Book Review: Anjie Cho's 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

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Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are unaware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design, as its essence is centered around mastering a connection with the natural world. So, when exactly does a green home become a sanctuary? We had the opportunity to review Feng Shui expert and LEED accredited Architect Anjie Cho‘s latest book for a true how-to on the subject: 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing Organic Homes. Read on for our review, and a glimpse inside this practical, DIY guide to creating a truly holistic space.

108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces begins with a basic overview of Feng Shui principles, colors and elements, and demystifies the Bagua map and space clearings. Readers should not expect to become a Feng Shui expert by the end of the book, but newbies will certainly learn some terrific base knowledge, and those with some prior knowledge will be able to gain a fresh perspective on what they have already learned.

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GIVEAWAY: Win a DIY Feng Shui prize pack for Chinese New Year!

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Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and according to Feng Shui principles, now is the time to get your home in order for 2015. During this time of renewal, we can think of no better way to start a new year than to clear the clutter and create a more holistic space. If you’re feeling completely clueless about how Feng Shui works, we’ve got good news for you! Thanks to our good friend, architect and Feng Shui practitioner Anjie Cho, you can learn how to Feng Shui your home the easy way—we’re giving away a signed copy of Anjie’s newly released book, 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces, to 9 lucky winners, and one very special grand prize winner will receive a signed copy of the book in addition to a $108 gift certificate to Anjie’s Holistic Spaces Online Store, a 2015 Feng Shui Charm Keychain for Protection & Luck, and a Natural Crystal Bagua Set. Find out how to win this lucky prize pack below!

1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it!

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us why you’re interested in Feng Shui and how you feel it might improve your living space. The deadline for this giveaway is Monday, February 23rd at 11:59PM. We’ll pick the comments we like best and announce the winners in our February 26th newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

DEADLINE IS MONDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2015 at 11:59PM

SIGNED BOOK: 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

Feng Shui can be life-changing, but it can also seem overwhelming at the very beginning. In 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces, Anjie provides easy to understand tips for implementing Feng Shui and green design principles into any indoor space. Her simple, straightforward tips will help you transform your home or your workplace, from discovering where to place your furniture to understanding the power of color. This book is a great resource to help you improve the flow of energy throughout your life.

10 winners will be selected to win author-signed copies of 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces!

 

2015 welcomes in the Year of the Ram, otherwise known as the sheep or goat. According to Feng Shui tradition, the horse is the ram’s best friend, so it is especially auspicious to carry around a three-dimensional horse with you, as it is said to bring protection and good luck. For those of us who don’t have real-life horses in our lives, this beautifully handmade keychain will do just fine! Made with an eco-friendly hemp cord using Feng Shui dimensions, it’ll grant symbolic protection and good luck to its owner all year long.

 

 

The Feng Shui bagua map is used in the BTB tradition of Feng Shui and divides the different areas of our personal lives across nine quadrants of our homes. This set of nine tumbled semi-precious gemstones correspond to each Feng Shui bagua area, symbolizing well-being in nine different areas of our lives, including health, relationships, knowledge, and abundance. Our grand prize winner will receive this exquisite gift set from the Holistic Spaces Store, featuring a stunning assortment of natural gemstones including amethyst, tiger’s eye, and rose quartz.

 

 

 

Tell us why you’d like to win this essential DIY Feng Shui prize pack in the comments below!


5 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year with Feng Shui

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This year, Chinese New Year falls on Thursday, February 18th in 2015. We say goodbye to the snake and welcome the year of the horse. There are magnificent parades, dancing in the streets, dragon costumes all around, and the entire continent of Asia is in celebration. But what is Chinese New Year all about?  This momentous occasion marks the beginning of spring in the Lunar calendar, a time for new beginnings and renewal. To ring in this new year, why not make some feng shui adjustments to bring some balance to your home? Feng shui is an Asian art of placement — or as I like to say, the original “green design”. Through observing and shifting the built environment, feng shui teaches us how to live in harmony with nature. Keep reading to learn more.

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How to Find Love Using Feng Shui this Valentine's Day

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Although some consider Valentine’s Day as a “Hallmark holiday”, I think it’s a great opportunity not only to do something special for your loved one but for yourself as well. I would say that assistance with finding love is something many of my feng shui clients ask for. Whether it’s finding new love or supporting existing love—it’s true that love makes the world go round! Here are a few feng shui tips to facilitate love for Valentine’s Day.

COLORS

Colors play an important role in feng shui and in how we perceive the world around us. In feng shui we consider pink, red and peach romantic colors. Pink is more feminine and relates to relationships and love. Red invokes passion and sensuality. Peach is related to what we call “peach blossom luck” which makes one very attractive to others.

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9 Simple Tips to Feng Shui Your Home

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Since January is organization month, it’s the perfect time to start the new year off right with a little Feng Shui revitalization at home. Here are 9 simple tips for bringing positivity into your home with Feng Shui. Nine is the most auspicious number in Feng Shui, so if you can manage to do all nine of these, you will attract even more good energy!

