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Japanese Furniture is Akin to a Zen Koan

Posted on Nov 07, 2017

Tatami
Living Conversions through Japanese FurniturE

 "  In Kyoto,
    hearing the cuckoo,
    I long for Kyoto.

                           ~ Bashō Matsuo

Zen is a term that comes from the Japanese pronunciation of Chan, a Chinese word that finds its origin in Dhyana or meditation. Zen emphasizes rigorous self-control, meditation-practice, insight into Buddha-nature, and the personal expression of this insight in daily life, especially for the benefit of others.    

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Float on a Floor of Tatami Mats

Posted on Oct 25, 2017

Tatami
FLOAT everyday - WHILE YOU WALK, EAT, AND LIVE

 "  All the day long-
    yet not long enough for the skylark,
    singing, singing.  "

                           ~ Bashō Matsuo

As opposed to having a cheap, unnatural particle board core, faithful Tatami mats have a rice straw interior and a rush grass exterior, forming a true and traditional marriage in the Japanese spirit. It takes more time to manufacture a mat layered with straw that comes from rice, but the end result is more durable over the course of time.  

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Organic Futons: A great match for almost any room

Posted on Sep 24, 2017

Futon
A Versatile, Cost Effective, Comfortable, and Healthier way to sleep

 "  Arise from sleep, old cat,
    And with great yawns and stretchings...
    Amble out for love.  "

                           ~ Bashō Matsuo

If you are a millennial or gen X'er you may associate futon mattresses with sleeping on an uncomfortable, low-quality futon placed on a squeaky metal frame often found in places like Wal-Mart. We're here to tell you that not all futons are the same! Futons (布団) come from Japan, being a traditional quilted Japanese sleeping mat or mattress (敷き布団, i.e. shikibutton). 

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Non-Toxic Furniture for your Children, Tweens, and Teens

Posted on Jun 29, 2017

KidsProtecting your loved ones from noxious chemicals

 "  Puddles of sky.
    A child's first step
    in the clouds.  "

                  ~ Sandi Pray, USA

Families across the globe spend small fortunes on their children's needs, wants, and demands.  In 2017 expert's estimate the global children's clothing market will be worth $173 billion dollars!  With such a strong focus on providing the best for our most precious loved ones we often ignore the fact that they spend a 1/3 of their lives sleeping on beds that emit noxious chemicals!

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Modern Multifunctional Spaces: The Guest Room / Home Office

Posted on Jun 06, 2017

ElanUtilizing Multifunctional Space in your Guest Room or Home Office

 "  Experimenting...
    I hung the moon on various
    branches of the pine. "

                  ~ Hokushi

Guest rooms are often the smallest bedroom in the house, so it's common practice to use the room for other purposes when guests aren't staying over. This very modern approach to utilizing valuable space is a wonderful design trend, but it can be tricky to pull off well. Because guests often visit in pairs, you'd probably prefer to avoid a Twin or Full size bed if you can avoid it. However, a larger bed simply might not fit – or if it does fit, there won't be much floor space left over for your desk area, art easels, or crafting table.  

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