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10 Ways to Add Japanese Style to Your Interior Design

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This is a gorgeous Japanese-inspired bedroom. Image Source: WB Homes

One word sums it up : Zen.  Yes, peaceful simplicity surrounds the modest designs of Japanese culture. Thousands of years steeped in tradition have influenced Japan’s architecture and interior design aesthetic, resulting in a serene and very cultural interior design.

Japanese style evolves around clean and uncluttered living, holding tightly to balance, order, ancient customs and a love for natural beauty.

When one understands the ancient tea ceremonies and lifestyles of the Japanese— the culture immediately becomes very endearing and worth replicating in our everyday lives. If for any other reason, let’s mimic Japanese style in order to bring a little bit of their well-honed Zen into our own lifestyles. Couldn’t we all use a little bit of peace and harmony in our homes?

Since Japanese interior design has this tranquil decorating touch perfected, let’s look at 10 ways to add some of this becalming style into your home today. You may want to visit 30 Of The Most Ingenious Japanese Home Designs, as well.

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The sliding doors are a great Japanese design solution. Image Source: Out to See

1) Elements of Nature in Japanese Style Interiors

Japanese culture is saturated in a love and respect for nature. The best way to maintain a strong connection with the natural world, is to bring nature indoors.

Adding traditional Japanese plants, such as bonsai and bamboo, into your home will give it a small  Japanese cultural touch. Really though, you can add any sort of deep greenery and still achieve a similar style. Consider adding sleek plants such as palm or orchid to your home. It is not typical to see a lot of  colorful floral arrangements in a Japanese home, so whatever plant you choose, keep it simple,  natural  and green.

Japanese homes also bring nature inside through large, expansive windows that allow a view of nature from every angle. Like this bedroom, featured below, the large sliding glass door brings serene, natural views indoors. Open up your home to the wonders of nature today.

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The view from this bedroom brings nature indoors. Image Source: Decker Bullock

2) Soaking Tubs Are Important in Japanese Interior Design

The serene sounds of water bubbling will fill your meditative ears and immediately have a calming effect. Just like plants, elements of water are imperative in the Japanese home.

Ofuro, translated as bath in Japanese, is a tranquil tradition that is well-worth adding to your home. Japanese soaking tubs are small, deep tubs that usually have some sort of bench seat. These tubs are becoming an Eastern trend that many health conscious homeowners are flocking for.

Turn your bathroom into an enlightened escape by adding one of these soaking-style tubs. It is the ultimate way to have East meet West, and create a spa-like environment in your home.

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This wooden bath house would fit perfectly into any Japanese home. Image Source: Right Arm Construction

3) Japanese Style Sliding Doors Or Screens

An authentic Japanese screen is called a Shoji, and it is an essential design element in Japanese homes.

Due to the high cost of housing, Japanese homes tend to be small and a lot of residents rent apartments, so conserving every square inch of space is essential. Unlike doors, these Shoji’s slide back and forth, saving space that a swinging door would take up.

An authentic Japanese screen is usually made of fine translucent paper held inside a  wooden frame. However, modern versions of these screens can be found online and are usually made of glass panels inside a wooden grid.

Another key element of these screens is that, unlike doors, they do not block the natural light and views of nature. Replacing a large expanse of wall with a glass-panelled sliding door could be a great way to incorporate this style into your own home.

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Sliding doors are a common interior design element in Japanese homes. Image Source:Dennis Mayer

4) Elements of Wood and Bamboo in Japanese Interior Design

One of the best ways to harmonize with nature is to add natural wooden elements into your home. Japanese culture is known for using wooden elements throughout their homes.

Walls, doors, screen grids and frames are all made of natural wood. The most common woods being western versions of maple, cypress, hemlock and red pine. Bamboo is also a popular wood used for decorative purposes, as can be seen in the image below.

Essentially, the texture of wood can be seen everywhere in a Japanese home. Try bringing these natural wooden elements into your home by adding a bamboo floor, or wooden screen. You will love the serene calming effect that clean-lined wood elements can add to your home.

