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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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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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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2014 Pantone Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

Spring is here and I’m finally feeling Pantone’s color of the year – Radiant Orchid.  It’s fresh and uplifting.  However, I would prefer to call it a clean, intense lavender.  By clean, I mean it’s not muddied, there is no strong influence of yellow, red, blue, or black.  Maybe it’s just me, but the name, …

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Pantone Color of the Year 2013 – Emerald Green!

  For those who follow the Lunar Calendar, Happy Chinese New Year!  With the New Year comes a new color trend.  The 2013  Pantone color of the year is Emerald.  Coming from the “Emerald City” Seattle, I am all for green.  It’s one of my favorite colors. Although I love green, for interior design purposes, Emerald Green is …

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