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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Many Feng Shui Teachings Consider a Red Door Auspicious. Is There an Ideal Color for a Front Door?

Master Hsu and I are working hard on finishing our book Feng Shui: Truths, Myths and Misconceptions. This article was taken from the book, to give you a taste of what’s to come. So is there an ideal color for a front door? True Feng Shui concepts never suggest one color is better than another …

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