At this strange time, it is important to find joy in any moment. So, we decided to have a casual family picnic in our backyard last Saturday. It is spring and the weather is nice.
So under our lush lemon tree, we set up this picnic area. Yes, we want to use pink as base color since it will nicely contrasts with lush greenery and pastel spring blooms. And yes, we threw in a lot of plush pillows just to create that super comfy, chic laid-back vibes. Who wouldn’t?
And my Gosh, this is a truly heaven! And we love to mix and match different patterns of textiles just for some visual interest.
Wow, it is also such a special treat to do some reading right here. The greenery, spring blooms, lemon fragrance, sunshine,the nice breeze … etc, what could be better? Is this the best season of the year to enjoy our picnic at our backyard?
It is time to set up our cocktail table with some beautiful potted hydrangeas.
We are going to serve some home-made cocktails without sugar, rosé, Sauvignon Blanc
fresh fruits, cheese plates… Would like to join us?
And we love mix and match different patterns of textiles just for some visual interest. We also love collecting unique design of the wine bottles. We went a color palette of bright red, hot pink, pale pink, Classic Blue, light blue…. This is just such a dreamy spring color scheme that makes everyone happy.
The red on blooms is so romantic and cheerful.
Well, time to serve some wines!
So are you inspired to host your own backyard picnic or cocktail party?
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We spent approximately 90% of our time indoor. With practicing social distancing, quarantine, isolation or shelter-in strategies now during COV-19 pandemic , we even spend more time at home. Indoor quality plays even more important role for our health since allergies, asthma, lung cancer and heart problems have all been linked to poor air quality. And The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers.
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the area. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.
There are many sources of indoor air pollution. These can include:
Fuel-buring combustion appliances
Building materials and furnishings as diverse as:
Deteriorated asbestos-containing insulation
Newly installed flooring, upholstery or carpet
Cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products
Products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies
Central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices
According to the NAFA (National Air Filtration Association) 95-98% of indoor air is made up of particles smaller than one micron. Bacteria, smoke, viruses, and lung damaging dust all fit into this category. The filter you have in your home is designed to protect your heating and cooling system between its annual check-up and cleanings. It is NOT designed to protect you and your family. These filters don’t even keep your system clean much less filter out the other contaminants in your air. Trying to catch airborne particles that are harmful to humans with a standard filter is like using a tennis racket to kill mosquitoes. You may get a few bugs, but it’s pure luck when you do. So having an extra air filters is one of the ways to enhance indoor air quality. So how to choose a good quality air filter?
Most consumers have heard the acronym HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters in advertisements from manufactures of vacuum cleaners and air purifier products. But it’s easy to be confused and gloss over the fine print.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) technical standard specification for HEPA filters used by DOE contractors defines a HEPA as the filter shall exhibit a minimum efficiency of 99.97% at a test aerosol diameter of 0.3 micrometers (μm) in diameter from the air that passes through the filter.
Pay special attention to the last sentence because it is the numbers 99.97% and 0.3-micrometer that tell the only story that matters when it comes to home air purification. There are manufacturers use True HEPA (which captures up to 99.975% of airborn particles measuring 0.3 micrometers (μm) in diameter that pass through the filter) to different them from other manutacturers who use the term “True HEPA” are doing so because there are several misleading terms used by others such as “HEPA-type,” “HEPA-like,” HEPA-style,” or “99% HEPA.” “These would represent filter-based systems that do not satisfy the HEPA standard or may not have been independently tested.
That being said, let’s just summerize what we just talked about above, there are 3 criteria to choose a good quality air filter:
1. Looking for True HEPA labels.
2. Pay attention to the description such as “captures up to 99.975% of airborne particles measuring 0.3 micrometers (μm) in diameter that pass through the filter”
3. Design is important–looking for a modern, minimalism design which will either blend in your interiors or at least will not stand out and pleasant to look at.
