Asian Inspired Living Room Décor

A guest post by  Design Shuffle. Natural, serene, soothing, calm and Zen are often used to describe Asian-inspired design and the environment it creates. Many Asian interiors are in large part the result of bringing the outdoors inside through the use of natural materials and the colors of nature. A minimalist approach is also a …

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10 Interior Design Tips for Large Rooms

Large rooms with high ceilings feel grand and spacious. Yet on the other hand, they can be difficult to work with for design purposes as it gets complicated to accessorize and place furniture.  Many times we separate spaces using furniture, plants and accessories to imply walls.  Such grand rooms need large scale furniture,  wall hangings …

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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs – To Use or Not To Use

Compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFL’s, are now being promoted as an easy way to conserve energy.  Compared to the regular incandescent light bulb using CFL’s can save up to $30.00 over it’s lifetime.  It sure sounds good.  So, in the beginning I went out and bought many CFL’s in different shapes and wattage.  It …

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New Trends in Tile for an Asian Aesthetic

A few days ago I visited a tile showroom in Bellevue called Ambiente, which specializes in European tile.  Their tile designer Stephanie Lappano guided me to what’s new in the tile market.  It’s always a fun outing to see and learn about new trends, as materials change constantly.  As I tend to gravitate toward a …

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Is Your Birthdate Relevant to the Feng Shui of your Home?

Just as there are many schools of martial arts, there are many schools of feng shui. I studied Form School feng shui and under their principles, they do not consider the birth date of the residents relevant to the feng shui of the home. If the feng shui consultant is from a cosmology feng shui …

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Multi-Functional Spaces from a New Perspective

The traditional concept of multi-functional spaces is deeply rooted in Asian culture. In Japan, the modular rooms would change in size with the use of the shoji sliding doors.  Two six mat tatami rooms could transform into a twelve mat room where the family could enjoy their meals together by opening the shoji doors and …

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