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You don't need to be a professional designer or a feng shui expert in order to have a beautiful, comfortable home. Feng Shui That Makes Sense takes you step-by-step through the process of using feng shui principles to create a home that will please your eye, relax your body, inspire your mind, and lift your spirit.
After reading this book, you will be able to:
– Easily create a home of beauty, harmony, and comfort
– Learn basic feng shui principles that work every time in every space
– Improve the look and feel of any room in your home
– Discover the origins of popular feng shui myths and misunderstandings
– Enhance the areas of your home relating to Love, Money, Health, Family, and more
– Apply feng shui principles to your landscape and garden
– Integrate nature and natural materials into your living space
– Clear your home of unwanted energy
– Create a home that nurtures and inspires you physically, mentally, and spiritually
– Understand how and why your environment affects you the way it does
- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: Two Harbors Press; 4/30/11 edition (May 16, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936401568
- ISBN-13: 978-1936401567
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
Practical and Realistic
There are at least a dozen books about feng shui on my bookcase. Each expert has their own opinions and to be honest I was ready to give up because the “must dos” were different and contradicted each other. Then I found Cathleen McCandless’ book and wow what a difference! The explanations of why the remedies of the past were used and how they may not be applicable to modern western living were such a help. Her common sense approach is balanced by the obvious respect that she has for the practice and history of feng shui. It’s well written and easy to follow. There are some immediate – inexpensive suggestions that can help you get started making positive changes right away. If you were like me, interested but confused, I would highly recommend giving Feng Shui That Makes Sense a chance.
Best feng shui book, period
This book is a must read for anyone remotely interested in feng shui. I’ve done years of informal research into feng shui because its practicality fascinates me. This is by far my favorite book on the subject. There is a lot of misinformation out there that converts well-meaning people into superstitious and paranoid interior decorators (including me at some points, unfortunately). The effect is counterintuitive to what feng shui is all about, which is living in an environment that optimizes your health. This book addresses all the myths that I’ve come across and re-grounds you in the common sense and natural science that the practice is based on. It also puts feng shui practices into historical context, bringing it to life in important ways. Lastly the author gives really interesting, incredible (and sometimes comical) examples from her experience as a consultant. In addition to helping me nurture my home with more confidence, I can now better explain some of my interior decorating decisions to my husband in a way that appeals to his reason. Two thumbs up!
A perfect companion and guide
It’s easy to get discouraged when reading through the range of feng shui guides out there. It can seem that they contradict one another in their advice on best practice. Some are more complex than I needed and others way too “easy” to apply to be realistic. This is the book that has me really fired up about practicing this fascinating art. It is explained in a way that makes sense for the culture we live in, while not losing sight of its essential origins, and respecting the fact that there are still mysteries that we cannot fathom about energy and how things manifest.
Excellent Book that is proving to make our home feel great. Adds to Life!
7/2/2014:This is an addendum to my initial review. The author has made this book very accessible, very’practical, and a book which, while I am Woking on making our house into our home right now, something I use every day.This author has gone WAY above and beyond the norm to create a practical, well written volume that feels friendly and very practically informative, useful and accessible. I have been consulting this book as I arrange and decorate, Balance and organize my new rental home. It is easy to follow but detailed.enough to really help me to maximize the chi (good energy), our finances and our comfortand health becoming more and more what we want it to be deeply inside and out. We are able to do this within our fairly tight budget, too thanks to the various suggestions we have found in . She explains how to figure out the most important things to do as we start. I can truly say that it makes a huge difference. My husband and I both feel better as we implement as.many of the a suggestions from this resource e-book. Room by room, space by space inside and outside, we can feel our relationship(great already) start to gently change for the better. We have new friendships, New greater abundance growing, our close relationships without grown kids and US friends are getting even stronger, we have found a coop that deliversnorganic, locally.grown.vegesand comforts, our health seems to be improving gently (we both have Multiple sclerosis plus I.had resistant Lyme that’s Finallynresponding to the treatment after seven years, and so far the rest of me is better more of.the time. I am even sleeping more soundly.
