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Bringing the outdoors… indoors


We’ve all heard of open-plan, and most either love it or hate it. Although it creates a simpler end result; designing an open-plan interior can often be more difficult than it looks.


A house designed and built in Japan a few years ago had no available outdoor space, so the architects took the bold step of designing a garden inside the building.  With space already compromised, glass partitions were used to create a visible garden area that bordered the main living space.  Keen to fully incorporate the garden into the home, the designers treated the ‘garden room’ as any other room – with bookcases, chairs, and pictures hung on the walls.


As you follow the ‘garden’ round the house, it turns into a planted partition between the living space and the bathroom, again exposed by the glass panels.  It’s probably a little too exposed for many people’s liking, but it’s certainly an interesting concept.



Plants in the home

Plants add many benefits to the home, especially where garden space is compromised or non-existent.

It’s a well-known fact that they add oxygen to the air that we breathe; but did you know they also scrub the air by absorbing many nasty, unseen toxins?  That’s a good reason to add them to your bathroom to keep it smelling fresh!


With so many modern plant containers available, indoor plants needn’t look out of place.  And with a huge range of plants available from garden centres, you should be able to find something that enhances your home’s style.