Natural wood and indoor plants instil a sense of serenity into modern living spaces. This Mother Nature inspired meld helps us to separate from the plastic contemporary world a little, and to rekindle our connection with the Earth. Even if only in small doses, green and wood tone infusions add a softness to modern decor schemes, as well as interesting texture, and an invigorating reminder of the life that thrives outside of man-made walls. Join us as we tour three inspiring modern home interiors that beautifully incorporate plants and timber into stylish lounges, dining rooms, kitchens, and possibly the most beautiful laundry room in the world!

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Large and luxurious, Waiora is a sustainable development located on a plot that boasts breathtaking views over Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand. The luxurious villa design features massive windows that welcome in the stunning mountain panorama, and fill the interior with natural light. Reaching its completion in 2023, the home layout includes four large bedroom suites, an expansive open plan living space with dining, kitchen and lounge areas, and a huge deck that soaks up the serenity of the surrounding landscape. There is a focus on wellness here, with an infrared sauna, infinity pool, and a home gym for daily exercise. A media room and an enviable wine cellar promote relaxation and play.

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A unique segmented layout defines this wonderful Japanese home, belonging to a couple and their three children near the city centre of Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Designed by Hayato Komatsu Architects, the rooms of this unique home are sectioned into boxes around the boundary of the site. Glass corridors link the volumes whilst taking in the green beauty of a large and serene central courtyard, as well as multiple smaller yards between. The design was shaped in order to realise all of the client’s desires without completely overwhelming the scale of the 807.03 square metre plot and the surrounding residential environment. The result is a space with a sense of unity and deep connectedness with nature.

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Serenity from the city was the main objective in creating this unique home in Jakarta, Indonesia, designed by Eben Architects. The 550 square metre home is an open and relaxing environment, which combines with two courtyards to establish a tranquil connect with nature. These flowing living spaces give the homeowner an enriching contrast between life at home and their intense work life in the noisy, dense capital region. Slatted timber screens protectively encase the exterior of the house to provide shade and light play inside, plus privacy from the street. At night, the timber screened home becomes a mysterious lantern in contemporary linear form.

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