Arrange your bedroom exactly like this if you want a better night's sleep

In these chaotic times, we wouldn’t be surprised to hear you’ve been having trouble sleeping (same here). If you’ve tried everything and anything to improve your sleep quality with no luck, you might want to consider taking some time to get smart about your bedroom design. Quitting coffee after lunchtime and abandoning your phone in another room before bed are great hacks for making it easier to fall asleep at a decent hour, and a dedicated wind-down routine or a little meditation in the evenings can help put you in the right relaxed mood. But no matter how much you set yourself up for some good shuteye beforehand, if your bedroom isn’t conducive to sleep, you may still find yourself tossing and turning.

“Your bedroom, the arrangement of your space, and everything in your space has a huge impact on your sleep quality,” says Anjie Cho, an interior architect and feng shui designer. “If you’re not in control of your bedroom space when you’re sleeping, everything that’s in your space absolutely can affect you, from the mundane aspects like the light quality to the electronics.”

You may be in a passive state, Cho explains, but your brain is by no means turned off when you’re asleep. Your subconscious mind can still process external stimuli and thus be affected by your surroundings.

Want a bedroom that will help you sleep better? Here’s how to arrange your bedroom, according to interior designers:

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Welcome Home Honey! How to Feng Shui Your Decor for Love

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Feng shui, as you may have heard, teaches you how to arrange your home furnishings for maximum harmony. But there's another perk to this ancient Chinese philosophy: It can be harnessed to improve your relationships, too.

"Feng shui in your home affects how you connect in existing relationships, or—if you're single—your openness to meeting new potential partners," explains Anjie Cho, an architect, feng shui expert, and author of "Holistic Spaces: 108 Ways to Create a Mindful and Peaceful Home."

So if you're hoping for some more lovin' feelings in your future, here's how feng shui can help make that happen.

Open the bedroom

Arranging your bedroom is key, of course—and you can start as Cho has by moving your bed away from the walls. True, you may want your bed's headboard against one wall, but at least make sure both sides of the bed are clear so they are as open and accessible as possible.

"This simple shift opened up the space both emotionally and physically so I could invite a new partner into my life," Cho explains.

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It's Nesting Season — Here's How To Make Your Bed The Coziest On The Planet

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image credit: Megan Doty, mbg Creative via MindBodyGreen

The term "hygge" first popped up on the American scene in 2016, and unlike other home trends come and gone, the Danish philosophy that prizes cozy, comfortable spaces has withstood the test of time.

It makes sense: Who wouldn't want to walk in their front door and immediately feel wrapped in a warm hug? Typical hyggelig fodder includes fuzzy socks and roaring candles, but to ring in winter 2019 we're calling for the next iteration of a wellness-approved hygge bedroom: one that makes us feel cushy and safe while also promoting a better night's sleep.

Go forth and make the bed of your dreams with these eight add-ons:

6. Reminders of people (or pets!) you love.

Placing a reminder of someone or something you love right across from your bed basically guarantees that you wake up in a good mood every morning. It can be a photograph from a family trip, a dreamy landscape, or an ode to a furry friend.

When you're hanging yours, take a cue from feng shui design philosophy and place it a little higher on the wall than you think you need to. "If someone has issues with depression and low energy, I often notice that their artwork, photographs, and mirrors are hung low on the walls. The low artwork can bring down your chi," feng shui expert Anjie Cho explained in a piece about bedroom design. "It's also good to fasten frames in two places so the art isn't crooked."

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If you’d like to learn more about feng shui check out the Mindful Design Feng Shui certification program. Laura Morris and I launched our program in September 2018. To get on the list about it, sign up at: www.mindfuldesignschool.com.

Mindful Design is a new way to learn feng shui. Our unique training program takes an holistic approach to learning the art of feng shui design. Mindful design is about becoming aware, and attentive, to the energy around you: both inner and outer qi. It is about promoting a better way of living and creating sacred spaces that support, and nourish.


Mindful Design Feng Shui: Kick-Start Something New in Your Life Using Feng Shui

During these winter months, as we naturally slow down, we can use this time to reflect and set our intentions for the new year. In a few weeks time, the energy will begin to stir under the soil, as nature prepares for spring time. You can use this transitional energy to start preparing for something new and spectacular in your life.

