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How to build your Own Japanese Garden

In my opinion, there I nothing cosier than a Japanese garden in your home. That would be the ultimate space for relaxing. That’s the reason that even many luxurious apartments in Tokyo have invested in a Japanese garden to attract attention for the new potential buyers.

Peace, tranquillity, spirituality, contemplation, and beauty: the Japanese garden brings together all these qualities and can be a great way to make your home a serene and relaxing space to enjoy with family, friends or even just.

Even in small spaces, this type of garden can be done simply, helping you to have a much more pleasant routine. So how about finding out more about how to build a Japanese garden with our tips? See more details below.

What is the Japanese Garden?

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The Japanese Garden, also known as the Zen Garden, appeared in China in the 6th century and was spread by Buddhist monks. However, it was the Japanese, during the Heian Era, who perfected the technique of creating these gardens, incorporating symbolic and spiritual characteristics of connection with nature.

Through elements such as water, stones and plants, the Japanese garden aims to portray the paths of life, transformations and obstacles faced, allowing for a contemplative and meditative state.

This type of garden décor is also closely linked to the philosophical and spiritual conceptions of the Japanese, who see in nature the origin of life, the earth, and the very abode of spiritual deities.

What are the advantages of the Japanese garden?

Having a Japanese residential garden is a great way to increase your connection with nature and enjoy the sensations of relaxation, serenity and meditation provided by this type of space.

The Japanese garden can still be an excellent ally in combating problems such as anxiety and stress, contributing to health and well-being. In addition, it beautifies the spaces of the house, leaving the decoration harmonious and pleasant.

What are the elements of the Japanese garden?

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Whether to set up a small Japanese garden or a large version, it is always important to know the elements that compose it and the meanings of each one. Therefore, we brought the main materials used in the process to inspire you in your own creation.

Lakes, waterfalls, and streams

The presence of water in the Japanese garden is very relevant, because it represents the cycle of life, that is, the process of birth and death. In some projects, you can find carp, which symbolise prosperity and luck.

Plants

Plants are very present elements in this type of garden and help to compose the atmosphere of peace and contact with nature. Remember that flowers and plants are chosen according to the seasons, and some have sacred meanings.

Bridges

Bridges symbolise the connection between two spaces. In this sense, they represent the transition from mortality to the sacred and can be built with different materials, such as wood, stone, or bamboo.

Stones

Stones have a great symbolic meaning for the Japanese. The larger stones symbolize the mountains and hills, providing a feeling of contemplation. The smaller stones show the evolution of the human being during life.

Lanterns

Lanterns are another element that brings a spiritual dimension to the Japanese garden, as light symbolizes knowledge. Carved in stone, they come in different shapes and sizes.

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Retro Décor styles to Go For in 2022

I am quite suspicious when it comes to old-fashioned style. I am quite keen on going for pieces that have the 70s vibe. Last month, I got excited to have a new (old) heater from my husband’s uncle. It’s a vintage piece.

But the retro décor is not only the furniture that is found at our grandparents’ house. Unlike vintage, which really uses original pieces, retro is inspired by items and prints from previous decades, mainly from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, as an updated reinterpretation.

Not only the mix of strong colours, but also different materials and textures are some of the factors that make the retro decor so full of personality. But it doesn’t mean you need to make big changes in your rooms.

A mix of modern elements and vintage items will do. A few key items are enough. The change doesn’t have to take place in the whole house.

Where to start?

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To design your retro decor, it’s important to list all the items you want to buy, whether it’s appliances, small appliances, or decorative objects. Charity shops and online retro shops are places to go for.

You will find several options that can help you in this mission, such as paintings, lamps, lamps, dressing tables and much more! Enjoy!

kitchen

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I guess kitchen is ten best room to start creating a retro space. The main tip is always investing in appliances with a design from decades old. It can be a stove or the refrigerator, for example.

S appliances such as food mixers are also an option. In this case, always pick a nice corner to show it off. Another clever alternative is giving a retro finish to some appliances that are in in good conditions.

Investing in a retro fridge is also a great alternative. Colours like gem yellow, sky blue and red can guarantee the desired effect.

Living Room

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I don’t know about you, but I quite the idea of using pastel colours to make a room out stand. For this reason, I guess a pastel floral wallpaper would be a classic option for anyone looking to create a retro room.

In this case, it’s worth investing in retro furniture, such as dressers, bedside table, dresser with colourful drawers. Also, don’t forget the decorative items that can make all the difference, such as pictures, a lampshade and a yellow or red lamp, for example.

If you want to go further, what about a creative exhibition of printed photos? In this case, you can bet on both the picture frame and the picture clothesline. And, before revealing, it’s worth editing the files and turning them into black and white or applying the sepia tone, which refers to the old.

Hallway

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Another space that deserves a bit of retro vibe is our hallway. A rack for a retro room may be small and simple, but it usually has impressive details that make all the difference in the decoration.

If the environment is already very colourful, prefer the wooden retro room rack, preferably with round handles. Even if it’s in a neutral colour, it helps to complement the environment in just the right measure. Then just add decorative elements such as a frame and potted plants in vibrant shades!

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Best Colours to Prepare Your home for Autumn

The coldest seasons of the year are beautiful, aren’t they? They remind us of comfort, cosiness at home and give us the feeling of greater warmth.

Knowing that it is probably the best time to transform your home into an even more welcoming environment with the colours of autumn and winter is also quite exciting.

I guess when we think about Autumn, we automatically think about colours. The initial touch to go for is finding inspiration and bet on colours that refer to nature. They are fool proof tricks to provide sensations of warmth and comfort.

So, we decided to give you some tips on how to warm your home with the right decor tones.

Autumn Colours

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How many shades of brown, orange, and ochre do we see when we look around us in early autumn? Plenty of. And it’s gorgeous. We see the dry leaves lining the floor and the wooden branches gaining space on the horizon of our windows.

The days grow greyer and shorter, and all we want is to be on a cosy couch, with a warm blanket and a cup of coffee in hands. Tea for you, guys.

That’s the reason the predominant colours of the autumn decoration follow the aesthetics of this new cycle that nature shows us. Brown and yellow, earthy, and warm tones are great colours to add a special touch to your home.

The same feeling about grey. As well as cloudy days, the colour makes the environments cosier. They are tones that refer to nature, but in a sophisticated and elegant way.

Warmer Colours

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Coldest weathers are all about enjoying warm colourful layers. Intense and striking colors like marsala, navy blue and oil green are sure bets for a living room with a winter look.

The moss green, which reminds the trees in a paler tone, is also a very rich colour for the time. It will certainly make your autumn decor much more stylish.

You can always add a lot of fabrics to your rooms as well, giving the quite elegant and welcoming vibe to the space using blankets, pillows, curtains. All of this will make your corner even warmer and cosier.

Classic Colours

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Colder weather is also a perfect time to use basic and times tones. It is possible to keep the elegance and always keeping in style without making extreme changes.

This is the palette where graceful white blends perfectly with camel colour, elegant grey flannel, red and black caviar. Gold and damask rose provide finishing elements that are sure to appeal to all product categories and levels of the market.

Cravings Colours

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I love the way we can play with colours and using a more creative way to style spaces. A thought-provoking palette that will tempt the eyes with spicy reds, sweet flamingo oranges, and deep purples.

The neutral flavours of butter rum and cappuccino warm the palette, while the green brings the freshness of the treetops. These tones will draw on sensory experiences to inspire new sensations.