Philosophical Secrets Behind Feng Shui Design

July 29th, 2014

Feng Shui teaches the art of living harmoniously with the energy of the surrounding environment. Literally translated, Feng Shiu is Chinese for “Wind and Water.” It’s a powerful idea that goes beyond trickling water and soothing arrangements; Ancient Chinese rulers believed that Feng Shui could change a person’s entire destiny.

Ancient History

Feng Shui Building Architecture

“The Arch” is the 19th talles building in Hong Kong. It’s built with a hole in the building to promote a positive flow of energy according to Feng Shui. (CC)

Feng Shiu is an ancient philosophical practice that dates back to Neolithic China that thrived in 2200 BCE. Farmers would grow fields in designated areas that would provide shelter from violent winds while feasting on the endless flow of winding streams. The understanding of the Earth’s surface was seen to yield an abundance of wealth and prosperity.

The process of local selection continued through the ages as Imperial rulers built entire cities based upon the relation to the physical terrain. The understanding of Feng Shui was so powerful that many emperors even outlawed normal subjects from learning about Feng Shui for fear of empowerment.

Mao Tse-Tung was a notable practitioner of Feng Shiu Arts. It is said that Feng Shui played a monumental role in his rise to power. So much so that Mao Tse-Tung (Mao Zedong) destroyed text on this practice, clouding our true understanding of Feng Shui principles. Some of the survived pieces were transported to Taiwan, which led to the spread of Feng Shui in other Asian cultures outside of China.

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The History Behind Japanese Kaidan Dansu Step Chests

July 23rd, 2014

Kaidan-Dansu is one of the most popular types of Tansu cabinets. These step chests were used to form staircases to upper lofts and attics. Said to originate from Western Japan in the economic center of Osaka, Kaidan Dansu cabinets are boxed step cabinets that double as a ladder. These step chests have a storied past with evidence of their being since 1702 as documented by Kansai printmakers that reveal depictions of Hako Kaidan.

Kaidan Dansu History

Townscape illustrating two story housing courtesy Toyoharu.

Nobody knows who made the first kaidan dansu step chests. This is evident in the many different explanations as to the original intent and purpose behind the architectural construction of these tansu cabinets. Whatever the case, kaidan dansu holds a special place in Japanese furniture fashion history.

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Sleeping Through History – a Timeline of Sleep Culture and Bedding Technology

July 21st, 2014

Sleep is one of the most crucial processes we all participate in, and despite the fact that we have spent the majority of our human history trying to devise ways to make our sleeping hours more comfortable, it wasn’t until the last 25 years or so that we’ve truly begun to understand all the nuances and subtleties of sleep. We know the benefits of a good night’s sleep, and we are keenly aware of the downsides to missing out on good rest. We even have some good theories as to why we dream, devised within the last few decades. And with improved archaeological methods, we are uncovering more and more of our sleep history.

The timeline of sleep culture and bedding technology is a fascinating one, but is filled with lots and lots of minutiae; we’ve taken the liberty of distilling it down to a simple infographic. Check it out below, and then read the fun random sleep facts after the timeline! (Click to view full size)

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Sleeping Through History - an infographic timeline on beds and sleeping from

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The Difference Between Modern, Contemporary, Transitional, and Traditional Design

July 17th, 2014

I’ve been working in the furniture industry for over 5 years now, enough to know how quickly trends can change. But while fashion sense may evolve quickly, the labels tend to stay the same. Let’s try and break through the confusion.

In the furniture business, trends rise and fall so quickly that people outside the industry rarely even realize they missed a trend at all. After all, trends in furniture are still typically categorized under essentially the same banners they’ve been attributed to since the 70′s. This can sometimes lead to confusion, especially among new furniture buyers and budding interior designers.

Or, should I say, it can sometimes lead to even more confusion than the labels themselves already convey. When people are seeking out a certain look for their home, they will most likely encounter labels like “modern” and “contemporary” and “transitional” and “traditional” – huh? While you may be able to guess the difference between “modern” and “traditional” well enough, could you spot a “contemporary” sofa set from a “modern” one? Or a “transitional” bed frame from a “traditional” or “antique” one?

Interior Design - whatever your style, it really pulls the room together.

Interior Design – whatever your style, it really pulls the room together. – via Flickr (CC).

