mix of styles, like eclectic but minimalist, can
respect multiple people's energy.
we’ve move into a new space, it often feels as if what
is needed is a spark of magic.
one just wave a Harry Potter-type wand and place all
photos on the wall in perfect harmony, or finally find
that perfect couch?
Feldmann, a Chicago native who runs the HausWitch Home +
Healing shop in Salem, Mass., can’t craft you a wand,
but she does use the inspiration of magic in her new
book “HausMagick: Transform Your Home With
Witchcraft,” which came out Feb. 12.
weaves together her knowledge of interior design with a
personal study of “earth magic,” astrology and
tarot. More specifically, after dabbling in Wicca as a
teenager, she pursued a degree in gender and cultural
studies with research concentrated on witches. Combining
her design and witch interests began when a friend who
had recently moved asked her to cast a spell to find her
a new house.
who might be less comfortable with witchcraft, she
cautions her tips do not mean you need to start using
crystal balls. “It means taking simple steps toward
improving your quality of life and starting to see how
you can shift the energy around you in your favor,”
crystals to using touch, here are tips to transform your
home through what Feldmann considers a magical
instruction manual for interior alchemy.
1. Get to
know your aura and the auras of others. Boundaries are
important to home design. Feldmann describes an aura as
“your personal electromagnetic field, and it extends
two to three feet around the outside of your body.”
She gives steps to visualize an aura — imagine a
glowing light around your body — to get a feel for
where and what yours is. Of course, many people live
with other people, whose space also needs to be
respected and reflected. Think through each person’s
energy. For example, with two opposite tastes in the
house, consider how to balance or combine. Can you frame
something from your travels — a map, a postcard —
that brings positivity to the space?
Consider a crystal by your bed. If you don’t know much
about why crystals are sometimes in the corner of your
yoga studio, Feldmann provides a good primer. She
explains that they come in different sizes and forms,
and are believed to have a role in healing. Beginners
can bring crystals into their home by simply placing one
in a conspicuous space. But think about what it’s
supposed to do. For example, she suggests an amethyst on
a bedside table, which could help with sleep as it
should make you feel safe and supported. Or perhaps a
pyrite on your desk, for willpower and manifestation. An
advanced step? Creating a crystal potion.
about what the room wants. Rooms have their own energy.
A few years ago, she realized she never used a room
meant to be an office. Finally, she Skyped her
clairvoyant, who agreed to read the energy of the room.
The room, he told her, did not want to be light, like
the rest of the house, and did not want to be a
productive space. It wanted to be dark, creative,
meditative. She changed it from cheery yellow to a room
with a black chalkboard and arts-and-crafts table. The
lesson here, Feldmann says, is if a room still feels
energetically off even after a bunch of aesthetic fixes,
think beyond the material world. Are you using the space
for activities more stressful than serene? Is there a
way to stop doing things in a certain space, like
checking work email?
the sense of touch. In describing how to create a cozy
retreat, she suggests considering what you think of as
comforting. For Feldmann, what comes to mind are
sweaters and flannel blankets. You can include textures
like these, but also bring other, different layers of
texture in your home, to help it feel lived in and
comforting. Consider something like a glass piece or
mirror — something smooth that can bring in calm —
alongside natural textures, like hardwood floors or wood
furniture. And fireplaces and candles can bring literal
out unwelcome intruders. Should you feel an “unwelcome
intruder,” whether it be Casper-like or negative
energy surrounding your space, one option is to give
whatever this is somewhere else to go. Choose something
personal from the space and place it outside the home,
Feldmann instructs. Think an old coffee mug or plant
pot. She suggests saying something like, “This space
is mine, and I am the boss here. I acknowledge and
respect the time you have spent here, but that time is
now over, and I must ask you to leave. Please use the
living room window and find the space I have created for
you outside my home. Go in peace.”