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The bamboo ladder in this bathroom is a nice nod to Japanese design. Image Source: Custom Made

5) Japanese Style Entryway

The Japanese entry is called a genkan.  This is the area that greets visitors and also the place where shoes are immediately taken off and usually replaced with indoor slippers.

As you notice in the image below, the entryway has a shelf or cabinet called a getabako that is used for storing shoes (tips of the shoes are usually placed pointing outwards, unlike the image below). As you will also notice, the entry is simple in design with wooden elements and a lot of natural lighting.

Stone tile flooring is also popular in these homes, especially the entryways. In order to mimic this design, we suggest  copying the clean, simple lines of Japanese design. Keeping your entryway uncluttered may be the biggest challenge (especially for North American homeowners who tend to house some clutter in their entry’s such as mail, shoes etc..).

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There is always a place to store shoes in a Japanese entryway. Image Source: CCS Architecture

6) Japanese Style Furniture

While a lot of authentic Japanese homes do not segregate furniture-filled rooms for certain purposes such as sitting room or TV room, we can still mimic Japanese simplicity into our sectioned-off homes.

Most of Japan’s furniture is low to the ground, or when it comes to tea ceremonies, floor cushions usually forgo furniture. Mimicking this design aesthetic can be as simple as incorporating low-to-the-ground furniture into our homes, such as the simple side tables and bed frame featured in the image below.

Or we could be more authentic by surrounding a low plank table with floor cushions—using this as a means to dine would be very bona fide, and maybe even a bit romantic.  Whether you want more of an East meets West design, or you want to be extremely authentic — Japanese style furniture can easily be incorporated into your home.

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Furniture that is low to the ground is common in Japanese culture. Image Source: Tim Clarke

7) Minimalist Japanese Design Principles

As you can probably already tell, Japanese design is clean and minimalist. Clutter is not contained in these homes. As we discussed above, sometimes there isn’t even much furniture in an authentic Japanese home.

How can you achieve this design aesthetic and still have a home full of furniture and modern comforts? The trick is to keep your design simple and uncluttered. Most modern design aficionado’s will find this style easy to replicate.

Furniture should be modern, clean-lined and made of natural wood. Lighting should be angular and modern (as seen in the kitchen below). Or lighting could mimic an authentic Japanese lantern style, as well. Overall, look to modern living designs to replicate this clean, simple style. Everything should have a purpose and a place — nothing is out of order or lacking function. Studying the art of Feng Shui may also help you design your minimalist interior.

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This contemporary white kitchen is a sleek way to have East meet West. Image Source: Interiors By Darren James

8) Open Space and Natural Lighting Are Key In Japanese Design

As mentioned above, open space and minimalist design principles reign in Japanese design. So let’s look at another way this design aesthetic is achieved — Natural Lighting.

Natural light abundantly fills these homes, bringing with it serene views and colors of nature.  What could be a better way to light up your home? Large, expansive windows and ceiling openings such as skylights, are the perfect way to add this bright design into your own home.

Heavy draperies are also a big no, no. All they do is block this natural light. Try keeping your windows clear of any obstruction, but if this is not possible, then opt for a simple bamboo shade or sheer, gauzy curtain panels.  Natural light — what a bright way to light up your home!

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This modern TV room has plenty of natural light via the floor-to-ceiling windows. Image Source: Logue Studio Design

9) Popular Colors in Japanese Design

In keeping with the natural beauty of the outside world, Japanese homes typically contain simple colors from nature. Predominant colors are derived from the browns of wooden elements, and the greens of plants. Flooring is either wood or grey stone tile, and most walls are replaced with screens that are covered in opaque paper.

This design results in a simple color palette that is very neutral. How can we mimic this in our own interiors? Try incorporating these natural wooden elements through wood shelving, wall panels and flooring, or add the grey-tones of stone in your floors or even your furniture (see image below).

Also, don’t forget to add plenty of green through natural houseplants. Simplicity is key when choosing your color palette. Look outside your windows to see what natural color elements you can incorporate in your home today.

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Floor-to-ceiling windows let a lot of natural light into this room. Image Source: Doba-Arch

10) Create a Zen Meditating Space

Try diving deep into the peaceful Japanese culture by creating a truly serene space in your home that is meant for mediating, having tea, or doing yoga.

