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Sweet Medicine

Sweet Medicine

I love Chinese apothecary cabinets. I think it’s because they are rustic, hold ingredients for healing, and look at all the drawers. They’ve made their way into popular decor (although you can still find antiques), and have been adapted into media centers, consoles, and more. I’m not […]

Quickie: Clean Body, Peaceful Mind

Quickie: Clean Body, Peaceful Mind

In honor of May being “Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month,” I’m going to feature Asian-inspired design in the coming weeks. The clean lines of the sink, with minimal decoration, is more reminiscent of Japanese design than Chinese, which tends towards the elaborate (rococo would be the word for […]

Quickie: It’s in the Details

Quickie: It’s in the Details

“Le bon Dieu est dans le détail*,” said Flaubert.  I agree wholeheartedly.   *The good God is in the detail.

Quickie: Smoothing It

Quickie: Smoothing It

Cabins and barns are creaky, drafty, splintery things–but some elbow grease and an eye for design can transform them into rustic retreats. The contrast of the fixtures, sink, and tub (shiny, smooth, and white) with the wood (stained, textured, and organic) makes my heart go pitter-pat, while […]

Quickie: Why Beauty?

Quickie: Why Beauty?

Why make something beautiful? Because. It’s how we become more alive.

Quickie: Mural Ambiguity

Quickie: Mural Ambiguity

I confess, I grew up with wallpaper. And I didn’t like it. The resurgence of wallpaper worried me (do I have to live through that trend again?), but I’ve been finding myself won over more and more by the new take on it. Wall art […]