Live Well With Plants

If you are just like us and are desperate for some inspiration . We got something for you– a house decor beginning with a live wall.

Plants—and plenty of them—are an essential component of this house design. The fruits, fresh flowers and plants make this adorable breakfast nook a get-away heaven at home.

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A Hot Sustainable Trend from Fashion to Home in the Year of 2020

With the arrival of summer, we see cane, rattan, wicker objects from runway  to home all over the internet.

So, what do you think? Do these woven handbags just put you in a vocation mood?   These woven bags are seen to have their own charm—structured, functional, boho, artistic, vintage and unique.  They can perfectly combine with any outfit, formal or non-formal with an understated relaxing elegance.     Woven bags became popular in the 70s which was popularized by artist Jane Birkin that she wore for a walk. Then woven bags became a trend again in 2017 when several world designers showcased summer collections, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Charlotte Olimpia, Tory Bruch, Gucci and Chanel. In the year of 2020, these woven bags have became even increasingly popular thanks to their natural beauty.   Maybe, we all desire to have a piece of nature to ground and calm us and keep us cool in this strange time.

Luxury brands are taking materials such as rattan, straw, raffia and canvas and treating them with the same care and attention as they would high-end materials. What’s more, they are employing techniques more commonly associated with cottage industries – such as weaving, macramé and crocheting – to create pieces with a more handmade appeal.

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This high-low approach of combining natural materials with unique hand-made artisan skills has been adopted by the home industry too.  Woven furniture is having a moment according to ELLE Décor Trends for 2020.  They are not just for outdoor furniture anymore.  They are chic, fashion-forward, versatile, durable and functional and can elevate any space with their uniqueness without adding too much  visual weights into spaces. And most important, these natural beauties create a calming and soothing vibe in our home and truly promote our wellness.

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Nowadays woven furniture is more design-oriented and streamlined. They add a touch of warmth and sophistication to any modern  interiors.  You can click here to learn how to create a peaceful space by incorporating woven furnishings.

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11 Ways to Create the Most Serene Home Ever

With beginning of the post-covid life, businesses start to re-open. However, we all feel it may take a while to go back the Normal. So how our home makes us feel play such an important  role for our daily life both physically and mentally.  Today we are going to talk about 7 ways to create a serene home.

1. De-clutter and Organize.

It is truly no fun when you have accumulated a lot of things over years without scheduling time to clean them up. The number 1 thing for a healthy home is about the free flow of the energy. A cluttered home often has a sagging energy.

After the clutter has been cleaned out, it’s time to organize. When everything has a place, we have fewer things to worry about.

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6 Benefits of Organic Bedding

We are all pleased to see  a clouds of super relaxed and comfy cotton bedding in a dreamy  bedroom.  Bedding often serves as the statement piece around which an entire bedroom is designed.  But there’s a lot more to consider about bedding than just its thread count thanks to people’s more awareness of their own wellness nowadays. We have started to see organic  bedding has been increasing in popularity over the past decade.

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7 Ways to Design Wellness at Home IV- Home Fragrance for Aromatherapy

We talked about how color, light, plants, air quality, noise reduction..etc affect our well being at home in our recent blog series of 7 Ways to Design Wellness at Home.   You can click here for part Iclick here for part II   , and click here for part III. The more time we spend at home, the more important we feel home is to us.  Today, we are going to talk about one more important factor that will affect how we feel at home—the scent.  We often say Stop to Smell Roses. The sweet and fresh scent of those fresh roses often relaxes us and puts a big smile on our face in a second—that is the magical power of the natural fragrance.  Throughout history, fragrance has been used as a way to delight the senses. Some of the first known uses of fragrances date back to the times of the ancient Egyptians.   The Egyptians began incorporating fragrances and natural plants into ointments and other medical aids. The use of these fragrances and oils for medicinal purposes was the beginning of aromatherapy.  We now use scented candles, herbs, plants and flowers and diffuser to make  our  home smell great, not just for reducing nasty smells, helping clean the air of unwanted smells, but for improving our well being as  aromatherapy.

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7 Ways to Design Wellness at Home III-Smart Home Technologies

Today, we continue our 7 Ways to Design Wellness at Home–part III. You can click here for part I and click here for part II.  The environment we are in directly affects how we think and feel.  A beautiful home can always enhance our moods and make us happier.   Apart from that, a healthy and inviting home can also help us handle stress and fatigue more effectively.  Today, these insights take on new meaning  with new smart technologies that make home even more comfortable to live in since these smart home technologies make tedious, everyday tasks  simpler, and at the same time  boost our health and wellness.  An  effective smart home solutions take into consideration of our everyday emotional needs, desires, and routines.

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7 Ways to Design Wellness at Home II–Color

 

With our staying at home for such a long period, we realize how important home to us, particularly how our home make us feel. Wellness has gained its wave in residential design industry and we talked about 4 ways  of 7 ways to design a healthy human-centric home last week. You can click here to read this first part.   Today we are going to talk about the second part of this topic —-color.

