Introducing a touch of Zen, Ikuhiro Yamagata, on Japanese Interior Design

Japanese interior design implies refined colour mixes and laconic forms. This design style can be easily recognised by the abundance of natural materials and appeals to those who like a simple, structured space with minimal furniture. 

Design usually begins with the selection of the colour scheme. Drawing inspiration from nature, a preference is given to restrained, light tones. Think of milky colours, beige and cream. These shades prevail when selecting wall colours, furniture and fabrics. All surfaces in the typical Japanese apartment are smooth. Interior designer, Ikuhiro Yamagata, shared with us some important design principles. 

“The most important thing

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House and Senate Leaders Reach Deal on South Carolina Budget | South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers have agreed to a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the state’s more than $10 billion budget.

Members of a conference committee voted Thursday to approve the $10.7 billion spending plan for the upcoming year, The Post and Courier reported.

The spending plan includes money the state didn’t use this budget year because lawmakers feared a more serious economic downturn in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The budget compromise will give state employees at 2.5% pay raise. Teachers will also receive an additional $1,000 in pay, and law enforcement officers will see a

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Bathroom access is an issue of hospitality and equity

Sam Bullard is the co-program director of the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, a volunteer for the Greater Bangor Housing Coalition, and a member of Mabel Wadsworth Center’s Advocacy Committee. She is also a queer freelance artist centered in Bangor.

Bangor is facing a human rights issue, and most people don’t even know about it. The root of this issue lies with something most people take for granted, a service that most cities provide: bathroom access. As it stands now, downtown Bangor isn’t providing a public restroom, temporary or permanent. This is an issue of health, hospitality and

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Inside England’s new luxury camp – Southgate’s exposed tactics room and stopping bed injury

After crashing back to reality with a dismal display against Scotland, the England squad are trying to get back on track with a change of scenery.

The Three Lions roared to victory against Croatia but a disconcerting performance against their northern neighbours has left many fans fearing the wait for silverware will be extended once again.

However, preparations for the final Euros’ group game against the Czech Republic will be different as the squad has transferred to a luxurious new training camp.

England had been based at St George’s Park in Burton, but due to the quick turnaround between matches,

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How Bringing Interior Design Online Built This Woman’s Empire

The struggle is real. Finding interior designers within a modest budget can sometimes be a challenge. Lee Mayer, Founder of Havenly, built her business after seeing a need in the market through her own experience.

When Lee was looking for interior design services, she was shocked and frustrated that she couldn’t find an interior designer to work with that was in what she believed was a generous price range.

Starting Havenly in 2015, she started looking for a round of funding. Being a female founder and a woman of color, she had some challenges when

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Van Meter home includes theater room, outdoor kitchen for $1.5 million

Sitting on 6 acres with a nearby pond, this 7,267-square-foot Van Meter home offers a wide array of entertainment options.

The $1.5 million property includes an outdoor patio with a covered kitchen, poker and game rooms, a theater and a full wrap-around bar.

It has four bedrooms and five bathrooms and elegant details, including a custom-painted mural and heated floors.

Located at 2974 133rd Court, it’s listed by Simply Better Realty.

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This disgusting ‘house from hell’ is listed for $600,000 … and getting multiple all-cash offers

She listed a five-bedroom home in the Broadmoor Bluffs Estates neighborhood for $590,000. That may sound like a steal, but buyer beware.

While the house appears fine from the outside, and is situated among homes that typically sell for $750,000 to $800,000, what awaits on the other side of the front door is vandalism, destruction, animal remains, years of neglect, and… a pretty intense odor.

“Honestly, you can feel the smell,” Foster said.

But Foster didn’t hold back in her description of the house when she listed it on Tuesday. Describing the home as “every landlord’s nightmare,” Foster wrote: “If

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Manchester School of Architecture spotlights seven undergraduate architecture studios

In our latest school show, undergraduate studios at the Manchester School of Architecture explore how feminist architectural theory can be used as a tool to design a fairer society.


Other studios examined the university’s campus and its relationship to its wider urban environment; how emerging designers use design methods to engage citizens in the city; and how illustration is used in the design process.


School: Manchester School of Architecture at the Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester
Course: BA Architecture
Programme Leader: Daniel Dubowitz

School statement:

“Despite the unusual circumstances we have been working in, it has been

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Toilet fanatic has been reviewing bathrooms in ‘bog blog’ since she was six

A toilet fanatic who has been reviewing loos since she was aged just six has gained a cult online following after transforming her ‘loo-dicrous’ hobby into a dedicated Instagram ‘bog blog’.

Self-confessed ‘lavatory inspector’ Rachel Dixon began keeping a diary dedicated to rating loos that she visited as a six-year-old child when on holiday – but never thought she would take her hobby public.

However after reminiscing with her mum about her old diaries, the 33-year-old rekindled her passion for the porcelain and launched her Instagram review page four years ago.

Since then the railway engineer assistant has reviewed more

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Ten one-wall kitchens designed by architects that free up floorspace

Continuing our series of kitchen lookbooks, we’ve selected ten projects from Dezeen’s archive with kitchens organised along a single wall.


One-wall kitchens feature a simple, linear layout that takes up less floorspace than other configurations while creating a less cluttered layout.

They are popular in small interiors as well as in larger, open-plan spaces as they open the kitchen up to the rest of the room rather than confining it behind an island, a breakfast bar or a peninsula.

This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series providing visual inspiration for the home. Previous kitchen-related roundups include kitchen

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