Shelter That Provides Tranquility
Posted on May 25, 2016
"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.
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Posted on May 20, 2016
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
A moonless night. Life'sblank canvas, patiently, waits for transformation...
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.
Posted on Apr 21, 2016
Fresh Spring air – Curtains ripple like wind on water, careless in the breeze
Your living space should be more than simply beautiful; it should also be a haven of comfort and health. There are numerous ways to clear the air in your home, many of which are quite simple and easy to implement. Here are a few you may wish to consider:
Bamboo (Bambusoideae), a flowering perennial evergreen plant in the grass family Poaceae, is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. For over 5,000 years, Dracaena (the Bamboo plant) has been a beloved symbol of luck in many Asian cultures. Practitioners of Feng Shui often recommend the introduction of the Lucky Bamboo Plant into the home, to bring the residents health, love, and good fortune. It is thought that bamboo plants bring good luck because they grow quickly and are incredibly strong.
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