Posted on Jul 07, 2016
LOW PROFILE STYLE
Zen within our homes and hearts,
Are you in the market for a sleek new contemporary bed for your house or apartment? Then it’s time you looked at platform beds instead of traditional bed frames. Platform beds have become extremely popular because not only are they beautiful, they are also very practical. Read on to see the many advantages of platform beds so you can decide if it is right for you.
Posted on Jul 07, 2016
A CENTURIES OLD TRADITION
"Rain in the garden.
Crickets, chirping in the hedge,
sing to sodden blooms."
The Japanese Tea Garden is a traditional form of landscaping that incorporates Zen design principles to create a harmonious, inviting arrangement. The objective of a tea garden is to replicate grand, sweeping natural vistas in miniature, often in a highly abstract and stylized manner. Emperors and noblemen would personally oversee the curation of lavish gardens for the aesthetic enjoyment of themselves and their guests. In Buddhist temples, such gardens would serve as a focal point for meditation in the quest for enlightenment.
Posted on May 25, 2016
AN AUSPICIOUS Arrangement
"Shoji sighs open.
Inner space meets outer space:
Dual sides of the moon."
In the classic Japanese house, the floors are covered in large mats called tatami, which are made of natural fibers. The traditional tatami mat is constructed of rice straw and edged with a cotton or silk border. Today, tatami mats are constructed of many different materials, including bamboo. In addition to serving as beautiful and hard-wearing rugs, several tatami mats can be folded and stacked to form low benches. Tatami mats are arranged carefully in each room, to create a harmonious overall pattern. Today, mats are placed in the “auspicious” arrangement, with the junctions of adjoining mats forming a “T” shape. This arrangement is thought to bring good fortune.
Posted on May 20, 2016
BENEFITTING YOU AND THE EARTH
Dawn's fleeting flowers –
rare buds blooming or crushed by
the gardener's hand
When shopping for new furniture, your immediate focus is on timeless beauty and quality craftsmanship. These days, another important factor to consider is the energy consumption involved in producing those goods. Energy-efficient manufacturing processes reduce the environmental cost of producing your home furnishings. It makes sense to seek out handcrafted or assembled products that reduce energy usage. Considering all the thought you put into recycling and conserving energy in your own home, the last thing you probably want is to negate those efforts by supporting companies who indulge in wasteful, irresponsible manufacturing practices.
Posted on May 11, 2016
Earth-friendly Changes that Benefit You
A moonless night. Life's
blank canvas, patiently, waits
We are bombarded daily with admonishments to make green living a priority. So often, we are told that saving our beloved planet is worth the personal sacrifices we make in terms of comfort and convenience. However, there is more to the zero-waste philosophy than dedicating the far corner of your garden to a messy compost pile and alloting valuable real estate in your purse to reusable shopping bags. There are many ways you can go green that will actually enrich your home, and add a bit of luxury to everyday activities.