Style Home Transforms Into a Zen Paradise

When designer Shanty Wijaya, of Allprace Properties, got to work on the midcentury home she was renovating in Los Angeles, she knew that she wanted to incorporate a mix of two of her favorite styles: Japanese and Scandinavian design aesthetics.

Using that exact combination, dubbed Japandi, she artfully worked the look into the entire space to completely transform the three-bedroom hillside home. “To me, each of these design influences support a healthy, meaningful lifestyle and reinforce a connectedness to nature,” she says. “From the zenlike tranquility of Japanese wabi-sabi to the minimalist, warm, and neutral elements of Scandinavian hygge, I wanted to create a fusion of cultures that was intentional, artful, and sustainable.”

Upon entering the home, you’re greeted with a natural, muted, and earthy color palette and a minimalistic, light-filled space. “Even though the color choices were mainly natural and muted, we mixed and used lots of different textures and materials to add the interest and complexity to the look,” says Shanty. In the kitchen, for example, there’s lots of plaster used, and throughout the space, you’ll see concrete, limestone, and ample amounts of reclaimed wood. For the designer, incorporating big windows and sliding doors to make the views and landscaping a major focal point in the house was also essential.

“We brought the outdoors inside by using potted hanging plants and greenery throughout the home’s interior,” says Shanty. Japanese garden plants and rocks as well as different types of bamboo, Japanese maples, bonsai, and pine trees are all present along with specially sourced rocks that mimic the look of a mountain.

Despite the fact that the home centers around a scaled-back sense of design, there are unique and one-of-a-kind details that make it feel fresh. For example, vintage, reclaimed, and handmade pieces rather than mass-produced furnishings are scattered throughout the home—such as the wooden chair in the living room and the raw wooden table in the dining area. A rough-hewn reclaimed French oak was refinished with a dark stain and used for the kitchen countertop. “Throughout the home, we utilized materials that can naturally patina over time,” says Shanty.