Designer Marie Burgos adds an exotic, Zen vibe to this Asian-inspired living room with a bust and hand of Buddha. Fresh splashes on apple green in the trunks used instead of a coffee table add to the room's globe-trotting flair.
Long, sheer curtains allow natural light to flow in from the two story windows into this stylish contemporary living room. A patterned armchair, neutral leather chair and neutral sofa with faux fur throw create a mix of cozy seating. A row of grated stools add an asian style detail to the design. The seating circles around a wood based coffee table with square glass tabletop.
This connected room blends several styles to create an eclectic combined seating and dining area. Painting the wardrobe doors to match the blue walls gives the illusion of a larger space. The differing chair designs help break up the separate sections of the room. An Asian wall piece adds a break in color on the walls, and the silver table provides shine in the matte room.
A neutral color palette is highlighted by natural light and subtle yellow and red accents in this Asian-inspired living room. A white sofa with black sides is decorated with yellow and neutral throw pillows, and above the sofa, a long panel of artwork adds additional yellow to the space. A white coffee table, brown leather chair and tripod floor lamp complete the design.
A white Buddha statue, among other Asian accents used throughout the space, introduces a Zen mood to this porch sitting area. Beautiful white furniture and sheer white curtains look even brighter against the natural background and neutral floor. Throw pillows add pops of accent color in red, purple and pink, while the pair of metallic tables adds a touch of glam to the design.
The rick natural tones of the exterior wood brings warmth to offset the cool tones of the furniture. A light gray sofa and two cream arm chairs face into an Asian coffee table. A large floor lamp features a small built in shelf around the base. A graphic rug pattern adds a darker hue to the design and softens the lounge space over the stone tile floor.
This eclectic bathroom makes use of natural elements, modern design and Asian inspiration. The natural stone tile on the floors and walls of the shower as well as the natural wood of the cabinets reflect the raw natural beauty of the outdoors that is brought in through the overhead windows in the shower. The modern design of the cabinets keep the space clean and organized, while the open shelving on the caps of each vanity give the additional storage a spa feel.
Majestically poised along the shimmering Gulf of Mexico waters bordering Siesta Key, this masterfully designed retreat invokes distinctive Asian-inspired aesthetics to achieve a unique harmony with nature. Enjoy dinner by the ocean on the small beachside deck, complete with a dining table for four and an unbeatable view. A small pathway leads back to the main house for quick access to necessities, like drink refills and dessert.
Another example of the animal (and insect) themes and decorative flourishes that are making this such an interesting decorating moment, an ethereal snake-head table works wonderfully next to a more substantial Asian stool that shows off the playful global mix currently defining modern design. These heavy, ebony pieces work well in a room where bright whites and soft sands create balance.
The goal was to give the home a worldly and globally inspired feel so new custom designs, textural fabrics and finishes were incorporated along with Asian and African artifacts and antiques. Habachy Designs imagined the occupants of this home as well-traveled, and the objects in the home were artifacts and cherished tokens of their trips around the world.
The area rug, as well as the lounge chairs, are custom pieces designed by Habachy Designs. The great room was an expansive, extended oval, and it posed a challenge as to how to divide the room into separate living spaces. In order to emphasize the curvature of the architecture, Habachy Designs mimicked the shape in the tone-on-tone rug. This allowed for a focal area and living space to be created that would be harmonious with the entirety of the great room.
This custom, lighted panel behind the bed brings together an eye-catching light fixture, captivating artwork and modern sophistication with a bit of edge to create a dramatic focal point for the Master Bedroom. This designer created the pattern for the laser-cut wood panel, slightly evocative of an Asian floral motif, which was inspired by the client’s cultural heritage.
This neutral living space has plenty of seating for the homeowners to entertain family and friends. Reminiscent of a Romantic Era parlor, a grand piano occupies the rear corner of the room, creating an elegant ambiance, while large chaise lounges and comfortable modern chairs add seating for guests and homeowners alike. Finally, accents like the white and gray striped rug and the Asian inspired decor helps to finish the room and bring the design full circle.
For this Walnut Creek, Calif. kitchen remodel, designer Yuko Matsumoto combines contemporary and Asian styles for a sophisticated and streamlined look. Matsumoto uses clean-lined wood cabinetry and a stunning counter-to-ceiling emerald-green backsplash as focal points in this stylish and eye-pleasing "Zen" kitchen. For the backsplash, smaller tiles are used around the hood and set vertically to mimic the look of bamboo.
An irregular bluestone pathway flanked with pachysandra leads to an Asian-style gate with pergola. The gate draws the eye through to frame the rear yard and entices one to enter. Designer tip: You do not need a fence to have a gate. Simply tucking an arbor gate into the landscape will draw the eye into the garden.
The homeowners wanted a relaxing place to return after a hard day's work, so the designers created a space that incorporated elements of Zen and relaxation-a rarity twenty six fee above the hustle and bustle of the entertainment capital of the world. The cherry finished ladder in the space adds shelving for spa essentials. Those essentials are combined with vintage Asian accessories to give the space an underwater vibe. To compliment that design, a school of 180 ceramic, gold-leafed koi fish were installed as a one-of-a-kind, three dimensional art piece.
Designer wanted to create an elegant space with plenty of light and lots of texture, so they made the most of the natural light that fills this space by painting the walls white and adding a white sofa, bookshelf and cabinets to reflect light. Then, they brought in pieces like the Asian inspired artwork on the wall, the woven chair and the live edge table to add warmth and texture to this bright space.
Designer Clinton Rice hunts at estate sales for Asian-inspired accessories and ceramic pieces, along with old books. He offers this advice for saving money: Go the first day — typically Thursday — but if you see something you like, wait for the weekend. That's when items are marked down by 25 percent or more. If it's meant to be, the item is meant for your mantel.
Weeding is probably one of the worst jobs in the landscape, but you can make even this must-do chore easier. First, tackle weeding in small bites—it’s easier on your body and mental state. Second, use the right tools. Invest in weeding tools that work. Consider things like a digging knife, Asian hoe or an ergonomic weeder designed to give you leverage when dealing with tap-rooted interlopers like thistle or dandelion. Lastly, tackle weeding at the right time. After rain or watering, soil is moist and weeds pull easier.