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Enhancing Positive Feng Shui can Help You Increase Your Business

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui (Wind/Water) is the ancient Chinese art of balancing the flow of natural energies in our environment to create beneficial results in our lives. But don’t think of it as just ancient local wisdom; think of it as universal common sense. The thoughtful and purposeful placement of things in relation to other things around them creates positive or negative energy flow. The changes you make within your own home or office have a direct impact on the flow of things in areas of your life.

Dispelling the Myth

For any of you who may not yet be familiar with Feng Shui, it is not a religion. There are several different styles of Feng Shui. It is not hocus-pocus of any sort and it is not just for those woo-woo ladies in a moo-moo peddling trinkets to clutter up your space. Feng Shui is simply working with natural energy by placing everything from your furniture, accessories, desktop items and even your home itself purposefully within its environment to work harmoniously with everything else around it.

How Can Feng Shui Help You?

In today’s turbulent real estate market, Feng Shui can help create more opportunities, introduce the right people into your life to help you, give you greater wisdom to handle situations that arise, improve your reputation, and help create a greater feeling of abundance. Seems like a lot to expect from just changing the way things are arranged, huh? Well rest assured, the energy you spend making these changes will reap you great rewards.

So let’s get right down to it, the fun part! What changes can you make in your home and office to improve your real estate business?

  • Eliminate Clutter – I know, I already talked about that in an earlier post, but it is such a serious issue on so many levels, and, in Feng Shui, clutter is stagnant energy. It is blocked chi. it is restricted flow. It is heavy, depressing and it weighs you down. It can result in health issues depending upon its severity. Eliminating clutter = new opportunities. Simple as that. Open the pathways and allow new things to come to into your life. Out with the old and in with the new!
  • Spruce up the Helpful People section of your home. Did you know that your home has 9 different sectors representing different areas of your life? The Helpful People area of your home is the far right front area as you stand at the front door. In real estate, you depend upon many people to have your business flow well. To attract the best people to do business with, give some love to your Helpful People section and then be on the lookout for the people that come into your life. Place a silver container in this area of your home. Write down the names of people who can help you and place them in the box. Perhaps you have an offer out and are waiting for an answer. Write the seller’s name down with the intention of hearing back that your buyer’s offer has been accepted. Waiting on an appraisal? Write down the appraiser’s name and place it in the box. Need a sitter so you can show more homes? Write down “perfect Nanny for my children”. You get the idea. Then just let it go. Check the box every couple of weeks. When you no longer need their assistance, remove their names and add another.
  • The Skills and Knowledge area of your home is the section on the far left front, closest to the front door. Spruce up this area and you will find yourself able to make better decisions, have better relationships, handle your business and money matters more wisely and find your inner strength. This is a great place for your books or things that remind you of wisdom, symbols of mentors or symbols of the skills you want to have.
  • Fire up your Fame and Reputation area located in the rear center of your home. Want to be the top agent in your area? This is a great area for your fireplace. No fireplace here? How about your TV? TV’s are fire elements in Feng Shui. This is also a great area for any awards you have received. The color red is a great fire color, so if it works in your decor, add some splashes of red here to activate this area.
  • Build up the Family area of your home, located in the left center section when you are like most people and are striving for an overall greater sense of abundance and well being. Enhancing the energy here will give you a greater sense of security in all areas of your life and improve your relationships. This is a great area for plants and wooden items. Water feeds wood, so symbols of water work well here too.
  • Power up Prosperity Corner! This seems to be everybody’s favorite part of Feng Shui. The Prosperity section is located in the far left rear section of your home or office. Keep this space clean, well-lit and be sure there is plenty of activity here. Add symbols that remind you of wealth and abundance. You can use artwork or photos or even perfumes, whatever works for you. Be sure there is nothing broken here. Purple, red and gold are great colors to activate your Prosperity section. If this is where your bedroom is located, no problem, just keep the blinds open during the day and add a few power elements. Fresh flowers are perfect here and depending upon the situation, a water feature can be a great addition.
  • Just by making a few changes you will start to see results. Make big changes and you will see big results-but watch out. Sometimes big changes can makes things happen faster than you might have planned for. Just keep a clear vision of your goals and when the dust settles, it will be that much clearer.

