ZEN ~ Emotionally Intelligent Design

Our home should be our sanctuary! A haven we can retreat to at the end of a busy day to slow down, unwind and recharge our batteries – but life has become so busy and chaotic, that the word “sanctuary” is almost lost

Our surroundings can drastically affect our mood and behaviour! The colours we surround ourselves with, the amount of “stuff” we accumulate, and the “energy” of the space – all these can have a huge (and often subconscious) effect on our mood, stress and anxiety levels – and this is at the heart of Cherene’s “Emotionally Intelligent” (ZEN Design) style.


CUTTING-EDGE – maybe? But the basis of Emotionally Intelligent Design is grounded in ancient wisdom and principles that are in fact thousands of years old…

As a Feng Shui and Reiki practitioner, Cherene also weaves many of these ancient principles into her design work. A hint of Feng Shui here, a little Wabi Sabi there, and some Shibui over there, will ensure your space is not only beautiful – but harmonious, balanced and flowing as well!  Scroll down to find out more about these principles.

She also uses colour psychology to ensure your space reflects the mood/vibe you wish to see and feel – and she can make recommendations to help you maintain and even carry over the ZENful vibe into your other spaces.

If you’d like to add a touch of Zen to YOUR space, please ask Cherene during your Complimentary Consultation.

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SHIBUI – the traditional Japanese aesthetic which refers to simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty – a balance of simplicity and complexity. The elements of shibui are simplicity, implicity, modesty, naturalness, everydayness and imperfection.

WABI SABI – in traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabisabi (侘寂) is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Wabi Sabi celebrates the beauty of things imperfect – which are Perfectly IMperfect.

FENG SHUI – translated means Wind and Water, and is the practice of arranging your environment so that energy or “chi” flows gently and smoothly through your home or business environment. In this way your space just feels good, and supports what you want out of life – whether it’s a better career, new romance, improved health, or more income.

YIN & YANG – Two halves that together complete wholeness. Yin and yang are also the starting point for change and can be thought of as complementary (rather than opposing) forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts.

COLOUR PSYCHOLOGY – is the study of colour and our emotions. Color influences perceptions that are not obvious, such as the taste of food, and has long been used to create feelings of coziness or spaciousness, in marketing and interior design.