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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sake Sets & Recipes, Feng Shui Tips for Home Office

Where has the Summer Gone?

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Fall Trends in Entertaining

sake5a.jpg The fall is our favorite time of the year to entertain. We can sit outside on our deck or patio and enjoy cooler temperatures. Our friends seem to enjoy trying our new recipes and drinks that we serve.

One of our most popular fall drinks that we serve is Japanese Sake.

We recommend that you slightly warm a Hatsumago Sake and serve with an Autumn Dessert made from Pears, Apples, Grapes and Chestnuts.

Do not overheat your Sake because in most cases this will ruin your sake. Once a bottle of sake is opened, it should be refrigerated and not kept longer than five days after opened.

If you prefer a chilled sake, we recommend that you purchase a higher grade sake ginjo or a daiginjo. A chilled sake is also a wonderful selection to compliment an autumn dessert.

We carry a nice selection of Sake Sets. These make wonderful gifts and are perfect for your entertaining dinnerware.

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Bone Carvings - A wonderful addition to your collection!

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Decorative Balls - We've added several new designs of our most popular item! Don't forget to purchase the display holder.

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Feng Shui Tips for Your Home Office

LIGHT AND COLOR


  • WINDOWS: When selecting a room for your home office, you should pick the one that has at least one window. Enveloping yourself in natural light helps keep you on track with the progression of day and night, keeping you in sync with the environment around you. Make sure the window has blinds or curtains, though, in case the sun is too bright or causes an irritating glare on your desk.

  • LAMPS: Putting lamps on your desk or end tables will allow you to control the amount of light you receive more pointedly. If the overhead light is too harsh for example turning it off and relying on lamps and the natural light from the window will keep you more relaxed and your eyes less strained. If the main light isn’t bright enough however, a lamp will help you see better and concentrate on your work, as your eyes will naturally be drawn to where the light is focused.

  • LIGHT BULBS: Choosing the right light bulbs for your home office is extremely important. You will want bulbs that radiate feelings of warmth. Avoid buying fluorescent lights altogether. Click here to read more about the benefits of lighting when creating a Feng Shui environment.

  • BLUE: Incorporating the color blue into your home office helps include an association with the element “water.” Blue is a soothing color and is best used in the East and Southeast areas of the room. According to Feng Shui expert Rodika Tchi, painting the ceiling blue is a great way to not only add color to your office, but to improve productivity and promote good energy.

  • GREEN: - Green “is considered to be a color of freshness, growth, and peace,” so try adding cushions or pillows in light, subtle shades to give your office soothing energy with a punch of personality.

  • RED: Bold reds are thought to introduce feelings wealth and happiness into a person’s life. Supplementing your otherwise subdued room with red accents will brighten your mood and perhaps even bring you luck. Don’t go overboard with strong reds or you may end up creating a negative energy infused with anger and agitation.

  • METAL: Metallic accents will brighten up your room in a subtle way. Use a bronze paperweight or hang copper wind chimes near the window to represent key Feng Shui element while allowing natural light to reflect off the metallic surfaces.

  • EARTH TONES: Earth tones are known to be soothing shades of yellow, brown, and green. They generally make people feel comfortable and at ease because of their relationship to nature, so stick to these shades when designing your home office. A deep yellow rug or tan curtains will create a simplified atmosphere perfect for work.

  • BALANCE: As with any Feng Shui practices, you must maintain a balance of color in your room. Adding too much blue and not enough red will leave your office vulnerable to the water element, for example. Keeping the elements in check through color is a fun, inspiring approach to Feng Shui interior design because of the choices you have to accessorize each area.

  • MIRRORS: Mirrors help positive energy dart about the room by letting in more light and allowing you to keep your eye on what normally wouldn’t be seen. Hang a mirror over your computer to watch the wall behind you and open up the space around you. Mirrors maximize your space by making rooms appear much larger than they actually are, making the office feel roomy and uncramped.

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