    Keep a journal and record your results. Be sure to let me know how this works for you, I want to hear about your success!

    Nickie is the founder of and She is a certified IBE Healthy Home Practitioner, Certified Usui Reiki Practitioner and Feng Shui Consultant. She has lived on both coasts (as well as in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains of Colorado) of the US and currently calls Los Angeles home. You can find her in plenty of spots in the online world and should you happen to catch her at home, she will probably make you something yummy!

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    1. BawldGuy Talking

      June 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm

      I’m controlling energy by following this? What energy, and how? Thanks

    2. Benn Rosales

      June 11, 2008 at 3:23 pm

      Jeff, you taught me to “Do it on Purpose,” so imagine doing your operating space on purpose. If you have every seen someone’s shirt clash with something else they were wearing and could feel that distraction, imagine things in your space that throw you off balance and you don’t even realize it and reconditioning that space to allow you to mentally focus.

      I hate to say it, but we did this in our home office just because it seemed to be the cool thing to do, but in our entire home, I’ll admitt, it was my most favorite room in which to work.

    3. BawldGuy Talking

      June 11, 2008 at 3:33 pm

      Oh sure, pull out the ‘On Purpose’ card. 🙂

      The way you put it makes sense. I get lost in the whole ‘energy’ thing.

      Now I gotta try it too. I’ll do what you did, and start with the home office.

      Gotta go, this shirt doesn’t go with these pants.

    4. Nickie Rothwell

      June 11, 2008 at 4:04 pm

      Benn, you explained it perfectly. Doing things “on purpose” is exactly what you are doing as you make these changes.

      Let me see if I can explain the energy concept I’m referring to here.

      Have you ever walked in a room where people had been arguing? You can feel it even though the argument is over – the energy remains in the room. You’ve heard the expression, “the air in here is so thick you could cut it with a knife”. That’s an example of negative energy and it can remain in a space for a long time. Making Feng Shui adjustments can “clear the air” to release that negative energy.

      Another way to look at Feng Shui that I think we can all relate to is, picture walking into a room you’ve never been to before and there are two seats left to choose to sit in. The first one has its back cozily nested against the wall with a nice cocktail table in front of it, an end table on one side of it and a nice floor lamp on the other side. This seat also has a great view of all the action in the room. The other chair is sitting right smack dab in the middle of the room all alone.

      Which seat would you automatically choose?

      Most people would like the seat against the wall with table to set their drink on, relax and enjoy the view. The other seat is what is often referred to as “the hot seat”. In Feng Shui, the arrangement of the furniture against the wall is called the “command position”.

      I haven’t seen your office Benn, but my guess is that your desk is in a power position making it very comfortable to sit there as long as you like.

      Does that help explain the kind of energy I’m referring to and how moving things around a bit and doing them with intention (on purpose) can make positive changes in your business and personal life?

    5. Paula Henry

      June 11, 2008 at 4:56 pm

      I once had a Asian couple who built their home based on Feng Shui principles, from the lot number to the number of steps in the stairwell. I have never looked into it for my home, but do find it interesting and appreciate your knowledge.

      Does this work for each individual room or simply for the layout of the home?

      Also, when you say “stand at front door”, does that mean facing the door from the inside or from outside, cause either my Helpful People section or my Skills and Knowledge are “in the toilet”. That’s where my front bathroom is. I’m thinking one is just as important as the other and I’m going to have to do something to fix it.

      I am going to start to work on my office by getting rid of clutter and organizing – suggestions are welcome.

    6. michael price

      June 11, 2008 at 8:23 pm

      cool, success by straightening up. 🙂

    7. Ines

      June 11, 2008 at 10:16 pm

      I am a HUGE believer of Feng Shui and have applied it to my own home with great results. I am no Feng Shui Master but have read several books and the applications in my house have to do with finishes, color and vegetation- what an incredible difference it has made.

