Sunday, August 31, 2008

Turning Glass Into Art That Makes Stunning Home Decor

Glassblowing is a technique that has been around for thousands of years. The artist uses a blow pipe to inflate a bulb of molten glass. The glass is shaped by rotating the pipe and controlling the temperature of the glass, or by blowing it into a mold. Complex patterns and colors can be added to the glass, making these sculptures and vessels amazing works of art.

There are endless possibilities when creating blown art glass. It can be made into natural or abstract sculptures, vases, bowls, plates, pitchers, lamps, candle holders, perfume bottles, paper weights and more. You’re almost sure to find a piece that will match the colors and style of your decor. A great way to display your hand blown art glass is with a light source shining through it. Art glass often makes a good conversation piece.

Learning how to blow glass to make your own art glass is a fast growing hobby. There are several glass blowing schools in the U.S. and independent glass studios sometimes offer glass blowing lessons. It can be physically demanding and requires practice, patience and skill. But the end result is extremely rewarding, the ability to create your own unique work of art.

If making your own art glass sounds a little too daunting of a task, collecting art glass might be more your style. There are so many different artists and types of art glass with a wide range of prices. There are many places you can find art glass to buy, such as small boutiques, galleries, yard sales, glass studios and online.

Whether you’re an avid collector, or just looking for unique home decor to decorate your home, hand blown art glass fits in with many different styles of decor. It’s a great way to add color and a fluid texture to a space. You can also buy lamps and light fixtures that are made from blown art glass that look beautiful with the light shining through.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Why Choose Bamboo For Decorating

Bamboo is fast becoming one of the most popular building materials for furniture and home decor. Not only for it’s beauty, but for economic, health and environmental reasons as well. Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world. This incredible growth rate, 3-4 ft. per day or 1 ½ - 2 inches per hour, is actually affected by local soil and climate conditions. Cutting down bamboo helps promote rapid regrowth. Therefore, bamboo is a naturally renewable resource.

Bamboo fiber can be used for yarns and fabrics. Bamboo fabric is known for its extreme softness and natural antibacterial properties. Bamboo fiber towels and sheets have become very popular and are considered luxury items by many due to their softness, absorbency and natural resistance to odor. This makes clothing made from bamboo fiber a popular choice for activities such as yoga.

Bamboo flooring is a popular choice for many homeowners and usually comes in planks with vertical or horizontal grain orientation. It is durable and resistant to insects and moisture. The bamboo is split and flattened, dried then laminated with layers of glue. This beautiful type of flooring looks very similar to other types of hardwood flooring.

Furniture designers have discovered the benefits of using bamboo to make luxury contemporary bedroom, livingroom and diningroom furniture. Padama’s Plantation, a furniture designer and manufacturer specializing in tropical style furniture and home decor uses sustainable materials such as bamboo, rattan and abaca to create their products. Their different collections all bring a sense of natural beauty indoors with a casual island appeal.

In China, bamboo is the symbol of longevity, in India, it symbolizes friendship. It is commonly portrayed in Asian art. Bamboo cutting boards can withstand years of harsh knife abuse and are less damaging to the blade itself. Bamboo can also be made into paper and is often made into other home decor including baskets, lamps, mirrors, vases, fountains, poles, screens, candle holders and more. Decor and furniture made from bamboo is popular in relaxing settings such as a spa.

Aside from the health and environmental benefits bamboo products have to offer, its natural beauty makes it a great choice for decorating. With so many different species, sizes and uses, bamboo’s versatility makes it a possibility for a wide range of design schemes.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Decorating With Handmade Asian Home Decor

The more you know about the products you buy to beautify your home, the more meaningful they become. Home decor that is made by hand reflects the skill and care that was taken while creating it. Often, the flaws and imperfections in handmade decor and home furnishings are seen as unique, they give the item a one-of-a-kind characteristic.

This happens to be the case with our handmade Asian home decor. Our luxury Asian bedding and rosewood Asian furniture is handmade by local artisans in South Asia. These artisans work closely with the manufacturer’s designers to create bedding, furniture and home decor that reflects their rich cultural heritage while also appealing to the modern consumer.