Look at the room featured below. It is an amazing nod to Japanese culture and would make a perfect place to have Japanese tea. Find a quiet place in your own home to lay out a floor cushion for meditating or just sitting and relaxing. Don’t forget to  add a water feature, so its trickle will drown away all distracting noises.

Paint the room in calming greens or browns, add some live greenery, play some calming music and Voila! You have your very own, very Zen Japanese hideaway.

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This is a perfect Japanese tea room. Image Source: Konnitanaka

While you may not have grown up surrounded by the ancient Japanese culture, you can still fall in love with its very peaceful design aesthetic that is deeply rooted in history.

In order to achieve this style,  mimic its clean, simple and minimalist design throughout all the rooms in your home. Add to your home: natural wood elements, simple greenery, natural lighting, modern furnishings, water features, a deep soaking tub, plush floor cushions, sliding doors or screens, a room for mediating and plenty of colors derived from nature.

All of these small pieces pull your home together into a rich Japanese interior design that speaks to its culture and love of nature.

Would you like to have a home designed in this style? If so, what would you add to your home to achieve this look?

 

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Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle 

Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Many Australian residential lots hold the potential to offer their owners a luxury coastal lifestyle. What you’re about to see is a modern home in Derby, Western Australia, that has been designed with quality and comfort in mind. A brainchild of Daniel Lomma Design, this two-storey home infuses its neighborhood with a modern, elegant feel. Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 1 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Spacious living areas presented in a cool and limited palette bring the promise of a modern lifestyle extended outdoors.  Imagined as easily customizable for the owner’s wishes and needs, this home showcases a blend of coastal colors to hint towards its theme, but it also displays clear signs that the beach was always on the designer’s mind. Seamlessly connected to the outdoors, the home is illuminated with natural light throughout the day and acts like a beacon of modern architecture at night. Can you imagine living a luxury coastal lifestyle here? Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 2 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 3 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 4 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 5 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 6 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 7 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 8 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 9 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 10 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 11 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 12 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 13 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 14 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 15 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 16 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 17 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 18 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 19 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 20 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 21 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 22 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 23 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle  Derby House by Daniel Lomma Design 24 Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle 

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Charming Possum Kingdom Lake Home Envisioned by Tracy Hardenburg 

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This modern Possum Kingdom Lake home by interior designer Tracy Hardenburg is filled with light, welcoming and refreshing. Expressing the owner’s personalities through the interiors she creates, Tracy discovered the potential of this Possum Kingdom Lake home and worked to make the family’s dream come true. Photographed by Pär Bengtsson, the home imagined by an interior design with more than twenty years of residential experience is welcoming and vibrant.

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Rich wooden textures were combined with a soft color palette in the main living spaces, enhancing the feeling of spaciousness. Wooden beams define a vaulted ceiling adorned with a sleek contemporary chandelier. Bold design lines meet dark and light colors to create a sophisticated ambiance. The wonderful glass furniture that brightens up the spaces was done in collaboration with Dallas-based Mister Glass. Alongside carefully chosen details you will see in the photos, they upgrade the level of sophistication and transparency ensuring an inviting home.

Which space arouses your interest more? Share with us in the comments below.

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Flair and Functionality Exhibited by Luxurious Family Retreat in Australia

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This custom designed family retreat envisioned by Residential Attitudes and located in Bicton, Australia, makes the most of its setting, capitalizing on views while accomplishing that vital merge of flair and functionality. While the street facade has been crafted to offer a high degree of privacy, the opposite side of the house features full height windows with expansive views towards the central zen courtyard and the beautiful Swan River beyond. Stone, wood and glass make for an original exterior, one that inspires comfortable modern living and an overall welcoming feel.

