ikebana, dry flower, flower

Japanese Autumn Ikebana

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement.  Ike means ‘live’ as in ‘fresh’ flowers and bana comes from hana which is flower.  When two characters are connected the pronunciation changes, therefore hana becomes bana. When Buddhism arrived in Japan from China during the 6th century, they brought along floral offerings.  This slowly evolved into …

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living room, family room, great room

Creating Zones In Your Home

Unlike the homes of the 70’s and 80’s where the kitchen, dining and living rooms were all separated into individual rooms, families today enjoy the use of a great room.  The great room usually incorporates the kitchen, family room and casual dining area.  We tend to watch T.V. and generally ‘live’ in this space.  This …

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