Pilar Reyes, president of Santamaria Designs, has always approached her visionary concepts from the perspective of spirituality above all else. She believes that each client’s ultimate happiness while enjoying their beautiful spaces comes from the perfect balance of positive energy—so that each room she decorates brings joy to the eye and to the heart.

Formally trained in both the philosophy and practice of feng shui, Pilar has been infusing her designs with these principles for over 30 years. Recently, she has seen the world coming to embrace these ancient tenets and their contemporary design applications—and now she is pleased to be featuring dedicated feng shui services. Pilar has partnered with Michelle Luongo for these specialized services. Thanks to their joint perspective, Santamaria Designs is a singular choice for feng shui interior décor in South Florida

Michelle Luongo, CFSP, IFSG, IDCEC

Michelle is an internationally recognized expert and educator in the discipline of Feng Shui. She is a Certified Feng Shui Master and the founder and principal of Balanced Living, Inc., as well as the founder of the East Coast Institute of Feng Shui. Michelle’s education encompasses the broad, diverse field of Feng Shui, having studied with leading masters from the US, the UK and Asia. Michelle’s creative and highly intuitive approach to the practice has made her a truly authentic representative in the mind, heart and spirit of the Feng Shui philosophy. As a leader in the Feng Shui Interior Design community, Michelle is a continuing education provider for the State Board Architecture and Interior Design.


Feng Shui is an ancient practice, science and philosophy based on the study of the flow of energy in our environment and how it affects human beings. The practice of Feng Shui originated in China dating back at least 5000 years ago. It was believed by the Chinese, that people for better or for worse are influenced by their surroundings.

Literally Feng means wind and Shui means water. In Chinese culture the gentle wind and clear water have always been associated with good harvest and good health, and came to mean good livelihood and prosperity.

In Feng Shui, we refer to the flow of energy as “Chi.” The Chinese studied the mountains, valleys, and rivers and chi was created and carried by these landforms. By harnessing this subtle yet powerful force of nature, we can live in harmony with our environment and enjoy good health and general well-being.

Feng Shui advocates living in harmony with earth’s environment so there is proper balance between the forces of nature. The theories of yin and yang, and the balancing of the five elements; earth, water, metal, fire, and wood are some of the basic aspects of a Feng Shui analysis. According to ancient philosophers, interpreting these elements and how the flow of chi interacts in the physical environment can be combined to create all transformation in one’s life.