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In praise of marble.

Ah, yes… the luxurious stone of interior design dreams, marble–which has always been a favorite of decorators–seems to have exploded onto just about every surface of the home in recent years. Let’s take a moment to look at a few examples from spaces all over the house:

This wood vanity with integrated marble sink and counter is so handsome. | japanesetrash.com

The design and tailoring–and, of course, the materials–of this wood vanity with integrated marble sink and counter make for a very sexy and timeless piece. I can imagine this in a modern apartment in Rome during the 1960s just as easily as in a contemporary home.


Exquisite black marble walls create a luxurious bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

Can you imagine having black marble walls in your bathroom? Along with the freestanding tub and teak slat flooring, this is the height of GLAMasculine. The wall sconce adds to the appeal of this look.


Marble surfboards - two of my favorite things together at last. | japanesetrash.com

Completely impractical for anything other than decorative effect, this pair of marble surfboards is pretty damn awesome. Now where would I put these…


Simple and modern marble counter, backsplash, and shelf. | japanesetrash.com

For a very unified look in the kitchen, this counter top, backsplash, and floating shelf is a simple and effective choice. I particularly like the integrated shelf.


Amazing fireplace statement look. I seriously want this. | japanesetrash.com

This fireplace has me weak in the knees. The simplicity of it, the bold and iconic design, and the choice of materials–marble included, naturally–make it a major statement piece. I seriously want to have this.

So I have this thing for square windows; totally love them. And today I’m posting a few–take a look at these square windows from rooms all over the house:

This one frames an amazing water view; perfect for a relaxed and luxurious bathroom like this. That tub is pretty special too.This square window frames an amazing water view. | japanesetrash.com


Here’s a wood-framed square window with a shelf-like deep sill that acts as a desk extension in this home office:

The deep sill on this window acts as an extension of the desk. | japanesetrash.com


There’s so much to like about this terrific kitchen, but my favorite thing about it is the view out of that square window:

Everything about this kitchen is great, but I particularly love the view out that square window. | japanesetrash.com


Absolutely one of my favorite bedrooms ever (can you spot it in one of my previous posts this week?), the square window placed high on the wall is part of what makes it so unique and inspiring:

An all-time favorite bedroom of mine, this is extra inspiring because of the square window placed high on the wall. | japanesetrash.com

Do a search using Modernist Architecture and you’ll immediately fall down a rabbit hole from which there may be no return. Not that that’s a bad thing, mind you, if you love the style like I do. I love it, and I feel like I don’t know exactly how to define the hallmarks of it, which is part of what makes that kind of search so interesting to me. Here’s some of what I recently found after said search:

A Modernist home in Morocco. The fact that an entire house is set within that open block structure--which has its own interesting multi-story section--is amazing to me. | japanesetrash.com

This Modernist home in Morocco was designed by a protege of Philippe Starck. The fact that an entire house is set within that open block structure–which has its own interesting multi-story section–is amazing to me.


Then, there’s this much more modest Modernist prefab–most likely around the size of the house that’s inside the box in the above Moroccan home. You know I love a good prefab and the setting here is transcendent:

A modest Modernist prefab home in a transcendent setting. | japanesetrash.com


Followed by a classic Palm Springs Modernist abode, the Leff Residence. This is really what I tend to think of when I think of Modernist Architecture:

The Leff Residence in Palm Springs is really what I tend to think of when I think of Modernist Architecture. | japanesetrash.com


And now a rocky, beachy, rustic moment. Modernist homes do happen a lot in forbidding terrain, don’t they?

Seems like Modernist homes love a desolate, sandy or rocky terrain, don't they? | japanesetrash.com


Wrapping up with a Modernist beauty in the wooded wilds of Argentina.

A glowing modernist home in the wooded wilds of Argentina. | japanesetrash.com

Next time I fall down the rabbit hole in a search, let’s hope I end up somewhere as terrific as all of these places!

The black kitchen is a thing now, right? I mean, I’ve got a ton of kitchen pins and one of the things that stands out on that board is all the black kitchens. And why not, when going black in the kitchen can give you something like this:

Pretty GLAMasculine, right? These materials--and all that black--make for a remarkable glimpse of kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

Pretty remarkable, right? And that’s just the beginning of all the beautiful black kitchen goodness I have in store for you in this post.

Sticking with the glam factor for a moment, we have this contemporary Australian kitchen with a massive island that seems to be chiseled out of a solid block of black stone:

Is this island carved from a massive block of black stone? I know it's not but, dang that's impressive. | japanesetrash.com

There’s no doubt in my mind that all that black makes quite a statement–in these cases, that statement is: luxury. Here’s one more along those lines:

Such a statement of luxury here. I could easily get used to this. | japanesetrash.com

Black also looks great in the kitchen when played off of raw materials, like the brick wall in this one:

Terrific combination of rough brick and sleek finishes. Amazing lighting too. | japanesetrash.com

Or combined with other dramatic features like this marble and live-edge wood cooking/eating island:

Unf. This kitchen, with the marble and live-edge wood island and all that black, is so hot. | japanesetrash.com

What do you think? Is a black kitchen the thing for you too?

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