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Okay, so Curbed got there first with the supervillain angle, but anyone who’s been a fan of Japanese Trash for very long knows I love a concrete lair. Always have, always will. I guess it’s something to do with all those Matt Helm and 007 movies I soaked up as a kid. Here’s the latest concrete lair, House M, designed by Estudio Aire, photographed by Walter Salcedo, courtesy of Dezeen:

House M by Estudio Aire is the perfect concrete lair. | japanesetrash.com

You just know from seeing this shot that you’re going to walk inside and be wowed by the amazingness of it all. Unfortunately, that’s not the case — at least, I was now wowed. So we’ll just stick to exterior photos:

House M by Estudio Aire is the perfect concrete lair. | japanesetrash.com

Here’s one that shows a glimpse of what might be going on inside. Trust me, keep the fantasy alive and don’t go in.

House M by Estudio Aire is the perfect concrete lair. | japanesetrash.com

And what’s a concrete lair without a forced-perspective photo with the pool in the foreground?

House M by Estudio Aire is the perfect concrete lair. | japanesetrash.com

*Supervillain not included.

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I’ve got a guycrush on Creede Fitch, but it’s not what you think. I like his style, as evidenced by his home renovation project.

Case in point, the new kitchen:

Creede Fitch put together this new kitchen in his East Austin remodel. | japanesetrash.com

There are plenty of before shots, too, on his site (which is where the images came from, natch), but I’m much more focused on the afters. Those are customized Ikea cabinets, by the way. Helps that the guy used to build custom kitchens for a living.

Let’s take a closer look at those cabinets:

Customized Ikea cabinets in the kitchen remodel by Creede Fitch. | japanesetrash.com

That photo was taken at an earlier phase of the project, before the floating shelves were added. The cabinet doors and drawer fronts are customized with walnut and the counters are-well, best you read for yourself here. I’ll just say this whole thing was quite a feat of ingenuity, skill, and aesthetic. I think my guycrush is warranted.

And now, the space in context:

Creed Fitch has been renovating an East Austin home; here's the kitchen as seen from the dining space. | japanesetrash.com

Yep, the way the tone and feel of the wood carries through from the dining table to the cabinets–and the exposed roofing rafters, of course–is terrific. Note the sweet bar cart as well.

The renovated main living space at Creede Fitch's place. | japanesetrash.com

All in all, a great looking space, don’t you think?

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I think I’ve confessed on the blog in the past about my suppressed desire for small space living–a one room home that, in my mind at least, has only the essentials. And those essentials should be just about perfect, since they will be the only items on hand, right?

It’d probably have a main space with a work area and plenty of organization/storage, like this:

My fantasy small space would have a main area for living and work like this. | japanesetrash.com

The adjoining kitchen would need to be no-nonsense and able to double as the laundry room:

This no-nonsense kitchen would be perfect for my fantasy small space living scenario. | japanesetrash.com

Of course there would need to be an outdoor space:

A perfect secluded deck for my small space living plan. | japanesetrash.com

Can’t forget the bedroom and en suite:

Barbara Hill's Marfa masterpiece is the ultimate in small space living. | japanesetrash.com

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This is me in the mornings, and these days, like Maddie, I can’t wait to get some coffee in me.

It's coffee time. Won't you join me for a cup? | japanesetrash.com

Coffee has become a real passion of mine lately. The aromas of fresh-ground beans and a newly brewed pot are heady.

I've rediscovered an old flame & fallen back in love: coffee! | japanesetrash.com

Don’t get me wrong–I’ve always been someone who’s loved his cup of joe every morning, but now I find I’m craving it like a long-lost friend. I see images like this — of coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans — and remember specific moments in time and place where I was enjoying coffee.

Coffee & beignets at Cafe du Monde | japanesestrash.com

A friend whose family lives in Guatemala (she’s from there, originally) recently brought me a few pounds of beans, so I’ve been grinding my own. Wonder if that’s what’s lead to this renewed relationship with coffee? Maybe I’ll get out my old French press again, scald some milk and whip up a cafe au lait. It could become my new morning ritual.

Grinding, brewing, drinking. My new morning ritual. | japanesetrash.com

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