Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sharks and Fish

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever. The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste.

To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish.

The frozen fish brought a lower price . So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference.

Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish . So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan? If you were consulting the fish industry, what Would you recommend?

Here is How Japanese Fish Stay Fresh: To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are challenged.

Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired & dull, so we need a shark in our life to keep us awake and moving?

Basically in our lives sharks are new challenges to keep us active and lively. Sometimes blessings come in disguise!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Wallpaper Love

I think the right wallpaper can really enhance the style of any room. Here are a few that I am in love with right now. This one is from Osborne and Little. I love the bright colors and the design. I love the simplicity of this one.LOVE everything about this one. The colors. The stylized flowers!

I love the buildings and the gray and cream print. It looks stunning with the black mirror and wrought iron table. This one isn't really me but I love how it gives a modern twist to floral wallpaper. I think it works.
I love the yellow and I love how simply the pattern is and how well it hides the pattern repeat. I love the coral and blue against the gray background.
This is a great design and I love blue and gray together.

Monday, September 28, 2009

How Nice

Love the chocolate gray color combined with white. I especially love the wallpaper behind the vanity; nice focal point without being overwhelming. I will be doing more posts on wallpaper in the next few days.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Fun

"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."
- Guillaume Apollinaire

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Ant Chair

Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1952 the ant chair while beautiful and simple was not instantly popular; it had only 3 legs and no arms. It was named for its resemblance of the outline of an ant with its head raised. The design that made this chair so important was the concept that the seat and back of the chair were made out of one piece of laminated wood with 9 layers of molded veneer. As the chair gained popularity a 4-leg version was made as well and since that time the chair back has changed shapes.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Furniture Finds

I love the shape of this velvet sofa.
I think big chunky wood furniture is really great, and versatile with either contemporary or traditional styles.
This is a unique end table that doubles as a bookshelf

I love these barstools! Leather and chrome, sleek and stunning!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happiness Follows When...

Once there was an old alley cat walking down the street looking for his dinner. As he walked along he came upon a beautiful young cat who was running around in circles chasing her tail. Around and around she went trying as hard as she could to catch her tail.

The old alley cat stopped and asked her, “What are you doing?” The young cat slowed down and replied that she had been taught that joy, happiness, success and luck were all in the tip of her tail.

“All that I have to do is catch the end of my tail, and I will have the happy life, she said.

The old alley cat replied, “I’ve been around for a long time, and I know that joy, happiness, success and luck are in the tip of my tail; but, you know if I don’t chase it and work my very hardest and don’t worry about it, the happy life follows me wherever I go. My tail follows me everywhere, so I don’t need to chase it.”

Happiness isn’t a place, a time, or a possession. You have to make it happen. The ways to make it happen is to stop worrying about everything and just go about your business, and do your very best. Then, if you really work hard, your happiness will follow you just like the alley cat’s tail.

A Little Graphics

I love wall graphics. They offer so much individuality to any room; I'm pretty sure no one else has a room just like these!And I love the deep lime green with white.
What a great way to transform a simple headboard into an amazing headboard.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Purple and Pretty

I love the color the flowers and the whole painting!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Loving: Simplicity and Tasteful

I love the simple color palette, clean lines, modern barstools and lighting.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bookshelf Twist

Here are some really unique bookshelves!
2 for 1. Bookshelf plus a place to read.
+ some ambient lighting to set your reading mood.
If you are low on wall space try this ceiling book storage space.
Showcase your books and give a little hint about your personality!
I think this is cool. Make books your wall art; and frame it.
I don't know about you but my closet space is too valuable to use this bookshelf idea.
I like the divide this bookshelf makes between spaces while still allowing light and a partial view.
This bookshelf is made out of cardboard!
This is interesting, but how do you fill it up? And if you do manage to fill all those angles what do you do when you want a book that is at the bottom of the pile!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bookshelf Obsession

There are so many different kinds of bookshelves. I love how many different ways you can change the feel of a room by how you store your books. I have posted a few of the ones I really love. Tomorrow I will post funky and interesting bookshelves. I love the sleek minimal look of these bookshelves. This is from a really cool company called Brocade Home. I love the curves
I love how square and unassuming this bookcase from West Elm feels.
I like all the zig zags and movement!
I think this makes use of a tough space while adding a good visual dynamic.

Monday, September 14, 2009

More Offices

I love the huge windows, the open space and the bright blue; very captivating.Although this doesn't have the big windows I love I like that it's a quiet getaway place to work.I like the dark green and the bright white. And that drapery has a cool pattern.How awesome is this office? Love it!I like the green shelves and desktop.Where space is limited I think this is a great solution for a space office area. Plus blue opens up a space and makes it feel bigger.Again I like the green and white and I also like the cube shelving.