A Masculine Living Room Makeover

Updated: Mar 10, 2021


Stepping into this recent living room refresh, guests may be inclined to request a shaken or stirred cocktail while taking in the gentlemanly, seductive vibe.

AN EAMES LOUNGER NEXT TO THE FIREPLACE AND WINDOW INVITES COZY READING AND REFLECTION

"I need your designer's eye on my place!", declared Greg Oborny, an energetic elementary principal at the Olathe School District in Kansas with a sharp wit and self-deprecating humor. "What can you do to make this place feel like an in-the-know stylish educator lives here?" Plenty! And with that I set out to pull together a design plan that would curate the furnishings and art for his living room while elevating the design and function as a space for hosting and entertaining guests.


If you look at this space, at first glance you're likely to see a swanky pad with a mid-century vibe that's decorated with a masculine feel. Of course, you'd be correct, however; I also approached it with a deeper intent of applying practical Feng Shui adjustments to provide the homeowner with an optimal layout plan which would better align with his strong Metal energy so he commands the room – like any principal should.


When decorating with Feng Shui in mind, I consider the balance of the five key elements: Wood, Earth, Water, Metal and Fire. Feng Shui translates to Wind and Water and the goal is about creating balance and positive flow of the energy or "Qi" throughout a space to help support a positive and flourishing environment. Naturally, creating this energetic flow will also improve the lives of those inhabiting the space as they benefit from these Feng Shui adjustments.


AN EVOCATIVE KATE MOSS PRINT BY PHOTOGRAPHER ALLEN JONES ANCHORS THE FIREPLACE

Each of the five elements carry inherent properties and the key element in this living room is Metal. Energetically speaking, Metal is sharp, organized, efficient and precise. In Greg's case, being a Metal element himself, he embodies many of these personality traits so it was easy to see why he had a natural affinity for modern design, drawn to metal details and desired a more functional layout. Becoming certified as a Feng Shui consultant has helped me as a designer get to the heart of learning about my clients beyond their design style preferences to better understanding their true nature, their elemental core.