“Living habits of an average family are made up, in varying proportions, of the following: entertainment, relaxation, sleeping, cooking, eating, dressing, laundering, playing (children) and story.” ~Decorating Liveable Homes, 1937.
According to feng shui practices, my home is a definite “Don’t.” The front door opens directly into the front room and is alignment with the kitchen door and a large kitchen window. It was built in the 1920s which would be explained by Elizabeth Burris-Meyer as that time when architects didn’t really care about functionality of a home (and, I dare say, feng shui). After 1929, and with the advent of The Great Depression when middle class homemakers suddenly had to do without any “help,” houses became much more practical.
According to Mrs. Burris-Meyer, our front hall or foyer is the introduction guests and strangers have to the home. It should give them a snapshot of what the rest of the house will be like. The hall should include:
- a table
- a mirror
- accommodation for wet wraps and overshoes
- possibly a chair
- a good lighting unit
She reminds us that scale matters and any furniture in the hall should still allow people to move about freely. Apartment dwellers can trick the eye by using mirrors to make a small foyer seem larger than it is.
Feng shui tells us that an inviting entry invites opportunity whereas clutter causes energy to get stuck. What does your front hall and entry-area look like? Is it inviting and welcoming or is it cluttered and chaotic? What is your home’s first impression?
To your fabulous Technicolor life!