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I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post this terrific space styled with classic pieces from Design Within Reach, even if it does have more white than I typically prefer:

So much classic MCM goodness going on in this room from DWR. | japanesetrash.com/shop/

Thankfully, the key upholstered pieces in this room–the Theatre Sofa (which happens to be sale priced at the time of this post) and the Barcelona Chair and Ottoman–are all available in other color choices, so someone like me who prefers something other than white can select what suits his style.

Yes, this post also gives me the opportunity to provide a bit of focus on my new and growing online shop. I’m honored and, frankly, excited to be in partnership with Design Within Reach and able to bring you many of their iconic items. The idea is simple: if you find a DWR product and purchase it through Japanese Trash, I get a small commission which helps me keep the site going. I promise not to inundate you with promo posts like this; I want the shop to be an added bonus for both of us, not a burden on you or me. Most of the time you’ll get the same kinds of posts I always provide, some of which will have the same “shop this post” information at the bottom as this one has, which will let you find and purchase some of the items featured in that post. I’m currently working with both DWR and Amazon.com to bring you the kinds of products that fit my masculine design aesthetic–and I hope to be able to expand to include other great retailers. I’m also folding my Great.ly shop items into the Japanese Trash shop so you can continue to support their boutique makers. Happy shopping!

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This week’s leftovers include this simple kitchen in Sweden with wooden countertops and a long, clear backsplash:

This week's leftovers include this simple kitchen in Sweden with wooden countertops and a long, clear backsplash. Enjoy! | japanesetrash.com


This bedroom with black accents is both traditional and very much of the moment:

This bedroom with black accents is both traditional and very much of the moment. | japanesetrash.com


A home and gallery in Japan with glazing along its entire elevation:

A home and gallery in Japan with glazing along its entire elevation. | japanesetrash.com


I couldn’t resist this black surfboard:

I couldn't resist this black surfboard. | japanesetrash.com


Wrapping up this week’s leftovers with a terrific contemporary courtyard:

Wrapping up this week's leftovers with a terrific contemporary courtyard in Australia. | japanesetrash.com

There are certain things every man needs: knowing how to make the perfect dirty gin martini is one of them. Japanese Trash has got you covered.

From time to time, I realize that there’s an ability or some bit of knowledge I’ve picked up along the way that is worth sharing. One of those things is this recipe for the perfect dirty gin martini.

The Perfect Dirty Gin Martini | japanesetrash.com

The first thing you should know about making the perfect dirty gin martini: you don’t need any vermouth. That stuff is nasty; throw it away. Go ahead, I’ll wait while you dump it out and put the bottle in recycling.

Now, on to what you will need:

The Perfect Dirty Gin Martini: recipe and ingredients. | japanesetrash.com

  • Gin – I’m a big fan of Bombay Sapphire, but just about any gin will do. You’re going to be putting a good amount of olive brine (juice) into it so there’s no need to spend a ton of money on the gin if you don’t want to.
  • Olives & olive juice – I only ever use Star brand queen Spanish olives, stuffed with pimento. I prefer the taste of the brine, and that’s a big factor in enjoying the perfect dirty gin martini.
  • Ice
  • Shot glass / Jigger
  • Martini glass
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail strainer
  • L’elegance toothpick

Here are some handy, step-by-step instructions for how you get from ingredients to enjoying your Perfect Dirty Gin Martini.

Step one: fill your martini glass with ice and cold water; this will chill the glass and make for a more enjoyable drinking experience.

Step two: put a handful of ice into the cocktail shaker.

Step three: add 2 jiggers of gin to the shaker.

Step four: add 1 jigger of olive brine to the shaker [*Note: you may find this is too much brine for your taste--if so, just add water until you're satisfied. I've found that if you're new to drinking dirty gin martinis, it's good to add a jigger of water to the mix before shaking.]

Step five: put the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds; if you’re using a metal shaker, like I do, the metal will get very cold about halfway through the shaking–I wrap a towel around mine.

Step six: pour the ice water out out of the martini glass and pour your martini in–through the strainer.

Step seven: add a few olives, speared on the toothpick–use l’elegance picks, so you won’t get stabbed–drink and enjoy!

The Perfect Dirty Gin Martini: enjoy! | japanesetrash.com

*Artwork shown in these images is by Andrew Anderson.

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Exterior detail of Gorrow House, in Sydney. It's like nothing I've ever seen before. | japanesetrash.com

Gorrow House, located in the North Bondi area of Sydney, is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Situated in what appears to be a suburban bamboo enclave, the house detail and public spaces in the interior seem like something out of a waking dream. Or maybe where day-walking vampires might live–imagine The Hunger’s David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve in daylight in Sydney and this might be theirs.

This space in Gorrow House--I'm thinking of it as a lounge rather than a living room--is interesting, but has nowhere near the impact of the bathroom.  | japanesetrash.com

This living area–which seems more like a lounge to me, really–is interesting in the detached, I’ve lived 1,000 years and have terminal ennui sort of way. Terrific pieces, of course.

This is where Gorrow House gets really great: the bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

It’s in the bathroom(s) where Gorrow House gets really interesting. I say bathroom(s) with a possible “s” because this first shot shows black tile along with the brass plumbing and fixture, but none of these following images includes the tile. So I’m guessing that the first photo is from another space in the house.

Black sink, industrial brass fixture, raw floor and walls, window, wood plank counter, naked bulbs--this all works together to create magic. | japanesetrash.com

But what these other shots do show is amazing. The rawness of the space married with the materials used make real magic.

Gorrow House has his-and-his showers overlooking a bamboo enclave. | japanesetrash.com

Another look at the bathroom at Gorrow House. | japanesetrash.com

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