Japanese Architecture Shifts towards Modern Influences

March 18th, 2014

Japanese Architecture & Design is upheld to age old standards of beauty and finesse. This unique style has been preserved for hundreds of years and holds some of the original qualities that were seen during the Asuka and Nara period of Japanese history. This ingrained tradition has shown some changes to reveal a much more design that pulls from outside influences. The resulting blend is a modern Japanese style that is fascinating, relaxing, and remarkably original.

Modern Japanese Design

Traditional Features of Japanese Architecture

Traditional Japanese style is deeply rooted in an ancient architectural culture that dates back to the Kofun period. Sloping roofs are a staple of Japanese architecture, a distinctive characteristic that is a tell-tale sign of Japanese influences. Deep hisashi eaves are used to form sharp, straight lines.
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10 Ways to Get More Natural Light Into a Dark Room

February 25th, 2014

Finding ways to allow more sunlight into a dark room can brighten a space and lower your electric bill at the same time. Many homeowners are perplexed as to how to do this. Luckily, you don’t have to find a way to bring the sun closer. There are other ways that you can get more light into a dark room. Here’s what you can do!

How to Get More Light into a Dark room

1. Design Layout

Modify your design layout to minimize obstructions. You want to position objects in a way that will promote the flow of natural sunlight instead of inhibiting it. Sofas, bookshelves, partitions, and miscellaneous furniture should be placed in areas that won’t block sunlight.

How to Get More Light Into Dark Rooms

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2. Glass Doors – Interior and exterior

In areas where you have a limited supply of sunlight, you need to capitalize on every ray that you get. Glass entryway doors give your home an upscale and luxury appeal. The glass will allow more sunlight to enter into the living room of your home. Use traditional glass doors inside the home to allow natural light to travel from room to room rather than creating the cave like feeling that you’re used to.

Glass Interior Doors

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How Often Should You Be Washing Your Bedding?

February 21st, 2014

Washing your beds sheets on a regular basis is important to maintaining a healthy immune system. Ergoflex, a UK based Mattress Company conducted a study on 2,004 people. What they found is enough to make you cringe. Most notably, single men were found to only change their sheets an average of four times per year!

How often should you wash bed sheets
True or False: Humans can inhale dust mite feces. Answer at the bottom of this entry!

Why You Need to Wash Your Bed Sheets

While this may seem like a no-brainer, there’s a lot that you probably don’t know about your bed. Dirty bedding can cause a series of health conditions. Dust mites, bed bugs, and bacteria can make a home in your personal cot. What the naked eye can’t see will surprise you. Just check out this article.
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How the Look and Feel of Your Bedroom Affects the Brain

February 18th, 2014

Every time we go somewhere, we are influenced by our surroundings. The way that an entryway is decorated all the way down to the baseboards have a hand in our initial impression. What’s more, the way that a space looks can stimulate the brain to increase contentment or cause feeling of apprehension.

While you’re probably most familiar with the affect that lighting and color can have on our emotions, you may be surprised to learn that things like organization, architecture, and design layout can affect the brain. Follow these tips to use interior design as a way to influence your mood.

Bedroom Decoration Ideas

The Link Between Interior Design and Mood

Dutch Designer Merel Bekking conducted an experiment where she sought to find the perfect design. Her methodology was to use an MRI Scanner to detect preferences in the brain. She monitored variables such as material, color, texture, and shape. In her conclusion, Bekking found that the brain reacted the best to red, plastic, and closed organic shapes.
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15 Beautiful Tufted Headboards

February 11th, 2014

Tufting was originally used to attach upholstered cushion backs and seats. This vintage style of decor was popular in previous centuries but has begun to see a revival in modern design. This technique has transitioned from traditional to modern having been incorporated into contemporary furnishings. Tufting can be applied to headboards, sofas, ottomans, and even dresser drawers.

Gold Trim Tufted Headboard

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Tufting turns 2 dimensional fabrics into 3 dimensional pieces by adding depth and sophistication. It changes something that is plain into something that is visually enticing, dramatic, and ornate. Although these styles are a bit more decorative, they can be tailored to feminine or masculine tastes simply by altering the color scheme or type of fabrics used.
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Featured Product of the Month: The Luxe Modern Platform Bed

February 5th, 2014

Made in Italy by expert craftsmen, The Luxe Modern Platform Bed is a sight to see. A mesmerizing set of crocodile leather headboard cushions provide a brilliant texture that contrasts against a sleek lacquered finish. Filled with a seductive personality, the Luxe set speaks to you through a gorgeous Swarvoski Crystal inlay that begs you to kick off your shoes and take some time to relax.

Luxe Modern Platform Bed

This modish platform bed is available as a complete bedroom set. You can furnish your entire bedroom with ease. No need to mix and match. All additional furnishings are specially made to complement the Luxe Modern Bed. Lowered from $3,699.00, this item is now on sale for $2,799 during our Valentine’s Day Sale! See why it’s worth every penny.