The ONLY Feng Shui book you need to read…
…and you DO NEED to read this! Feng shui gets such a bad rep because of all the nonsensical misinformation that’s out there- this book does a FANTASTIC job of getting to the core of REAL feng shui, and it does it in such a clear and easily understandable manner that you can start applying it to your own living space immediately. I had heard all kinds of nutty things about feng shui before, but boy am I glad that I came across this book and discovered what feng shui REALLY is about! It has given me a whole new perspective on life and truly enhanced it in so many ways. I don’t normally write online reviews, (in fact this is my first one on amazon), but I felt compelled to share this- this really is good information that can improve people’s lives in a major way. And it’s NOT weird or esoteric!
Hands down, the best book for practical Feng Shui decorating for todays living!
My daughter asked for a Feng Shui book for her birthday. I looked over MANY different ones before deciding on this one. It’s great! I know because I have been enjoying reading it with her and applying many of the principles to our decor. I love that it is much more practical than many I looked at. Some of the old concepts of Feng Shui just aren’t practical for modern day America. From keeping our tv in the living room as a practical focal point to more modern ideas of the bathrooms energy and function, this book finds the perfect balance to create what I call practical Feng Shui. This is by far the best one I’ve found on Feng Shui decorating. It is easy to read and the topics are organized easily for quick referencing. The book is very thorough and well written. I appreciate the examples throughout the book as well. Clear and concise, practical and in depth. I feel I found the right book choice for my daughters wants and needs. Thanks!
Everyday Feng Shui
I have recently been reading several books on feng-shui, and noticed a real difference in the approach of each author. This author approaches the topic in a sensible and practical way. Less emphasis on specific rules and traditions – though she offers some interesting side-bars on how and why such rules may have existed – and more common-sense reasoning on why feng shi works. I would recommend this title for those a bit hesitant on this topic since it introduces concepts in a manner that is comfortable and inviting. Think interior decorating rather than serious study. Examples and stories make this an interesting read. Not for the serious or traditional student, but for those looking to bring some feng shui into their everyday environment.
Feng Shui for TODAY’s modern world. Makes sense of it all.
A Feng Shui book that finally makes sense to me (and is fun to read). I have purchased many many Feng Shui books in my lifetime from very basic summary with cartoon pictures/diagrams to academic text books with compass plotting and multi-page color swatches. I always ended up more confused or frustrated than when I started. This book, as I read it, would make me smile at the logic and feel relaxed about it’s recommendations. It points out reasoning and the principles of aesthetics so obviously that I wonder that I ever let myself get worked up over Feng Shui, a practice that is supposed to remove stress! Basic principle: If it feels good for you, do it! If it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it. When we feel good in our environment it resonates to all aspects of our lives. She teaches you decorating and layout tips and styles that have a proven history of making your space look and feel better. She describes how to use colors/images/styles that help us focus on what we want — be it peacefulness or motivation. She explains the history behind old school Feng Shui “laws” and why they were incorporated; for instance, there are a lot of kitchen guidelines but the reason for that is there was a time when people prepared food over an open flame and didn’t have the sanitation standards of today’s modern world. Many old guidelines don’t apply anymore because we have exhaust fans, indoor plumbing, and safe and efficient kitchen appliances. Enlightening and highly recommended!
INFORMATIVE – life changing easy read!
Over exceeded my expectations. This. Ok is awesome. It’s very informative and yet a simple read. It has forever changed the way I look at my home’s interior design and home accessories, including plants….as well as offices/business. It’s truly phenomenal reading material. I browsed every book there is on this topic and I suggest this one.
Now it makes sense!
I became interested in feng shui about a month ago, and this book was one of a few books I got from Amazon. While other books were interesting as mystical and magical, I wasn’t too excited about painting my whole house nor putting some odd Chinese stuff. This book is written for modern lifestyle, yet uses the classical feng shui using the same principal. I love the fact it’s compass feng shui unlike western which uses the orientation of the front door. I didn’t even know there were different school of feng shui, so I recommend beginners read several related books to get some general knowledge. Yet this book was by far the best for me, and I’ll continue to reference it till I get it right. Thank you Cathleen for writing this book!