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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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Best Ideas to Decorate Your Beach House

When we have a second home by the sea, everything you want is to make it as comfy as possible. After all, that is your home away from home as well. Combining style, practicality, beauty, and functionality is the key to decorating this environment.

Beach houses are generally places where we are rarely alone. We usually receive friends, families, to have some relaxing time, fun and to rest as well. informality, fun and warmth. All these elements must be analysed when decorating it.

Check out some tips on how to decorate the beach house:

Outdoors

When we talk about an open, airy environments that will be the place where people will be spending most of the time, it’s also important to think about the correct size of furniture. Balance and proportion are necessary to avoid that feeling of discomfort and overcrowded environments.

Coating

When it comes to coating, the secret is investing in practicality. Evaluate well the material used and the functions of each environment.

 Non-slip flooring and easy to clean in environments where the circulation of people is greater, such as porcelain tiles, cementitious floors and even burnt cement, are the most indicated.

Very rough textures and wallpaper need to be used sparingly, and these are quite popular techniques to use in the house.

For bathrooms, the best tip is to use tiles as a covering and make use of the marble niches inside the box, which, in addition to being practical, are very charming.

Furniture

Furniture needs to be more resistant to both the action of the sea and humidity. Pay attention to materials: treated wood for furniture and, in the case of sofas, a good idea is to use protective covers. It’s better to prevent than regret.

It is worth investing in creativity and mixing materials, such as demolition wood, lacquer, patina finish or a mix of colours when painting, for example.

Rustic Design

Choosing pieces that add style to the décor and use in everyday life is a tip to give a space decoration a boost without filling the house with things. Here it is worth investing in benches, seats, tables, and wood panels.

Creative Vases

It’s the perfect opportunity to bring nature into the home. Use pots of all sizes and colours and arrange them however you like, but beware: some plants need sunlight to survive, so be careful.

Other items can be added to the decor to bring personality to the home, such as mirrors, pictures, picture frames, shells in glass jars and even strings.

Comfortable Sofas and Cushions

Outdoor chairs are a great choice for warmer evenings, so it looks perfect by the pool and garden.

The pillows bring a cosy feeling, in addition to helping to bring a little style to the home environments. Choose the fluffiest ones, as they often end up becoming a pillow for lazy afternoon naps.

If you think that this kind of project has many details to remember, the best thing to do is making a list of what can’t be missing from your project and decorating the beach house. And don’t forget to call friends family for the grand opening!

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Scandinavian Inspiring Décor

Being inspired by the Scandinavian is not a new thing. It’s simple, adaptable, and functional. A rue winner when it comes to interior décor ideas.

There is no doubt that this is the style that best suits modern homes around the world. It is the natural simplicity, adaptability and functionality of this style that makes it so perfect for a modern home with space and little or not use.

But it is not only for larger and spacious homes. Scandinavian styling can also bring spacious interior a cheerful, refreshing appeal that makes our life easier too.

It’s a style designed to keep things organised and efficient, which is a great idea when you have no time.

Scandinavian rooms always look much bigger than they really are, because they use a neutral background and embrace a minimalist decor pattern.

The best projects are inviting and give the space a calmer vibe, without deviating from the style, theme, or overall ambience.

To make things better, it’s not difficult to set a stylish Scandinavian design. Here are some tips for decorating your home using Nordic design!

Invest in White

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White was always a colour that is considered easy to match. It goes with everything. Most Scandinavian rooms tend to have a white background, which makes perfect sense.

This kind of style itself largely adopts neutral tones to maximise natural light and this is an idea that works perfectly in the small dining area.

This connects you with the space around you, gives you design flexibility and allows you to easily switch to a different style in the future.

Adaptable

The Scandinavian style is quite adaptable. The neutral base of the Scandinavian style allows it to be combined with others in a very natural way.  

It allows you to experiment with different decorations, seasonal tones, and trending patterns with ease.

Spacious

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Space is everything when it comes to Nordic design. The work between form and functionality ensures that the house following this style maximises the available space.

The use of adaptable furniture can be a way to ensure that the style works even when there are visitors; Using furniture such as folding tables, which can be closed, or round tables, which allow you to place chairs without consuming additional space, for example.

Simple Silhouettes

Simple and charming silhouettes are a quite impressive combination. Unlike Provencal, Scandinavian has simple lines and straight lines that even highlight geometric shapes. The less far-fetched and cleaner it is, the better. So, it’s easy to form the combinations, isn’t it?

Clean Furniture

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Clean and improvised furniture is one of the greatest features of the Scandinavian decoration. If we can use furniture that is composed of different styles in an improvised and balanced composition, we will have an amazing result in interior design. How can we go wrong with it?

In addition to furniture with simpler and straighter lines, wood is also very common in Scandinavian decor. Below you can see a room with Scandinavian decor where the wooden furniture matches the Gray sofa and striped rug.