The manufacturer, Tribal Monsoon, also follows a strict fair trade philosophy. They ensure that their artisans are happy and content workers that are paid fairly and have good working conditions that include ample light, cooling, breaks and beverages. They even offer some of their artisans accommodations and further training. This enables the local South Asian artisans a chance for a sustainable livelihood and better living conditions for them and their families. Purchasing the beautiful products they create helps support this cause.

Tribal Monsoon does not have any retail stores in the U.S. Fortunately, their handmade Asian furniture, bedding and decor can easily be viewed and purchased online. The products are then shipped directly from where they were created in South Asia, to the customer’s doorstep. These include luxury Indian style bedspreads, duvet covers, throw pillows, decorative throws, Indian style rosewood furniture, jewelry boxes, vases and sculptures. You can be sure that the products you buy are the finest in South Asian home decor. Custom furniture and bedding is also available if you have specific or special needs.

So if you like exotic home decor or home furnishings that reflect a rich cultural heritage, take a look at our Asian home decor. You will find beautiful, exotic bedspreads and duvet covers that look stunning, especially when paired with some throw pillows or decorative throws. Other unique decor you can browse through includes brass mirror frames, beautifully carved rosewood furniture, jewelry boxes, vases, exotic animal sculptures, wall tapestries and unique decor made from onyx and marble. If you would like more information on ordering, or have a custom order question, email

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Updating Your Bedroom

Giving your bedroom a much needed make over can be a fun and rewarding project. Whether it’s the master bedroom, a child’s room or a guest bedroom, you can achieve a complete transformation by following a few easy steps.

A good place to start is with the bedding. When buying new bedding, especially when you’re dealing with fitted sheets and bed skirts, its important to know your exact mattress size. This might seem like a no-brainer but there are subtle differences in sizes that some people might not be aware of.

Twin: Twin size mattresses are typically used for children today. A standard twin mattress is 39" wide by 75" long. However, there is also a Twin Long mattress, commonly found in dorm rooms that are 39" wide by 80" long. Twin Long mattresses are also used for adjustable beds, so the head and foot of the bed can be raised independently of each other.

Full: Full sized mattresses used to be common in master bedrooms, but is now one of the least used sizes as Queen and King are the standard for today’s adult bedding. Full size mattresses are 54" wide by 75" long and are usually used for older children or guest bedrooms.

Queen: Queen sized mattresses are currently the most popular sized mattress as we and our homes have increased in size. These types of mattresses are 6 inches wider than a typical full size, measuring 60" wide by 80" long.

King: King sized mattresses are a whopping 16 inches wider than a Queen, measuring 76" wide by 80" long. This size is rapidly gaining popularity as master bedrooms become more spacious. A bed of this size also requires extra decorative pillows and accessories to give it aesthetic appeal.

California King: Initiated in California, this is the newest size of mattress. While not larger than a typical King size, California King mattresses are slightly narrower and longer, measuring 72" wide by 84" long.

If you’re not sure what size your mattress is, measure the width and length. It should fit into one of these categories. Now you are ready to choose your new bedding. Decide whether you want a bedspread, duvet cover, comforter or quilt. Next, decide on s style. Do you want a floral print, a lodge or rustic look, a modern or contemporary look or maybe a retro design. Do you want handmade luxury bedding or are you looking for something more practical that can easily be thrown in your own washing machine? Also think about the colors you want for this room. Will the colors of your new bedding compliment or contrast with the color you want to put on the walls?

This is important when trying to put the whole new room design together. It will be easier to bring paint sample cards home and try to match or contrast the right shades with your new bedding than deciding you have to repaint or re-paper the walls you just did because the colors don’t work together.

Once you have chosen your new bedding, you can then look for other accessories such as decorative pillows and throws, window coverings, lamps, mirrors, wall decor, candles, vases, fountains etc. that complete the design you are trying to achieve. Just remember to have fun with it, especially if you’re decorating your own bedroom. Your bedroom should be a reflection of your personality, while also being a peaceful and relaxing room that you enjoy spending time in.