Treat Yourself to First Class Living

The Luxe Modern Platform Bed offers upscale appeal with a distinguished appearance that is hard to imitate. A high gloss finish complements minimalist lines that shape bold contours of the low-profile frame. This keeps your bedroom looking clean and organized. An exotic custom crocodile leather effect wraps the headboard cushions with a striking exterior that is foreign and risqué.

Featuring contemporary styling that is fresh and exhilarating, this leather platform bed is outfitted with a one-of-a-kind crystal inlay. These are Genuine Strass Swarovski Crystal accents that dazzle in the light. Not only are they applied to the bed, this unique crystal inlay is featured on the matching dressers and nightstands to give your bedroom a uniform appearance. Orderly and highly fashionable, the Luxe Bed makes a bold statement that is hard to be ignored.

Luxe Modern Nightstand

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The Low Down on Linen Thread Counts

January 31st, 2014

Recently, I began to notice that my bed sheets were losing their gentle touch. I thought this may have been a figment of my imagination but after doing some research, I found an interesting secret. Most of us have been taught that thread count is the measure of quality when shopping for linens. This is a common misconception that has been distorted to the benefit of retailers.

The Truth About Linen Thread Counts

April White vs. Bed Bath & Beyond

Back in 2007, a lady by the name of April White won a settlement against Bed Bath & Beyond for falsely advertising thread counts. April bought an expensive set of 800 Natural Sheets but noticed that they felt scratchy when she arrived at home. Her friend was a lawyer and advised her to go ahead and get them tested in a lab. She found that her sheets were actually 408′s!

A Class Action Law Suit found that Bed Bath & Beyond had been doubling thread counts by using multi-ply yarns. April was rewarded $2,500 for the misrepresentation and all Bed Bath & Beyond customers who had purchased 2 ply sheets between August 1, 2000 and November 9, 2007 received full refunds.
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The Art of Mortise and Tenon Joinery

January 29th, 2014

Mortise and tenon joinery is a technique that has been around for ages. This joint uses an advanced woodworking technique that offers higher levels of construction and reliability. Mortise and tenon joints are known around the world and have even been found in structures deep within the Pyramid of Giza.

Mortise and tenon joinery is a woodworking technique that is used to connect pieces of timber together. Simple yet effective, this type of joint is reputed for its strength and professional presentation.

Mortise and Tenon Joinery

What is Mortise and Tenon Joinery?

Mortise joints can be the solution for many who are tired of having their drawers come apart and beds begin to sway as poor quality joints begin to loosen over time. Mortise and tenon joinery seamlessly fastens pieces of wood together by using notched pieces to provide a sturdy construction that doesn’t rely on unsightly screws and nails. The end result is a well-built bed that will hold together without necessitating tightening or other forms of maintenance.

There are many different type of mortise and tenon joints but all use the same principles. Variations in the way the two pieces fit together and the angle at which the joints come together are used for different applications. The mortise is a square or rectangular cavity that is cut into a piece of timber. The tenon consists of a rail that is inserted into the mortise.
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A Primer on Painting the Walls in Your Home

January 27th, 2014

Updating the interior of your home with a fresh coat of paint can be one of the quickest ways to boost the value of your home. Whether you’re a parent with an empty nest, or a new homeowner looking to personalize the interior of your home, painting can be a very rewarding project.

Home Painting Techniques

Painting is one of the most basic DIY home improvement projects. It’s a great way to put some sweat-equity into your home and it can be a fun activity to get the whole involved in. If you haven’t attempted one before, now’s the time to roll up your sleeves. Get ready to Pick Colors Like a Pro!

Painting Supplies

You might want to skip over this section but WAIT! There’s nothing worse then being in the middle of your project only to realize that you forgot to pick up one item. Cover all of your bases by running through this checklist of painting supplies before you get started. You will need a tape measure, painters tape, stir stick, sponge, paint roller, paint brushes, and a ladder if you plan on painting rooms with vaulted/high ceilings.

Finding the Perfect Color for Each Room

Choosing the right color for your home can be a very stressful task. After all, you’re going to have to live with it for a considerable amount of time. While your paint will serve as a canvas for your home, don’t forget that there are many ways to decorate walls. Remember to mirror your environment to a some extent or you’ll end up making one of the most common interior design mistakes. Nothing like a coastal design in the middle of the country!

Neutral Home Paint Ideas
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10 Creative Ways to Decorate Your Fireplace

January 24th, 2014

The fireplace is the focal point of the home especially during the cold winter months. Weather in the living room, bedroom, or even the bathroom, people love warming up around a toasty fire. It’s not enough to just insert a new fireplace and leave it at that. Decorating your fireplace will help change the dynamics of your home.

Ideas for Decorating Your Fireplace

Decorating your fireplace can be a fun and exciting task. In many ways, it is a flexible plan that can be updated if you stand back and notice an aspect that stick out. You can change the decor surrounding the hearth according to the seasons to keep your home lively and interesting. Nobody like staring at the same thing every day of the year. I found some creative ideas that will embellish your fireplace and keep your home looking presentable anytime company stops by!

Surround the hearth with a bookcase
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