In this week’s video, Anjie discusses a specific question that is very relevant for this time of year.

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If you’d like to learn more about feng shui check out the Mindful Design Feng Shui certification program. Laura Morris and I launched our program in September 2018. To get on the list about it, sign up at: www.mindfuldesignschool.com.

Mindful Design is a new way to learn feng shui. Our unique training program takes an holistic approach to learning the art of feng shui design. Mindful design is about becoming aware, and attentive, to the energy around you: both inner and outer qi. It is about promoting a better way of living and creating sacred spaces that support, and nourish.


Q&A Sunday: Black Tourmaline for Protection

Could you talk a little more about using black tourmaline for protection (tip 19 from your book)? Not sure where exactly to place them.

Izabela F., Roseville, CA

Hi Izabela,

Thanks so much for your question from the book. For the readers who don’t have the book, here is the excerpt from tip 19 from Holistic Spaces: 108 Ways to Create a Mindful and Peaceful Home.

In feng shui, black is related to wisdom and knowledge… Black can be contemplative, too… Because black absorbs, black tourmaline is excellent for protection from negative energy, including electromagnetic smog. Use four pieces to create a grid under your bed, in your bedroom, or for your entire home. Place one piece in each corner (of the bed, bedroom, or entire home). This generates an energetic grid of security and absorbs most types of harmful energy.


Black tourmaline is a natural crystal that’s pretty popular! It can absorb negative energies and provide protection. I love the idea of incorporating it into your home so it’s part of the design of your space. The black tourmaline can be small tumbled pieces, around 1/2”-2” diameter. The rough pieces, larger and smaller, also work. See what you’re drawn to and what is available for you.

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I’ve created a diagram that I hope will be helpful for you, Izabela. The red stars indicate where you can place the crystals if they would go under your bed. They can also go between your box spring and mattress, or fastened to the bottom of your bed frame. Sometimes that’s easier if you have pets, children or a cleaning person who may move them around. Similarly, the blue stars indicate where you would place them in the bedroom, and the yellow stars would indicate where they would be located if the grid is created for the entire home.

You may be wondering which option to choose: bed, bedroom, or entire home. Usually it’s best to start with your personal energy, so I would suggest you do this for your bed first. It’s also worth noting it’s probably overkill to do all three areas (bed, bedroom and home) unless you have a very unique situation.

Check out our black tourmaline and crystal set for protection on the Holistic Spaces store website. I have included in the set a pointed clear quartz crystal that can be placed in the center of the grid. Clear quartz provides clarity and it can be programmed for your intention. Check it out!

by Anjie Cho


If you’d like to learn more about feng shui check out the Mindful Design feng shui cerfication program. Laura Morris and I launched our program in September 2018. Check us out at www.mindfuldesignschool.com

Mindful Design is a new way to learn feng shui. Our a unique training program takes an holistic approach to learning the art of feng shui design. Mindful design is about becoming aware, and attentive, to the energy around you: both inner and outer qi. It is about promoting a better way of living and creating sacred spaces that support, and nourish.


Thanks for reading our "Q&A Sunday".  We will be answering questions submitted by our readers. Click here to submit any Feng Shui or Green Design questions!


Q&A Sunday: Feng Shui and Mindfulness in Art

I wanted to send a picture that I have hanging in my bedroom to get your opinion of the Feng Shui as you suggested in one of your posts. The  online form did not allow me to input it. I hope this is ok! Thanks!

Lucretia B., Austin, TX

Hi Lucretia,

Thanks for your email and for sending in your question. This is a lovely piece of art. May I assume that it’s one that you care for, since you’ve not only hung it in your bedroom, but you’ve also taken the time to ask me about it? Take a moment to touch into how you feel about this artwork. Where did it come from? What do you sense from it? How does it feel in your body when you gaze upon it?

It still surprises me that sometimes I receive questions about feng shui and art where the asker has a neutral position on the piece. Sometimes they can take it or leave it. I think we have the tendency to try to fill up space and just put something up ‘just because’. Often they have no idea why they wanted to put it up in the first place, besides that there was a empty space they wanted filled.

