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ABOUT MY WORK

I'm a design consultant. I assess buildings and interiors that aren’t working.

I make design recommendations and fixes based on my interior design expertise and Classical Feng Shui calculations.

 

Did you know that there are three kinds of energetic patterns or Qi / Ch'i? Cosmic Qi is that great primal Source that creates Everything and that keeps our planet spinning around the sun. Human Qi is that spark of life in us that gives us energy to create, do and be. Earth Qi is that creative force that gives an infinite number of beings life, all while growing our vegetables. Feng Shui works with Earth Qi.  

I use this ancient knowledge to help us with our human needs and to help our buildings be successful. Cosmic Qi patterns are the magnetic direction and the time when the building was 'born'. From this information I make my calculations. I offer simultaneous analyses of architectural and interior design forms with the energetic patterns present in and around buildings. I work both virtually and in-person.

I consult and advise in three main ways; #designerfengshui services, #classicalfengshui services and #predesigner services

 
 

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creative phase of transformation - WATER FEEDS WOOD

 
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CONSULTANCY Services

RETHINK YOUR RELATIONSHIP with WHERE YOU LIVE, WORK AND SLEEP

 
 
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#designerfengshui

photo & drawing based advice

transformation of spaces

Correcting interiors so they look, feel and function better. I make wellbeing and prosperity focused aesthetic recommendations.  A "Do This, Not That" type of design-led Feng Shui advisory service for environments that work with you, not against you. I draw digitally on top of photos and drawings that you send me, making placement and choice of furnishings discernments and addressing colour and lighting issues too.

 
 
 

#classicalfengshui

compass & time based services

ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE FOR TODAY'S BUILDINGS

Is your home, office or hotel a 'WSWS' building?  This means it is 'Good For People AND Good For Money'. There are 3 other types; 'DOUBLE SITTING' which is 'Good For People AND Bad For Money'. A 'DOUBLE FACING' which is 'Bad For People AND Good For Money' and lastly a 'REVERSE' which is 'Bad For People AND Bad For Money'. Maximise your success and health. Get a complete Classical Feng Shui personal report detailing your calculations and recommendations.

 
 
 

#predesigner

before you invest, get advice

PRE-DESIGN EVALUATION of proposed projects

Before buying a home, renting a commercial space, building new or refurbishing a property talk to me. I have 20+ design and construction industry experience. Get an early analysis of your project to maximise design and Feng Shui opportunities and eliminate negatives. The pre-design stage is the best time to fully understand your project's highest potential. I work with clients, their design teams and contractors to come up with the very best solutions for the most successful final buildings.


 
 
 

A DEFINING STORY

HOW I SAVED MILLIONS with one clear design decision

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In 2008, in a site office in Abu Dhabi’s Al Raha district, I was sitting in a high level meeting with the CEO, COO and main stakeholders of Aldar Properties. Our architects were pitching us an idea they had for a plot of land next to one of our flagship properties, the iconic‘HQ’ building they had designed.

I had just been hired by the CEO to be, as he put it, his ‘design eyes and ears’. He wanted security. He wanted design expertise that he knew he lacked. He knew I was a great interior designer and knew that if I had been trusted by the UAE Royal families then he could trust me too. 

He asked me to sit next to him in meetings like this, when major design decisions hinged on his approval to proceed. In this meeting our architects were proposing to build a smaller version of their disc shaped ‘HQ’ building. This important project was on site, several months into programme but about a year before even ‘topping out’. No-one could say what it would actually look and feel like in the actual built reality and human experience of it. There was much discussion and many opinions thrown about. My CEO was stern. He quietened everybody and turned to me, “Áine, what do you think? What is the best design decision here?”

It was incredibly easy for me. I said; “To build a replica, even a smaller one, will devalue the first. It would be like building a one-third smaller Eiffel tower next to the original. This is an iconic building, with an architecturally unique form. It needs to be be viewed and appreciated for its specialness. Because was not part of the masterplan it will read as an afterthought and irreparably damage the status of the concept of the current building. If you build this replica right next to the HQ building it will be a mistake.”

This was the last word on the subject. My CEO and COO were in agreement. This proposal was rejected right then and there. Enormous amounts of money and time was saved. Later, as the worldwide financial crisis began to be felt in the UAE this decision further proved to be a wise one. Also, as we progressed on site, issues with insufficiency of services and parking for the main building emerged. The plot of land next to HQ was now invaluable. Its proximity meant we could fully support our tenants, occupants and make our building a commercial success.

