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

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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