Sunday, July 26, 2009

Decorating Ideas For An Asian Themed Dinner Party

A great idea for entertaining is to have an Asian themed dinner party. You can serve your favorite Asian dishes, whether its Japanese, Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese cuisine. If you decided to go with your favorite Chinese recipes, (or if you're not much of a cook, you could cheat by having hubby sneak out the back and get Chinese take-out from your favorite restaurant) these beautiful Asian dinnerware sets and Asian tableware imported from China will help you dress up your table in true Oriental style.

The Character Patterns Dinnerware Set has 5 beautiful pieces include a large 10 inch plate, smaller 9 inch plate, 4.5 inch bowl, soup spoon and a spoon rest that also holds chopsticks. This set has a colorful geometric pattern around the border and has lotus flowers and Chinese characters meaning longevity.

The Green Dragons Patterns Dinnerware Set includes the same 5 pieces as the Character Patterns Set, with dark and light green floral patterns around the border. They have a dragon design in the center. The plates and bowls are dishwasher safe.

The Carriage & Calligraphy Patterns Dinnerware Set is a 4 piece set with a large 10 inch plate, smaller 8 inch plate, a 7 inch bowl and a 6 inch bowl. This set has a light and dark green calligraphy pattern with a classy Chinese horse and carriage around the border and in the center.

The
Green Floral Patterns Dinnerware Set is a beautiful 3 piece set that includes a large 11 inch plate, smaller 9 inch plate and a 5 inch plate. Dark and light green floral patterns adorn the borders with a flower design in the middle.






For a more formal table, the 24 Piece Calligraphy Designs Place Settings is available in gold and navy and includes 6 place mats, 6 napkins, 6 napkin holders, and 6 pairs of chopsticks. Or the 24 Piece Flowers & Beige Stripe Designs Place Settings is available in navy blue, red, green, beige or gold and includes 6 place mats, 6 napkins, 6 napkin holders, and 6 pairs of chopsticks. You can also add a silk Chinese table runner.

If you need extra chopsticks, I also carry a variety of those, available in rosewood or oak with different designs. Don't forget to get some bamboo coasters for your drinks.

For tea lovers, a beautiful Oriental tea set is a great addition for your table setting. A clear teapot and clear tea cups are perfect when entertaining with flowering tea. Or serve a delicious exotic Asian tea, grown and imported from China.




To really set the mood for your Asian dinner party, hang some bamboo lamps
or Chinese hanging paper lanterns. These are perfect for adding decorative accent lighting indoors or outdoors. A couple of hand painted Chinese fans make great wall decor. Other Asian wall decor you could use include silk scroll wall hangings, paper cut wall hangings and square bamboo wall hangings.

Som
e ideas for an interesting table center piece include displaying Chinese Empress Dolls or Chinese Opera Dolls. Or you could try a ceramic pedestal with an arrangement of fresh flowers on top. This beautiful jade bowl with stand would also make a stunning center piece.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New Bedding & Bamboo Linens!

I've got three great new teen comforter sets perfect for a bedroom update or even more perfect for a stylish dorm room, as these comforters are extra large to fit longer beds. The first one would work for both guys and girls that love to rock out.

Rock Anthem XL Comforter and Pillow Shams

Want to party like a r
ock star? You need to start with the right bedding. Rock Anthem is the ultimate rocker bedding. Make sure you check out our oversized comforters great for dorm beds! Rock Anthem is 100% microfiber polyester face and back cloth and 100% polyester fiber fill. This pattern is accessorized with sheet sets, bed skirts and valances.




Beautiful Love XL Comforter and Pillow Shams

On the edge with this henna tattoo inspired design with hot pinks and turquoise blues. Make sure you check out our oversized comforters great for dorm beds! Beautiful Love is 100% microfiber polyester face and back cloth and 100% polyester fiber fill. This pattern is accessorized with sheet sets, bed skirts and valances.









Kiva XL Comforter and Pillow Shams

Bright, lemony-yellow background with large colorful butterflies in microfiber polyester. Make sure you check out our oversized comforters great for dorm beds! Kiva is 100% microfiber polyester face and back cloth and 100% polyester fiber fill. This pattern is accessorized with sheet sets, bed skirts and valances.




