Our stay at a ryokan (Japanese inn) entirely changed my appreciation of interior space. Our guest room was the ultimate in simplicity and elegance with tatami-covered floors, walls and ceilings that were all the same color and texture. It had absolutely nothing in it except a perfect small wooden table; even the phone was artfully hidden in a carved-out gourd. I had never stayed in a space to serene and calming. Ever since I have tried to recreate that aesthetic sense in my own home and work space.
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