      It’s funny how you know who will be open to the flow of energy and who won’t – and most people that don’t see it or refuse to criticize it, usually don’t know enough about it.

    8. Christopher Zabka

      June 12, 2008 at 10:47 am

      This is very interesting, Nickie. I have heard of Feng Shui and am aware of its basic principles, but I never knew colors also played such a strong role in it.

    9. Larry Yatkowsky

      June 13, 2008 at 1:12 am

      With the second largest Chinese population in North America Feng Shui has played a large part in our business. Offshore buyers often bring their favorite mancer to Vancouver to check the house and property for various spirit paths and energy flows.

      Placement of front doors, house number, street number, external and internal stairs, the placement of the master bedroom in relation to the stairs, location on the street relative to another street and the passage of the sun across the entrance are but a few of the criteria.

      It’s a fascinating to experience and watch the process. However, without the passing grade from their mancer the home will not be purchased. There is nothing in our traditional sales training that prepares you for this.
      Oh – it it doesn’t matter how pretty I am or whether my shirt matches my pants

    10. Property in Poland

      June 13, 2008 at 4:05 pm

      I think it is a interesting post … I believe in the good energy in plants, decoration and colors … we could practice the Feng Shui … it is a new alternative … Very Nice information =)

    11. Irina Netchaev

      June 16, 2008 at 11:16 pm

      Nickie, you inspired me to buy a couple of feng shui books. Many of my clients are working with feng shui masters and I’m learning from them. Next time you’re in Pasadena, I’m taking you out to lunch… at my house. Maybe after you’re sated, you can help me with some of my rooms. 🙂

    12. Nickie

      June 27, 2008 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Paula,

      The bagua is applied as your are standing at the door looking in. And you are right, the bagua can applied to the entire home, each room, each table, each closet, or the entire lot. Depending upon the layout of the home, typically the bagua is applied to the entire lot, then the entire home, then to each room. There are different schools of Feng Shui; I practice the Western form of Feng Shui. Others apply the bagua by direction, so someone else may give recommendations based upon compass readings. And don’t worry about your bathroom, there are cures to work with problem areas and enhancements that can be made for all areas of your home and office. Email me with any direct questions, and I’m happy to help out!

      Hi Michael, Yes indeed! Cleaning and de-cluttering is definitely one part of opening the door to success!

      Hi Ines! It is amazing to see Feng Shui at work! Keeping a journal helps tracking results easier. It also makes it easier to find when something doesn’t work or when an adjustment is creating change quicker than desired.

      Hi Christopher, colors, elements, numbers, texture, temperature-they all impact Feng Shui! It can be great fun learning how they interact with each other and how they impact you and those around you.

      Hi Larry, Feng Shui is serious business and for some folks it can be deal breaker. Many will bring their consultant or mancer with them to approve the site prior to writing an offer-hopefully not cancelling after entering Escrow. 🙂

      Hi Property in Poland, Thank you! Absolutely there is energy in all things! The key is surrounding yourself with positive, uplifting energy!

      Hi Irina, Lunch is on! And of course, my pleasure to assist you in your home!

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    Regenerating architecture: green building product innovations

    (Green News) Sustainable design has evolved beyond robotics, and has tapped into the basics, using pre-historic methods: bacteria. Genius!





    A Third Grade Teepee

    Remembering back to third grade science class, about ten sticks bound together at the top with twine of some sort, and a little beansprout planted at the base of each pole, eventually became the coolest shelter this eight year old had ever seen. Seedlings wound their way up, tendril by tendril until their leaves reached just far enough to clasp and join, and create and fantastic teepee that was actually a food source, too! Talk about the ultimate in sustainability – but that was old school.