Fabulous living space of the contemporary Perth residence by Flair and Functionality Exhibited by Luxurious Family Retreat in AustraliaHere are just some of the features of this residence, as listed by the architects: “A large balcony with alfresco kitchen is accessed via bi-fold doors. Double doors lead off the living room into a cozy home theater, while to the front of the home is the luxurious master suite and beautifully appointed hotel style ensuite, both boasting direct access to a private balcony. A beautifully appointed kitchen includes stone waterfall edge island bench and white gloss soft closing cabinetry and glass splashback”. The home office, luxuriously appointed laundry and entertaining room or home gymnasium are located on the first level. Sliding doors lead the way towards the swimming pool, through the cedar-lined alfresco area.
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Split-Level Hong Kong House Centered Around a Red Ferrari

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Fact: most Ferrari owners are crazy about their vehicle, but few dare to place it on display inside their home. When the owner of this residence in Sai Kung, Hong Kong, came up with the idea to transform his car into a precious indoor decorating element, Millimeter Interior Design rose up to the challenge. This architecture project consisted of an entire house remodel, the result being a split level residence boasting remarkable modern interiors and amenities. The red Ferrari overlooking the living room and kitchen gives away the feeling of an extravagant collector’s home, just like a significant victory trophy would.

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According to Pursuitist, apart from using the owner’s Ferrari as the center piece of the decor, this unconventional crib also boasts other impressive contemporary arrangements, such as the elevated dining table and a low-level kitchen. The 4,500 square-foot Hong Kong house features extensive use of glass and steel, seemingly connecting its three levels. Despite an overall narrow silhouette, everything seems to have its special place and harmony is released throughout- at least the type of harmony a high-tech enthusiast would crave for. How would you personally comment on the design of this contemporary Chinese house?
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The 10 Most Important Factors for Buying Your Dream Home

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Have you thought about your dream home? Image Via: JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors Construction

Purchasing a “Dream Home” is one of those life accomplishments that tops nearly everyone’s bucket list. Whether you prefer a modernized urban loft or a sprawling suburban home with a white picket fence, most of us hope to find a home that feels like it was made specifically for our family. However, searching for your dream home comes with different considerations than any other real estate purchase. Since you’ll likely be aiming to stay in the property for the foreseeable future, you’ll want to look for a property that will keep you and your family happy for the long term. Don’t be afraid to be picky and hold out until you find a home that feels right. How can you tell that you’ve found your perfect place? Most people say you’ll just know. Until then, use these 10 Most Important Factors for Buying Your Dream Home to make sure you’re looking in the right area.

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Make sure to be honest about your wish list. Image Via: Fougeron Architecture FAIA

1. The Features You’ve Always Wanted:

Congratulations, on looking for your dream home! You deserve it. It’s important to go into this purchase with a new mindset. In the past, you’ve probably looked for a property that met your needs – it had enough bedrooms for the whole family or the commute to work was a breeze. This is different. A dream home is more about fulfilling wishes than meeting needs. Don’t be afraid to make a sizable wish list. Everyone’s wish list is different. Some may dream of waking up each morning to watch the sunset rise over a lake while others hope for picturesque snow-capped mountains. While you may love the thought of having a community fitness center just a few steps away, your partner might prefer the secluded quiet of a single home. Have each person in your family make a list of the features that they crave. Then, rank each of those features by importance. While it’s unlikely that you’ll find a property that will check off every single box on this list, this exercise will help you focus on properties that work for all of you. Before you get started look at these insider tips nobody telly you about buying a home.

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Make sure you fall in love with your surroundings. Image Via: DesignWorks Development

2. The Neighborhood and Surrounding Area:

Remember, that your property does not exist in a bubble. It’s part of a larger community that you will exist in on a daily basis. With that in mind, it’s critical that you find a neighborhood that suits your needs before buying. Is your great escape one that gives you all the peace of a secluded forest or tons of energy from a bustling city center? Do you want to be able to walk to a coffee shop each morning or would you prefer not to have to contend with potentially noisy neighbors? Whatever your heart desires, don’t hesitate to do your research before starting your search. Take a drive and spend some time there, if possible.  Go out to eat at local restaurants and take a walk through a nearby park. Once you find areas that you like, let your real estate agent know. He or she will use this information to focus in on showing you will have you feeling comfortable.

