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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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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Thoughts on the Feng Shui and Interior Design of a Casino

Tonight at the dinner table somehow the conversation subject was gambling.  It’s amazing what the boys learn from T.V.   My sons have never been to a casino so their information does not come from experience.  One of my sons said he recalled a TV program saying that one had a 49% chance of winning on …

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Yin/Yang from an Interior Design perspective

From an interior design perspective, yin is the quiet or non-active areas of the house while yang is the active and places of gathering.  Yang rooms are the living room, kitchen and dining and the yin would be the bathrooms and bedrooms.  In the Yang room it is fine to have stimulating objects and colors …

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Defining your Design Style

There are many design styles, such as; traditional, classical, contemporary, craftsman, English country, French country, Tuscan, Art Nouveau, bungalow, modern, Victorian, eclectic, Scandinavian, Asian and so many more.  The list is endless!  With so many different styles, it is no wonder that we all get confused.  The question to ask yourself is, what design style …

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Feng Shui and Interior Design go hand in hand

My feng shui master, Dr. Shantung Hsu, always teaches me something new every time I visit with him.  It is so energizing to learn from such a knowledgeable yet most humble master.   Please check out his website and blog at  bluemountainfengshui.com The feng shui that we practice is called form school.  In form school, we …

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What is good interior design?

When I started out at design school I really didn’t understand the difference between interior decorating and interior design.  Interior decorating is what one would call the soft furnishings and embellishments.  This usually includes the non-permanent items such as window treatments, furniture, paint, art, etc.  Interior design includes everything inside the home including walls, fixtures, …

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