    Making Something Out of Nothing

    Enough about my blast from the past. I was seriously thrown into nostalgia when I thrust onto the path of this fantastic article by Gary Wollenhaupt earlier this week regarding some of the most inspirational green-building products I have heard about in quite sometime. It must have something to do with the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s Innovation Challenge and building products that seem to become something from nothing! Apparently these folks were up to the task!

    So, maybe the little teepee which was representative of the sacred “three sisters” or corn, beans, and squash that the Native Americans utilized as their staple crops symbolized something else to me. The regeneration of soil, the regeneration of the land, and a regeneration of that happy little elementary school structure, covered in beans which became the perfect hiding spot.

    Obviously, the teepee wasn’t innovative, but for this little kid, the shelter “appeared out of nowhere” once those leaves filled in. The Forbes article pulled together an arsenal of truly innovative products that are not only environmentally friendly, sustainably-minded products that will certainly turn many green-builders on their heads!

    The Home that Regenerates Itself

    Innovation comes in many different forms. Lots of great builders looking to build sustainable homes look towards energy efficiency in a hard-core way and building with products that take building to a new level; however, these innovators have gone and created building products that supposedly grow themselves, or are fire-retardant, or are -say what?- regenerating when they are broken? Oh, ok? This sounds like something out of the future, and we don’t even have our hoverboards yet!

    Seriously though, it is amazing to think that there is a product made of a bacteria which will regenerate itself. Self-healing materials have been around for a while, but not necessarily for home building. Wollenhaupt noted that the”Bacteria engineered to thrive in dry climates is helping to create a concrete that can repair itself.

    The bacteria are mixed into the concrete and release calcium carbonate, similar to limestone, as part of their waste process. The material fills in holes and cracks in the concrete, making it last longer and reducing maintenance costs.” As someone who is incredibly interested in developments like these, I am quite curious as to their durability and what the testing has been like for the products, but can’t wait to see what the future holds for green building products that bring us full circle! Fascinating, isn’t it?

    Watch it Grow

    It will be fascinating to see what happens when these homes are built out of these biologically and ecologically innovative building products, and if they will indeed withstand the test of time and do as they say they will. Take some time to view the entire roster of impressive applicants to the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the California based non-profit who put on the event, check out their information, and applaud their achievements in green-building and design!

    Now I want to go in the yard and build a little pole-bean teepee, and watch it grow. I don’t think my back yard is at the “coral-like” regenerating concrete bio-product level quite yet.

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    Superadobe: super sustainable building phenomenon

    Taking something that already had the power to be awesome and making it, well, super-powered, that is what one bright-eyed architect did with an age-old building concept. Let’s take a mini-adventure into the world of Superadobe, where a blending of concepts which are thousands of years old with some new ideas has created yet another buzz in the stratosphere of sustainability and green building.





    Superadobe, I am Your Father

    I believe it was Christopher Nolan who said “Batman and Superman are very different characters but they’re both iconic and elemental.” Either way you cut it, adobe is elemental, and adobe is nothing new; I make the comparison the Batman and Superman because they are both superheros, however different…

    Adobe is also something nothing short of super. From the ancient Egyptians to the Anasazi Tribe, many cultures near and far have utilized the brilliant mixture of straw, soil, sand and water tamped together to create a sun-hardened earth house for shelter through the ages. These homes are sturdy, cool on the inside in the heat of the Sun, and warm on the inside during cool nights.

    It is quite possibly some of the most amazing architecture that we can find when we look at the history of our progression of architecture, next to the great pyramids and cliff dwellings. Let’s face it, in many parts of the world, because of its magical simplicity, adobe is, after caves, how humans survived the elements.

    Superadobe is Born Powerful

    In the present, an Iranian born architect, Nader Khalili, has discovered, well- I say present, but it was some twenty plus years ago- how to perfect the concept of adobe and bring it forward into the new age. Through modification of the structural processing of the staging of the adobe, Khalili has managed to create a product and process that he has coined as Superadobe. Khalili has said that “Superadobe is an adobe that is stretched from history into the new century. It is like an umbilical cord connecting the traditional with the future adobe world.” He has an interesting take on adobe and its re-emergence to the “new world” through his superadobe product.