 
 
 

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creative phase of transformation - WOOD FEEDS FIRE

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CREDENTIALS

My background - I'm an interior architect who is passionate about creating beauty and harmony together. My focus is always on INTENTION. The intention behind everything, whether that is within built spaces or in a client's desire for holistic living.My career includes designing palaces for Royal clients in the Middle East. I've also designed corporate interiors in Canary Wharf and The City Of London. I've held positions on the other side of the design table too; working as a client in real estate development in Abu Dhabi as head of Interior Design at Aldar PJSC.

 
 
 
 
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In 2011 I chose to train with Martha Beck in her life coach training programme. I did this to be of even better service to my design clients when working one to one and confidentially. Her training was invaluable and I fold it into much of my work especially with my residential clients who want to move past limiting beliefs and deal with their clutter. I work with metaphor tools such as 'The Ideal Day' exercise and her 'Living Space' tool amongst others. Her methodology is elegant and very effective.

 

Having not painted for many years, a resurgence in my creativity occurred in 2014 when I completed a year of living magically every day. I created #365magical which meant taking a photograph and digitally manipulating it in a creative way that spoke to the essence of magical feeling I experienced that day. I started to draw again in 2015 and paint in 2016 and ever since. I'm a member of the Visual Artists of Ireland too. 

 

 
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Additional training and personal development aligned with my work:

The Chopra Centre, 'Manifesting with the Masters', Seduction of Spirit 7 day retreat, Whistler, Canada.

Dr Jean Houston's Mystery School, 'Living Your Supreme Destiny', 9 month mentoring programme.

One on one shamanic mentoring with Cáit Branigan and House & Land Clearing techniques (Bean Feasa in the Celtic Shamanic Tradition)

Denise Linn's 'Elemental Space Clearing' certification online course.

 
 
 

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rates & fees

smart investments for how you choose to live

 
 
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#designerfengshui

photo & drawing based advice

 

designer Feng Shui consultancy services

(can be carried out both virtually (remotely) and in person)

 

designer feng shui, VIRTUAL visit

how it works : you send me your photos & floor plans

Benefits : fast turnaround on your feng shui & interior design, a clear audit of your home, office, room or any space so you know what to do to feel better

#designerfengshui #roomsreview #virtualvisit

Get immediate clarity on what to do to make where you live, work and sleep even better.

How it works; Send photos of your rooms, offices, exteriors etc and I return them fully marked up with Feng Shui 'dos and don'ts' and design recommendations. I draw and write on top of your images. This makes it really easy for you to see clearly what to do to quickly transform your space for the better.

I often find that I can recommend enhancements and ways to uplift your environment without you having to buy anything new. You can also send me photos or pdfs of your floor plans. Do send video too if you want to further explain your needs and concerns.

3 photos €60 (buy any multiples of 3)

 
 
 

designer feng shui, IN PERSON visit

how it works : I take the photos, listen to your needs, read the space

benefits : instant review of your environment, vibration and light assessment is immediate and more accurate, You get a clear audit of your home, office, room or any space so you know what to do to feel better

#designerfengshui #roomsreview #inpersonvisit

All the results of the virtual visit but in person I take the photos so you don't have to.

How it works; I sketch and written top of the photos then and there and airdrop your room review images to your device. Or email, whatever is easier for you. I get through as many photos as I can in the two hour visit. They are fully marked up with Feng Shui 'dos and don'ts' and design recommendations. 

This makes it really easy for you to see clearly what to do to quickly transform your space for the better. An in person visit means that you also have the benefit of having me read the energetic vibe of the space. Also we can go into a lot more conversational detail meeting face to face.

The 2 hour home visit fee is €180 plus travel if needed (contact me to discuss)

 
 

 
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#classicalfengshui

compass & time based services

 

Classical Feng Shui Full Consultations & Reports

(can be carried out both virtually (remotely) and in person)

 

classical feng shui, VIRTUAL visit

how it works; you send me your photos, time of construction & floor plans

benefits : you can be anywhere in the world and receive the same FULL REPORT (approx 50 pages), you get in depth, personal classical feng shui and interior design advice together

#designerfengshui #classicalfengshui #virtualvisit

This is a complete package looking at your internal and external environment. It involves a detailed questionnaire and intention / goal setting to begin with. The full report covers compass readings with magnetic declination adjustment, Land Form Feng Shui, the Combination Flying Stars Natal Chart with a full checklist of Hua Jie (cures) for each of the nine guas, your trigrams and individual recommendations for the best directions to sleep and colours to wear, sketched on and marked up photos, personal feng shui advice and information and any special requirements for your home or business. Email and messaging support. Individual attention. The report is very involved and detailed. Implementing it is a deeply rewarding experience and has a 'do it once and do it right' feeling for my clients.