I've also got some great new colors of 100% Bamboo Bath Towel Sets, Bamboo Bathrobes, Bamboo Sheet Sets and new Bamboo Kitchen Towel Sets. Once you try bamboo, you might not want to go back to cotton. Not only are these Pure Fiber bamboo linens manufactured with eco-friendly methods, bamboo fiber is naturally anti-microbial and hypo-allergenic, which makes bamboo linens naturally odor resistant. These bamboo linens are also incredibly soft and plush, good for you and good for the environment!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Flowering Tea Update

In April, I posted on a great, artistic way to entertain and enjoy drinking tea. Flowering Tea (Blossom Tea Bulbs) is hand made from tea leaves that are sewn together into bulbs by Chinese artisans. When you steep the bulbs in hot water, a beautiful flower blossoms right before your eyes! The blossom will keep for 2 or 3 days in the refrigerator.

I've added four new flavors and lowered the prices for these amazing flowering tea bulbs. Here are the new flavors:

Treasure Flowering Tea
Amazing blooming tea made with special green tea, and a jasmine flower. The aroma is rich and refreshing, the taste is strong and fragrance long-lasting. This Flowering Tea comes from the Guangdong Province in Southeast China. You get 6 tea bulbs per package.

Double Happiness Flowering Tea
Another tasty green tea that is blended with a marigold flower. Delicious aroma as well as a refreshing taste. This Flowering Tea comes from the Guangdong Province in Southeast China. Each package contains 6 tea bulbs.

Mini Marigold Flowering Tea
Notice the beautiful amber color of this tea. This is a new technology of blooming tea -mini flowering tea, this blooming tea contains one marigold in the water after blooming. Also from the Guangdong Province in Southeast China, each set contains 12 tea bulbs.

Jasmine Mini Flowering Tea
Delicious and refreshing Jasmine tea is combined with a globe amaranth. As with any tea, it can be served hot or cold. This Flowering Tea comes from the Guangdong Province in Southeast China. Each set contains 12 tea bulbs.

Impress your friends and family at your next afternoon tea party with these amazing flowering teas. Read about the other five flavors (which have all new names) by visiting my post, Blossom Tea Bulbs. If you're looking for a clear tea cup or tea pot to use for your flowering tea, visit my tea accessories page.




Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Asian Wall Tapestries

A hanging wall tapestry is a great way to add color, texture and art to your walls. The following Asian wall tapestries are all hand made by local artisans in South Asia. You won't find these beautiful and unique wall tapestries in any retail stores here in the U.S. They are only available at online home decor stores and can be shipped directly to your home from South Asia for as little as $10.00!

This intricately detailed wall tapestry captures the essence of the closely knit rural village life of the people of India. It has bright, vivid colors and beautifully stitched art work. The village is not only their social community, but their family and a source of their identity. Sharing each other’s work, food, troubles, and joys is part of the communal bonding that is ingrained in their everyday lifestyle. This tapestry measures 4' x 6' and is made out of wool.



This elegant wall tapestry honors the imperial horses of the Mogul Empire. These animals would be decorated with exotic jewels and were considered a symbol of wealth and royalty. This tapestry measures 2.5' x 4.5' and the material is cotton.









Elaborately decorated Indian elephants were also part of the royal entourage accompanying the Maharaja as he visited his countrymen in the days of the great Mogul Empire. This striking cotton tapestry with metallic and silk thread embroidery measures 3' x 3'.








Inspired artisans have captured the diversity of India’s landscape through the life and color of the exuberant Indian jungle in this colorful and exotic wall tapestry. This hand-embroidered textile is made with Resham silk, tiny mirrors and measures 3' x 6'. Three versions of this design are available, the first has vivid colors of orange, red and brown, one version of this Asian wall tapestry has colors of purple and green and the third slightly different design of the Jungle Animal Tapestry Fabric Wall Hanging has colors of cream, tan, red and plum.





