Soaking In This Luxury Tub, I Can't Help But Feel Like Top Ramen. Toss in Some Bath Salts & MSG, Please!
Oh wait, this was built in Singapore. Prolly different rules there....Also, explains how clean it looks!
Asha Tea House is my new favorite Berkeley tea joint! Not just because their tea is delish (HK Milk Tea is my staple) but because the level of detail and design owner David Lau and designer Diana Lui put into it is astonishing! In true Millenial fashion these 2 blogged about the Asha story, from demolition to grand opening. I think all people who remodel their homes/business should memorialize the process. 'Before & After' pix just aren't enough now! We want to see the In-Between! Read my article for BerkeleySide here about Asha's tea and store design!
Another one of my helpfully hilarious videos for San Francisco Chronicle! My 2 favorite topics, houses & gender! You know I HAD to slip in some one-line zingers. Did you share a bedroom with a sibling? LMK!
My Home Decor video series for the San Francisco Chronicle continues. Today's topic is "large window styles"! Click my pic to open. What are your favorite window styles?
The feng-shui concept is a 3000-year-old Chinese discipline that was first used for tomb sites. It became involved not only with the remains of the dead, but the way the whole kingdom worked with each other. While a complete feng-shui transformation may be quite difficult- you can start simple. A few items can provide inspiration, allowing you to build your home in the style and conceptual basis of zen living.
1.) Emptying the Cup: A well-known Japanese practice goes something like this: a visitor wants to experience Zen. The master, serving tea, keeps on pouring the visitor’s cup full- but doesn't stop. When told by the visitor that no more will go into the cup- the master simply replies that similar to the cup- one is full of her own opinion. No one can experience Zen unless the person empties the cup. What’s the relevance, here? It's simple- the clutter must be cleared. As Rodika Tchi asserts, this is an “essential” step to experiencing feng-shui in the home.
2.) Learn the Five Elements of Feng-Shui: By integrating feng-shui inspired elements you can incorporate these time-honored traditions in your home:
4.) What’s Your Kua Number and Lucky Directions? First, find your Kua number; Then use a feng-shui directions chart to locate your lucky directions. Once you determine both items you can begin to re-work your space to accentuate the direction. For instance, maybe you can turn some sofas to the correct direction to revitalize better energy. From sofas to your bed, the dining area, and much more, these can play a pivotal role in the feng-shui of your home.
5.) Don’t Forget About the Outside: Utilizing the practical guidelines for the five feng-shui elements you can apply them to outside your home as well. For instance, look for triangular items to enhance the fire element in your garden. Do the same for other elements in order to achieve the correct level of energy- feng-shui doesn't only apply inside of your home.
6.) Pay Attention to the Upkeep: In feng-shui, the fluidity of energy and the element is central to the concept. In other words, the energy can easily be influenced with your actions. As, in the initial step, the cup was emptied, one must be careful not to disturb the positive flow of energy. Staying mindful of the elements and energy can allow you to maintain the positive state of feng-shui in the home.
Alan Bryan guest blogs above for Habitat For Hermanity. Born and raised near Silicon Valley, Alan's parent's had high hopes for him. Those hopes did not include gaming. Fortunately, Alan was able to channel his love of gaming into a career as a journalist...focusing on gaming. Both Alan and his parents have accepted this compromise.
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As many of you know, San Francisco Chronicle teamed up with me for their Home Decorating Video Series! First topic is about Baroque interior design tips. Watch as I deftly weave in men in tights & Madonna (Can't help it. It's my frame of reference!). Bust out that powdered wig & enjoy!
I'm super excited to announce my new home design video series for the San Francisco Chronicle! Enjoy!
"Designing your home is a great way to give a fresh new look to an old space, or just open up a room and make it feel larger. Get tips on how to decorate your room and have fun while you're doing it with help from a real estate personality, broker, writer, speaker and video blogger in this free video series."
Watch this proposed design whereby a parking structure transforms into a housing structure! In theory it works, but what if people are on different schedules? And moving the furniture everyday so the apt can collapse will be a pain. Probably best for long distance commuters or business travelers! What do you think?
What do you think of Apple's new Campus 2? It's a 300,000 sq ft spaceship donut equipped for 13,000 employees! Assuming Cupertino gives the greenlight, expect this campus to debut in 2015.
With most realtors and clients going mobile, real estate brokerages must realize attractive offices aren't just recruiting tools but they can help draw in remote workers who spend much of their time logging in from home or from a Starbucks. "It's not enough to have a great office to entice people for great hiring, you actually have to have a great office just to entice them to come into the office," said Jason Freedman, CEO of commercial real estate website 42Floors. "If they see no difference between working from the living room or working from the office, they'll just work from the living room and you'll lose some collaboration potential." (via SF Gate)
If I see another super-sized Buddha face portrait, I'm gonna ommmmmmmmmm myself to death! It's becoming one of the most cliched staging pieces as of late. Let's face it: Buddha Face = ButtaFace!
From Gothic to Guido! Can you imagine what Snooki would have told those priests in the confession booth?! Details and more pix about Evolution Bar found here.
Watch this concrete block transform into a luxury home! This "Safe House" is designed for ultimate security with only 1 entrance by drawbridge on 2nd floor. The home becomes encased in bullet proof shell. Crazy. (via my friends at abodograph)
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