What does the chi in your home say about you and your family? Have you ever walked into a room and felt instantly comfortable?...or the opposite, uneasy? You were feeling the energy in that space. In Chinese culture and the ancient practice of Feng Shui (pronounced Fung shway) it is called Chi or qi (pronounced chee), it describes "the natural energy of the universe". New Age describes it as "subtle energy". I won't go into a complex explanation of Quantum Mechanics, but basically that theory is that everything contains vibrational energy at the atomic level. Whatever you call it, it's undeniable, and real.
I recently walked into a client's house that we just finished building some time ago. It's absolutely beautiful, it has granite counter tops, hammered copper sinks, hand scraped hickory floors, and rough honed beam ceilings, just to mention a few of it's high end amenities. There was no expense spared with furnishing it either, but the feeling that I got when I walked in was not what I had expected. The energy felt stagnant, I felt uneasy, and at first I was puzzled. Well, there is a simple explanation, my client had not fully moved in yet, it didn't have the feeling or presence of "life" or "spirit". There are no clothes in the closet, and no food in the refrigerator. But, above and beyond that, there are no personal effects that make a home cozy, no pictures, books, magazines, etc. It doesn't reflect his interests or passions yet. In essence, my client's energy is not present. The house will remain a shell until he is ready to "live" in the space and make it his. We are now finishing up with the accessory phase, and as an Interior Designer I have my limitations. I can accessorize a room, but it is up to the client to bring a sense of self, and ownership into their surroundings. As a family lives in a home their energy permeates it, good or bad, happy or sad, whatever the case maybe, and it gives an impression to all who enters.