Perfect Composition

It’s impossible not to fall in love with this kitchen, which mixes materials and light hues. The environment is part of a small apartment with integrated environments and is beautiful with its minimalist woodwork and no handles.

The countertop and half of the wall received a granite with a grey background, which served as the basis for the accessories that follow the same neutral palette.

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Interior Design to Boost Your Mental Health

What are you looking for when you think about home décor? First, we would like to invest in quite functional and aesthetically pleasing house or apartment.

But what about the quality of life? Do you think about your home in favour of your well-being? What else can a home decor project contribute to your daily life?

In time like this when we were confined at home our relationship with time and space has changed. If before we didn’t have time because of routine and responsibilities, now we have plenty of time in hands.

This quarantine can bring mental disorders related to anxiety or depression to many people, so it is important that we keep ourselves entertained and take care of our mental health. Have a tidy and organised home is part of this deal. Plus, interior design can boost your mental health.

If you pay some attention to this from now to go, will start to see your home differently from now on! So, let’s get down to business and see how interior design can improve your health.

Personalise it

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There is nothing more personal and cosier than placingphotos of family and friends and display decorative items that have meaning. Adding things to the space that bring a memory to mind and a smile on your face is a great way to lighten your mood and make you feel truly at home.

Natural Light

Let the light in! Natural light is not only an instant mood booster, it can also be beneficial to your bank account. It reduces energy costs with unnatural lighting and saves money. Allow light into the room to help relieve stress and anxiety, and naturally boost your immune system.

Aromatherapy

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Smells, scents, and different aromas. Using scents to create a comfortable and refreshing environment is part of the game. Aromatherapy is an ancient therapeutic technique that uses the properties of essential oils to restore physical, psychic, and spiritual balance. It’s powerful.

Green Areas

Green is great! And plants are the perfect way to get nature’s vibrations indoors. Fill the room with leaves and herbs that not only look beautiful but also make the air cleaner. There are a variety of species that require minimal maintenance and do not need constant care, such as succulents.

Decluttering

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Clutter can cause overstimulation and unnecessary stress. It can make the rooms distracting and make you feel overwhelmed.

Take the time to organize your home and reorganize the things that were on your mind. If you’re not a fan of cleaning, hire a company or person that will help you organize your life and take the mess off your shoulders.

Cosy it Up

There’s no better feeling than coming home after a stressful day to relax, put your feet up, and let go of whatever is creating tension in your body. This is heaven!

Making the space cosy and comfortable is an important part of making a house feel like home and consequently, allowing tension to be released.

Some parts of your house should be a place where relaxation is natural, including blankets, sheets, pillows, and comfortable touches that make you feel that an extra dose of calm is vital.

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Home Interior Trends for 2022

The home interior industry is constantly changing. It has not only renewed itself, but also found new trends and different ways to adapt itself . In addition to aesthetic beauty, styles, resources and materials, the current events and a global pandemic also interfere greatly in how those trends would emerge.

COVID 19 has had a major impact on people’s lives and it also changed our priorities and needs. So some of the trends related here will be considered for next year I hope it can bring you some inspiration in difficult times. here are some of the trends for the year 2022.

Integrated and multifunctional spaces

Studio apartments are the best investment for couples and singletons. And if living in a smaller place has become a success in the world of decoration over the years, it will be no different next year.

Some small changes as removal of walls and spaces where it is possible to transform the room in a practical and multifunctional space will be the choice of many when building or renovating. It not only will help to provide greater functionality, but will also allow residents to have a flexible environment according to their needs.

Natural Lighting

When the summer arrives in this country, we celebrate the good weather and all possibility of being outside in the warm. We also celebrate the fact we will natural light for a longer time in a day.

By spending so much time at home natural light becomes a precious asset, and this is one of the things we miss most when staying so much confined during the pandemic, right? The trend of windows, large glass doors and skylights will be present in most of home improvement plans. In addition to investing in internal lighting to help reducing the electricity costs.

Industrial Style

Let’s talk about my favourite trend? I live in Birmingham; a city who is an inspiration when it comes to industrial revolution. I love the rustic style and industrial design. style.

And I am happy to know that the industrial style become a trend for 2021 and it will be also a trend next year. Not only for it’s modern touch, also because it prioritizes the use of materials. This type of style make it possible to reuse the elements that are featured in the structure of the house such as concrete, wood, and other raw materials.

Green Elements

Plants, we need them outdoors and indoors as well. Bringing nature indoors is a perfect way to make make your rooms stand out. It makes the spaces more pleasurable.

But it doesn’t need to be only featured in natural plants. You can always use those elements in fabrics and decorative objects made with natural elements, for example.

Minimalism

Another winner. During the pandemic we probably reflect on our real needs, especially when it comes to the excesses when consuming products, clothes, and so on. In this way minimalism also turns into, more than a decorative trend, into a lifestyle where “less is more” is the first rule to follow.

Functionality, the neutral and clear colors adds luminosity and a sense of sense of peace and tranquility. Perfect to create enjoyable and comfy spaces in the house.