Archive for the ‘Japanese Decor’ Category

Why Choose Bamboo Rugs Over Traditional Carpeting?

Monday, January 14th, 2013

bamboo rugCreating a Zen-inspired living space in your home may require quite a bit of renovation, particularly if you’re room includes traditional carpeting.  It’s not that a room cannot be Zen-like with regular rugs, but it is customary to use more organic materials.  Many Asian homeowners forgo carpeting altogether in favor of hand-woven tatami mats or hardwood floors, but there is another popular floor covering – bamboo rugs.

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Why Choose Traditional Hand-Tufted Rugs Over Bamboo?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

traditional surya oasis rugThere is much disagreement among home decorators about whether floor coverings should be part of a room’s design.  Many designers subscribe to the belief that patterned rugs are distracting and they draw the eye away from the more dimensional elements of a room’s décor.  Conversely, modern designers tend to enjoy using colors and patterns in carpeting to dictate a room’s overall palette.  Looking at some of the rooms displayed in Architectural Digest or Metropolitan Home, it would seem that both arguments are equally supported by award-winning designs.  Like many other concepts in home décor, the choice of a traditional rug over an organic surface comes down to personal taste.

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Good Fortune Tea Set

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012


This inviting porcelain tea set will capture the moment for the holidays and make a lasting impression all year long. Made of high quality, heavy porcelain in a soft shade of green, the tea set has the Kanji character for good fortune and a single seal on the teapot and on each cup. The set includes a tea pot with a bamboo handle and four cups. Stainless steel strainer basket is included. Attractively boxed, it makes a wonderful gift or a special treasure just for you!

Ikebana Japanese Vase

Sunday, November 11th, 2012



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Ikebana is a centuries old Japanese art form which brings together nature and humanity through flower arranging. Translated as the “way of the flower,” the emphasis is placed on simplicity and highlighted through the shape, graceful lines and form of the stems and flowers used.

Originating in the 16th century, the Japanese created ikebana flower arrangements as offerings to Buddhist Temples placing the flowers and branches upwards toward heaven as symbols of their faith.

The ikebana process invokes quiet reflection to appreciate and connect with nature, identifying the beauty in all forms. Through this process the practitioner in turn, found solace of mind, body and spirit.

We are pleased to offer these beautifully designed Ikebana vases offering the simplicity of Japanese design and style. Available in your choice of three premium woods, that will enhance any room and bring a natural element to your design. The legs of the vase are finished in a complementary wood that creates a designer touch. Distinctively designed, the iron bowl sits beneath the base. A kenzan frog is included to hold the stems securely in place.

Each type of wood is finished with the highest quality Danish oil. To complete the Zen look, polished black stones are included and can be arranged to your liking.

Ikebana Vases


–     Maple     -     -   Cherry    -     – Mahogany –





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Adding one or two single stemmed flowers can bring both beauty and nature to your sacred space. This Japanese vase measures approximately 8 1/2" long, 3"
deep and 3 1/2" tall. Available for $39.00 each and proudly handcrafted in the USA.

Tranquility is Easy with Ikebana, Rock Cairns and Fountains

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

rock cairnsTrue inner peace and serenity is hard to come by these days.  With all the distractions from the media, cell phones, job stress and jam-packed schedules; it’s no wonder we have so little time left over to relax.  People need to find quick and satisfying ways to decompress and detach from the outside world, and Zen gardening is a great way to do this.

Unlike traditional American gardens which consist mainly of flowers, a Japanese garden maintains a much lower profile.  Tranquility is the primary goal of a Japanese garden, so it’s just as likely to contain fountains and rock sculptures as it is to be minimalistic.

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The Iconic Influence of Japanese Home Décor

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

japanese home decorOne of the most recognizable styles used by interior designers is Japanese home décor, much of which has its roots in Buddhism.  Influenced by the spiritual teacher, Siddharta Gautama (aka Buddha), Japanese design is often anchored by the harmonious proportions and the graceful lines of a Buddha statue.  But over the years, the Asian school of interior design has been influenced by many other principles.  One of these is the “Zen state of mind” that comes from Zen Buddhism, a lifestyle that aims for a state of continuous enlightenment through meditation and wisdom.

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What Can Shoji Dividers Do for Your Rooms?

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

shoji dividers + roomsIt’s funny how one day we can love the look of our home, and the next day every room looks like it needs a facelift.  Short of splurging on a lot of new furniture and room décor, Shoji dividers can make rooms look more organized and unique.  When you infuse your home with stylish Japanese Shoji dividers, rooms take on a sensuous and elegant look that is not easy to achieve in other ways.

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Tatami Beds – A New Way to Look at Sleep

Monday, May 7th, 2012

tatami bedsMost Americans have been conditioned to believe that they must sleep on a thick mattress to get a good night’s sleep.  This belief is as much a part of the culture as believing a chair is where one should sit.  But this is not true in other areas of the world.  For example, tatami beds are widely accepted throughout Asia as an ideal sleep surface.  When one considers the mainstream paradigm of traditional mattresses being the best solution, or that a 2 to 3 foot deep system of mattresses and box springs would be needed to get the “firm bed” effect,” it does seem a bit silly.  As more people seek out a firm bed for comfort, tatami beds are an ideal choice.

The whole concept of soft and comfortable mattresses being the ideal place to rest our tired bones might just be a myth perpetuated by the mattress industry.  In reality, most sleep experts find that rejuvenating sleep comes from surfaces with less “fluff.”  The Japanese seem to have perfected this concept through their popular tatami beds.  The preferred sleeping surface in Japan still seems to be a futon mattress spread out on the floor, or a Japanese futon set.

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Usher in Spring with Japanese Garden Fountains and Outdoor Zen Décor

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

japanese garden +supplies +fountains +zen +buddhaCreating a peaceful oasis in your own backyard is every homeowner’s dream, but it is not something that occurs without effort.  Spring is the best time to get started on a Japanese garden project and pick up Zen fountains, Buddha statues and other supplies.  But you may not be aware of what Japanese garden is supposed to look like.  Fortunately, there are countless books available on this subject alone.

The Japanese take their gardens and Zen décor very seriously and they go about the design of a garden in very deliberate ways, but there is no one method for creating your own.  Your backyard garden may look very different from someone else’s, depending on the space you have available.

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Tatami Mats for Sale – Beyond the Martial Arts Studio

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

tatami mats for saleIf you’ve ever visited a traditional Japanese martial arts studio or meditation suite, you may be familiar with woven rush grass flooring known as tatami mats.  But according to many of the top decorating magazines, the tatami mats for sale today are just as likely to be purchased by interior design firms and homeowners.  Made from 100% organic materials, tatami mats consist of a rice straw core that is both gentle and firm underfoot.  The woven rush grass that surrounds the core gives off a lovely scent, especially on humid days.

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