Japanese Design For Your Home

January 20, 2009 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

Buying a house is at the top of my wish list for 2009, so I’m addicted to real estate sites like Realtor.com and Red Fin (why it’s called that I have no clue). Depending on whom you ask, it’s either the best or worst time to buy – but if I should be lucky enough to find a place, I’d like to decorate at least one room in Japanese style.

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It shouldn’t be too difficult to do, because Japanese-influenced furniture can be found everywhere from Ikea to slightly higher-end stores like Modernica in Los Angeles and Muji in Soho. Each of these companies have taken the minimalist, uncluttered look common to Japanese homes and added their own touches.

One of my favorite online stores to browse is Haiku Designs, which showcases solid blocks of color, soft lighting and low-standing couches, beds and chairs in a clean, simple layout.

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Don’t have much space to work with? Adding a folding shoji screen, made of rice paper and wood, transforms one room into several, and they’re so lightweight you can change them up whenever you feel like it. The soft glow of a rice paper lamp adds a touch of warmth and charm to pretty much any surrounding.

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I’ll probably pass on the tatami mat beds, though 

Sarah S.

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