We have 2 recommendations here:
The Sharp FP-F50UW Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA
The Sharp FP-F50UW Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA Filtration is ideal for small rooms in your home. This air purifier model effectively reduces pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, germs, bacteria, viruses, odors, mold, and fungus in your living space. There is a dual stage filter system including an activated carbon filter and long-life True HEPA filter, which captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns from the air that passes through it. Patented Plasmacluster Ion Technology disperses positively and negatively charged ions throughout the room to safely break down microorganisms and odors (even those trapped in fabric, carpeting, and drapery!). It is an ideal solution for allergy sufferers, asthmatics, pet owners, and smokers, and best used in a bedroom, living room, study, or exercise room. There are 3 manual fan speeds. The air purifier unit has LibraryQuietTM operation (as quiet as 29 decibels, or the sound of rustling leaves) and is ENERGY STAR(R) rated, so you can run the unit continuously while saving money and energy.
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SHARP HEPA AIR PURIFIER WITH PLASMACLUSTER® ION TECHNOLOGY FOR MEDIUM ROOMS (FPK50UW)
A breath of fresh air in any medium-sized room, the Sharp FPK50UW Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA Filtration effectively reduces pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, germs, bacteria, viruses, odors, mold, and fungus in your living space. There is a three-stage filter system including an activated carbon filter and long-life True HEPA filter, which captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns from the air that passes through it. The micro screen pre-filter for larger particles is washable and helps to extend the life of your filters.
Patented Plasmacluster Ion Technology disperses positively and negatively charged ions throughout the room to safely break down microorganisms and odors (even those trapped in fabric, carpeting, and drapery!) The FPK50UW air purifier is an ideal solution for allergy sufferers, asthmatics, pet owners, and smokers, and best used in a bedroom, living room, study, or exercise room.
“Plasmacluster Express Clean” gives you sixty minutes of high-density Plasmacluster Ion production and high-fan speed for an extra boost of clean when you need it, and a hands-free return to the prior mode when complete. The unit has LibraryQuiet™ operation (as quiet as 22 decibels, or the sound of rustling leaves) and is ENERGY STAR® rated, so you can run the unit continuously while saving money and energy.
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Everyone is probably busy with stocking up food and grocery essentials. Just a curtsy reminder that when you stock up these supplies, please consider other people need to stock up theirs too. So be kind and thoughtful specially at this crisis moment.
Just share some tips how we stock up our food.
1. Choose something healthy. Those nutrients-dense food will provide us necessary vitamins, minerals, etc and help us enhance your immune system
We love millet and it is one of the healthiest staples to replace wheat or grains since it is gluten-free and grain-free. A cup of cooked millet contains about 207 calories with over 6 grams of protein, 2 grams of dietary fiber, and less than 2 grams of fat. It is rich in minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and selenium as well as essential vitamins like folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and Vitamins B6, C, E, and K. Click here to learn more
2. Have plenty fresh greens and vegetables.
We always get plenty of cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables are vegetables of the family Brassicaceae (also called Cruciferae) with many genera, species, and cultivars being raised for food production such as cauliflower, cabbage, kale, garden cress, bok choy.
Most cruciferous veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals such as folate and vitamin K. Dark green cruciferous veggies also are an excellent source of vitamins A and C. They’re also rich in phytonutrients — plant-based compounds that may help to lower inflammation and reduce the risk of developing cancer. Click here to learn more about cruciferous veggies’ benefits and recipe.
3. Make sure you have enough Omega-3 fatty acid intakes. Omega-3 (n-3) essential fatty acids are extremely healthy, and they should be an important part of your everyday diet.
Unlike other fatty acids, omega-3s are essential fatty acids, meaning that your body does not produce them on its own. You need to get them from your diet. This should be a priority because omega-3s can. Click here to read more
Canned sardine, canned wild-caught tuna and salmon are all great sources for your omega-3 fatty acids. Based on several researches, canned sardine and tuna still keep all of the nutrients pretty well. And we often purchase canned fish with Safe Catch label( see the label in the above photo).Safe Catch tests every fish for mercury. Sustainably wild caught. Cooked to retain all nutrients and flavor.
We are practicing social distancing over the weekends: no gallery visits, no going to bars & restaurants as we usually do at this special moment of coronavirus outbreak not only for us but for other people who are senior and have weaker immune system as well. This morning Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that much more needs to be done to slow the spread of the novel corona virus and help the economy cope, urging Americans to significantly curb their social activity and practice social distancing. Even though you are young and healthy, you may carry the virus without any symptom and pass them to other people who are senior and weaker.
