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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Modern Showers vs. the Japanese Soaking Tub?

I must admit that I take water for granted.  Hot water for baths and showers, adjustable temperatures for laundry, and filtered iced water from the refrigerator are all conveniences that we enjoy with the push of a button or turn of a knob.  As the end user, I don’t really think about how this all …

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Modern Hardware that Matches a Japanese Aesthetic

Photo by deviantart.com The modern Japanese aesthetic design is based on a minimalistic approach stemming from the fact that space is a premium. If you have lived in a small space, you understand that with just a few items scattered around the room, it looks messy.  This is because with a limited area, the focus …

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The Japanese Aesthetic of Wabi Sabi

In the design world, I have heard many Westerners talk about the Japanese wabi-sabi (侘 寂) aesthetic. It’s difficult to describe many traditional Asian terms in English because not only is there no direct equivalent word, the Asian definition itself is very vague.  Many times, Westerners are confused as to why Asians can’t explain something …

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How to Arrange your Living Room Furniture

image from pixabay Arranging your living room furniture can be a challenge.  One must always understand the relationship between the size of the room to the size and number of furniture pieces. The other day I was trying to help arrange the furniture in a client’s living room when I noticed that each piece they …

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