by Julie Schuster
In 2010, I accepted a post as project manager for an interior design show house in New York City, called Holiday House. Holiday House is an annual charitable event that has been running for about 6 years, benefiting Breast Cancer research.
About a week after I began, I, too, was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had just had a biopsy done, but since there was no family history of any kind, had dismissed it as of no consequence, until the call from my doctor informing me of the situation. Needless to say, I was in shock. But I was in just the right place at the right time. There were helping hands everywhere to assist me with finding the right doctors and the right treatment plan, easing the stress of the situation enormously.
During that same time, I began speaking with another designer at the House about feng shui, a practice that I had only just heard of before. I had no knowledge about the overlap between interior design and feng shui, but I was fascinated.
The concept of my having been in such a right place when my need arose was clear to me, as was the relationship with feng shui. Sometimes when your soul is opened to the larger meaning in your life, I feel that is when we “see” the path that we are meant to “see” at that moment. That old saying of, “when the student is ready, the teacher appears,” was especially apropos here. I felt called.
After my treatment and receipt of a clean bill of health, I began my studies into the practice and insight into feng shui at a school co-founded and co-taught by Maureen. Applying feng shui principles to interior design has formed the basis for my company today. We specialize in creating spaces that nurture and support the people that live in them.
My training draws from Form School principles and BTB methods. It is draws strongly on the Five Elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) and Yin/Yang, a concept from the I Ching denoting the opposite polarities that came into being when the universe came into manifestation. It is a Daoist idea that unites all opposites as complementary inseparable forces.
Feng shui has literally changed my life for the better.
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She is a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner and an IFSG Red Ribbon Professional, requiring a rigorous certification assessment which was possible from the comprehensive training that she received.
Since her feng shui training, she also became a CLIPP – Certified Living In Place Professional – which allows her to specialize in not only creating spaces that nurture and support our souls, but to create ones that are safe and accessible to everyone, no matter their special needs or age.
She is currently serving as president of the NYC Chapter of IDS (Interior Design Society) and continues her charitable work to this day; having participated in DIFFA, Design On A Dime and Bailey House. She says that the feeling of giving back is unmatchable.