Japanese plaster is a traditional interior wall finish used for hundreds of years in Japan for both residential and commercial spaces. Satori finishes are a natural earth sand based product which has been modernized to provide consistent color and durability. The coatings are applied by hand trowel similar to venetian Italian plaster, however, the look and feel is distinctly Eastern as well as contemporary. A variety of exotic additives imported from Japan such as Japanese rice straw and seashells may be selected and combined with the plaster, for stunning results.
Satori finishes consist of the Elements, Universe, and Harmony series of wall coatings. Each series brings a unique and contemporary exotic look to interior design. Elements is natural and earthy, Universe is shimmery and takes you out of the ordinary, and Harmony for walls and ceilings offers “freedom from flat” surroundings because it is texturizable. The Harmony series also has been tested in Japan for its ability to absorb and break down formaldehyde, a common indoor air problem. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Satori Japanese Wall Finishes]
Sunken living rooms were all the rage in the 60s and 70s, but they can still be just as comfy and stylish in the aughts. With so many of us opting for open plan spaces these days, creating a casual but defined “conversation pit” is a fun way to break up your living room into manageable zones. Read on for some of our favorite inspiration rooms featuring cozy sunken living areas that we’d love to nestle up in. The soaring ceilings of this bright and airy Texas home are further exaggerated by its recessed seating area. The raw look of the wooden ceilings and concrete floors are softened by strategically placed pops of color and plush pillows.
Vega Architecture’s design for the Busch Home in Lakewood, CO is a wonderful example of how a sunken living room can still maintain a sleek, modern look. By keeping the depth of the pit fairly shallow and using furniture with clean, wooden lines, the space still feels light and airy. A pop of warm, lighter colored carpeting also creates a nice texture change when paired with the harder but more durable tile used on the higher level. When Amber Flooring installed their engineered prefinished square edge Stilnovo-Afrormosia planks throughout the Los Gatos home, they didn’t forget the living area’s conversation pit. Now the space is lined with the warm material, making it the perfect spot to curl up around the fireplace.