    Moon-dust or Sand. Take Your Pick – it is Still Super.

    What this really means is that his process of taking long tube-like bags, usually made of sturdy polypropylene or sometimes straight-up burlap, and filling them with sand, or rice or any sort of fill, then creating a trench for the foundation, and forming the frame out of these tubes which are filled with the “fill of choice” and then tamped down, either by hand or with a pneumatic tamper. As the foundation is created, windows can be created by having voids not filled, or cut out after the fact. A huge part of superadobe, beyond the tubular filled bags of soil or the like is the barbed wire which reinforces the shape of the buildings, which are generally a coil of these reinforced tubes which ultimately form a beehive shape. There have been extensive experiments with the concept of superadobe, or the earthbag building concept, which Khalili first came up with after attending a symposium at NASA in 1984 where he was trying to figure out who to build structures on the moon! Imagine, bags full of moondust. That sort of sounds magical, or super! Doesn’t it. Just agree. It does.


    From the Moon to Your Backyard it seems that not even Kryptonite will take  this stuff down! Superadobe is one sturdy building concept. It is aerodynamic, just as its predecessor, just regular old adobe is. However; with the beehive and or rounded edges that it tends to take on, it can survive hurricane force gales. A superadobe home or building can be built by unskilled labors in a matter of days by the resources available on site, either of the sandbags, or of the specific tubing and barbed wire. The buildings are sturdy, sustainable, cost effective and can be built in nearly all elements. As a builder, one would look to superadobe from the cost effective standpoint for a client who is thinking about passive solar design; it tends to stay cooler during the day in those hot climates, and warm in the evenings in cold climates. The stuccoed exterior is incredibly low maintenance and provides the client for an exceptional opportunity for reduction in utility bills, or for even being off the grid, if they so desire. New offices looking for an interesting, cost effective and sustainable building concept, could certainly look at superadobe as an option. The unique building structure of the circular and hive-like shapes lend towards something new and different. If you want to stand out from the crowd, be sustainable, and possibly have a quick build, superadobe could be for you.  It From the moon to Costa Rica and everything in between, superadobe is a sustainable building concept that has green building aficionados looking towards the sun. It’s a bird, it’s a plane. No. It’s superadobe.

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    GreenSpur: sustainable construction, reclaimed materials

    GreenSpur Unveils their first OneNest Project home built in Virginia, a sustainable construction project that could be duplicated across the world.



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    One of a kind sustainable construction project

    This weekend was full of anticipation and completed, what could be called “full-circle-excitement come to fruition” for those who have been keeping tabs on the GreenSpur construction team. Not so long ago, I brought word to you about the incredible opportunity that Mark Turner and his concept team were working on regarding a fully sustainable, green-built home constructed of Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPS) and reclaimed materials.

    This project is the first of its kind and is hopefully going to be one of many that will be replicated internationally as a model of sustainable construction that meets the needs of a true nest.

    Flying into the Nest

    Minimalism, with a true rustic elegance is what you find peering out at you as you make your way up the steep, curving drive to the Delaplane OneNest home set atop a perfect hill overlooking the foothills of the Shenandoah mountains. It is almost as if someone has called in the gentle fog to hover just at the top of the treeline for intrigue, mystery and sultry ambiance to pull you into the site. Recall those mystical tendrils of smoke that lure… that is what pulls you here…to something new and exciting.

    Before you get to the site, strategically placed communal fire pits with site-found logs are hissing, popping and generating that delightful campfire smell and then there is that house. With the elevation of a classic barn marrying a contemporary sanctuary, OneNest sits there among newly planted native river-birch trees, nestled in yet peeking out. The patina of the tin a deliberate match to the brick-red rust of the seamed and painted hardi-plank that covers the SIPS.

