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ABOUT DESIGNING FOR WELLNESS

I'm a design consultant specialising in helping people get their built environment right for them. I assess how and where buildings and interiors aren’t working. For my clients, I look at a diverse range of properties; homes, offices, shops, health centres, Airbnbs and even outdoor living spaces.

I make key recommendations and provide in-depth, practical design help in the form of sketches, floor plans, aesthetic choices and Feng Shui reports.

Individuals and firms come to me seeking to align their environment with their needs and goals. For example, their goal to balance health with a demanding working life; their need to incorporate brand values into an interior upgrade; the desire to have their home support a new wellness lifestyle.

My expertise is based on a 20+ year career in the construction industry as an interior architect. Also, I am a classically trained Feng Shui practitioner and certified life coach.

 I work both virtually and in-person.

I consult and advise in three main ways; 

  1. pre-design PLANNING - expert design, INTERIORS and feng shui guidance before you build, renovate or purchase a property.

  2. PHOTO BASED design + feng shui reviews - fAST EXPERT INFORMATION AND ADVICE. PERFECT FOR SINGLE ROOMS OR BEFORE BIG PURCHASES LIKE KITCHENS AND SOFAS.

  3. classical feng shui reports - In Depth analysis; is your property benefiTING YOUR HEALTH AND FINANCES? or is it bad for money and bad for people?

 
 

 

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CONSULTANCY Services

RETHINK YOUR RELATIONSHIP with WHERE YOU LIVE, WORK AND SLEEP

 

pre-design PLANNING

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. The earlier the better!

I work with clients, their design teams and contractors to come up with the very best solutions for the most successful final buildings. I have 20+ years of design and construction industry experience.

Get an early analysis of your project to maximise design and Feng Shui opportunities and eliminate negatives.

pre-design PLANNING is the smart CHOICE FINANCIALLY. EXPLORE ALL YOUR OPTIONS, WHILE STILL ON PAPER!

 
 
 

quick advice

‘photo to sketch’ based interiors advice

Quick interior design + feng shui consult

I draw digitally on top of photos and floor plans that you send me, correcting interiors so they look, feel and function better for you. I’m unique in that I can offer you interior design and Feng Shui advice together. The energy of a space is more than the sum of its parts and I can tell a lot just by looking at your photos. Typically I will make recommendations on maximising what you have already; the placement of furnishings and addressing colour, art and lighting issues too. The intention is to make wellbeing and prosperity a primary focus while simultaneously making the best aesthetic recommendations.  Its a ‘do this, not that’ type of design-led Feng Shui advisory service. I want to make sure your environment is working with you, not against you.

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

deliverable : ‘photo to sketch’ based advice, voice notes if complex

Benefits : expert advice fast, what to do & change to protect your investment, enhance your property and make you & your space feel and look better

€150 (max four photos)

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classical feng shui

rebalancing your environment using ancient wisdom

classical feng shui consultations

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.

ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE FOR improving your health and wealth

 
 

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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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COACHING

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 is invaluable and I fold it into much of my work, especially with clients who want to create inner change as well as outer. They want coaching around things like; dissolving limiting beliefs, envisioning a new dream, setting goals, de-cluttering etc. I work with them using metaphor tools such as 'The Ideal Day' exercise and the 'Living Space' tool amongst others. Martha Beck’s methodology is elegant and very effective. My core work is outer design and energy, and as an interior architect and Feng Shui expert I can help greatly here but adding in the inner work too is profoundly effective for those who seek this also. I can help you live in a high vibrational way (which means living according to your Highest Self) in a home filled with beauty and meaning. I can support you in the process to sleeping better, eating beneficially, living well and loving more. See my listing here

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ALIGNMENT

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 and Mystery School with Cáit Branigan and House & Land Clearing techniques (Celtic Shamanic Tradition)

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

 
 

 
 

ART

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For my own wellness lifestyle I practice creativity. So I paint, sketch, make and take photos. I do something creative most days. I also practice yoga and get outside into the Irish countryside and down to the beach as often as I can. I share my art on instagram and I also sell my artwork as people started asking me to do so! Read more and browse my online shop.

 
 

 
 

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A DEFINING STORY

HOW I SAVED MILLIONS with one clear design decision

Photo I took from the 22 floor - looking at Al Raha and Yas island, Sept 2008

 
photo by Denis Guichard Aug 2008

photo by Denis Guichard Aug 2008

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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PRAISE

CLIENTS, CONTRACTORS AND COLLABORATORS

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
[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
 
 

We are so very glad that we contacted Áine ahead of our new creative shop opening in 2018. We are two creative businesses, Healing Creations Mandala Art and ANU Skincare, who share a space in the beautiful setting of the old courtyard in Marlay Park, Rathfarnham. The building is old, dating back to the 17th century and holds a lot of history and energy too. We felt that a Feng Shui consultancy would be beneficial to the space. From the very beginning we felt extremely comfortable and connected with Áine; it was as though we had known her for a long time and working with her felt very right. Áine has an exceptional knowledge of classical Feng Shui and her soulful and aesthetic delivery of advice has been simply wonderful.