1. Fix your squeaks!

Does your entry door squeak or whine when you open or close it? The entry door is the first and last thing you encounter when coming or going from your home. The sound is as if the door is crying and this can affect your mood and well-being. Many people have become so accustomed to the sound that they don’t even notice it. Oil that door hinge and create more positive energy when you enter and leave your house. It’s also helpful to oil any other door hinges throughout the home, but the entry door is the most important.

2. Use your front door

Many people live in homes where they drive up into the garage and use the back door to get in. While this is very convenient, from a Feng Shui perspective this may limit good energy and opportunities in your life because again, the entry door represents how “chi” enters your home and life. The easy Feng Shui fix? Start using the front door at least once week. The more often the better! Just open and close it when you go get the mail, or maybe to take walk. Write it into your regular routine.

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3 Houseplants to Help You Feng Shui Your Home

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Hurrah! Spring is here! In feng shui philosophy, the spring season symbolizes new beginnings, growth, and expansion—like when the trees start to grow back their leaves. We use plants, the colors green and blue, as well as columnar and expansive shapes in feng shui to symbolize this type of energy. But in addition to making indoor spaces more attractive, did you know that houseplants also improve indoor air quality? Many houseplants remove harmful pollutants from the air that off gas from synthetic materials found in our buildings, furniture, and even clothing. These toxins can lead to poor health and low productivity. Adding plants to a space can also help create a softer and more vibrant energy, and they can heal us visually and physically—their natural green tones are relaxing and therapeutic. Now that the new season has sprung, infuse some positive energy into your home and adopt a houseplant this spring. Below are the three houseplants commonly used in feng shui adjustments.

Lucky Bamboo

Bamboo is a plant that is abundant in Asia and grows very quickly. It represents upright and honest growth, as well as flexibility and adaptability. Since the bamboo plant does not flower or fruit, it’s lifespan is long and simple. And because it is hollow, bamboo also symbolizes an empty heart of humbleness. I love the fact that in western culture, lucky bamboo has also become a symbol for the green sustainability movement. Lucky bamboo is not technically bamboo, but it looks very similar, is super easy to take care of, and represents the same thing symbolically.

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3 Ways to Freshen Up Your Space for the Lunar New Year Using Feng Shui

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The Lunar New Year, fondly known as Chinese New Year, falls on Friday, Jan 31st in 2014. The year of the water snake will come to a close and the year of the wood horse will begin. According to the lunar calendar, this occasion marks the beginning of spring. Similar to the solar new year, it is a time to celebrate new beginnings and starting fresh. In feng shui tradition, we don’t look backwards so much as forwards. How can we welcome the best energy at this time?  The best way to do this is to do a little new year space clearing. Here I’ll share with you three steps to clear your space and make room for some positive chi!

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Feng Shui 101: Getting Started with the Basics

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Feng shui is an ancient Asian art of placement developed thousands of years ago. Feng shui seeks to enhance and improve the flow of energy through your environment, to maximize the positive potential for your life. It is a truly holistic way to look at your environment. It may include interior or architectural design, but it’s really more than that. Feng shui looks beyond the superficial and is about creating awareness beyond what you see on the surface. The intent is to create an environment that supports and nurtures you.

As a holistic interior architect, many people share with me the wish to integrate feng shui into their homes and businesses, but they want to wait until the space is clean, or they have more time, or when they move. These are of course appropriate times to renovate or redecorate, but what most people don’t know is that you can incorporate feng shui at any time. It may even be more helpful when it comes at a challenging time. Feng shui is more than just about moving furniture around, it’s about shifting your environment physically and energetically to support and nurture your life. Even if you are not ready to renovate or redesign your home, you can still incorporate feng shui principles into your space.

How to get started: There are many aspects to feng shui, and one of the most important rules is called the “command position." The “command position” is the feng shui concept that governs where and how you can position your furniture in a given space to achieve the best and positive flow of energy. Ideally your bed, desk, and stove should be positioned so that you can see the door, while not in line with the door. Better yet, is to have your back against the wall furthest from the door, so you can see the expanse of the room, but not in directly in line with the door. This places you in command of the room, your home and your life, so that you can see what the universe brings to you and you are not in a position to be surprised. The “command position” situates you in so that you can clearly see ahead and move forward with your eyes open...

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Celebrate Earth Day with Feng Shui!

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In light of the forthcoming Earth Day and Earth Week, I wanted to share what “Earth” means in the Feng Shui world. When people ask me to describe feng shui, I tell them that it’s about much more than moving furniture around. Feng shui is the original “green design,” and it is about creating harmony with Mother Earth by unifying our inner and outer environments. The inner and outer are not separate, because everything that we do to our earth – positive and negative – affects our daily experience. In feng shui we believe that everything is alive, including the earth. 

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by Anjie Cho