February 27, 2023 11 min read
I am filled with joy and gratitude in introducing you to my pathfinder, friend and colleague in embracing simplicity and harmony in our surroundings - Personal Space Visionary and founder of Wylde Grace Studio, Lyn Nene.
I was transformed when I first learned some simple practices about the ancient art of Feng Shui from Lyn decades ago. We instantly connected that our homes are an extension of ourselves and the significance of color and simplicity in the clothing and spaces that surround us. I have enjoyed sharing the journey with Lyn in getting to the essence of the services we offer our clients, transforming ourselves and our businesses.
Lyn blew my mind with the way she fearlessly shed material things that no longer were needed, packed up her few remaining belongings to start a new life in Chicago. She continues to reinvent herself and her business in her 70’s. She looks and feels younger than those decades younger and understands the tools to live with ease and joy. She sparkes and shines and brings a swoosh of positive energy to every space she enters.
We agree that your personal space is the next level of expressing a harmonious balanced and simplified life and are introducing a special package “Colorful Clutter Free Feng Shui Bedroom Consultation Package” to Indigo Tones clients combining a personal color analysis with a personal space consultation using Lyn’s unique and modernized Feng Shui principals.
Read more about how Lyn’s life has brightened, her work has evolved and her business has grown after discovering her bright spring colors in this month’s colorful lives blog.
Hello Color Enthusiasts! I’m Lyn Nene, mentor, naturalist, wisdom keeper, theatre lover and Cubs fan. I’m so pleased to be riding the colorful wave with so many of you.
I never made color a priority when I was buying clothing. If it was on sale, that was reason enough for it to find its way into my closet! But over the years, big “Ah Ha!” transformations have enfolded.
My Love Affair with Feng Shui and Why We Broke Up, but We’re Still Friends.
Like many love affairs, this one came on swiftly and passionately. I was sitting in a dull waiting room, probably wearing black. (Gads, I owned so much black!) The only thing that drew my eye was an open magazine on the coffee table. Gorgeous bright colors illustrated an article called “Use Feng Shui to Change your Life”. I’d never heard of it. The author explained that this ancient Chinese philosophy using furniture placement, special objects like crystals and windchimes, specific colors and methods for clearing and decluttering your space could foster happiness and attract good energy. I was at a rough patch and needed all the help I could get. What could Feng Shui do for me?
I was on fire! (Love affairs can do that.) I checked out all the books about Feng Shui at the Library and trained with Masters, practiced in my home and my friends’ homes and began to see some amazing results. Life just felt easier. Getting rid of clutter helped me think more clearly. I saw the correlation between how my home felt and functioned and how my life was going. I became a professional Feng Shui Consultant and things were going very well. Until they weren’t.
I’m standing in front of my closet. I’m not in panic mode yet, but there are beads of perspiration popping out on my forehead. I still have an hour before I need to leave for one of my first Feng Shui clients. I’ve been feeling quite satisfied about how Feng Shui had improved the energy and flow in my home and I loved being instrumental in the transformations I was able to bring to my clients’ dwellings.
My closet was another story. I pull clothing out of my closet, try it on, reject it, and toss it on the bed. It’s getting late. I settle, once again, for my black blazer and trousers. Oh, well, it makes me look professional, dedicated and serious. Right? The truth is, I could have been the poster child for the “What Not to Wear” TV show.
The Break Up and Intermission
My first Feng Shui teacher was Carol Bridges, author of "A Soul in Place: Reclaiming Home as Sacred Space". She asked us to “Meet Wylde Grace, an energy, a life force, a Divine Feminine Presence. She is all things wild and wonderful. She is Lady Luck, Angel, Rascal, Warrior, the Egyptian Goddess Isis, Dolly Parton and Lucille Ball, all rolled into one.” Carol said that it's Wylde Grace’s energy applied to Feng Shui that will bring our homes and work spaces to vibrant life.
When all the other training I’d taken in Traditional Feng Shui began feeling controlling, rigid, outdated, and just “not right” anymore, I kept returning to Carol’s work. Her view of Feng Shui was Soul-Centered and from the Heart. Traditional Feng Shui had been designed centuries ago by men for men and was invested in very strict rules. I was also finding it often generated fear for me and my clients. What if I did something wrong? What if I messed up someone’s life?
