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As you think about incorporating nature into your interior design, be sure to consider using live-edge wood elements. Live-edge refers to the practice of showing the natural edge of the material, rather than an edge that has been cut or shaped by hand. Stone and wood both lend themselves to showing more natural texture and beauty through the live-edge treatment, and isn’t that what embracing natural elements in your rooms is all about?

Kitchen

Gorgeous live-edge wood kitchen island extension. | japanesetrash.com

The use of live-edge wood in interior design has been around since the first tree stump was used as a stool, but when Dwell founder Lara Hedberg Deam incorporated it into her kitchen, people took notice.

Bedroom

A live-edge wood headboard. | japanesetrash.com

This headboard is a terrific example of incorporating live-edge wood into a contemporary space.

Mudroom

Live-edge wood bench adds interest to this mudroom. | japanestrash.com

This live-edge wood bench is a smart and visually interesting addition to the mudroom/entry space.

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I’m pretty sure Abigail Ahern never succumbed to the Keep Calm and Carry On craze back in the day. (Edit: Okay, I’m partially right; you’ll see her unique version of “Keep Calm” in the images below.) Instead, she is the British interior designer who conquered the world–or at least the internet design world–with her dark rooms, bright touches, and a wire chandelier. Earlier this year, The Telegraph listed Ahern as one of the 10 most influential female British interior designers (along with international design stars like Tricia Guild and Kelly Hoppen). Taking a look at her portfolio, it’s easy to see how she landed on that list:

Too Much is Great

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

As these pictures–all by her husband, photographer Graham Atkins-Hughes, taken from their book, Decorating with Style–show, Ahern seems to go by the philosophy “if a lot is good, too much is great.” She has said she advocates having three focal points in each space so the eye will continually move and find something new. She clearly practices what she preaches. Dark walls, rich colors, tons of stuff–and it all works. I’d ditch the (artificial–she sells them in her shop) flowers and thin the herd of accessories, but the overall aesthetic is terrific.

Hot Pink

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Let it first be known that “hot pink” is something I never thought I’d be typing on Japanese Trash.

Ahern’s previous book, A Girl’s Guide to Decorating, featured her sister Gemma’s home; that’s where these photos–again by Abigail’s husband, Graham Atkins-Hughes–come from. They show her signature dark paint treatments and use of hot pink accents. One of her design tips is to paint shelves the same color as the surrounding walls, and you can see she’s done that in these rooms. I really like the kitchen with those deep blues.

Keep Calm…

Abigail Ahern's take on "Keep Calm". | japanesetrash.com

And here it is… By the way, if you like this style, you should follow Abigail Ahern on Pinterest.

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