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7 Ways to Design Wellness at Home I

With most of us staying at home over 7 weeks, we more and more realize how important our home is to us, specially a healthy home. By this coming Friday, some businesses in California will be re-open. But we know it will take a while to go back the normal. And  one of the facts of the new normal is that we will  still have to  spend more time at home. That being said, it may be a good idea to think a little bit deeper on how to create a home environment that makes us feel relaxing, soothing, comfortable and healthy.  Rooms that inspire wellness create more comfortable and livable space for our daily routines.  So, a  healthy home is the foundation for a healthy life.

From today, we are going to talk 7ways to design wellness at home

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10 Ideas to Bring in Biophilic Design to Your Home

You may have heard   the terminology biophilic design a lot.  the design concept has being grown popularity in architecture and design industry in the recent years.  Simply put this way,   biophilic design  is all about wellness by  incorporating natural elements – such as circadian lighting, natural sounds or scenes– into the modern living environment.  According to many researches, brining in elements of nature into the built environment can reduce stress and lower heart rates and blood pressure, while also increasing creativity, productivity and well-being. Corporations like Apple, Google and Amazon are at the forefront of instilling biophilic design in their workspaces, and the idea has spread to homeowners and designers.

The term “biophilia” which translates to “love of nature” appeared for the first time in 1984. Edward Wilson, an American biologist and influential theorist at the time wrote a book titled Biophilia thus popularizing the term. Wilson brought up a bold hypothesis in the book, arguing that humans have an innate tendency to seek and form connections with nature. He stated that people can benefit greatly when they’re in close contact with nature and suffer if they’re excluded from it. When people focused on urban spaces, their bond with nature has weakened, and as a result, their health deteriorated. At the same time, a study conducted by Roger Ulrich’s provided objective proof that our health is greatly impacted by our environment. These theories and conclusions lead to great changes in architecture and that’s how biophilic design emerged.

The easiest ways for most homes to incorporate biophilic design are via plants , windows, skylights,  and the use of natural materials (i.e. wood and stone) and natural sounds, and aroma. We have put 10 ideas for biophilic design at home.

  1. Big windows always guarantee to bring in a lot of natural light.

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2. And skylight in a room  is another effective way to bring in a lot of natural light.

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3. Live plants, green walls  and fresh flowers truly make any space alive.

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Amazing Williamsburg® Paint Color Collection by Benjamin Moore

Hi, guys, it’s Monday. So let’s enjoy some Monday Blue:

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The West Parlor at Washington’s Mount Vernon was first painted an eye-popping Prussian blue in 1787.
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As part of signature 18th century colonial colors, this Prussian Blue truly lighted up my Monday.

This morning, I came across the blog by Quintessence —At Home in Colonial Williamsburg with Anthony Baratta.  

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Collaborating with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Benjamin Moore actually introduced Williamsburg® Paint Color Collection with 144 colors back 2013.   Here are some of my favorites:

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Upper Walls:  CW-585  Ewing Blue
Lower Walls:  CW-30  Market Square Shell
Ceiling:  CW-595  Chesapeake Blue
Trim:  CW-5  Harwood Putty

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Walls:  CW-50  Tyler Gray
Ceiling:  CW-650  Palace Pearl

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Walls:  Washington Blue  CW-630
Highboy:  Cornwallis Red  CW-315

Here are several more:

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A stunning example of the depth of color unearthed by Colonial Williamsburg research is seen here in this powder room, painted in Carter Plum CW-355.

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Bassett Hall Green CW-480, shown on the walls of this stairwell, with risers in Geddy Gray CW-720, reflect how the traditional paint colors of the Williamsburg® Paint Color Collection can combine distinct colors for a fresh and sophisticated look.

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Well you can tell  that the color palettes for Williamsburg Paint Color collection are truly timeless and quite adapt to today’s contemporary living.
In case you are planning to do some fresh make-over for your home to celebrate the coming holiday season, this might be the perfect paint collection for you. And you can explore the whole Williamsburg® Paint Color Collection by clicking here
And of course, if you would like to learn more about autistic colonial colors in 18th century such as Prussian Blue I mentioned at the very beginning of this blog, you can click here to read more.
In addition, we have curated a set of Williamsburg home decor accessories for you here:

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The Chinoiseries door surround in the Supper Room of the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia, inspired the Fincastle Mirrors. Made of solid hardwood, covered in antique silver metal leaf with an antique lacquer finish. Get the Price

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The brass sculptures of tea drinking Chinese men, named “Hyson” and “Bohea” were inspired by 18th-century tea accoutrements held by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, for Chinese teas were popular in 18th-century Virginia. The historical impact of tea cannot be understated. British demand for tea wares sparked the Industrial Revolution, and a British tax on tea led to the American Revolution. Colonial Williamsburg’s bountiful collections of 18th-century tea wares – made to accommodate the new social ceremony?which are designed with a “Trend Meets Tradition” approach that keeps them fresh. The English have been smitten with Asian goods and designs “in the Chinese taste” since Catherine of Braganza brought a dowry of Asian trade routes to her marriage to King Charles II of England in 1662. The WILLIAMSBURG “Bohea” and Hyson” sculptures were motivated by a print in the Colony. Get the Price

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Take a step back through time while peering into the Governor’s Palace Mirror from the WILLIAMSBURG collection. The neoclassical design of the past has been updated to fit in any modern space. Get the Price

 

 

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Happy Monday with a Lot of Blue

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