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Rx for Living
August 2001

Feng Shui Goes to the Office
How to Thrive from 9 to 5

by Nancilee Wydra

Change Your Kitchen, Change Your Life


I am thinking of redoing my kitchen. Not just the usual upgrade of cabinets and appliances but changing the location.

Fifteen years ago I purchased a lot where the total square footage had to be under 1,000. I designed a small house and the kitchen was proportioned appropriately. Since that time county water and sewer has come to our neighborhood permitting us to have a larger house. Today my house is over 2,000 square feet.

The original downstairs complete with tiny kitchen, dining area and living room is now practically unused in favor of the newer dramatic living room and I feel like Cinderella before meeting the Prince when sequestered in the kitchen unable to see what’s going on.

Can you help?

Cincinnati, Ohio


Dear ML

Kitchens evokes childhood memories of good smells and was "the" place many of us gravitated as we crashed through the door after school. In some ways the kitchen is the Blarney stone of home.

What you have created by adding on a new living room in a different segment of your house is a double heart of home. Also the kitchen is cut off visually and auditory contact in both the old and new gathering room.

Here’s a way of creating another kind of smaller cozier gathering space downstairs within visual distance of the kitchen and making the kitchen a hub rather than a sequestered away work area. Notice the change in the main entrance. Also the punched out kitchen area into the front porch will give an one person reading area on the front porch.

As you can see without too many structural changes, the new kitchen will be in a bird’s eye view of the comings and goings of all household members. When in the kitchen the three staircases leading to private spaces will be in view and when entertaining or cooking for my household, you will be in a position to see and hear.


Nancilee Wydra
Author of Feng Shui Goes to the Office and 5 other feng shui books

Nancilee Wydra, Feng Shui Master and author of six books on feng shui travels the country lecturing and consulting for Fortune 500 companies and individuals. She is the founder of the Feng Shui Institute of America and has developed the first nationally certified professional training program on feng shui in the country.

To secure additional information about her lecturing, consulting and teaching contact her at: NancileeWy@aol.com or visit www.Windwater.com -- for FREE answers to feng shui questions: www.EfengshuiUSA.com

Nancilee Wydra’s Books:
Feng Shui The Book of Cures
Feng Shui in the Garden
Feng Shui and How to Look Before You Love
Feng Shui Goes to the Office
Feng Shui for Children’s Spaces


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