I wrote Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet because there were no books at the time that combined information on decorating with an emphasis on ecofriendly products and working with energy. I had been practicing Feng Shui and interior design since the 1990’s, but one day it dawned on me that the energy in a home couldn’t be truly clean and pure if the products in the home were made of chemicals. I spent several years researching and writing and the book was published in 2007. (It was revised in 2012.)
The response of the book was thrilling; there were many wonderful reviews and it won the grand prize in the Writer’s Digest Book Awards and was the award winner for Best New Non-Fiction USA National Best Books 2008!
I also wrote Sell Your Home Fast in a Buyer’s Market: Secrets from an Expert Green Feng Shui Staging Designer to help out buyers in a sluggish economy and that was published in 2010.
Praise for Harmonious Environment
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 guide for dowsing one’s house, embracing the spirituality of honoring mother earth, tips for flower arranging, 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.”
Midwest Book Review
“We can all use more harmony in our lives, and this book delivers a helpful assortment of what the author calls ‘Harmonious Adjustments,’ designed for achieving the harmony, peace, and beauty we all strive for. From the most basic housecleaning tips to expert spiritual advice, Norma Lehmeier Hartie brings together a perfect blend of the practical and the magical to help us recapture the simplicity that modern society has stolen away.”
Jim Barnes, Independent Publisher Highlighted Title Winner
“You can get a glimpse of this handbook’s ambition from its run-on categorization on the back cover: ‘Decorating/Interior Design/Self Improvement/Reference/Spirituality.’ So where it gets shelved at your local Barnes & Noble is anybody’s guess. Author Norma Hartie has put together this well-designed, highly informative volume to introduce the world to her applied philosophy of ‘Harmonious Adjustments™,’ intended to do everything from clearing negative energy in public spaces to populating your garden with the 50 best plants for controlling pollution. Three major sections cover the topic areas of ‘Banish the Ugly from Your Life,’ ‘Bring in the Beautiful to Create a Harmonious Environment and Self,’ and ‘Putting the Pieces Together.’ Clearly written, cleanly organized, and enthusiastically presented, this is an unusual and eclectic addition to anyone’s home improvement library.”
P. Miller, Fearless Reviews
“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.
‘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.’”
Robin Farrell Edmunds, ForeWord Magazine
“Drawing on her background in design, holistic healing, gardening, and cooking, Norma Lehmeier Hartie has compiled an eco-friendly guide for turning a home into a nurturing sanctuary that resonates with the positive energies of the Earth. Despite the tremendous amount of information that the book
Harmonious Environment would be a terrific starting point for a monthly study group. Almost every chapter has plenty of information for intensive discussion and will provide a solid platform for the presentation of related books and sidelines.”
Anna Jedrziewski, Spirit Connection New York
Praise for Sell Your Home Fast
“Not enough can be said about the wisdom of pricing your home right, knowing about current market trends and how to deliver what today’s buyers want. If you want to sell your home and maximize your return, this book is right for you. Read on, take notes, take action, and prepare to dazzle potential buyers!”
Elise M. Barry, Association Executive, Manhattan Association of REALTORS
“Sell Your Home Fast is a must for anyone selling their home in today’s tough economy. In addition to exploring the importance of pricing your home right, staging, de-cluttering and Feng Shui, Hartie advises what eco-friendly improvements to make that will appeal to buyers. I highly recommend this book if you want to sell your home quickly and for the most money possible.”
Barbara Corcoran, Real Estate Mogul, Business Consultant and Speaker