At Home With Celebrity Style Guru Carole Shashona

The feng shui expert has helped stars like Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Eva Longoria find harmony at home. Now, she gives us a look inside her welcoming waterfront residence in California.
Carole Shashona’s Home in California

Carole Shashona’s Home in California

Photo by: Carole Shashona

Carole Shashona

By: Susan Hornik
Similar Topics:

Want to create a life of happiness, health and harmony? You can start by making your home a sanctuary. Just ask New York style guru and wellness designer, Carole Shashona, whose goal is to help clients create a sensory environment that is conducive to positive energy. Carole has worked with numerous celebrities, including Julie Chen, Susan Sarandon, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Patrick Dempsey, Eva Longoria and Julie Christie. Read on to hear more about her gorgeous home, which features an original portrait from Andy Warhol.

Tour Carole Shashona's California Home

At Home With Carole Shashona

Photo By: Carole Shashona

Entryway

Photo By: Carole Shashona

Living Room

Photo By: Carole Shashona

Ocean View

Photo By: Carole Shashona

Dining Room

Photo By: Carole Shashona

Original Andy Warhol Portrait

Photo By: Carole Shashona

Bedroom

Photo By: Carole Shashona

Bedroom Accessories

Photo By: Carole Shashona

Tell me more about your “Open Door” philosophy.

In Asian philosophy, the door is the gateway – often symbolized in red, a transition from outer world to inner sanctuary. Each door within your home symbolizes an area in your life opening to new opportunities, for example:

  • The kitchen door: nurturing
  • The bedroom door: passion and love
  • The living room door: entertainment and friends
  • The den/study door: enrichment, knowledge, hobbies
  • The bathroom door: replenish, relax, restore, beautify
  • The office door: work/creating
  • The department store door: fantasy

Each area within your home has a defined purpose. I see doors as opportunities welcoming you to enrich your life with peace and harmony. When I work with my clients in what I call “Feng Shui for Modern Living,” I’ve taken the traditional approach and streamlined it into an easy, accessible method. I call this a “Life Over.” I feel that traditional Feng Shui is very complicated, and many clients seek a blend of the traditional with a modern twist. At times in my work with clients I’ve exclaimed, “It’s not about the couch! The couch does not go out the door. You do!”  The “Power of Wellness” is my shortcut for today’s multi-tasking, chaotic world.

I believe when you open a door you’re setting your compass to new directions. To cultivate inner contentment, the duality of yin and yang is not about making a choice – i.e. work or passion – but about having both and receiving abundance in your life. 

How do you figure out what needs to happen in a home?

I often examine the area of a home that needs to be energized to align with my client’s life purpose. Not only am I creating an inner balance within the space, I’m helping by using color, scent and texture to style the person.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with many clients – from Realtors to doctors and lawyers. In the arts, I was privileged to work with Ken Noland in his Studio for Creativity in Vermont, Andy Warhol in his studio and factory, and Hans Erni in his studio in Switzerland. I was fortunate to share my insights with past icons such as Aileen Mehle of Architectural Digest and Helen Gurley Brown of Cosmopolitan – people who have nurtured me and enriched my life as well. I also worked with Louise Hay, who helped to establish the Center For Living. Each personality shares a common thread: having passion and seeking contentment and harmonious living.

Living Room: Carole Shashona’s Home in California

Living Room: Carole Shashona’s Home in California

Photo by: Carole Shashona

Carole Shashona

Your home is beautiful. What drew you to it?

My home represents comfort; each room fulfills a purpose. For example, love and passion: my bedroom. Friendship and relaxation: the living room. And the nurturing center is my kitchen. The views are amazing. Always changing and enchanting, like life and nature.

What’s your favorite room in the house?

My favorite room is my kitchen. It’s a wonderful area to be creative, nurturing, and to play in.

What are some of your favorite features in the room?

A wonderful window, an original Picasso plate and a bookcase. The window inspires me; the bookcase stimulates me; and the Picasso plate brings out the child in me.

How does this room make you feel at home?

The kitchen nurtures me, my family and friends. It’s a gathering place where it’s fun to hang out and where Tai Chi, my dog, hangs out with me!

What are some of your must-have essentials in your home?

Candles, flowers, color – anything that stimulates my senses.