Traditional Feng Shui was relegated to a back burner on a very low simmer. I’d been in a tsunami of change for some time and got the irresistible urge to move back home to Chicago. I started telling friends that I was migrating back to my roots even before I had any idea how I was going to pull it off.
Enter stage right - Kerry Jones & Indigo Tones
I’d had my Personal Color Analysis with Kerry Jones done not long before I moved back to Chicago. I was completely reinventing myself! I didn’t want to bring clothes with me that sabotaged me. With her sweet smile and infinite knowledge, Kerry showed me how the color black drained my face and how the luscious colors of my Bright Spring palette made my eyes sparkle and my face light up. (I cringe when I think of all the speaking engagements I did wearing that black outfit). The only time I wear black now is when I have to, as an usher for live theater productions!)
I sold pretty much everything I had and only kept what would fit in the bed of my pick up truck. I had a few boxes, 2 suitcases, my wok and an ancient cat. I was 61 years old.
Setting the stage for a new way to approach our spaces
Even though I had broken up with Traditional Feng Shui, the bits I was still friends with kept me going. I would ask myself, “What would Wylde Grace Do?” I felt her wildness in me that would never be tamed. I felt her grace that sustained me through some worrisome times. I relied on only those Feng Shui principles that brought me joy and made sense and that I could tailor to my life. I didn’t realize back then that one day these principles would become the core of my business, “Wylde Grace Studio - Vibrant Feng Shui and Brilliant Decluttering”.
We as women have continued throughout history to weave the threads of creating a home into a living tapestry of people, places and things. It’s rare to find a woman who hasn’t moved her nest multiple times be she on her own, in families, or relationships. Homes have become the common denominator in our lives. We have been forever shaped by our relationship with our dwellings, even as we shape them.
We want our homes to do more for us, but it’s a two way street. If our homes feel disrespected and unloved, chances are we feel that way, too. Rather than bowing to “What looks good”, we want a home that reflects who we are, that supports our dreams and comforts and nurtures us.
I’m keen on uncovering what a client is looking for, so we have a phone or video conversation first. A common complaint is the overabundance of stuff and feelings of overwhelm, stress and guilt related to it. We work as partners in one room at a time on separate occasions until enough space is created to begin adding vibrant Feng Shui embellishments.
Every client has their own dreams and visions. I love to tailor my skills to helping them do what is not only effective, but a joy and a pleasure. Then we stand back and relish in the awakening of the relationship between person and home. Possibilities and opportunities to begin to show up in their lives. Peace and less stress settle in. Dreams come true.
Writing a new script
I see clients both live and on Zoom and I notice more ease and lightness between us. I feel that I exude joy, love and fun, attributes not valued in Traditional Feng Shui. I approach my business now, not looking or feeling like the black-suited rigid authoritarian Traditional Feng Shui consultant, but as a partner and guide. Now I inspire my clients to apply their own creativity to their dwellings and choose those Feng Shui principles that feel vibrant and useful to them. Yes, furniture placement, special objects like crystals and windchimes, specific colors (also many items you get to choose) and methods for clearing and decluttering your space can still be part of Wylde Grace Feng Shui, but all are used with more consciousness and free will.
I notice I am attracting many women who are also reinventing themselves and are on the brink of change. They are stepping into their power as the playwright, director and star in their own life’s story, becoming acutely aware of setting the stage with only those props and set pieces that contribute to their tale.
They find they want to live more simply, free from unused objects and other people’s stuff. I feel so much more authentic, ditching the black suit and dressing for the job. Here’s Lesley and I in front of her massive collection of family photographs. She’s been toting all those boxes hither and yon for years. We’ll be working together for the next few weeks, sorting and organizing, so that she can create a meaningful collection for each of her three daughters. (Can you see me all duded up in a black suit while we tackle this project? Me neither.)
Saying “Sayonara” to clutter allows for ease of movement and freedom of expression.
