Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. My credentials for western theory Feng Shui were earned in 2013 after a year of studying under the Western School of Feng Shui in California. Renowned author Terah Kathryn Collins founded the school and they provide methods of feng shui that are usable today in our western culture.
While growing this company I am also working part time in the trade as a display merchandiser in a well known interior design trade showroom that sells modern and classic textiles and furniture in our large city. This helps me stay connected and also keeps me up on high end trends that trickle down to the mainstream after a few years.
Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
A. My pricing is not complicated, however I have found that 90 minute to 2 hour consults work best. I can do this online for out of staters or onsite. This time frame was not allowed to pick on Thumbtack. Please contact me on www.conspiredesign.com for more information.
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. I Dream Of Jeannie's purple bottle. Wow! Was that not a cool space.
Then Brady Bunch would come on after. I mean really - who wouldn't want to re-design that orange and brown family room!?
I had a friend who was going to be President of the United States. He said I could be Secretary of the Interior. Ha!
Would play with Barbies all the way up to Junior High. But it wasn't about the role playing, it was all about the fashion and the dramatic rooms I created.
I create. Can't get around it. I love all arts and thought what better way to express those modalities but through using environments as an expression of the visual arts I'd studied my whole life.
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. As a Design Consultant, I co-create with people who already have an idea of what they want in a room, they just need someone to help put it into visual language and then giving them steps and filling in the gaps they might not see to create their dream space.
As a Feng Shui consultant, I ask for a floor plan of the space and it's surroundings to enable the best balance of energy use and elements for the place.
I am not a reseller or project manager.
Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A. Lutheran Family Services asked for a designer to work on a receiving home for kids that would get pulled out of their homes in the middle of the night, stay in this home for a bit and then move onto a Foster home.
I was given a bedroom for pre-teen to teen age. Multi gender needs based on who might need the room.
The delicacy of providing a child a nurturing space full of love with out their birth families stung me and drove me to create with passion all the way down to the details of books and tools used to cope with anger one might have while living in that space.
Very proud of that bedroom.
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. Make sure you interview your designer and feng shui practitioner. If you don't connect with them, don't hire them. If I can't read a client and hear what their needs are, then the consultation will not benefit you, myself or your space.
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
A. It's not just about picking colors, buying whatever furniture and accessory and moving on. Like life, every thing scaffolds on top of one another. Layer after layer is built upon to create a whole healthy space that looks like a million bucks - but might not even need $100 bucks spent! (Except for my consulting fee of course!)
It's hard work and takes time, talent and people skills to work with clients needs. Co-creating a space using Feng Shui only works if the client is coming to the consultation with open arms and heart, ready for the momentum that shifting ones space can bring.