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An open and airy, japandi style home - #KeepinItNeutralProject Reveal

When I first found this property, it was like a very dark and cavernous dungeon. I was even left with all of the belongings of the previous homeowner. Despite that, I immediately saw the potential and could not wait to renovate and stage this home! I envisioned opening up the main living area and transforming this closed-off and cluttered home into the light, open and airy home it is today.

My vision for this home included opening the space and using a beautiful neutral color palette. I wanted to mix wood tones, incorporate small pops of black throughout the home, and add some traditional and moody design elements. I was inspired to use a japandi design style, which blends Japanese and Scandinavian design aesthetics. The key features for Japandi design are muted colors, clean lines, natural light, greenery, and minimalism.


When you open the front door, you enter a hallway leading to the home's main living area. I added a wooden console table to the entryway and styled it with neutral vases. Above the console hangs a black round mirror, and below the console, I added a textured ottoman for some softness.

Living Room

Next to the entry is the more formal living room. I added floor-to-ceiling windows in the corner to make this private room feel open to the rest of the home. This design element allows you to see the main living area and bring in that natural light that is key to achieving the japandi design style.

I created a formal seating area with a soft neutral sofa opposite two velvet auburn accent chairs, which beautifully complement the room's neutral color palette. The wooden coffee table adds a more traditional touch to the room. In the corner is a cane console for extra storage. I styled the coffee table and console with white, cream, and black accessories.


Off the living room is an office that may be my favorite room in the house! The style of this room is moody; it is a bit darker and more masculine than the rest of the home.

I used dark paint on the walls and furnished the room with a wooden desk and bookcases. I styled the room primarily with white and cream accessories, which add a softness to the room and contrast the dark walls beautifully.

Kitchen, Dining, and Main Living Area

The main living area is where my overall vision for the home came to life! It was a challenge to open up this space. My team and I had to work closely with a structural engineer to make it work, but we did it! I ultimately took an outdated Arizona room and made a grander, more functional main living room that feels open and airy.

I kept a neutral aesthetic for this space, added pops of black with the lighting and accessories to add contrast, and leaned into the japandi design style.

In the kitchen, you have white cabinetry with brass hardware with neutral-toned wood for the oven hood and kitchen island. From the island, you can see a comfortable seating area with a neutral sectional and modern coffee table.

The TV wall is one of my favorite design moments in the house. I had to get creative here as there were some structural elements to accommodate, but I love how it turned out!

The dining area is modern yet cozy, with banquette-style seating. I sourced a beautiful warm wood dining table and cream-colored channeled benches that are so comfortable!

Off the kitchen, you have a butler's pantry that was so fun to design. I wanted to have fun with the tile work in this room but still keep it traditional. I chose two colored tiles that give that natural stone look and installed them in a checkerboard pattern.

This main living area opens up to an outdoor seating area with large glass sliders that bring the outdoors in!

Primary Suite

The primary bedroom is modern and incorporates a neutral color palette, pops of black, organically shaped furniture, and a lot of texture!

You will find the primary bath that highlights the japandi design style through a beautiful large arched opening. To make this bathroom grander, the existing closet space was added to allow for a large shower and a freestanding tub space. I designed a beautiful neutral wood-toned vanity and matching accent wall. I added modern sconces to the side walls and a traditional pendant above the sinks.


Ultimately, my team and I opened up the home's main living areas, making it feel light and airy, and embraced a japandi design style - the kind of home that feels serene!

Whether you are building a new home from the ground up or renovating your current space, Diamonds in the Desert Design can provide services to help bring your vision to life with a unique blend of professionalism, creativity, and attention to detail.

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