Sound familiar? We do the same with food, television, any sort of entertainment so we don’t feel the empty, bored, sad...etc. It’s not ‘bad’; however it’s interesting to notice this and see that if it comes from mindless conditioning. Is this coming from a helpful place? This is true mindfulness, contemplation and paying attention to the details even for a few moments.

I also encourage my clients to wait for the art that they love. You don’t need to rush and hurry to finish up your home. In fact, it’s kind of fun to have your eye open for something that you love. Alternatively you can find something to put up that’s not perfect but is trendy and fun for now, without a lot of investment. Or...why not just keep the space open?!

There is, of course, also the aspect of the location of this art. In your case, this art is up in your bedroom. If you’re a single woman ready and actively desiring a relationship with a partner, this isn’t exactly the best imagery. But the colors are soothing; the cool hues are okay for a bedroom otherwise. The angles are rather metal-like, so precise and orthogonal. And it can certainly go in another area of your home.

Be sure to check out our other posts about art!

by Anjie Cho


If you’d like to learn more about feng shui check out the Mindful Design feng shui cerfication program. Laura Morris and I launched our program in September 2018. Check us out at www.mindfuldesignschool.com

Mindful Design is a new way to learn feng shui. Our a unique training program takes an holistic approach to learning the art of feng shui design. Mindful design is about becoming aware, and attentive, to the energy around you: both inner and outer qi. It is about promoting a better way of living and creating sacred spaces that support, and nourish.


Thanks for reading our "Q&A Sunday".  We will be answering questions submitted by our readers. Click here to submit any Feng Shui or Green Design questions!


Holistic Spaces 2018 Gift Guide

Happy Thanksgiving! I can’t believe it’s already holiday season again! This year I’ve spent a lot of time really working on self-care, which is such an important part of feng shui and living holistically. Self-care is part of the Kun (Relationship) area of the feng shui bagua map, which is represented by the color pink, and was especially important for me this year, because it relates to my Nine Star Ki for the year. I’ve been traveling a lot this year and have started to teach (Mindful Design, and flower arranging with Marcia Shibata), so I’ve focused on opening up my sound current, communication and moving into a teaching space so I can expand my business and help more people.

So in the spirit of sharing positive qi, we've curated self-care gifts in this year’s Holistic Spaces Holiday Gift Guide. These gentle, loving gifts are perfect for the incredible people in your life who may forget to treat themselves (including you!). From books to sheet masks to slippers and aromatherapy mists, there’s something here for everyone who could use a little rest and relaxation, including a Black Friday treat for you!

From now until Monday at 11:59 pm PST, use code HSGIFT at the Holistic Spaces store to enjoy 30% off!


Hydration Sheet Mask Bundle

Taking time for yourself and self-care is important, and I've super been into sheet masks this year. It's my little weekly (or sometimes daily) spa me-time where I can rest, and maybe listen to an audio book and take a mini break.

I also love these sheet masks as a way of adding hydration. Our bodies are so dehydrated from processed foods, chemicals in the air, electronics and low water intake. It's a nice little ritual to take care of yourself and your largest organ!

Available at: Peach & Lily


Holistic Spaces Cleanse Mist to Harmonize and Balance

I never travel without my cleanse mist! It's especially useful during the holiday season when we're hosting guests or staying away from home, since it’s a space clearing that doesn’t involve smoke.

The first thing I do when I get to a hotel or place I’m staying is feel the energy of the space, and it's always useful to refresh and cleanse the area with this palo santo room mist. If you have guests staying over or parties, it's also great to mist to space clear the energy when guests depart.

Holistic Spaces Cleanse is light and pleasant enough to use several times a day, and there is a small 2oz travel friendly version!

Use the coupon code JOY10 for 10% off the entire store (expires Dec 31, 2018 at 11:59PM).

Available at: Holistic Spaces


Burgundy Starling Slippers

As I’m getting older... my heels hurt all the time! In feng shui, the feet are related to the New Beginnings area of the bagua map (Zhen), and since I’m moving into the year of Spring and New Beginnings in my Nine Star Ki, it makes sense that my feet are more sensitive!

As I’m moving forward and taking a new path, it’s an important time to take care of my feet so I can move in a mindful and healing way, paying attention to self-care. I love these slippers from Birdies Slippers. I love the Starling in burgundy. They're so comfy, and the red color is auspicious in feng shui. I've been wearing them everywhere; they're so chic.

