am
Home Lands Conference - How Women Made the West
"Planting Seeds: Home, Healing and Horticulture,"
New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, NM

Carol M. Olmstead, FSIA
The Language of Flowers in Feng Shui, Art, and Design
Join me when I speak at the Home Lands Conference - How Women Made the West, July 25-26, 2011, co-sponsored by the New Mexico History Museum and the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This interactive conference features 27 dynamic speakers, including poets, screenwriters, authors, historians, designers, photographers, physicians, food historians, museum directors, and me. Click here for Conference agenda and list of speakers.
Tickets $25, includes all sessions. For registration details, E-mail Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038.

Custom Workshops
Bring one of my workshops to your city. I will create a custom presentation for your business or group to help you make simple changes to attract wealth, harmony, and love. From keynote speeches, to "munch and learn" workshops, to half-day or full-day seminars, my interactive sessions are full of practical advice, tips, and fun. Feng Shui workshops make great fund raisers because they always sell out.

Here's what people are saying about Carol's workshops --
I received great feedback about the Creating Home Sanctuary "munch and learn" Feng Shui workshop you gave at our design studio, and what an engaging person you are. You did a terrific job! -- Lisa Samuel, Samuel Design Group

Thank you for a great presentation! Really great stuff.... you are a whiz. -- Val Romero, Women Make a Difference

I welcome your referrals. If you know of a group or organization that would be interested in scheduling me as a speaker, e-mail Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038.

Feng Shui Consulting Services
I work with clients nationwide, either on-site in person, or remote by phone, e-mail, and Skype.

On-Site Consulting
Nationwide, I schedule On-Site Feng Shui Consultations for homes, offices, and businesses. On a regular basis, I work with clients in the Northeast (DC Metro Area and Maryland Suburbs, Baltimore, Annapolis, Northern Virginia, New York City, and New Jersey) and the Southwest (Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Denver). All consultations include written recommendations, a ToolKit to help you continue to make changes after the session, and a copy of my book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.

Remote Consulting by Phone and Skype
When an on-site consultation isn't possible, I offer Off-Site and Remote Feng Shui Consulting in the US and internationally for homes, offices, and businesses. There are two options, either Whole House Consultation or the new Room Rescue Package for one room in your home. You will receive advice for re-arranging furniture and accessories, selecting and hanging artwork, choosing the right colors, clutter clearing, re-purposing what you already have.

To schedule your on-site or remote Feng Shui consultation, e-mail Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038.
I welcome your referrals.

From the Feng Shui Store -- Keep Your Purse Off the Floor
In Feng Shui, keeping your purse on the floor represents disregard for your wealth, plus scientific studies show that your purse can pick up all kinds of bacteria when it sits on the floor. The remedy is a Purse Hanger that lets you hang your purse safely from a table or desk. I have finally found folding purse hangers that fit neatly in your purse. It's the perfect gift for all the women on your list. The 2" disk opens to a sturdy 3" hanger. I stock them in elegant black and silver, plus I have a few available in assorted colors.
Order a purse hanger for yourself and for your friends at the Feng Shui Store at

Beyond Feng Shui – Natural Mosquito Control
If you are bothered by mosquitoes but not sure you want to use products containing DEET, here are six natural remedies to keep these annoying creatures from spoiling your summer fun.
Lavender Essential Oil. This oil not only keeps mosquitoes from bothering you, but it smells great and will help you relax.
Citronella. This is the old standby. Use pure essential oil rather than fragrance oil, which doesn't have much effect. If you apply citronella to your skin be sure to dilute it with a few drops per tablespoon of cream or soy oil.
Catnip. Research has found that catnip essential oil is 10 times more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes. Like citronella, be sure to dilute it with soy oil or moisturizer.
Soy Oil. According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, mosquito repellents that are oil-based are as effective as products containing DEET.
NEEM Seed Oil. This extract from a plant that grows in India has been shown to be more effective than DEET.
Garlic. Mosquitoes are naturally repelled by garlic so eat plenty during the summer months. Not only will garlic keep away mosquitoes, but it will keep you healthy -- and keep away those vampires.
Read more about natural mosquito control at

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Carol M. Olmstead, FSII
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Carol M. Olmstead, FSII, was certified by the Feng Shui Institute of America, and awarded Red Ribbon Professional Status from the International Feng Shui Guild (IFSG) and was elected to the IFSG Governing Board.

Feng Shui For Real Life, LLC, and the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine serve as a reference and guide for the principles of Feng Shui and as such bear no responsibility for results a client or reader experiences. Individual results may vary based on the client's participation and intent.

©2011, Carol M. Olmstead

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