Continuing the occasional series on home as a sanctuary, I have the honor of profiling Dana Claudat of the Tao of Dana website. Dana and I have interacted online over the last few years and when I moved into my new space last year Dana graciously helped me solve a few design dilemmas that puzzled me. I hope you enjoy Dana’s insights on what inner bliss and outer radiance means to her.
1) What inspired you to follow your calling with Feng Shui and your website The Tao of Dana?
It was totally happenstance. I needed help for myself… And I’m learning about Feng Shui and a form of it that was Science based rather than superstitious opened the door to all kinds of innovation over the last 8 years. I saw immediately what I could do with it… I just knew it would take time to create a genre. It’s been incredible to watch it unfold.
The horizon is full of lots more of the synergistic courses that have been blowing my mind like the Catalyst Camp life de-clutter. When a large group of people link together with a common purpose, incredible things can happen.
2) How do you re-connect to that original calling on a daily basis?
I only do things that I really love. And if I’m not feeling it, I take time away to immerse more in my Buddhist practice, to see art, friends… And then approach things fresh.
3) Where do you look for new inspiration?
I walk around a lot on side streets in Hollywood. The grocery store, old friends and, recently, Instagram are all interesting in different ways. I get great ideas from my dog.. And kids in the neighborhood.
4) How can your home and feng shui positively impact a woman’s inner bliss and outer radiance?
If you change the outside you help yourself change the inside. It’s a fresh way to look at making changes.
Your insides are reflected on the outside. Stuff is just an outer manifestation of what’s going on in your head. Homes tell a story. I’ve been saying that for years and I’ve noticed people lifting lots of my language lately… Sadly without crediting me. But I guess the real power in the popularity is that the notion is catching on!
Conversely, if you change the outside you help yourself change the inside. It’s a fresh way to look at making changes.
5) What does the phrase ‘inner bliss and outer radiance’ mean to you?
To me, it’s all the same. It’s finding a place where everything is flowing. It’s being in a practice of polishing life and elevating your energy more and more.. When you have one for real – inner or outer – the other is destined to follow!
Dana Claudat is the inspiration behind the Tao of Dana and is based in Los Angeles, CA. She studied Art History at Stanford University and became a Pyramid School Feng Shui consultant. She designs homes, lifestyles, and curates art collections. Dana’s website is full of inspiration and color. Visit to find out more and read Dana’s work.