Have you ever been to New Orleans? It’s one of those cities I’ve visited on and off throughout my life, and if you’ve ever been there yourself you’ll agree it’s like no other place. I think the same can be said of New Orleans interior design–and certainly it’s true of the home I’m featuring today. There’s a feeling of being transported to another time and place in these spaces. I think it has to do with the colors and furnishings, but also there’s something about the way the rooms are scaled in older, deeply Southern houses that feels otherworldly. Let’s take a trip to New Orleans.

This living room displays all of the elements I was just mentioning, from the muted but rich tones to the pieces you want to touch and the intimate scale. Where but New Orleans would you have this particular quality of natural light?

I'm digging the feeling of this New Orleans interior design. | japanesetrash.com


The fireplace mantle is a makeshift coat rail in this bedroom. There are a number of fireplaces throughout this house–even in the kitchen.

The fireplace mantle makes for a makeshift coat rail in this New Orleans home. | japanesetrash.com


You can see the kitchen fireplace in this image of the dining area taken from the front room. Another feature of old Southern homes is the room known as the front room–different from a living room.

The dining space of the kitchen--with its fireplace--as seen from the front room. | japanesetrash.com


The home’s simple, contemporary, eat in kitchen. The bicycle is leaning against the fireplace.

A contemporary eat in kitchen in a New Orleans home full of character. | japanesetrash.com


The kitchen’s dining area has mirrored hanging barn-track doors at one end.

The kitchen's dining area has mirrored hanging barn-track doors at one end. | japanesetrash.com


A corner of the half-bathroom off of the kitchen holds a simple collection with plenty of visual texture.

A corner of the half-bathroom off of the kitchen holds a simple collection with plenty of visual texture. | japanesetrash.com

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I’ve just got to show you these modern homes in the desert. Each one is special in its own way. Do you love them as much as I do?

First, this Borrego Springs, California house; it feels like the perfect party enclave:

Love the mysterious looking entryway to this Borrego Springs, California house. | japanesetrash.com

What's a modern desert home without a pool? | japanesetrash.com


Next, this Palm Springs marvel; it’s a modernist bungalow amongst the desert rocks:

Fantastic materials used here; desert bungalow in Palm Springs. | japanesetrash.com

Set back on and against the rocks, this place is a real gem. | japanesetrash.com


And finally this amazing tiny compound in Tucson made of glass and corten steel:

A group of units making an amazing tiny compound in Tucson. | japanesetrash.com

This big solid stainless steel island is the kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

It’s no secret that Barbara Hill is one of my favorite designers. I’ve featured her work multiple times here, but have only just learned that her Marfa House is a different project than her Marfa Dance Hall home. And that’s all the excuse I need to do a post specifically about the Marfa House.

She’s the former Miss Texas (1956) and contemporary art dealer who has been called both a Texas Modernist and a Rural Minimalist, but she won my heart with her no-nonsense approach and pared-down style. These images of the Marfa House living space speak to this much better than my words ever could:

Marfa House by Barbara Hill Design: Eames sofas | japanesetrash.com

Marfa House by Barbara Hill Design: living space | japanesetrash.com

Marfa House by Barbara Hill Design: Bertoia Diamond Lounge Chairs | japanesetrash.com

Marfa House by Barbara Hill Design: living area | japanesetrash.com


The separating wall between the living space and bedroom features this credenza:

Marfa House by Barbara Hill Design: credenza | japanesetrash.com


The serene bedroom:

Marfa House by Barbara Hill: bedroom | japanesetrash.com


The patio with outdoor fireplace and an image of the house and grounds:

Marfa House by Barbara Hill Design: patio with outdoor fireplace | japanesetrash.com

Marfa House by Barbara Hill Design | japanesetrash.com

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I was in the midst of putting together a different post — one on modernist homes in the desert, something I’ll run soon, I’m sure — when I saw this image and it distracted me:

Entry area with terrific pieces and one of my favorite palettes. | japanesetrash.com

First off, this is one of my favorite palettes–the grey, white, and ambers-running-to-deep-orange hues. Secondly, as I learned when I explored more about this apartment, this is a retiree’s unit in an assisted living facility, which I find to be both amazing and very good news for all our futures.


Since it’s impossible for me not to take a further look around the space after seeing the first image, here is the dining area:

A simple dining space in a retiree's assisted living unit. | japanesetrash.com


And, to wrap up the brief tour, the bedroom:

Bedroom by RDK Design for Donald D. Powell. | japanesetrash.com

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