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Introduce calm in your home or office space and nurture a simple and serene life by offering creative solutions. --Body & Brain Magazine


A terrific starting point for a monthly study group...Almost every chapter has plenty of information for intensive discussion. --Anna Jedrziewski, Spirit Connection New York, New York, N.Y. for New Age Retailer

Have you ever entered an indoor or outdoor space (like a beautiful park) and suddenly felt peace and joy? You were entering a space filled with positive life-force energy, the author writes. According to Hartie, that s the ultimate goal for readers of her debut work. It s a handbook for those wanting to achieve a healthier, happier lifestyle in harmony and balance with nature. She s the creator of the practice known as Harmonious Adjustments, which combines the following: principles of Feng Shui (interpreting a particular space), a central belief in various life energies (yin and yang), the four elements (earth, fire, water, air) based on birth dates, color schemes, and good design. Hartie, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Parsons School of Design, has also been a chef and floral designer, and cites her twenty-plus years of research and life experiences. Using first-person narrative, she takes the reader through the book s four parts, the first enticingly entitled, Banish the Ugly from Your Life. Hartie goes beyond the normal cleaning and organizing tips found in other how-to books: she delves into the history of unsafe products. For example, eight European countries banned lead in interior paint in 1909; it took nearly sixty years before the United States followed suit. The author takes numerous products (from air fresheners to toilet bowl cleaners) to task for their smorgasbord of unpronounceable toxic ingredients, offering instead a list of eco-friendly alternatives. In the chapter Eating for a Harmonious Body, she shares fifteen pages of favorite recipes. The books second section highlights earth-based spirituality ( about following your own intuition ) and the Medicine Wheel, used by Native Americans to deepen the understanding of self. The four temperaments types are explained here: for example, earth people (the color green) are patient. Hartie describes how it s helpful to use the Bagua Map (the sacred octagon used in Feng Shui, which contains nine Guas representing such life areas as career, love, and health) to enhance the different rooms of a person s home. These are perhaps the most fun and easily read chapters. She talks about chi, the life force energy or breath of life within everything, and how it needs to flow through one s home unencumbered. According to her philosophy, adding elements of air (wind chimes), water (birdbath), fire (outdoor lighting), and earth (plants) enhance the life force. Part three describes putting these pieces together; part four is a forty-five-page list of resources, including websites. Seven pages are reserved for note taking. Harmonious Adjustments provide principles to help individuals get started on their creative journeys. As Hartie notes, the practice is based on the belief that if it feels and looks good, it is good. (January) --Robin Farrell Edmunds, ForeWord Magazine

Design consultant, gardener, and chef Norma Lehmeier Hartie presents Harmonious Environment, a guide to transforming one's home into a life-affirming sanctuary, by harnessing the principles of Feng Shui, applying the Four Elements based on one's birth date, color, Vastu, energy work, and other factors. From practical tips for eliminating clutter to replacing harmful products with eco-friendly ones, a how-to --The Midwest Book Review

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Create the home of your dreams while changing your life!

Discover how to harness your intuition and creativity while working with energy to transform your home and your life. Harmonious Environment will help you to:

• Transform your home into a sanctuary by teaching you: o Harmonious Adjustments™, a unique combination of the best principles of Feng Shui, the application of the Four Elements based on your birth date, color, Vastu, energy work and good design.

• Improve your health o Do you or the occupants of your home suffer from any of the following for no apparent reason?: • Depression • Anxiety • Fatigue • Frequent headaches o Do you or the occupants of your home have asthma or allergies? o Do you have problems sleeping? o Do you feel disorganized or have difficulty concentrating? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you must read this book

• Reconnect with nature and help the Planet heal

• Manifest your personal or professional dreams o Find your perfect job o Become financially stable o Find your soul mate or keep your current relationship strong

• Find information on how to make your home safe for you and the planet. Norma Lehmeier Hartie is a design consultant, Harmonious Adjustment practitioner, chef, gardener and healer. She is the creator of the practice of Harmonious Adjustments™. Harmonious Environment is the most valuable book you will read. Inspiring and transformative, it will change your life, your home and your planet. Read it. Make your dreams a reality.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Lingham Press; Second edition (November 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977963306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977963300
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 11 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2007
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"The energy from flowers is so bright and strong that they can be put anywhere in the home and they will enhance your life." ~ pg. 217

Norma Lehmeier Hartie is a design consultant and Harmonious Adjustment practitioner who enjoys gardening and cooking. She created the practice of Harmonious Adjustments to give her clients the chance to reconnect with nature and to manifest their personal and professional dreams. Through her book she introduces ideas for detoxing and decluttering your home environment.