What are your favorite colors, fabrics and shapes?

I love monochromatic color and I am a texture person. I love when silk combines with linen, rough stone and glass. I love mohair and lacquer. My favorite colors for relaxing are soft blues, greens and lavenders. Stimulating colors that I love are lacquer red, orange and shocking pink. To nurture me, I have the sand and earth tones. The shapes I love are circular; they represent harmony.

Where do you like to shop for home products?

I love antique stores and second hand shops, as well as small boutiques. I love to browse and mix periods – I find this juxtaposition interesting for interior design. I always love to put in something different as well as layering each room with lighting and texture.

You also sell candles and door guards for the home. What’s their inspiration?

My clients are my inspirations. Their challenges become my inspiration for creating products that will guide and enhance their processes. For example, my Purify spray removes the ancient sage stick. It’s a modern tool that one can carry to energize on the go, to create a calming moment. The Purify candle is perfect for home and office use, to help with meditations and mantras.

The Empower mist is also on the go usage for an instant uplift and recharge. The Empower candle is wonderful for meditation but will also help provide stimulation, creativity and passion in the bedroom.

The Door Guardians inspiration came from the Osaka Castle nightingale floors in Osaka, Japan. Each Door Guardian hanging outside the door whispers protection and privacy. My Black Diamond Evoke Beauty helps them keep focused with clear intention. As a result, I developed a system for mantras and meditations for on the go inner beauty, as well as for looking and feeling both stylish and beautiful. The black diamonds bring to each wearer both protection and wisdom.

Carole Shashona's candles, sprays and jewelry are exclusively available at Barneys New York selected stores and Barneys New York online, while her door guardians are available in selected Barneys stores only. Visit Barneys.com and CaroleShashona.com to learn more.

Next Up

The Glam '70s Style of 'American Hustle'

Production designer Judy Becker talks about creating two of the film’s most notable – and wildly different – sets: the sleek and sophisticated apartment of Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), and the over-the-top ranch house of Rosalyn Rosenfeld (Jennifer Lawrence).

At Home With Beth Grant

The actress gives us a look inside her charming California cottage.

At Home With Duane and Devi Brown

The couple – he an NFL star and she a radio/television personality – gave us a tour of their newly renovated Texas home, which reflects their careers, travels and love.

At Home With Steve and Rachelle Wilkos

He hosts The Steve Wilkos Show , while she executive produces both his show and The Jerry Springer Show . Find out where the busy TV power couple spends their downtime.

At Home With Eric Mabius

The actor gives us a glimpse into his life off the set.

At Home With Reggie Lee

Get a glimpse at the Grimm actor's life at home.

At Home With Jason and Kimberly Clark

The Ted producer and his wife designed their beautiful Spanish-style home from top to bottom on a budget. Take a look inside.

At Home With Orlando Jones

The Sleepy Hollow star tells us about his favorite rooms in his beautiful North Carolina home.

At Home With Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

The actor, whose credits include The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and HBO’s True Detective , tells us about his favorite spots in his Icelandic apartment and scenic summer home.

At Home With Robby Krieger of The Doors

The legendary guitarist takes us inside his California home, which features a music studio, a cool backyard treehouse and – of course – plenty of Doors memorabilia.
More from:

Celeb Style

On TV

Saving America

6:30am | 5:30c

Minnesota Salvage

7:30am | 6:30c

Flip or Flop

12pm | 11c

Flip or Flop

12:30pm | 11:30c

Flip or Flop

1pm | 12c

Flip or Flop

1:30pm | 12:30c

Flip or Flop

2:30pm | 1:30c

Flip or Flop

3:30pm | 2:30c

Flip or Flop

4:30pm | 3:30c

Flip or Flop

5:30pm | 4:30c

Flip or Flop

6:30pm | 5:30c

Flip or Flop

7:30pm | 6:30c
Tonight
Tonight

Flip or Flop

8pm | 7c

Flip or Flop

8:30pm | 7:30c

Flip or Flop

9:30pm | 8:30c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

Flip or Flop

11:30pm | 10:30c

Flip or Flop

12am | 11c

Flip or Flop

12:30am | 11:30c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

Flip or Flop

2:30am | 1:30c

Flip or Flop

3:30am | 2:30c

Stories We're Following

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.