OLD STANDBY IDEAS NOW APPEARING IN NEWER HOMES - CREATION OF SPIRITUAL SPACES
Tea Houses with sparse furnishings are a newer addition to some homes.
Feng shui specialists are called upon to consult with about design principals or to conduct special ceremonies. Outdoor elements are brought within vision. Beautiful gardens with plantings and pebbles are featured. Antique doors are popular. Water features have become important, such as fountains and waterfalls. Homeowners want natural materials and light colored woods such as maple, bamboo and oak.
Asian influences prevail. Handmade sliding screens and tatami mats are included as well as koi ponds and bonsai trees.
Tea rooms are places for meditation and for snacks and dinners. During the Colonial period, private prayer spaces were included within homes, but in the 1960’s, communal worship became more popular.