My other love affair is with live theatre. The next step was to launch a Community Theatre Company. Sitting in the dark, waiting for the curtain to rise on a live theatre production is a magical moment when a whole brilliant new world opens up before your eyes. Even though the cast hasn't emerged yet, the set is telling a story. Every prop, every furnishing, all the colors, are part of the story. Our company learned how to create sets on a budget and embrace the most minimal of scenery, while supporting a fascinating story. Finding just the right props to help the actors tell their tales is how we decorate our homes. Except when we let too much stuff take over and we get bogged down! Take it from me! “There is no clutter in the theatre!"
My favorite color? What happens when I wear it?
I adore my bright red. Red gets attention. I feel beautiful and confident when I wear it, and find myself giggling when I get compliments. All of the reds are highly regarded in both Traditional Feng Shui and in my Wylde Grace Feng Shui. Red means fire, and ignites imagination, inspiration and passion.
If you resonate with red, think about adding something red to your living space. A pillow, a throw, flowers, a candle, a piece of art with red and other colors, or whatever you feel would add a little fire to the room. You can use your own red, or a combination of reds from your fellow housemates. Or don’t use it all! It’s your choice.
If Feng Shui had a soulmate, it would beHygge, (pronounced Hoogah), the Danish Art of living cozy. It encompasses all things that make one feel content and comfortable from sipping hot cocoa to indulging in yummy foods by candlelight. Hygge is the perfect antidote to long winter nights and gloomy gray days. Hygge is more and more a feature in my consultations.
Already rich with color, this Colorado cottage embraces warmth, coziness and comfort. It invites family and friends to relax and just enjoy being together. Even the dog relishes the red pillow we added while the warmth from the fireplace keeps the chill away. Find more about Feng Shui and Hygge in my blog on my website.
If I answered the ”my favorite color” on a different day it would be my blue. I love my cashmere poncho from the Indigo tones online boutique. It’s exactly what I reach for when visiting a client on a chilly spring day!
The Feng Shui meaning of blue changes depending on the tone. Mid-tone blues and teals, for example, represent the wood element. Wood is connected to growth, vitality, and compassion. More information here.
What was the biggest surprise about having my color analysis?
Turning 75 this year, I treated myself to a “Soul Portrait'' with Visionary Artist Katherine Skaggs.
Katherine says, “Each soul portrait is an intuitive, channeled piece of art, revealing aspects of your true self.”How surprised was I to see the gorgeous colors in my Bright Spring palette show up! I had not mentioned anything about Color Analysis to Katherine, but she saw them in my soul. I was also very surprised by how many colors I’d been avoiding all of my life! How funny that I was asked to wear black for the sitting!
My Closet - Every play has a Wardrobe
I have chosen to live small and simple, so when I found a studio apartment overlooking Lake Michigan, I said “Yes, Please!" It came with one tiny closet and one slightly bigger one for coats and shoes. Knowing what looks good on me allowed me to weed out all the other stuff. Off season stuff fits in the bin on the shelf. If I buy something new, something else gets to go! Here’s my application for “Kerry’s Smallest Client Closet Award”!
To be invited into someone’s personal space is an incredible honor and responsibility. It’s also a great joy! Wylde Grace is changing the world of Feng Shui one room at a time! I would love to help you change yours.
The most important set on your home stage is the bedroom.
There’s an ancient saying in Feng Shui, “You cannot receive if your hands are full”. If being in the flow of receiving abundance, opportunities and peaceful living feels right for you, “remove the dead flowers before you add the fresh ones."
Then you can set the stage for telling the stories of your future vibrant life. Your inner “Wylde Grace will be proud!"
Are you desiring a new relationship? Would you like to spice up your current one? Do you want to start a new business, find a new residence, or a job that fulfills you? Are you simply craving peace and harmony in your home? All of these endeavors and many more are connected to the state of your bedroom. It's the perfect time to rehome unused or unloved items, clear out stuff stowed in your bedroom because you don't know what to do with it, and remove things you're holding onto out of guilt.
Then you can set the stage for telling the stories of your future vibrant life.
Colorful Clutter Free Feng Shui Bedroom Consultation Package
If it was "Opening Night" in your bedroom, would the story be a comedy? A romantic love story? A one woman show? A mystery? A horror story?
