The Symbolism in a Zen Garden

The primary structure of a Japanese garden is determined by the architecture that contain it; that is, the framework of enduring elements such as buildings, verandas and terraces, paths, tsukiyama (artificial hills), and stone compositions. It is ideal to set in small areas or places without enough light or ventilation required for a traditional garden.

There is a wide range of Zen thought in the Japanese garden. Here are some key elements as examples:

Gates (torii), fences, straw ropes, and cloth banners acted as signs to demarcate paces.

Bridges(hashi), passing over the bridge was analogous to passing from one world to the next. As Zen influence came into the forefront, bridges took on the more Taoist meaning of passing from the world of man into the world of nature, a move from this plane to a higher one

Water (Mizu) Buddhism always considered water the most apt metaphor for … Read More

Professional Ethics For Interior Designers

While we have all heard these things in the past, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a busy design business and forget some of the basics, such as professional ethics and standards. As practicing designers, we should always behave in a way that is ethical and professional.

That being said, you will not please everyone all the time. Even adhering to the most stringent guidelines, you will likely experience conflict and frustration as well as satisfaction and exhilaration. So be aware of the major areas of professional ethical concerns that could impact your relationships with clients, suppliers and other professionals. A reputation is hard to build and easy to lose so always keep the following in mind:

o Make full disclosure to your clients, clarifying the scope and cost of the job. For example, do not tell a client that you will only charge … Read More

The Importance of Your Kitchen Sink

The kitchen sink should be the center of attention in your kitchen. This is a critical decision, particularly when redesigning, redecorating, or building a new home. It is important to install the right kind of kitchen sink to not only suit your lifestyle, but to last a lifetime of use and abuse.

Kitchen sinks endure a lot; depending upon your needs and how you use one, you’ll be able to find a sink that is perfect for you. Large single bowl, double bowl or even triple bowl sinks play their role very well. Also, bar sinks will complement your kitchen sink and kitchen design.

 

Depending upon how you like your kitchen styled, you should consider your options carefully. Sinks come self-rimming and undermount. Self-rimming sinks are dropped into the counter top and its rim sits on top of the counter. The undermount sink, as its name implies, is attached under the … Read More

The Indestructible House

One hundred ten years ago in 1909, a large house was constructed in St Petersburg, Florida. But it was not a typical home that needed repairing. From the time it was built, the house never had repairs and nothing had to be replaced. The locals called it a “miraculous” home because nothing ever had to be repaired. Over the past one hundred years, there was a rumor that it was indestructible and nothing could harm it.

Little is known about fifteen workers who built the house.

The only common knowledge is that they built the house in very little time. But some townspeople reported strange spooky chanting during the nights it was being built. After it was built, the workers were never heard from or seen again. Many believe the fifteen men somehow cursed the house. Was it the strange “rituals” and chanting that made the home indestructible?

The “indestructibility” … Read More