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When Bed Bugs Attack! – Bed Bug Infographic

July 3rd, 2014

Read through fun facts in this Bed Bug Infographic. 1 in 5 people have experienced bed bugs before. Do you know how to spot them? Find out everything you need to know about bed bug infestations to make sure that they don’t bite you tonight!

Are Bed Bugs Sucking the Life Out of You?

According to the CDC, bed bugs (cimex lectularius) are small, flat parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Bed bugs are reddish brown in color, wingless, range from 1mm to 7mm (roughly the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny).

There are no known health risks associated with bed bugs but they can cause itching, scratching, bit marks, and allergic reactions in some people. Bed bugs are the most difficult pest infestation to control by far.

When Bed Bugs Attack Infographic

Bed Bug Infographic

Bed Bug Infographic © Platform Beds

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How to Remove Baseboard Molding Without Damaging Drywall

June 25th, 2014

The trick to remove baseboard molding without damaging drywall is to use a 2 x 4″ piece of wood in between the prybar and the wall. Removing baseboards can cost you no money or it can cost you a couple hundred dollars if you poke holes in your walls while you’re at it.

I’m going to show you how to remove baseboard moulding without damaging your walls. It’s so easy a girl can do it! I first came across this idea when I was on twitter (of all places) and saw a blog post from Sandra Powell from Saw Dust Girl. Thanks for the inspiration Sandra!

How to Remove Baseboard Molding without Damaging Wall

How to Remove Baseboard Molding without Damaging Wall. (Photo Credit: Sitka Projects)

Baseboard Moulding Removal Made Easy

By using a 2 x 4″, the wood will distribute the pressure across a larger surface area on the wall. This will eliminate the likelihood of damaging your walls and busting holes all over the place.
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Bedwetting 101: Why Does My Child Wet the Bed

June 20th, 2014

Many parent’s ask the question, Why does my child wet the bed every night? This infographic will provides data to help you understand. Although I don’t have any kids of my own, I do recall a time when my little brother used to always wet his bed. I learned a lot from this experience.

We tried many things to cure his bedwetting to no avail. I researched for hours and hours to figure out how to stop a child from wetting the bed. I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about bed wetting.

First, I’d like to start by sharing this bedwetting infographic with you. I came across it on a website called Kids Bed Lands (what a cute name). Although it looks very cutesy, it’s filled with great information.

Bed Wetting Infographic - Nocturnal Enuresis

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How to Remove Scratches from Wooden Furniture

June 16th, 2014

Whether you plan on touching up your bed, dressers, coffee tables, or cabinets, removing the scratches from your home furnishings can take away years of wear. No matter how much you care for your furniture, it’s bound to happen so it’s great to know what you can do to get rid of those irksome marks.

How to Remove Scratches from Wood Furniture

Heirloom items can be passed down from generation to generation with just a light touch up here and there! Image courtesy Huntley Furniture Medallion.

It’s not easy to keep your furniture clean. If you have more repairs that need to be made you can click on the link below this paragraph.  All of these techniques can be applied to wood floors as well.  This can save you from resurfacing the entire flooring in your home.

[READ: Removing Dings, Dents, and Uh Oh's from Wood Furniture]

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Removing Dings, Dents, and Uh Oh’s from Wood Furniture

June 13th, 2014

This article will teach you how to remove dents and dings from wooden furniture. These guys can be an eye-sore and even a heart-breaker when seen on your favorite pieces.

You can try these techniques to remove imperfections from your coffee tables, desks, beds, and even wood floors. This can be a life saver and save you a whole lot of headaches, especially if you have children. Who’s ready to learn how to remove dents from wood furniture!

Rustic Acacia Console

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A Guide to Decorating Your Bed with Pillows

June 2nd, 2014
Oversized Gold Bed Pillows

Oversized pillows create a casual and relaxed feeling that makes the room have the feel of a resort lounge. Gold works well with taupe colors. via Chicinteriors1.

Decorative pillows can change a drab and bland room into something that is colorful, stimulating, and joyful. Nobody wants to throw away their favorite pillow (the flat and worn out one), but these ideas might give you some inspiration. Not to mention, you should be tossing out your pillow every 2 years. This guide will show you how to decorate with pillows like a pro.

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