Tour a military off base house in Japan with loads of rental friendly DIYS and decor in an eclectic global style perfect for on base housing and rentals.
Welcome to our traditional Japanese home. We are USMC family currently stationed in Iwakuni, Japan. We are fortunate enough to live off base in a charming little home with many traditional features. If you are new here, welcome. Make sure to sign up for a FREE email decorating course and leave a comment so we can chat!
Konichiwa! Please come in (dozo!).
Here is our entry. True to Japanese fashion, there is plenty of shoe storage. I’ve used the open wall space to display some of our paintings and art from travels and a few pieces from Minted.
The entry dressed up for Fall!
When you come into the foyer, the stairs are on the left with a powder room underneath the stairs. The stair wall was the perfect place to store/display our hats.
Straight ahead is a French door to the living area and fusuma (Japanese panels that slide to define a space) to the tatami room (our dining room).
Once you walk through the French door, the kitchen is behind the living area. Thanks to the New Room New Refresh challenge last January, our little kitchen has quite a bit of personality with removable wallpaper, wall storage, and art.
There’s a little opening and window pane that divides the kitchen from the living space. Straight ahead is my office nook and piano studio.
Our house is small and reminds me of a charming cottage. I’ve really enjoyed infusing it with global eclectic flair unified by blue hues in every room. Perfect for summer decor!
The decor will probably stay pretty consistant the couple of years we will be here but I do enjoy changing around vignettes and textiles to reflect the season. I placed our Japanese glass floats and sea glass on the coffee table with with some cheerful floral pillows on the sofa for the warmer months.
For Fall, warmer colors and velvet pumpkins come out.
I’ve made a make shift office in the corner by a garden window sill and breakfast bar.
Our thrifted media stand sits under the bar for added storage. Luckily the wood tones are very similar and it has a wonderful flow!
called tatami or washitsu
This room has gone through a few changes in the 6 months we have lived here. I really wanted the decor to flow with the Japanese architectural elements in the space; tatami mats, shoji doors, and wood trim. I absolutely LOVE the direction it’s going. Just a few more tweaks and then it will be time for a complete before and after room reveal!
These are all the main spaces downstairs. Upstairs consists of one western bedroom, 2 tatami rooms, and a water closet. I’m super close to finishing the kids bedrooms (in the 2 tatami rooms) but for today’s tour, I’ll share our master bedroom.