Author: Carole Hyder

While we are diligent about sending well-wishes on a friend’s birthday, the Chinese typically reserve birthday celebrations for children and the elderly. Although Western influence has changed some of that cultural perspective, Chinese birthday parties still have special traditions....

There’s no argument that Feng Shui applies itself well in residential spaces.  Historically Feng Shui principles were applied to the land, but now it’s mostly used in homes, condos, apartments or rooms....

Most everyone I know owns books. Some people have skads of them—so many, in fact, that they’re stored in boxes in the basement. Others wouldn’t think of keeping them in boxes—so they’re stacked in various corners waiting for the right place to call home. Setting up a library...

Now that our January New Years commitments and resolutions are put into place, we have the opportunity to review, revise, and re-commit to them by observing the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Dog begins on February 4----or February 16 if you want to...

During this season of giving thanks for the beautiful and abundant life that we have, I remind students, clients, friends, and myself that it’s also the time to give thanks to your home. If you have no issues with your home and have, in fact, had...

In our last post, Lisa's article focused on the physical space of where you eat. In this next part of the series, I focus on what to eat and when. The approach is based on the 5 Chinese Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water This method for...

Chinese gardens are a big draw for people traveling to the Middle Kingdom. Many of the Chinese tours that my husband and I led over the years often focused on gardens in southern China. Walking through these gardens where every item was intentionally positioned is...

Lao Tzu said, “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” For many of us, the Year of the Monkey can be done already. But rather than shaking off the monkey pranks of this past 12 months, perhaps we could look at how they’re defining the upcoming...

Because more and more people are working out of their homes, creating a home office that is efficient and productive is important. Regardless of whether a client comes to the home or if the business is totally reliant on sales/emails/fax, requiring no physical interaction with clients,...

Realtors often use the term “curb appeal” when getting a home ready to sell. It means that the home should look attractive from the minute someone gets out of their car. The reason is that a good first impression can positively impact the rest of...