We have been implementing Áine’s suggestions for each Gua of the shop, rectifying the energy where Áine advised it needs remedying. Writing our intentions for our business and our creative lives has been so uplifting. Knowing where to place our money and where not to has also been fantastic. We can almost feel the energy shift as we proceed in implementing each remedy. INDEED, ONLY FIVE MINUTES AFTER WRITING AND PLACING OUR AFFIRMATIONS FOR THE FINANCIAL ASPECT OF THE SHOP, IN WALKED A LADY TO WHOM WE MADE OUR BIGGEST SALE YET! When people enter the space, they exhale. It’s as though the space calms and centres them. You can literally see and feel them relax. The most common phrase we hear is ‘this place is magical!’

We feel that Áine’s Feng Shui suggestions have absolutely improved the energy of our shop and of our businesses. We are watching our intentions come to fruition! We would highly recommend Áine and her beautiful and soulful work.
— Patricia Fitzgerald, Healing Creations Mandala Art @ 300 Acres
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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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..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

Áine was highly recommended to me by a renowned Feng Shui Master Teacher. Being able to work with Áine has been a true gift and blessing. She gave me the guidance necessary to completely transform my vacation rental house with her professional Feng Shui consulting services. Also, we have purchased some of her very beautiful and inspiring artwork which has been a perfect addition to all her extremely helpful and effective Feng Shui guidance. As a result of working with Áine, my vacation rental property has already received its first few bookings in a surprisingly fast amount of time right out of the gate and our first guest has already reported to us how much they absolutely loved and adored the space. Áine is the real deal, she’s a true master Feng Shui consultant and she is also extremely intuitive about the best way to transform and optimise the positive energy of spaces. I can’t recommend Áine highly enough for professional Feng Shui consulting and I hope to be blessed again with the opportunity to work with her on future projects.
— Sean M. Murray, owner 'The Poppy Seed' Austin, Texas, USA www.thepoppyseedaustin.com
 
I moved into a new office to work with high energies and the space didn’t seem grounded to me. I knew something was off but didn’t know what. I sent photos of my space to Áine and she could tell immediately where the energy was flowing and what was blocking it. I made some small changes right away and the room settled almost immediately. What a relief! I found Áine very easy to talk to, she understood the issue and came up with a solution straight away. I even bought one of her paintings too! Her photograph service is really effective, I’m delighted I tried it.
— Abby Wynne, Author and therapist, Dublin www.abby-wynne.com
 
I recently asked Áine to look at two construction projects for me and to give her advice, views and suggestions.
One project is a proposed large Industrial development and my brief for Áine was to try, as much as possible, to get the large buildings to blend in and not just be huge grey clad boxes and blots on the landscape and skyline.

Her attention to detail during her site visit was impressive, even down to taking photos of the colour of the small stones on the site, in addition to the hills and mountains in the far background. Áine put in a lot of work into obtaining a full selection of sample finishes from manufacturers and with these she came back, within a short period of time, with some really inspiring and beautiful suggestions.
The colours selected and the blend of different shades makes one wonder why we cannot have more buildings designed like this. Hopefully the planners will appreciate the effort and thought Áine put into this when the planning application is submitted.

The second project was to try and ‘liven’ up an office which we had recently rented. Within two minutes of entering the building she had transformed the amount of light and made sensible suggestions with regards to changing the colour scheme. Áine is a qualified Feng Shui professional, which was a first for me, and listening to her advice and thoughts was a brilliant learning experience.

I have no hesitation, whatsoever, in recommending Áine to be involved with any projects you may have planned and indeed I would suggest that you should not proceed without at least a consultation.
— Bill Jones, Rockall Group

You are the most perfect of all people to assist me. YOU also contain such love light and authenticity and you have an amazing depth of soul and insight. I trust you implicitly
— Regina D, Dublin
Áine, you have a gift for pleasure, surprise, delight. 
— Anne D. - Massachusetts

...LOVE your artwork too, 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’m very open about it everything so really happy to admit we need help! I completely trust you, so we one hundred percent feel confident in the advice you’ll give!
— Deborah C. - Dublin
Áine’s (art)work is incredible, we are better for it...we feel it under our skin...it touches our souls. It awakens parts of us that have been asleep while we press on with less soulful ways of living...
— Lara Corr PhD. Melbourne, Australia

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. - Points North Creative, Canada
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 - Dublin
 
 
 

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CONTACT

 

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