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Feng Shui: Arranging Your Home to Change Your Life Paperback – January 16, 1996

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Literally "wind and water," feng shui is a Chinese belief system dedicated to finding harmonious siting plans for buildings by taking into account the metaphysics of energy flow, geography, and a complex calculation of time cycles and the influence of the five elements of the cosmos. Architectural historian Lip has written an information-packed introduction to classical Chinese architecture replete with diagrams, photographs, and her own beautiful brush paintings. After a detailed dissection of the way Chinese structures function, she explains the core concepts of feng shui and then examines actual Ming and Qing temples and palaces in terms of their placement and structure. British feng shui consultant Master Lam Kam Chuen has produced a more practical book designed with the homeowner or apartment dweller in mind. Short text blocks are interspersed with vivid watercolor examples of siting and energy flow, with tips for improving the harmony of many common living situations. Although he cautions that without the services of a good geomancer we are dealing with a simplified knowledge of feng shui, he gives such hints as how to assure restful sleep by solidifying the tortoise placement of our beds and how to avoid a stagnant social life by not locating dwellings on cul de sacs. Journalist Lagatree provides a very quick and simple overview of feng shui. Oriented primarily to interior rearrangements rather than house sitings, the book might provide tips for realtors dealing with Chinese buyers or advice for designers who do not want to imperil clients, but it doesn't provide a thorough grounding for readers new to an intricate and foreign way of looking at the physical spaces that surround them. Because of its historical insights and in-depth analyses, Lip's book would be appropriate for academic libraries while Chuen's thorough but readable advice would be the best choice for general readership.?David McClelland, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
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Emphasizing balance--between yin and yang, as well as comfort and style--in every environment, the ancient Chinese art of feng shui demonstrates how to arrange your home to enhance your fortune, health, and happiness. This room-by-room handbook provides tips for good feng shui and easy fixes for problems in every part of the home, from the kitchen to the study. Line art, charts, & 2-color text throughout.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; 1 edition (January 16, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679765433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679765400
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,170,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I should have known! The feng shui just wasn't right for an art gallery in that little Victorian house by the sea on the coast of Maine!!! The chi--or life energy--flew down the staircase and out the front door whenever it opened, and the large gallery rooms lacked accessibility from the front of the house--customers had to wind their way through the hall to get there. Now that that little unsuccessful venture is over, I'll use Kirsten Lagatree's Feng Shui to design my new house to maximize happiness and abundance in my new life in the DC area. Little water fountains will keep the chi, or life energy flowing, and yellow flowers in the southeast corner will keep my marriage harmonious. A mirror will face the front door to deflect any poison arrows that might shoot directly in from the street, and my many little animal sculptures will find their optimum positions to bring their benevolent energies into my home. It may sound like hocus pocus--but who cares? It can't hurt, and it could really help, and in any case, I'm sure I'll find great enjoyment in bringing the principles of feng shui into my interior design.
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By A Customer on May 28, 1999
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This book is OK, but not terribly inspiring. It is full of "feng shui band-aids", she suggests mirrors for virtually every problem with hardly a mention that you should be cautious about mirror placement. I found "The Feng Shui House Book" by Gina Lazenby and "The Feng Shui Handbook" by Master Lam Kam Chuen to both be more informative and better at expressing the reasons behind and philosophy of feng shui.
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By A Customer on April 19, 2000
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I have tried many books on feng shui and found them really confusing and even a bit weird. Lagatree's book helped me understand what feng shui is and how it works. I've already had good results by following her clear explanations. I highly recommend this book!
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In the foreward of this book, Feng Shui is defined and described. There are 8 chapters. The photos included are sketches and are black and white. Some Feng Shui books are quite complicated but this book, however, is rather easy to understand. I would have enjoyed this book more if there had been more sketches demonstrating Feng Shui in the rooms of a house. As it is, you stand wondering if your arrangement of furniture is in accordance to Feng Shui.
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The book provides a good foundation to understanding Feng Shui. A few examples were provided to demonstration the theories. However, the books does not provide a step by step guide to assist you in reviewing your home. More illustrations would definitely be helpful.
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I came to this book knowing almost nothing about Feng Shui. I is an easy to read, enjoyable and thoroughly understandable book about the subject. I very much like her practical approach to this topic. I was able to make small adjustments both at home and in my work space and really make a difference. I found that by following her instructions and moving some furniture and adding some plants and other small items it really did add an increased sense of harmony to my home. The changes in my work space allowed me to be more productive.
Lagatree is an excellent writer. Her use of humor is appreciated. I think anyone who has an interest in Feng Shui will find this book helpful and a delight. I am looking forward to reading her book on Feng Shui in the work place.
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