Iwakuni, Japan

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.

Konichiwa!  Please come in (dozo!).

The Entry

eclectic summer home tour foyer

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.

eclectic summer home tour foyer

The entry dressed up for Fall!

eclectic boho gallery wall in the foyer

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.

eclectic summer home tour hat wall

renter friendly fall decor in the foyer

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).

summer eclectic home tour entry

The Kitchen

Global Eclectic Kitchen 

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.

global eclectic kitchen makeover botanical print for kitchen wallpaper

small space solutions for the kitchenThere’s a little opening and window pane that divides the kitchen from the living space.  Straight ahead is my office nook and piano studio.

decor for grand piano in small space

Living Room

The Easy Way to Bring Hygge Decor into Your Space

My Home Style: Mix and Match 

Early Fall Home Tour

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!

global eclectic living room with bamboo birdcage living-room-tv-my-home-style shibori frabric and washi paper print framed for large art

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.Summer home tour living room with eclectic style

summer coffee table decor eclectic

For Fall, warmer colors and velvet pumpkins come out. modern fall decor that's renter friendly

I’ve made a make shift office in the corner by a garden window sill and breakfast bar.

garden window eclectic decor color coded books ideas

Our thrifted media stand sits under the bar for added storage.  Luckily the wood tones are very similar and it has a wonderful flow!

small space decor with multi function

rental office space small spaces

Dining Room

called tatami or washitsu

Inspired by DIY:  Wes Anderson Dining Room

Wicked Inspired Tablescape

British Colonial Vignette

SJP Inspired Wallpaper and Decor

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!

boho plants bookcase for eclectic global style bookcase styled with plants, copper, green, and pops of orange Mix copper pots, terra cotta, plants, books for a global eclectic bookcase tall-table-sjp-inspired sjp-dining-room-inspired global eclectic dining room inspired by SJP sara Jessica Parker inspired dining room Japanese inspired artwork japanese paintbrush art art ideas for a global inspired dining roomThese 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.

Master Bedroom

Thrifted Basket Art Wall

$100 Room Makeover

Modern Eclectic Bedroom 

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renter friendly bedroom makeover


Rental Bathroom DIYs

$100 Room Makeover Reveal

rental bathroom makeover

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global eclectic bathroom with renter friendly diys global eclectic rental bathroom makeover

Daughter’s Room

Serena and Lily Inspired Coverlet

DIY Global Pencil Holder

DIY Renter Friendly Reading Nook

Easy DIY Candy Striped Coverlet inspired by Serena and Lily Easy DIY Candy Striped Coverlet inspired by Serena and Lily

The Global styler Japanese pencil holder diy The global styler gold Japanese pencil holder, back to school diy

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