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This path could have been made straight but the slight curve makes for better feng shui.

Note the slightly curved path of flagstones.

Wider at the street or driveway side is best for your feng shui because it lets in opportunities with "arms wide in welcome".

Like a river, this walkway has twists and turns for good ch'i.

This driveway / sidewalk combo has an auspicious planting to break up the ch'i and also a circular rondele brick pattern inlaid into the driveway--with curves and beautiful landscaping. Excellent feng shui!

Pathways have great significance in feng shui practice. If you’re looking to move to a new home, keep your eyes open for the sidewalk paths and driveways. It is most auspicious to have a sidewalk or path leading to your home in an indirect meander rather than a straight shot to your Mouth of Ch’i (front entryway). This symbolizes the positive ch’i energy tarrying longer on your property instead of whooshing right through like an arrow. It’s also auspicious to have your pathway widen at the bottom towards the street. If your pathway is narrower at it’s entrance and then widens up near your house it might look somewhat like the picture below. That’s a feng shui negative but of course Feng Shui By Fishgirl can almost always find a feng shui cure to solve this and other feng shui problems. Call or email for a consultation today!

This spatula shaped walkway is wider at the home side than it is at the entry to the property--a feng shui no-no.

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PATIO PERFECT: Considering feng shui in outdoor living spaces

A plan for a Tuscan Dining area, outside!

I love the idea of taking outdoor space and making it actually an extension of living space. If you have acreage–or if you cleverly use what you have–you can substantially expand your square footage of living area. The layout shown above has a good balance of yin-yang shapes (round feminine vs. square masculine). See how many circles and squares you can find. Then go look at Sunset Magazine for more images of this beautiful garden space.

In contrast, above is a photo recently featured in a house tour on Dwell.com (“Double Time“). I liked much of the house until I got to the back door and outdoor space. What a perfect opportunity for the designers to incorporate a little feng shui balance. For example, the window in the upper right hand corner of the photo could have easily have been a round one. Or, the terrace stones could have had rounded yin shapes instead of echoing all of the squares and grids (a very tired trend). What else doesn’t feel right? The step down and the fact that it is all grass. I’ll bet that back space would be utilized a lot more if the upper terrace under the roof was a solid floor (either decking, stonework, or concrete) instead of grass. What more perfect area for an outdoor living space than one like this—opportunity squandered. Do you agree? Check out the rest of the pictures at Dwell.

A nice balance of feng shui elements.

I like the use of wood, earth (slate tiles), fire (hot pink tablecloth) and I’m hoping they have some metal and some water feature that is off camera. This is another patio example seen at Sunset Magazine. I also want to point out the wonderful use of vines crawling up the corner of the house. This is a great example of using plants to eliminate/solve/cure a feng shui problem known as a knife edge. All corners jutting outward create knife edges. It’s not a problem unless you plan to sit or sleep in front of one. This one was completely neutralized by the rounded leaved plants growing up and concealing it.

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This is a tree worthy of the N’avi tribe from the Avatar movie…we stopped at the Hampton Plantation on our drive from Wilmington to Charleston this Saturday. Dude, we’re glad we did! This historical site was empty (and free admission in the off season) so we had the grounds all to ourselves. The mighty live oaks are magnificent. One of these trees had a plaque that said President George Washington had saved this particular tree back in the 1700’s. Yes, the trees are that old and much older. These ancient trees saw Native Americans wandering by before the gorgeous mansion was built in 1730. And, what might these witnesses to slavery tell us about that shameful period of time in America’s history? I believe the trees add powerful healing energy to the grounds as would any trees in your own backyard. Live oaks, with their sculptural shapes and draped Spanish moss, you can’t help but thinking they are true works of art. BTW, hugging trees is good feng shui.

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Walkways are better feng shui if they are not “straight arrows”. A little curve improves the chi energy. The idea behind the curve is to slow down the chi from coming (and going) too fast. I like this plank walk through the forest, don’t you?

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Have you ever wondered what a dragon guarding your home’s feng shui might look like? It’s not a living breathing creature, but the mountain shown in this pic is a feng shui dragon guarding Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park. Having a dragon mountain watching your back is good feng shui. Having a pristine lake nearby is also good feng shui. Luckily, Arcadia belongs to all Americans! The concept of National Parks is as American as apple pie. Check out Ken Burn’s DVD documentary to find out more.

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