Homeowners Ray and Angela McCusker's Fort Salonga home didn't flow. In fact, it was sort of closed off and encouraged family members to go their own way, said Angela, 47, a software engineer. And in the living room, some of the furniture faced away from the door -- definitely not good feng shui. "We're feeling the chi now," says Ray, 52, who works in Hauppauge in the pharmaceutical industry. Christine A. Bushell introduced them to the concepts of feng shui. Bushell, of SynerCh'I: Feng Shui Solutions of Huntington Village, teaches the diploma course in Universal Feng Shui at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset. She and associate Lois Howe of Hotpots in Nissequogue combined feng shui principles and design techniques to give the family a room that flows and brings everyone to the table.TOTAL: About $20,000 (Includes $2,250 design fee from SynerCh'I: Feng Shui Solutions, which contracted Howe's styling services.) -- SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN
BEFORE, LIVING ROOM. “We had two seating areas'' in the living room, said homeowner Angela McCusker, "but the room felt cramped, and we didn’t have a good traffic flow."
BEFORE, DINING ROOM. The family's formal dining room was little-used, and it had become a traffic stop for purses, briefcases and books when they or their three children walked in the door.
"DINING" ROOM, AFTER. When the designer found out the dining room wasn't used much, she suggested moving the table out and turning the room into an adult wine and sitting room. "We’d never thought of it, but we loved it,” Angela McCusker said. (July 2010)
AFTER, LIVING ROOM AND DINING AREA.
AREA RUG, $1,078. Bushell likes to shop locally whenever possible. “It is more eco-friendly,” she says. Price includes rug ($899) and rub pad ($179), from Crate & Barrel, Manhasset.
SIDE TABLE, $299. From Crate & Barrel.
LEATHER CHAIR and OTTOMAN, $1,798. Swivel chair ($1,199) and matching ottoman ($599) are from Crate & Barrel.
PAINT, $500. The price includes two gallons of Stone House low-VOC Aura paint by Benjamin Moore. P&G Painting Services of Huntington did the painting in the wine room.
BRUSHED NICKEL AND WOOD FLOOR LAMP, $349. From Pottery Barn, Walt Whitman Mall, Melville.
BIRD SCULPTURE/WALL ART, $449. Metal is one of the five elements of feng shui. The others are wood, water, fire and earth. Bushell says that feng shui principles also are good design principles. This metal sculpture is an example of combining the two. From Pottery Barn.
CUSTOM VELVET SOFAS, $5,398 (for two). From Pottery Barn.
ACCENT PILLOWS, $325 (for 12). Fabric from Duralee Fabrics of Syosset, fabrication by Kathy Ricchetti of Kings Park, a designer-only source.
COFFEE TABLE, $699. From Crate & Barrel.
TABLE LAMP, $39. From HomeGoods.
SIDE TABLE, $79. From HomeGoods.
WRAPPED-WOOD MIRROR OVER FIREPLACE, $150. From Pottery Barn.
WINDOW TREATMENTS $160 (for two). From Pottery Barn.
MEDIA and GAMING CONSOLE, $1,499. From Pottery Barn. (July 2010)
SMART-TECHNOLOGY CONSOLE, $999. This allows the family to store their many electronics out of the way while they’re charging. From Pottery Barn. (July 2010)
ARMCHAIRS, $1,400 (for two). From West Elm in Manhattan. Bushell suggested moving the dining table closer to the fireplace and adding chairs near the fireplace.The dining room is now an adult wine and sitting room. (July 2010)
TABLE and SIX CHAIRS, $2,500. The chairs were $250 each. From Pottery Barn. Table setting was done by Lois Howe of Hotpots in Nissequogue as part of the design fee. (July 2010)