Make a Living Room Feel More Energized

Does your living room feel organized and neat but you feel that something is missing? Being an interior designer and a feng shui consultant, I get the opportunity to visit a lot of different homes.  Living rooms come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are large, some are narrow, others have very high ceilings, while …

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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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The Energy of a Hand-made Dining Table from Reclaimed Wood

In feng shui, we say all things have energy.  That means inanimate things like dining tables have energy too. But not all dining tables have the same energy.   Unlike a factory made table, one made from reclaimed wood carries a different kind of unique energy. How do we assess this energy?  Through it’s chi.  The …

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Asian Lifestyle Design Holiday Zen Wish List

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are in the holiday season and thoughts of family and friends come into focus. Here is my Holiday Zen Wish List. This is centered on lots of comfort, warmth, and a bit of extravagance. I put this list together so it creates a whole evening experience from enjoying …

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How to Bring Chi to an Office with No Windows

Several clients have lamented that they have no windows in their office. One shared, “I don’t know if it’s sunny or raining. After a while, I have to get out of my office so I can see outside. I don’t know why, but I just want to know what the weather is like.” Imagine sitting …

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The Japanese Tradition of How to Work with Neutrals and Color Trends

Every year, the color industry expert, Pantone,  announces a new Color of the Year.  This year’s 2014 color is Radiant Orchid.  As the name suggests, it’s a radiant shade of lavender.   Creating trends are the brain child of marketers, who find a way to make everyone feel they have to stay up to date …

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What to Consider When Choosing Paint Colors for Your House

This spring, before we moved, we decided that our home was in need of a new coat of paint.  What color was I going to paint our house?  No worries.  I was all prepared with the perfect color and ready to go…. so I thought. When painting a house, you first have to decide if you want to …

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Our Downsizing Story – From 3,700 sq. ft. to 1,190 sq. ft.

I must apologize for not writing for nearly three months.  It’s been a very trying three months for me. After twelve years, we have sold our home and downsized.  With three boys, our 3,700 sq. ft. suburban home was spacious with a huge deck that commanded a fabulous view of the Olympic Mountains and Seattle in the …

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Are High Ceilings Better than Low Ceilings?

High ceilings bring about a sense of grandeur.  Ballrooms, theaters, arenas, cathedrals, and castles all come to mind.  These are all public spaces but how do high ceilings feel in a residential setting?  How do you feel in a home with a tall ceiling?  Are you impressed?  Do you feel cold? Many people rave about …

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