Wouldn't you like it to look like a room your newly organized closet would be proud of? When you're in your bedroom, do you feel like the star of the show or part of the stage crew?
At day's end, it's time to sleep, to dream, to enjoy delightful activities in a room that reflects who you are and who you wish to become. Let's write this new script now with Wylde Grace Vibrant Feng Shui and Brilliant Decluttering.
Once your closet is functioning beautifully after the personal color analysis, how does your bedroom feel? Did you know that the bedroom is the most important space in your home? You are there about ⅓ of your life. And yet, the bedroom is often the most neglected and cluttered room in the house. The state of the bedroom speaks volumes about how your life is unfolding. Is your bedroom the luscious, sensuous boudoir you deserve?
The Colorful Clutter Free Feng Shui Bedroom Consultation Package includes the personal color analysis with Kerry at Indigo Tones in addition to a two-hour personal space analysis with Lyn, complete with advice for Vibrant Feng Shui fixes and a methods to easily declutter brilliantly.
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December 03, 2023 7 min read
It is my pleasure to introduce you to this month’s Dark Winter feature, eyebrow, skincare and permanent hair removal expert, Gia Pauldine. Gia was one of my first clients when I started my color analysis business nearly 20 years ago. It was around that time that she also founded her business, Restoration Electrolysis, LLC.
Gia was easy to analyze. Her deep brown hair worked well with black and dark brown neutrals that were then and still are so easy to shop for. A few pops of rich reds, deep greens and purples and she was good to go for many years. When she decided to go gray more recently and wondered how to incorporate it with her clothing choices, we had the pleasure of reconnecting and working on her wardrobe and closet. I was amazed at how gorgeous her skin looked and she introduced me to some of the skin revitalization services she offers now including light therapy. Learn more about her unique, wholistic eyebrow makeovers and skincare maintenance to the process she went through in letting her hair go naturally from a dark brown to a multi-hued gray and how it impacted her clothing choices.
September 07, 2023 6 min read
It’s a treat to introduce you to this month's colorful lives feature, Soft Autumn Tim Stich who is also my son!! Tim’s experience with shopping for clothing and wearing color is unique as I become a color analyst when he was quite young. When he and his sister Clare were little, I tried dressing them in bright colors with strong patterns as was the style then.....but even before learning about personal color harmony, I started to sense that the clothes overwhelmed them and began dressing them in softer colors and solids. I was even shocked the other day to discover when I pulled out his school photos that every single photo (even before I learned of his color palette) was taken in a Soft Autumn color. You can see how his life has evolved wearing the soft, earthy colors that suit his ruddy hair, freckles and soft blue/green eyes.
Over the years, he has mostly been very eager to wear what suits him and looked to me to help him distinguish soft autumn colors from the two seasons nearby - warm autumn and soft summer. We enjoy shopping together, especially now that he lives in Manhattan and the shopping is abundant. It can be a challenge to find his colors in sizes and style that fit but when its perfect, it feels great and he knows it. Read on to learn more about what it’s like to be a guy whose mom is a color consultant!
August 01, 2023 7 min read
I am so excited to introduce you the “entertainingly irreverent” (Associated Press) Soft Summer, Valerie Peterson. Valerie is an extraordinary storyteller in a variety of media including scriptwriting, screenplays, fiction, non-fiction and book publishing/consulting. I analyzed her colors years ago in Rhode Island at a girls weekend hosted by a mutual friend (color analysis and girls weekends make a great combo!). In the years since, Valerie has embraced her Soft Summer colors in spite of living and working in New York City where black is a standard and practical.
It was a thrill when her publisher chose a photo of my family for her wonderfully spirited book, Peterson’s Happy Hour. On page 46, you can find me with my family - brothers, Mike and Tim and my parents Marcia and J. Michael Jones circa 1970. The book features many more photographic gems and recipes for a fabulous social gathering!
In this month’s colorful lives blog, Valerie shares her journey with her color palette. As with all her writing projects, she is humorous, colorful and entertaining! She has kept in great condition and still uses the Sci Art swatch book that I provided back in those days!! Be sure to check out her large body of work on valeriepeterson.net and read more in the blog:
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