    The standing seam metal roof line is a delicate yet masculine balance to the reclaimed history that is woven into this home through the use of wood paneling straight from past cabin quarters of the John Marshall property. The facade wouldn’t be complete without the mirror image of floor to ceiling windows flanking a steeple like fireplace that is masoned in stone harvested directly from the site. Usable porches galore. Panoramic views of the fog rolling on and on across the pits and valleys of the foothills while the cows come home. A matching barn is just beyond the main house that has an awning wide enough for a classic riding tractor. Classic is right. This is just the exterior.

    Getting Cozy on the inside

    Delivering more inside, OneNest’s vaulted ceilings are welcoming and open, leaving one to be baffled by the thought that this space is one-thousand square feet. It could be thousands more; the trompe l’oeil affect of the grande windows to the view beyond pulls the eye out and into the distance. The living room has very functional usable built-ins and is open to the stunning kitchen with a wonderful amount of storage. The fantastic use of counterbalanced Connecticut-style pull down lanterns is just one more ‘trick of the eye’ and fun for the gorgeous space and means to draw the eye up to the loft space above which is the master suite.

    Past the kitchen, a full bath, well appointed and glowing is to the left, and storage to the right. Beyond that, windows, again floor to ceiling brighten the space and pull in the outdoors while highlighting the spiral staircases to go up and up into the nest. Before heading up, a nosy poke into the crawl space reveals some more smart design, wine-cellar in the crawl built from galvanized metal buckets and wine-racks; a good use of space in an otherwise unusable crawl!

    The second floor is home to the lofted main bedroom, which has a lovely view of the great wide yonder and can be conveniently enclosed with thoughtful curtains; wrapped around the far right of the bedroom is a little nook- great for reading, a dog-friend or maybe some lovely indoor plants for creating a nice indoor air quality. The master spa-bath is impeccable with an egg-shaped soaker tub, walk-in shower complete with rain head and well, it is simple, yet stunning. Plus, there is a fireplace above the bath. Nice… I

    n the central stairwell, up once again, the next level houses the guest room with incredibly functional use of space, reclaimed wood and a sumptuous bathroom which is just incredibly well done. This OneNest space is an unbelievable four stories of beautiful, reclaimed, green living space built to help the owner truly nest in, living in what they need.

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    Nesting as a Trend

    Why OneNest? Business partner, Arian Lewis, stated “this is something that can be replicated in any country across the world. I’m currently talking with contacts in Malaysia to see about using our concept houses there.”

    Lewis is the partner based out of the Oxford England team, who has been working on outreach to developing nations. These homes can be built anywhere. They are sustainable and don’t have to take up a lot of space or resources. Minimal or luxury finishes can be put into them and the product can be built an a relatively small amount of time.

    Mark Turner, the brainchild behind GreenSpur and the OneNest project, said when asked what the biggest take away should be for the project, “Well, this was absolutely a labor of love and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I wanted to do something different that other builders weren’t doing and that would change the way things were being built in the construction industry.” He has proved it once before when he built a net-zero house on Capitol Hill, now he has done it again with the OneNest project’s first completed home, built in 100 days in Delaplane, VA.

    Turner reminds us all that “OneNest is the context of everything in one world- a natural resting place.” Mark has also been quoted, “When I think about designing and building PLACE, I am inspired by Stegner’s quote, ‘There it was, there it is, the PLACE where during the best of our lives friendship had its home and happiness its headquarters.’ This 1000 SF OneNest Project is our team’s best attempt to capture this spirit. We are using radical approaches in design, materials and building science to capture that simple notion that we all universally yearn for: ‘happiness its headquarters.'” I love this about this team, they are so grounded in their since of duty to balance and harmony with nature, life and the elements.

    What is Next for OneNest

    Looking at their mission, Delaplane was a lovely place to select for the first part of this project’s journey. Just off of John Marshall Highway in historic wine country, this may be an idealistic “happiness headquarters.” The first OneNest will be open for extended stays as well as events for the next six months to continue to the conversation within the community and beyond about this intriguing and passionate design and building concept.

    Where do you think we’ll see more of these beautiful, sustainable creations across the States and internationally? Start the conversation by making the visit.

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