Floor plans are usually found with the deeds for a building or can often be found online if you google your address. The better they are, the more accurate I can be. Architectural plans are brilliant, I love to receive those in .pdf, .dxf, .dwg. Send me also any proposed architectural plans as well as existing. Scans of hardcopy 'blueprints' in .jpeg, .tiff, .pdf are formats I can use. At a push I can work with a free hand sketch too but this is not ideal. You can survey your home or space and send me the dimensioned sketch (in metric ideally, so I don't have to convert) and I can draw the floor plans but I do need to charge extra for this service. Email me detailing your project and I can quote for this additional work.

1 floor plan €645

2 floor plans €790

 

classical feng shui, IN PERSON visit

how it works; i take the photos, listen to your needs and read the space

Benefits : a 2 hour personal visit, in person questionnaire, immediate suggestions. review of plans. Emailed FULL REPORT (approx 50 pages), You get in depth, personal classical feng shui and interior design advice together

#designerfengshui #classicalfengshui #virtualvisit

This is a complete package looking at your internal and external environment. It involves a detailed questionnaire and intention / goal setting to begin with. The full report covers compass readings with magnetic declination adjustment Form Feng Shui, the Combination Flying Stars Natal Chart with a full checklist of Hua Jie (cures) for each of the nine guas, your trigrams and individual recommendations for the best directions to sleep and colours to wear, sketched on and marked up photos, personal feng shui advice and information and any special requirements for your home or business. Email and messaging support. Individual attention. The report is very involved and detailed. Implementing it is a deeply rewarding experience and has a 'do it once and do it right' feeling for my clients.

Please have your home or buildings plans printed for our meeting. Floor plans are usually found with the deeds for a building or can often be found online if you google your address. The better they are, the more accurate I can be. Architectural plans are ideal. If you don't have plans then I can draw them but this inevitably takes extra time. In our home visit it will take perhaps an hour more to survey and draw depending on the complexity and more time for me at home to get the file into a workable and readable graphic. I will need to charge an additional fee for drawing your floor plans. Email me to discuss and I'll be able to quote that separately. International travel is possible, email me to discuss.

1 floor plan €845

2 floor plans €990

 
 

 
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#predesigner

before you invest, get advice

 

Pre Design Consultancy Services

(can be carried out both virtually (remotely) and in person)

Contact me for a specific fee proposal for design and feng shui consultancy work on your new build or proposed project.

 

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creative phase of transformation - EARTH FEEDS METAL

 
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PRAISE

CLIENTS, CONTRACTORS AND COLLABORATORS

 
 
 
 
 
I am a fan, I simply love both designs, BRAVO Áine!
We will produce these pieces!!!!! Thank you for your work, I am impressed!
— Michael Wagner, Président/CEO Charles Paris, Interior Jewelry Since 1908
 

 
Hello darling Áine! I can feel your spirit inspiring me through the Everywhen and I love it! You are one of earth’s most glorious Wayfinders; I’m so blessed you found your way to our Tribe. xoxo
— Martha Beck, New York Times bestselling author and columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine
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[after reviewing an interior design project] I took a notebook to write down everything I didn’t like. Look, it’s empty! I liked everything!
— HH Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Daughter of the Ruler of Dubai

..but Áine you don’t realise, no one else saw that; not the architect or realtor. Wow, with your layout, I don’t even want to sell!
— private interior design client, Boston, USA

...LOVE your artwork, you’ve got an incredible ability for creative design which I love and respect.
— Denis G.

Your work, no, your creations are so truly exquisite I can hardly breathe!
— Tara R.

I had a Classical Feng Shui Flying Stars consultation. I absolutely loved the experience. I have rearranged my home as per the Full Report and Áine gave such valuable advice. I’m thrilled with how our home looks. It feels more spacious. Also I achieved what I wanted; to have a vibe that was much fresher, cleaner and less cluttered! I absolutely love my Family & Community gua. It brings me joy every time I see it.
— Audrey B - professional and busy mum of two

Áine, you have a gift for pleasure, surprise, delight. 
— Anne D.

Áine Atara-MacDermott is so talented. An interior architect and pre-design strategist, she has a special relationship to and with space, be it in a room, online, on a page, or drawing… If you need pre-design advice, you only need to refer to her impressive and extensive client list to know you’re in good hands. Or you can just take my word for it too. Like me, she sees that art is indeed, everything. And you don’t need to be in Ireland to access her skills!
— Lynn F.
 
 

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CONTACT

 

Drop me a line about your home, office, or hotel project. I'll email my reply by return.