If you want a happier, healthier lifestyle that is more in harmony with nature, then Norma Lehmeier Hartie's book has a world of information to make this possible. She can help you:

Remove toxic products from your home and garage

Clean and organize your home

Buy environmentally friendly cleaning products

Organize your home for more peace and harmony

Find healthy personal care products

Grow plants that help to control pollution - A list of the Fifty Best Houseplants

Find the best choices in flooring

Figure out how to recycle larger items like a refrigerator

Cook more safely and use kitchen scraps for your garden

Formulate a plan to keep your house clean

Organize every room in the house

Decorate with Confidence

Reading through the list of harmful products gives you an idea of the ingredients to avoid in cleaners and how they can affect your health. For an antibacterial spray, the author suggests water and essential oils and for cleaning silver she also suggests more natural solutions like baking soda and vinegar. Using Borax and water is less dangerous than chlorine bleach fumes and you may want to try this in your shower.
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Worried about what your family is being exposed to? Are you hoping to increase your wealth or find love this year? Trying to decide on the best color to paint your walls? If you answered "yes!" to any of these questions, then Harmonious Environment is a must read.

The goal of this book is to create positive energy both in your home and your life and to be kinder to the earth. Hertie is a design consultant, chef, gardener, and healer. She shares her professional and personal experiences with the readers, i.e., homemade earth-friendly cleaning products, tasty recipes for carnivores and vegetarians, etc. She recommends that after reading this book, you apply the process in the following order:

1. Remove toxic products from your home and garage

2. Clean, declutter, clear and organize your home

3. Buy/use environmentally friendly products

4. Learn how to use place objects (furniture, mirrors, etc.) to manifest change in your life

The relationship between people and the Earth is an important part of Harmonious Environments. To remind ourselves of this interconnection, Hertie recommends bringing the natural world into your home. Some ways to do this include displaying rocks and minerals and using houseplants as pollution busters.

Hertie uses Harmonious Adjustments (TM) that combines "the best principles of Feng Shui, the application of the Four Elements based on your birth date, color, Vastu, energy work and good design." I've read a few Feng Shui books in the past, but the author's clear instructions and enthusiasm has given me the confidence to actually try this at home.

I liked how the author reminded me to use this book as a guideline but to also trust my intuition. Do what looks and feels right for you.
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Using the principles of Feng Shui, you can create a harmonious home environment with this book as a guide.

Author Lehmeier-Hartie has you choose colors, elements and design based on your birthday. If you suffer from problems feeling disorganized or headachey at home, it could be your home is not organized properly or the flow of energy is impeded.

The author extends this tranquility to finding the right job and the right mate. Whether or not it is the alignment of elements in the home, focusing on clearing clutter in your life can only have positive effects. A very pretty book.
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I was so inspired by "Harmonious Environment" that even as I was working on the book, I found myself stopping in mid-chapter to go and make some 'harmonious adjustments' to my desk, and then my office. It didn't stop there -- soon I was dowsing my living room on the weekends. I also tried out some of the recipes. They were delicious.
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Design consultant, gardener, and chef Norma Lehmeier Hartie presents Harmonious Environment, a guide to transforming one's home into a life-affirming sanctuary, by harnessing the principles of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese methodology for applying the Four Elements based on one's birth date, color, Vastu, energy work, and other factors. From practical tips for eliminating clutter to replacing harmful products with eco-friendly ones, a how-to guide for dowsing one's house, embracing the spirituality of honoring mother earth, tips for flower arranging whether with organic, air-dried, freeze-dried or silk flowers, and much more. Tips, tricks, and techniques for promoting metaphysical harmony abound in this compassionate guide, which also provides numerous references to where assorted toxin-free and "green" products can be obtained. Recommended reading for anyone seeking to revitalize their living space.
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