Metro Man & Metro Home

By Kim Taylor

There’s more than one way to bring light into your home, and these two items illuminate in completely different ways:

The Buddha Board is based on the Zen concept of living in the moment and enjoying each second. After you paint on the Buddha Board, the water slowly evaporates, and so does your creation – leaving you with a blank slate to start anew. Repeat and enjoy. If you want to simulate the Buddha Board experience, visit the serene, ethereal Buddha Board website,, where you’ll be able to re-create the enthralling experience (complete with great, watery sound effects and cool flash designs). The Buddha Board comes in three styles: original on a stand, the laptop-style Buddha Board and the Mini Buddha Board, and you can purchase it in the Rubin Museum’s gift shop at 17th Street and Seventh Avenue or online at the abovementioned website.

Photographers and directors know that lighting is everything. And it’s true; the light in which you view something does truly color your perspective of it, which is why it’s said that people who wear rose-colored glasses are cheerier. Since overhead lighting is often too harsh, find a colorful, elegant lamp at T.J. Maxx for a price that will cast your investment in a favorable light. The T.J. Maxx home goods department is rife with quality items at affordable prices – items such as leather chairs, cedar chests, high quality lamps and rugs, silver statues and frames. Explore at, or visit one of the three Manhattan locations: Sixth Avenue and 20th Street, 808 Columbus Avenue, or 250 West 57th Street.

Originally published September 2011
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