Inspired by the ancient South Asian tradition of dowry, this tapestry is an excellent example of what tribal women in the Kutch region create and collect for their own marriage and which they later use to embellish their husbands’ homes. This hand embroidered textile measures 3' x 6' and the materials are Resham silk and cotton.










See more of these Asian wall tapestries which are made to order and ship within 4-6 weeks. Imperfections are common in hand made textiles and add to their uniqueness and charm.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New Comforter Sets

Updating the look of your bedroom can begin with a new comforter set. Next, add some coordinating or contrasting decorative pillows or throws. Don't be afraid to try some color on the walls with a fresh coat of paint. With a couple of new bedside table lamps, wall hangings or maybe a new rug, you can give your bedroom a whole new look without spending a fortune.

Here are some great new comforter sets perfect for a bedroom make-over:

Lakeshore Comforter Set

Description: Delicate embroidered bouquets on a soft woven seer sucker texture with soothing spring colors. Available in Queen and King with shams included.



Pillow
Description: Dusty spice tones with a delicate floral pattern embellishment. Kenji Stripe Queen Comforter Set with Bonus Pillow features: Each comforter set includes a comforter, two pillow shams and a bedskirt. Also includes a bonus pillow. See Label for washing instructions. Kenji Stripe King Comforter Set with Bonus Pillow features: Each comforter set includes a comforter, two pillow shams and a bedskirt. Also includes a bonus pillow. See Label for washing instructions.







Rich overstuffed comforters with embroidered highlights and a soft face material.Millbrook Queen Comforter Set features: ○ Includes the following bedding: 1 queen comforter 86x86 inches, 2 standard sham and 1 queen bed skirt. ○ Face cloth is pieced with hand sewn highlights of 85% polyester 15% cotton. Filled with 100% Hypoallergenic Polyester ○ Dry clean only. Millbrook King comforter Set features: ○ Includes the following bedding: 1 king comforter, 2 king size shams and 1 king bed skirt and fits 76x80 mattress. ○ Face cloth is pieced with hand sewn highlights of 85% polyester 15% cotton. Filled with 100% Hypoallergenic Polyester ○ Dry clean only.






The Peony Fresca comforter set is the perfect complement to a romantic bedroom. The set combines shades of pink and green on a white background in a clean floral design. Each comforter is overfilled with hypoallergenic polyester.Description: Large scale floral on a bed of machine stitched cotton for subtle yet elegant detail. Peony Fresca Queen Comforter Set features:Includes the following bedding: 1 full/queen comforter, 2 standard sham and 1 queen bed skirt. Peony Fresca King comforter Set features:Includes the following bedding: 1 king comforter, 2 king size shams and 1 king bed skirt.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Winner Of The Tropical Table Lamp Giveaway



Happy 4th of July!!!

Hope everyone is enjoying fun times with family, friends and fireworks!

Congratulations to Michelle Underwood! She is the winner of the Tropical Table Lamp Giveaway. Michelle chose the Monkey Table Lamp with Twig Shade. Thank you to everyone who entered, it was great reading your comments about which lamp you liked the best.

Keep following my blog for the next giveaway!


Friday, July 3, 2009

Favrile Design Tiffany Lamps

Just one day left for the Tropical Table Lamp Giveaway! Hurry, contest ends tonight at 6:00 pm Pacific time.

The Favrile (meaning handcrafted) line of Tiffany lamps were among the first and most popular lamps designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the early 1900's. Tiffany became internationally famous for inventing Favrile glass, which was iridescent and freely shaped. Favrile glass was produced for a very short time, from 1883 to 1930. After that, Tiffany himself destroyed the formula for making the glass. This makes original Favrile glass a highly sought after item.





Today you can find the famous Favrile design in quality reproduction Tiffany lamps. These elegant pond lily Tiffany lamps by Meyda Tiffany have delicate lily shades made from mouth blown fine art glass. The elegant base is finished by hand in Mahogony Bronze. Choose from the classic Mantelabra design or Lily shades suspended from stems delicately winding above a Lily pad base. These floral inspired Tiffany lamps add an artistic warm glow to any area of your home.






See my online coupon page to get an additional 15% off on all Tiffany lamps, now through August 15, 2009.