i am SO excited to feature today’s SUPER SHUI STAR because her world is such a lovely blend of design, architecture and shui. she is also our first ‘global’ expert – joining the panel from Germany (some previous stomping grounds of mine!). and she has an affinity for working with nature, color and simplicity – ummm, what’t not to LOVE? so, give all your LOVE today to Sabine Rieder of Feinstwerk!
S/ S: how did you get started in Feng Shui?
S/R: many years ago, i turned my hobby, interior design, into a job. even as a child, i loved redesigning and rearranging my room. that passion runs in the family. my mother was a master at making us nice and cozy everywhere. my children have it in their blood, too.
the subject of furnishing has always been with me and my profession was born from this passion. a few years later, i discovered Feng Shui for myself. for a long time, i wondered whether the Feng Shui teaching would suit me. i love design, fabrics, materials and shapes. then i discovered that Feng Shui doesn’t have to be esoteric. i can implement the teachings of mindfulness from Daoism for myself and my customers, because Feng Shui is not a furnishing style. from then on, the ice was broken and i did the Feng Shui training. today i work on customer projects and train as a Feng Shui consultant.
S/S: what inspires you creatively? / where do you find this inspiration?
S/R: i discover my inspirations everywhere, whether in nature or in books and magazines. i like to travel, and i always discover something that inspires me on my travels. i like going to museums, and films and TV series also inspire me. people also inspire me with their work. actually, a lot in everyday life, too. i often feel like a sponge that soaks up everything.
S/S: what is the biggest misconception / mistake people make when it comes to Feng Shui?
S/R: the biggest misconception in Feng Shui is that it is an esoteric teaching. Feng Shui can be implemented individually for everyone anywhere in the world. through the Feng Shui tools, an expert sees a client and their rooms very differently.
it is ideal if the architect and interior designer plan the home together using this, for me, holistic approach. you can do so much yourself so that you are in harmony with yourself and your surroundings without it having to be clunky.
S/S: if you could leave people with one FS action they can take today, what would it be?
S/R: it is best to start with order and structure, so that the Qi can flow freely again. how? for example, always tidy the entrance area so that you are happy when you come home and put fresh flowers in front of you. our home hugs us and welcomes us, and that first impression counts! xo