Japandi, the marriage of Japanese rustic minimalism with Scandinavian functionality, is a natural pairing given the many similarities between the two design aesthetics. Scandinavian design is a clean, simple look that focuses on functionality and a lack of clutter. Due to the cold winter months, Scandinavian design has a focus on warm, inviting textures and bringing the outdoors inside with natural materials and plants. The Japanese aesthetic is a simple, organic look that integrates Sabi (taking pleasure in the imperfect), Wabi (rustic simplicity) and Yugen (showing more by showing less) principles. This look, while minimalistic in nature, often incorporates delicate details and meticulously thought-out design choices. Japandi combines these styles to create spaces that are bright and airy but also warm and welcoming with organic materials and thoughtful details.

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Sources: Vase, HomeSense, www.homesense.ca; Artwork, CB2, www.cb2.ca; Other Items, Wayfair, www.wayfair.ca

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Canadian Home Trends' Style Editor, Jo Alcorn, Principle Designer and Founder of Alcorn Home. Jo has over 15 years experiences as a celebrity interior and home product designer, expert instructor, corporate ambassador, TV personality and a strong female entrepreneur, Jo has created a fabulous fan following. To add to credentials, she is a style editor & writer for multiple publications and blogs, a public speaker, and an avid animal/environmental advocate.

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