Category Archives: health & wellness

kitchen garden ideas

I really enjoyed this this new Ideabook on Houzz, showcasing lots of innovative products for growing herbs and spices either right inside your kitchen, or just outside on a patio or deck. Check it out!

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living walls

Living walls are cropping up all over the Bay Area! Vertical expanses of greenery provide a restful connection to nature without taking up too much space. They also require less water than horizontal gardens. The living wall at left serves … Continue reading

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designing spaces that support innovation

What type of environment supports creative thinking? The Bay Area’s most innovative companies have been asking – and answering – this question for years. Touring their offices brings us a great set of “best practices” that can be applied to … Continue reading

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come and breathe for Japan with me

Japanese culture has had a profound impact on my life. Raised as an outspoken and independent American woman, I got quite a dose of culture shock when I first moved to the rural outskirts of Hamamatsu in my early 20s. … Continue reading

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musings about Milano

I was at a home décor trade show in Milan last month, and I’m still digesting the experience weeks later. Like most Americans, I have a soft spot in my heart for Italy. The ancient roads, the ubiquitous little scooters, the … Continue reading

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keeping fresh food fresh

First some good news: Americans have made some major progress when it comes to dealing with our garbage. Disposal of waste to landfill (as a percentage of total waste) has plummeted dramatically, and in 2008, we recycled and composted 83 million … Continue reading

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CFLs and EMFs

In the past few years, I’ve taken a number of steps to make my home more energy-efficient (improved weather-stripping and insulation, all new windows, Energy Star appliances, etc.), but there’s one area where I’ve really dragged my feet, and that … Continue reading

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deep and peaceful sleep

Harvard Health recently reported that one in five Americans are sleeping less than six hours per night, and that a large majority of us report having sleep difficulties at least a few nights a week.  I was somewhat startled (and … Continue reading

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blessing your home

The essence of a blessing ceremony in feng shui is to open your heart and cast your loving awareness into the environment around you. Moving slowly and patiently, greet each object with gratitude, compassion, acceptance and reverence. It’s amazing how … Continue reading

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the sensuality of chaos

We all enjoy a clean and organized space, but getting too rigid about this can make your home feel sterile and disconnected from nature. Life itself is blatantly sensuous, not fussy… imagine the scent of fresh dark soil, the relaxed … Continue reading

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