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Make sure your lot gives you a view you can’t get enough of. Image Via: Guerin Design + Development

3. Lot Location and Size:

The lot is often an afterthought when it comes to purchasing a property, but it should be in the forefront of buyers’ minds.  It is the one thing about a property that cannot really be altered. Think about it: You could knock down a house and rebuild it from scratch, but regardless of the changes you make, the lot will stay the same. When looking at specific properties, consider the lot’s location and size carefully before submitting an offer. Do you long for a back yard big enough for your kids to run around in? Does the lot have a view that you can see yourself enjoying for years to come? If anything about the lot seems like a compromise to you, don’t hesitate to walk away. It will easier to find a similar property on a better lot than it will be to continually settle for a less-than-adequate location day in and day out.

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Figure out whether you prefer the charm of an older home or the sleekness of a newer model. Image Via: Elise Moore Design

4. The Age of a Property:

When it comes to buying a home, especially the home you’ve been thinking about for your entire life, age does make a difference. Buying older homes and brand new ones each have their pros and cons, so be aware of what you’re signing up for before you submit an offer. Do you swoon over the irreplaceable charm offered by old homes? Would you fall in love with a property that offered it’s own built in dumbwaiter and a hidden servant’s staircase. If so, tailor your search to those historical diamonds-in the rough. However, be aware that older homes tend to require a bit more TLC than their newer counterparts. Aternatively, does your ideal property require no more work than turning the key in the front door. Do you dream of a closet large enough to hold your more-than-substantial wardrobe and an updated master bath that feels like a spa? In that case, new construction may be a better fit. If you can get in on the ground floor, you may even be able to select certain features while the home is being built and customize it further to your tastes.

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Think about the style of living that works best for you. Image Via: D’Asign Source

5. Your Ideal Home Style:

Whether it’s a style of living or the actual aesthetic of your property, you want to make sure your home is one that you’ll feel proud to pull up to each day. Since how a home looks is one of the first things that you (and others) notice about a property, finding a style of home that fits your personality is absolutely key. Single homes make a great choice for those want the freedom to customize a property to their exact specifications. Condo living is for people who want to own their own home while still having access to hotel-style amenities. Town home living offers a compromise between the two, but each association is different, so make sure you’re aware the policies associated with each community. Once you know which style of living you prefer, focus in on aesthetic. A modern and minimalist condo community obviously looks like night and day from a Victorian single property. As you go about your day, think about the different types of homes you see. Make a note of the one’s you could see calling home and which styles are a complete turnoff.

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Your new property should give you enough room to roam. Image Via: Spacecrafting / Architectural Photography

6. The Right Amount of Space:

The trick when it comes to finding your dream home is figuring out how much space you truly need. Buying a home that is too small for your family will leave you continually trying to configure the space to make it work for you. In the same vein, buying a property that is too large will allow you to spread out, but will wrack up large costs. Think about the space that you currently live in. How does it feel? Do you have enough bedrooms or do multiple family members have to share? Is there enough storage for all of your belongings? In addition to considering your current living situation, you should also consider your plans for the future. If you think you may be making an addition to your family sometime soon, plan for a little extra room. Ideally, you’ll want a happy medium that will give you room to grow without going overboard.

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Concentrate on finding a layout that suits your needs. Image Via Joie Wilson Interior Design

7. A Layout You Love:

Not all square footage is created equal, which is where the floor plan comes into play. If you compare two properties that are 2,000 square feet, one could dedicate most of the space to the living area while the other could focus on more spacious bedrooms. While it is possible to redesign your floor plan after moving into the home, it’s a long process that requires a huge commitment of time and finances. Unless you are particularly handy, it’s a project that will require hiring a team of contractors. Be sure to focus on finding a layout that is as close to perfect for you as possible. Picture yourself using the space as you walk through the property. Think about things you’d like to do over the years you spend in your dream home. If you take pride to host the family holiday party every year, consider an open-concept plan that will you’re your guests plenty of room to roam. However, if each of your family members relishes in having their own private space, a more traditional layout might be a better option.