Use the link below for $20 off!

Available at: Birdies Slippers


GUIYING Décolletage Treatment

I recently met Ervina, one of the founders of 5Yina, and not only is she elegant and delightful, the GUIYING Décolletage treatment is amazing. It's absolutely reduced any PMS related breast tenderness, and it's so luxurious. Ervina is a breast cancer survivor, and she and her partner Angela developed these products with TCM (traditional Chinese medicine). I highly recommend their products as a wonderful gift.

The neck area is so often ignored or neglected, similar to the feet, and this is a wonderful way to work on paying attention. The neck is also related to the heart area, and I love the correlation with the opening of your heart.

Ervina has even provided us with a code for a gift with purchase!

On the 5Yina site, place both the GUIYING Décolletage Treatment and the Divine Balm in your basket and use code HSgift to get the Divine Balm for free!

Available at: 5Yina


Holistic Spaces: 108 Ways to Create a Mindful and Peaceful Home

One of the most important ways to practice lasting self-care is through creating a holistic space for yourself to come home to. My book, “Holistic Spaces: 108 Ways to Create a Mindful and Peaceful Home” is now on second print and available at Amazon. The Holistic Spaces book includes tips and guidelines for making small, easy adjustments to your space to create a calming, relaxing and nourishing sanctuary for constant self-care.

Released this year as an expanded, updated version with full color photographs and new copy, this beautiful hard cover book makes a great, affordable gift. If you have questions about anything in the book, feel free to submit a question for Q&A Sunday! I read and answer all the questions.

Available at: Amazon


Ohm Store Singing Bowl

Another thing I’m working on with my self-care is my sound current and aura. 

The owner of Ohm store recently reached out to me to review their singing bowl, and it has a nice resonance and is compact enough to keep on your desk. Mine is in the Relationship-Self-Love area (Kun, feng shui bagua map) of my desk to reinforce healing and exploration through sound.

Available at: Amazon


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Mo Mi Discovery Kit

My friend, Diane, is the founder of Modern Minerals, a vegan cosmetic and hair care line. This discovery kit is not only luxurious and gorgeous, I love that the Mo Mi products are infused with Lotus Wei flower essences, specifically Korean Pink Lotus Flower and blush Rose Quartz - a combination created especially for Mo Mi by Lotus Wei!

The kit has been invaluable while traveling (which i did so much this year). The products not only make me look beautiful, I feel beautiful too. 

Diane has graciously partnered with us to offer 10% off with code HSgift

Available at: Modern Minerals


Let It Out

I included Katie Dalebout’s book, “Let It Out”, on my gift guide in 2016, but this year I attended one of Katie’s workshops, and the journaling bug finally bit!

One of my favorite things I learned in this book and from Katie that I’ve also employed is to buy legal pads for journaling. Katie Hess, from Lotus Wei, also recommended using markers to promote thinking big. Check out the Pentel collection below!

Available at: Amazon


Luxe Series Bed Linens

I received a set of these sheets for review. They're a good price, and although not organic cotton, they are certified Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex, which ensures sustainability of chemicals and quality of performance, and LEED Gold certified, as they are produced in a sustainable, socially compliant factory in India that supports local families.

They come in three solid colors and are a great way to refresh your bedroom and build a relaxing environment for sleeping. You can pick a color that relates to the mood you want to inspire by using feng shui color theory. For instance, red for more passion, pink to attract a partner, white for purity and clarity, black for wisdom or blue/green pastels for healing.

Available at: Amazon


Pentel Markers

To go along with my journaling suggestion, or if I just want to doodle, I love Pentel markers. I even travel with this set. I love selecting the color I’m most attracted to at the moment, and you can even look up the color meaning in feng shui.

I also love that, because the tip is thicker than a pen or pencil, it gives the writer/artist more freedom to put down bigger ideas, a concept introduced to me by Lotus Wei’s Katie Hess. Markers offer a gestural looseness that you don't get with a very precise pen.

Available at: Amazon


The Artist’s Way

Katie inspired me to also work through the Artist's Way this year. I'm halfway through. But along with Katie's book, this one is invaluable! I highly recommend it for self-care!

"The quality of life is in proportion, always to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention. The reward for attention is always healing."

