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Japandi Style Rules in This Gut-Renovated LA Home

California designer Shanty Wijaya of Allprace combines the best of Scandinavian and Japanese design in this indoor-outdoor home.

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Best of Work and Play

Los Angeles-based designer Shanty Wijaya of Allprace specializes in rundown rehabs and indoor-outdoor design, and she put all of those skills to good use when overhauling her latest flip. She chose this LA home based on its hillside location and glorious views, and then imparted a Japanese-Scandinavian theme called Japandi while emphasizing work-from-home elements.

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Setting the Tone

The façade immediately sets the Japanese/Scandinavian tone, since Shanty wanted to unite Japanese artistic elements with Scandinavian hygge throughout the home. The light-colored, sustainably sourced Accoya wood channels Scandinavian design, while Japanese architecture inspired the roof. Japanese design also influenced the landscaping, such as the large stepping stones and surrounding foliage. The final result might appear deceptively simple, but the world beyond the front door is anything but boring.

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Hands-On Approach

The attention to detail can't be overstated, and it's worth mentioning that Shanty sourced and hand selected every aspect of the landscaping, from the plants to the stones.

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Starting From the Bottom

It helps to get a sense of what the home looked like before the eight-month renovation process. Shanty chose this 1922 home two years ago based on its potential, with views from practically every room. The home might appear small, but it actually contains three bedrooms and baths, including a master suite, junior suite and guest bedroom in 2,136 square feet. Plus, the overall lot is a whopping 7,510 square feet.

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