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Scope out the potential for projects before submitting an offer. Image Via: Pickell Architecture

8. The Potential for Future Projects:

Even your dream home is going to require a little bit of customization – as it should. Whether you’ve spent years wishing for a chef-style kitchen, poolside backyard oasis, or a tricked-out media room, it’s unlikely that those features will be exactly to your specifications from the moment you sign the deed. Keep an eye on how much customization will be required in each property you see. Be honest with yourself about how much of that work you’ll be able to handle, even if it happens slowly over time. If you know your way around power tools, make sure you’re okay with the investment of time that will be required. If you’d prefer to have a professional do the job, get ready to set aside a sizable chunk of change. Think about projects that are big and small – everything from painting the dining room to completely gutting your master bathroom. If you need renovation inspiration, check out these 10 Easy Design Touches For Your Master Bathroom. Remember, that not everything has to be taken care of immediately, but you’ll want to have an idea of how much work it will take to transform the property into the dream home you’ve been waiting for.

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Stay within a budget that leaves you feeling comfortable. Image Via: Sater Design Collection, Inc.

9. Costs That Make You Comfortable:

This is not the most fun factor to think about, especially not when compared to upgrades and aesthetics. But, if cost is not considered, your dream home could end up becoming more of a worry than an escape. Try not to stretch yourselves to the furthest reaches of your budget. Remember that there are more costs to consider than just the monthly mortgage payment. You should also consider local taxes, monthly utility costs, and association fees when purchasing. Once you submit an offer on a property, have your agent get in contact with the sellers. He or she can ask can ask them to provide a breakdown of their average monthly and yearly payments. An extra note of caution: Keep in mind that these costs will stay consistent over time. You’ll still need to account for them if your circumstances change such as retirement or an expected layoff. Leave a little breathing room in your budget, so that you’ll feel comfortable staying in your dream home for many years to come.

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When it comes to your dream home, be wary of big compromises. Image Via: Perrone Construction

10. Compromises You Can Handle:

As important as it is to be aware of what you’d love to find in your dream home, it’s equally important to take stock of which facets of homeownership will make you miserable. That way, you can guide your home search away from those qualities and avoid having your idealistic living experience marred by a feature you cannot change. If you cannot stand living on top of your neighbors, focus on searching a smaller property that will allow you to have more breathing room on your lot or expand your target area to a less-populated space. If you absolutely cannot abide by the idea of spending you weekends doing extensive pool maintenance, be wary of buying a property that includes one, even if you love the rest of the home. Every property is going to come with some sort of compromise, but when you are talking about your dream home, they should feel minimal. As a rule of thumb, if you spend more time after a showing focusing on the one less-than-desirable aspect of a property rather than the handful of good qualities it has to offer, the compromise is too is not worth it.

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What features are essential to your dream home? Image Via: Highland Group

Everyone deserves to find their dream home. With the right amount of research, it is possible. Use these important factors as points of consideration as you and your family begin the home buying process. They’ll help you focus in on the qualities that a property must have in order to be your perfect fit. What are you waiting for? There’s no reason to wait on making your dream into a reality. Tell us about your dream home. If you’ve already found it, what factors were critical in helping you make that decision?

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Japanese-Inspired Retreat Generating a Soothing Ambiance: The Azumi House

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We love to see how great traditional design is sometimes delivered in the mix of contemporary architecture and The Azumi House by Webb & Brown-Neaves cleverly achieves this task. The lovely Japanese-inspired four bedroom, two bathroom display home in Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia is original and highly appealing. Priced $449,000, the villa exudes a soothing oriental atmosphere and a powerful indoor-outdoor connection.

interior modern residence Japanese inspiration  Japanese Inspired Retreat Generating a Soothing Ambiance: The Azumi HouseTraditional elements stand out in the design scheme: “In synergy with the Japanese art of achieving harmony with nature, the Azumi’s iconic shoji screens, water gardens, feature timber ceilings and horizontal detailed windows exude a calming Asian influence. Fundamentally a family home, the Azumi is not without Webb & Brown-Neaves sophistication and comfort, featuring a central gourmet kitchen, 5-star master suite, high ceilings and a stately, formal entry”. A separate wing for children or guests further enhances the Zen-like ambiance of the home. Enjoy the fascinating details showcased by The Azumi House and let us know your thoughts regarding this traditional home approach!

