3 Tips for Aging in Place

A couple years ago I took an Aging In Place certification class.  I didn’t know what to expect, but it was interesting to see the different professions of people taking the class that included contractors, designers, occupational therapists and medical suppliers.  What is Aging In Place? Aging in Place about how to help older people …

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Easy, No-Sewing Masks for the Corona Virus

I hope everyone is staying home and is safe. As the news for the coronavirus changes daily, it’s hard just to keep up. I’m trying to keep my news consumption to a minimum and stay occupied by reading and writing. What are you up to? In the Greater Seattle area, they’re talking about making face …

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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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If We Remove Shoes in the House, Why Not Add Covers for Wheelchairs?

The Asian custom to remove shoes in the home seems to be gaining momentum throughout the world.  Many of my non-Asian friends are taking off their shoes too.  And why not!  It just makes for a cleaner, healthier home environment.  Plus, your carpets and floors stay cleaner for longer too.  Less mess, less stress – right? …

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Our Downsizing Story After One Year

It’s been a year since moving and as promised, I am finally reporting on our downsizing experience.  I just don’t know where the time goes! In my experience, I always find that there is a honeymoon period to moving.  Change can be exciting.  For those that are the curious type, it allows for opportunity to try new …

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How A Power Outage Made Me Reflect On How We Live.

The core concept of feng shui is “living in harmony with nature, in tune with the heart.”  Dr. Hsu always reminds us to live in accordance with nature, following her patterns.  This means we should rise at sunrise and rest at sunset.  We should also eat regional and seasonal foods.  But, today, with all our conveniences …

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Keeping Warm with a Hot Water Bottle

Here in Seattle we’ve had some pretty nasty weather the last week; snow, freezing rain, wind storm and just plain cold. It was so bad that they closed the airport temporarily, tens of thousands lost power, and there were a ton of accidents.  Many from the East Coast think we are pathetic because we can’t …

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Organize Plastic Shopping Bags

Here in Seattle there is a controversial issue regarding plastic shopping bags. The local environmentalists want to ban these bags from supermarkets, retail and convenience stores and charge 5 cents for paper shopping bags.  You can read more about this issue in the Seattle Times article by clicking here. I understand that “plastic” just doesn’t …

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