A dreary dark office can make it hard for creative workers to come up with ideas. Don't let the dull environment dampen your spirit. Read on to see items you can use to spruce up your office and make a peaceful place of inspiration.
Create a calming zen atmosphere for a detox-inspired vegan dinner. Several hours before the party, light a fire in the fireplace. It will fill the house with warmth and make everything feel cozy. Instead of using a formal tablecloth, place an intricate table runner, inspired by leaves, in the middle of the table. Add white plates, green napkins, beaded napkin rings, polished utensils, and etched green tumblers. Fill a clear dip bowl with the chickpea spread and place the warmed pita on a platter nearby. Serve the lentil stew family style and let guests scoop heaping spoonfuls onto their plates. Set the pound cake with lime glaze on a rectangular plate and place on a buffet table. To complete the look, light candles and arrange bamboo in low vases.
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Whether you have a zen mama in your life or know someone who needs to take a moment for themselves, we've got you covered. Take a look at our picks that will help anyone unwind from the day, breathe, and find calm in the chaos.
This Stockholm flat was designed by lifestyle store Indori, and establishes a Scandinavia-meets-Zen vibe. Details like hung textiles soften spaces, while a restrained palette keeps the feel calm and serene. One element that I love is the bright blue tile in the bathroom, which adds a needed pop of color to the otherwise soothing, natural colors that predominate in the apartment.
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The fashion class in France is having an East meets West moment, yesterday it was the Christian Dior and Chinese Artists Exhibit, and today Masataka Matsumura, the creative director of fashion label guiliano Fujiwara, has created an exhibition celebrating the 150 Anniversary of exchanges between France and Japan.
Masataka Matsumura has conceived an exclusive installation to decorate the entrance of the exhibition “The Great Treasures of Soukokuji, Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji – Zen and Art in Kyoto”, that will open on October 15th 2008 at the Petit Palais in Paris. The exhibition, open until December 14th 2008, showcases almost 200 zen masterpieces from 3 of the most celebrated Kyoto temples.
Masataka Matsumura interpretation of zen aesthetics in each giuliano Fujiwara collection translates well to a contemporary vision of serene design which is reflected in his work for the installation.
A series of meditation cushions in natural materials, together with a sculpture in the 5 colours that symbolize Buddhism, will mark the path to access the exhibition, introducing its rarefied and essential atmosphere and enhancing its contents, deeply rooted in Japan’s aesthetic as well as spiritual tradition.
Ryan Phillippe has purchased a 5-bedroom, 7-bath home in LA’s Hollywood Hills for $7.175 million, according to Big Time. Built in 1998 by producer Sylvio Tabet, the home, appropriately named "Rising Zen" is a mixture of Asian and modern architecture, but has an overwhelming Zen presence to it. According to listing information, it features "a large separate private master suite, a Koi pond, maple floors, a step-down bar with an aquarium backdrop, a dining room with Shoji screen doors, two flat-screen TVs, a gym, an office, a media room, three additional bedroom suites, and city and ocean views," as well as a "60-foot eco-friendly pool, an outdoor shower, a fire pit, a bar, [and] a gazebo." I would never have pegged Ryan for a Zen guy, and maybe he's not. But I think once wiped of its innumerable Asian furnishings, the house's unusual architecture and city and ocean views make it a coveted crib, filled with light and a remarkable feeling of openness. Check out the photos and tell me what you think!
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The screenless Zen Stone by Creative is a sleek new mp3 player that will fit in any pocket. Featured on Engadget, this clip-equipped 1GB player will hold around 250 songs and has an impressive 10-hour battery life. You can also use the quick play mode switch to quickly skip to the next song or randomly play all the songs in your player. With an remarkable price tag of only $40, I may need to give my Nano a holiday and take the Stone for a full-on test drive. Set to be in stores May 14th.
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