Why Do Relationships Come to an End?

Relationships are complicated.  Only those in the relationship understand what’s going on between them.  Even if you’re the one in the relationship, we often wonder why they come to an end. The other day, I was talking with group of my girlfriends and the subject of friendships and relationships came up.  As the year is …

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What is the Feng Shui of Dark Mirrored Ceilings?

The function of mirrors is reflection.  For example, there are times in interior design where a mirror will be placed adjacent to a large sunny window.  The purpose behind this placement would be to reflect the outside greenery and allowing more sun to enter the home.  With more light and nature in the room, the …

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Vegetarian Sushi Secrets by Marisa Baggett

In Japan, the traditional vegetarian sushi fillings are cucumber, kampyo, which is a dried gourd cooked in a sweet soy based sauce, shiitake mushrooms, takuan, eggs, spinach, plum, shiso and sesame seeds.  I really do enjoy them all.  But, sushi is now not just a Japanese food.  It’s everyone’s food. It’s just like pizza.  The …

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Japanese Forest Bathing For Your Health!

Now is the season to go hiking and enjoy the outdoors.  Living in the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with many trails throughout the area that are easily accessible.  Well, now science has proven that not only is hiking in the forest a beautiful experience, it’s also great for your health! Imagine yourself on a …

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Tuna Spring Roll Recipe

The typical Asian spring roll has a combination of ground pork, beansprouts, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage and some bean thread.  However, this tuna spring roll recipe is definitely original, different, fun, and yummy! The are only four filling ingredients and you probably have them on hand:  tuna, onions, parsley, and mayonnaise!  Yup, you’re right, it’s not very Asian.  But, …

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A Mid-life Crisis Lifestyle Change – Saying Goodbye to City Life

There’s a saying in Japanese, “Ginsei Wakaranai Monda” meaning, “You just never know in life”. Me, the city girl is moving to the country.  As my sister said, “who would have ever thought that you would live in the country.”  How true.  You just never know in life. I’m a city girl, raised in the …

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Robots and Elderly Care, Japanese Style

In Japan, the population of the elderly continues to increase, so finding solutions to improve the quality of life of the aged is a priority.  As a nation who loves gadgets, it’s no wonder that in some situations they now use robots to care for the elderly. In Western society, this would sound extremely inhumane.  …

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Everyday Chinese Cookbook – by Katie Chin

In most Asian families, food and cooking are very much central to our lives.  We celebrate many special occasions using food as symbolism. But it’s the everyday cooking that grounds us, giving much comfort.  This post is a book review of Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook, 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen.  Just in …

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Improve Indoor Air Quality with Plants and Get Better Health

Many of us worry about air pollution and how it can affect our overall health, but have you ever thought about the indoor air quality in your home? As an interior designer, I understand how people assume that interior design is all about aesthetics.  It’s true that we want to make sure paint colors match …

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2016 Pantone Color of the Year-Rose Quartz & Serenity

This year for the first time in its history, Pantone chose not one but two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Why two?  Because they said, the two colors reflect the duality of the times.  One cool color and one warm color.  The two means connection, balance, order and peace. The color of the year often …

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