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Elegant and Highly Functional Drawer Accessories for Modern Kitchens

Accessory System kitchen Elegant and Highly Functional Drawer Accessories for Modern KitchensKnown for its hand-crafted, high performance kitchens, Henrybuilt has recently launched a new line of drawer accessories. The line is illustrative of the company’s focus on the integration of function, beauty, craft and durability all coming together in a particular way to create a great living experience. The hand-crafted accessories extend the warm, tactile feeling of Henrybuilt’s system into the interior, where users interact with the system most. The new pieces are designed to optimize space, bringing efficient storage and movement into the kitchen work area.

HB Accessory System Elegant and Highly Functional Drawer Accessories for Modern KitchensThe accessory system includes a solid wood cutting board, two knife-storage options, flatware storage, large utensil storage, spice storage, as well as a reconfigurable divider system made from Paperstone and solid surface acrylic – held together magnetically. According to the press release we received, Henrybuilt clients are to receive a core group of accessories with the purchase of a new kitchen developed by the company. We appreciate the stylish look of these tools and are curious to find out your own thoughts and ideas! Would you personally enjoy having them around in your kitchen?  [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Henrybuilt]

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Nature-Inspired Eye-Deceiving Wall Murals to Make Your Home Look Bigger

Sunflowers Wall Mural by PIXERS Nature Inspired Eye Deceiving Wall Murals to Make Your Home Look BiggerAs wall murals are becoming increasingly popular in today’s interior design, these nature-inspired designs from PIXERS  captured our undivided attention. Large-scale photographs are mostly valued for their aesthetic qualities and versatility. Murals fit into any interior and transform walls into awe-inspiring pieces of art. Moreover, thanks to the reusable and removable materials like PIXERStick, they allow you to change the decor in a few moments by moving them whenever and wherever you want without leaving a sticky residue.

Majorca Wall Mural by PIXERS Nature Inspired Eye Deceiving Wall Murals to Make Your Home Look BiggerWhen it comes to the most impressive designs, photo-realistic wall murals top the list. The images of beaches, forests and other landscapes create a feeling of spaciousness and make your room visually grow to the size you would have never suspected. The following murals from PIXERS are proof that walls don’t have to be a barrier. With a bit of imagination and creativity they can come alive and open the door to another dimension. Perfect for an instant room update, these murals will probably appeal to travelers everywhere, who will be able to enjoy their favorite landscape while dreaming for the next escape.

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Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada

architecture modern project institute canada Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada Rubin & Rotman Architects completed Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in the northern Canadian village of Oujé-Bougoumou, paying tribute to local architecture. The building’s concept turns to the Cree people’s traditional longhouse, the shaptuan, and to the particular context of the region. In this village, built in 1992 and unique in many respects, the main buildings were set within a broad circle in the centre. The Aanischaaukamikw Institute rounds out the layout of this space, where the Band Council office is also located.

design modern project institute canada Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada The Institute includes an exhibition hall designed according to international museum standards, making it both a museum and meeting place. Community activities are held on the ground floor, where dance and music shows take place along with more intimate gatherings featuring storytellers and elders. On the lower floor are the offices of associations involved in preserving the Cree language, hunting methods and arts and handicrafts, as well as in promoting tourism. Wood is used extensively, evoking the fundamental importance of the forest to the Cree people. Special attention was paid to transposing symbolic elements reflecting traditional Cree habitat to this contemporary building. The open plan and transparency of the ground floor make the Institute the heart of the community. [Photo and information provided via e-mail by Rubin & Rotman Architects] exterior modern project institute canada Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada modern project institute canada 3 Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada modern project institute canada 5 Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada modern project institute canada 6 Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada modern project institute canada 8 Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada modern project institute canada 9 Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada modern project institute canada 10 Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada modern project institute canada 11 Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada modern project institute canada 12 Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada modern project institute canada 13 Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada modern project institute canada 14 Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada modern project institute canada 15 Contemporary Architecture At Its Best: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada

 

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