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

This week’s leftovers include this handsomely tailored steel and glass rear facade on a terrific townhouse:

This week's leftovers include this handsomely tailored steel and glass rear facade on a terrific townhouse | japanesetrash.com


A remarkable remodel featuring a blackened wood fireplace surround and a glimpse of dining and kitchen:

A remarkable remodel featuring a blackened wood fireplace surround and a glimpse of dining and kitchen | japanesetrash.com


An Australian barkeep’s home with an amazing indoor-outdoor transition in the kitchen:

An Australian barkeep's home with an amazing indoor-outdoor transition in the kitchen | japanesetrash.com


Sculptural serenity brought to this seaside home via the talents of Amber Road Design:

Sculptural serenity brought to this seaside home via the talents of Amber Road Design | japanesetrash.com


And show-stopping contemporary texture in this glimpse of a Trousdale bathroom by architect William Hefner:

show-stopping contemporary texture in this glimpse of a Trousdale bathroom by architect William Hefner | japanesetrash.com

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After a hectic week including a lot of changes on the site, I’m looking to ease into the weekend with a post that helps create a sense of calm.

I’m sure you’ve noticed the longer form posts I’ve been doing for the past couple of weeks–those are both a lot more work and a lot more rewarding for me personally; I hope you’re enjoying them (let me know, okay?). And a couple of functional changes on the site include the removal of social sharing buttons–with a bigger emphasis on Pinterest–and the return of comments without having to jump through the previous social login hoops. The sidebar is evolving, and while I’m playing around with various ad options will most likely continue to do so. I’m in the planning stages of adding on on-site store as well, so there’s plenty more work still to do around Casa Japanese Trash. Of course, mi casa es su casa, so please feel free to post your thoughts on all this in the comments area.

Thanks for letting me clear the decks mentally with that big bunch of words above. Now on to the calming stuff:

This glimpse of a resort in Mexico is helping me relax and ease into the weekend. | japanesetrash.com

This glimpse of a resort in Mexico from Gardinista’s post about the Hotel Escondido is helping me relax and ease into the weekend. I’m a huge fan of the color palette represented in the wall and surfboard–just terrific.

For getting out of your head and starting to unwind there's not much better than man's best friend--unless he happens to be in a luxurious space like this (which makes anything better). | japanesetrash.com

For getting out of your head and starting to unwind there’s not much better than man’s best friend–unless he happens to be in a luxurious space like this (which makes anything better). Next time I’m in NYC, I’ll have to stop into The Apartment–the amazing SoHo store where this was shot–and give him a treat.

This image will always help calm my mind and get me out of work mode for the weekend. Hope yours is a good one! | japanesetrash

All this talk of far-flung destinations like Mexico and SoHo is great, but since I’m staying close to home this weekend I’ll close this post with a sweet image from My 2nd Hand Life of a simple succulent–the kind of thing I should probably keep on my desk to help me relax when I’m ready to ease into the weekend.

Hope yours is a good one.

I have no problem with a black beach house exterior, especially when it's as awesome as this is. | japanesetrash.com

It’s a slow start for me this morning, friends, so take a look at this black beach house featured on Dwell while I grab some coffee and get my thoughts together. One thought I already have: I have no problem with a dark beach house exterior, especially when it’s as awesome as this is. The pops of color–green around the doorways and blue on the deck–make me smile. What do you think?

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