So we spend more time hiking and it is fascinating.
It is excited to see the blossoms and colors since Spring is here. As they said, “In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.”
Also they said, “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
We were invited toBarakat Gallery last Saturday for LA renown contemporary artist Robert Vargas‘s new portrait works’ opening reception. We really like how Robert’s contemporary artworks contrast with Barakat’s ancient antique collections. It is also such an amazing learning experience by observing Robert’s creating process. As a portrait artist, although his work is in abstract art, he spent quite some time to adjust lighting to make sure the lighting is right for his art creation process. I noticed that he did apply those lighting effects on his model’s portrait drawing, which is very fascinating,
And he did spent a little time to chat with his model and tried to understand him.
When he started the process, he started from drawing his eyes.
Then a lot of fine tuning.
And he finished the whole creation process without any pause.
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Kohler plays big on artisan floral design for their sinks again. These floral sink designs are perfect for your powder rooms.
2. Love, love the colorful finishes on kitchen faucets. They truly bring fashion into the busy hub of home with a dose of humor . So, your kitchen is a place where you can laugh loudly and relax at the end of the day.
3. Tubs don’t need to be just in white finish. Life is more fun with colors.
4. Kohler really plays next level on their bath lighting fixtures thanks to LED technology. These adorable lighting fixtures are just like jewels in your bathrooms.
5. Mable tiles with brass inserts will guarantee to elevate your master bath in a magical way.
6. In case you are going to do some serious Chinese cooking:
7. Another way to make your kitchen & bath adorable:
We often have fun to mix high and low, old and new and of course different aesthetics. Mixing of all kinds will add interest and character into the space. In order to keep the cohesive vibe overall, we will have to use some common elements to thread through the different layers. And here is the case study for the corner space for the project we recently designed. We would like to create a chic, fresh, elegant, polished decor style while still keeping it inviting and cozy. Here is how we did it—today, we are going to share 6 tips on how we artfully mix high and low, modern and classical, old and new to achieve this goal.
Rule #1, always keep an overall color palette neutral if you are going to take a mix& match approach.
Hi, guys, we continue to feel blue today (not sad at all) with From Red carpet Fashion to Home Series. For Billy Porter’s inspired all white interiors, you can click here. For tabletop tips from 77th Golden Globe, you can click here, For Renée Zellweger’s inspired baby-blue interiors, you can click here
And today, we are going to talk about Classic Blue from 77th Golden Globe.
Yes, Classic Blue, Pantone color of the year 2020, obviously are the highlights on 77th Golden Globe.
We feel pretty excited to see how these stars dressed in Classic Blue on the Academies. It is fresh and cool. As you can tell, Classic Blue can be elegant, sexy, noble, royal, or handsome and fashion-forward. The color really makes stars look fabulous on the red carpet.
And we round up some interiors featured with Classic Blue to pair with the above blue outfits. From lacquered midnight walls to sumptuous cobalt textiles, this timeless hue has exploded back onto the design scene in rich iterations. The royal shade’s ability to be both cool and serene or punchy and loud has made it a reliable go-to for designers.
Ready to refresh you home with a touch of Classic Blue, click the following every images for details:
Hi, guys, just let you know if you feel a little bit sad that the holiday season is over, I have a good news for you that Chinese New Year is coming. Yes, Chinese New Year is on 25th of this month and this year is Year of the Rat and you have to celebrate it in a big way because the year of the rat always indicates a big fortune coming to you. So be ready to receive it.
Well, Do above these adorable rats put a big smile on your face? They are created by Shaun Teo Creations in Kuala Lumpur. I am a big fan of Shaun Teo Creations on Instagram. They craft all kinds of cute cakes for different festivals and events. I have been always got inspired by their work. I believe they are now opening pre-orders for those lovely Chinese New Year’s cookies. Just check them out on Instagram.
So, today , since I am truly inspired by the red color they use for their product, I going to talk about Color of Red in home decor.
Red, corresponding with fire, symbolizes good fortune and joy. Red is found everywhere during Chinese New Year and other holiday celebrations and family gatherings.
Here are some inspirations.
Red, specially lacquer red on walls makes rooms look sumptuous and elegant. And of course, you always can choose red as an accent color.