Hey thanks for checking in again! I have been having the most incredible time redesigning this La Jolla beach house in our version of Japandi Style.
JAPANDI INSPIRED COLOR SCHEME
We are referencing Japandi Style in this home but most examples that you'll see of Japandi interiors across the internet are very minimal and neutral.
For this project, we opted to incorporate an indigo blue, a) because it's my clients FAVORITE color, b) it always looks awesome with warm wood tones and c) because my client has a lot of Japanese ceramics that all have a touch of blue in them. You'll see in the inspiration photos below how amazing indigo blue blends with the wood tones.
CHERRY BLOSSOMS AND NATURE
Along with blue and wood tones, touches of nature are a must. Pink cherry blossoms always remind me of Japan, so I incorporated touches of pink in the dried floral arrangements.
WARM WOOD TONES
Some of the ways that we incorporated wood into this space is by replacing the terracotta tile with new wood flooring. The natural-edged dining table and bench are synonymous with the furniture designer, George Nakashima. We also added the most iconic of Nakashima designs, the Conoid chair.
A study in minimalist elegance, the design features two legs that extend from sled-type feet, serving as uprights that support a cantilevered seat and a crest rail with cantilevered ends. These major parts are typically made from black walnut. Spindles are made from hickory, shaved and faceted by hand with a block plane. - Woodcraft Magazine
SETTLE IN AND STAY A WHILE
Japanese earthenware paired with indigo Shibori fabrics and woven placemats creates a beautiful place setting for any occasion.
LET THERE BE GLOBE LIGHTING
The oversized black globe pendant light floats airily over the dining table. It recreates the randomness, symmetry and shape of a yarn ball which creates beautiful shine and shadow play to this dining room. This sphere shape adds just the right touch of modern flair to this space.
BEFORE AND AFTER TRANSFORMATION
I can't leave before giving you a little Before & After moment of this space! Below is one of the listing photos of this space while it while it was staged for sale. It wasn't bad, it was just basic since it had to appeal to buyers. I'm not exactly sure how the original homeowners used this space but it's totally open to the kitchen so it made way more sense to utilize this space as the dining room rather than a sitting room.
We actually loved the wood shelving and contemplated keeping it but once we started building this space out by adding wood flooring and then layering on the solid wood dining table, bench and Nakashima chairs, we really needed to create contrast which is why we decided to repaint the shelving unit in a bold indigo blue. I really love the way it dramatically pops the wood tones of the dining furniture.
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