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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Hey there. Apologies for only one post yesterday. I’ve been a somewhat under the weather this week–most likely due to a bit too much burning the candle at both ends–but I think these images of weeHouse, a tiny prefab marvel by Alchemy Architects near Marfa, Texas, will help get me through the day today. I hope you like them as well.

weeHouse is a tiny prefab marvel; this one near Marfa is calling my name. | japanesetrash.com

At only 440 square feet, this weeHouse is small–the basic unit ships in configurations at large as 850 square feet–but with plenty of style.

This 440 sq ft tiny prefab contains plenty of style. | japanesetrash.com

The simple shapes and materials make this so appealing, especially as shown here surrounded by West Texas desert. Each weeHouse comes with an Ikea Applad kitchen; you can just glimpse it there, on the left.

The addition of a wooden deck completes this tiny prefab. | japanesetrash.com

The addition of a wooden deck completes this tiny prefab retreat–and also gives me my four favorite elements in a space: steel, glass, concrete and wood. The wide and shallow shed at the far end of the deck houses a washer and dryer along with the water heater.

Seen against the West Texas sky, the weeHouse takes on modern grandeur. | japanesetrash.com

There’s a sense of modern grandeur when the weeHouse is shown against the West Texas sky. I’m ready for one of my own; are you?

I’m that guy who can find inspiration for the home in just about anything, and today I’m looking at translating retail shelving solutions into home use. First off, these wood floating shelves caught my eye:

Wooden Floating Shelves | japanesetrash.com

I really like how they provide a clean, uninterrupted look. This image is so enticing, I began fantasizing about having a room-sized closet at home, just so I could create the same look. But a) I’m not that guy, and b) I don’t have the space, even if I were that guy! Since I think most of us would prefer a more practical use, I found a couple of examples to share. First, floating shelves in a living room–scaled appropriately for the space and very tastefully done:

A nice living room space with floating shelves flanking the doorway. | japanesetrash.com

The idea also looks great used in a contemporary kitchen:

Floating shelves in a contemporary kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

Next, my attention was grabbed by this shot of mixed shelving:

Mixed Shelving | japanesetrash.com

But really focused in on the Vipp shelf–those two metallic shelf sets bolted to the middle of the wall. Love the design, simplicity and versatility they show. Here’s a shot of a couple of them in a clean, contemporary bathroom:

Vipp shelf in a sleek, luxurious, and arty bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

And the Vipp shelf also works great in a kid’s room:

The Vipp shelf also works great in a kid's room. | japanesetrash.com

Finally, there’s the terrific look of industrial shelving made with pipe:

Industrial Shelving made with Pipe | japanesetrash.com

It’s a very popular look that has been translated into the home over and over in recent years:

An attractive and practical industrial pipe shelving unit. | japanesetrash.com

What are your thoughts on bringing retail shelving home? I’d love to find out how you’re already using it or how you plan to add it to your look.

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

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