Available at: Amazon


CBD OIL
I have been also really into CBD oil. It’s definitely help with anxiety, sleep and overall relaxation. I highly recommend it. I have a few favorite brands, one of which is Pure Relief. They’ve so kindly offered us a 20% off code “anjiecho”. Be sure to check out the mint flavor. It’s delicious, like a piece of mint chocolate! yum!

Available at https://starter.purerelief.com/anjiecho


Q&A Sunday: Is a Canopy Bed in a Bed Alcove Good Feng Shui?

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I'm moving into a studio that has an alcove for the bed right next to the front door. Because of the layout of the apartment, there is no other position for the bed that would work (it would literally be in the kitchen, lol). Would having a canopy around the bed, and keeping it enclosed, help with the feng shui in this scenario?

Nakia, on Organizing your Studio Apartment: Feng Shui Tips

Hi Nakia,

Thanks for responding to our Organizing your Studio Apartment: Feng Shui Tips post! 

I hope your move went well. So, you are correct, you definitely don’t want to have your bed in the kitchen! Hahaha! We have to work with what we’re given, and sometimes we are presented with obstacles because there’s a teaching in that. 

With a studio, or sometimes they call them junior one bedrooms, there’s some sort of separate alcove for a bed, but it’s all one open space in the living area. You were wondering if a canopy around the bed would work to keep it enclosed, since a canopy bed typically has a curtain around it. While it would definitely serve a function to enclose the bed, isn’t it already enclosed because it’s in an alcove? I am getting the feeling that it would actually feel pretty tight and maybe suffocating. But I don’t know how big your alcove is. My first thought is a no. Why would you want to make the alcove seem even smaller? There may be a specific reason for you that would be beneficial, but in general I would not advise it. If you want to visually separate the bed, I’d rather see one use a curtain or perhaps a room divider. 

You may want to double check our posts on the commanding position and other bedroom tips and see if any of those adjustments apply to your new space. It’s your apartment, so you should make it comforting and relaxing for you, and there are usually feng shui tips for this.

by Anjie Cho


If you’d like to learn more about feng shui check out the Mindful Design feng shui cerfication program. Laura Morris and I launched our program in September 2018. Check us out at www.mindfuldesignschool.com

Mindful Design is a new way to learn feng shui. Our a unique training program takes an holistic approach to learning the art of feng shui design. Mindful design is about becoming aware, and attentive, to the energy around you: both inner and outer qi. It is about promoting a better way of living and creating sacred spaces that support, and nourish.


Thanks for reading our "Q&A Sunday".  We will be answering questions submitted by our readers. Click here to submit any Feng Shui or Green Design questions!


Stale Nursery Trends It’s Time to Say Goodbye To

featured on Domino by Caroline Biggs

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image credit: Pottery Barn Kids via Domino

Ask any parent-to-be and they’ll probably say the same thing: Half the fun of prepping for a baby is designing the nursery. But before you go pinning up a storm on Pinterest, it’s important to take a minute to think about the trends that are actually worth putting in your little one’s room. While some ideas might offer initial appeal—much like other outdated home décor crazes—a lot of nursery fads are fleeting.

Luckily, we have a lot of designer friends to call upon for help. We asked these interior aficionados what nursery trends are on their way out, and they had a lot to share. From animal prints to crib mobiles, read ahead for the trends the experts say it’s time to bid adieu to.

Gendered Colors

As gendered stereotypes become more and more passé in the real world, it’s no surprise that hip designers are making a concerted effort to create gender-neutral nurseries.

“Gender roles in society are beginning to be revisited, and so are the traditional go-to hues (i.e. pink for girls and blue for boys) used in nurseries,” says designer Anjie Cho. “Gray—my favorite is Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl—is the new yellow of non-gendered nursery colors; it works with pastels and is both soothing and neutral.”

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If you’d like to learn more about feng shui check out the Mindful Design Feng Shui certification program. Laura Morris and I launched our program in September 2018. To get on the list about it, sign up at: www.mindfuldesignschool.com.

Mindful Design is a new way to learn feng shui. Our unique training program takes an holistic approach to learning the art of feng shui design. Mindful design is about becoming aware, and attentive, to the energy around you: both inner and outer qi. It is about promoting a better way of living and creating sacred spaces that support, and nourish.