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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.

Designing with orange has been a habit of mine long before there was a Pantone color of the year called Tangerine Tango or before there was a book and Netflix show called Orange is the New Black. My office has had orange as its primary accent color for years (decades?) and orange decor is sprinkled throughout Japanese Trash. In fact, if you take a closer look at the cool industrial Australian apartment building by Neometro that was featured in yesterday’s Leftovers post, you’ll see a couple of interior shots that include a bold orange sliding door:

This bold orange sliding door looks great in its contemporary setting | japanesetrash.com

This is a terrific way to add orange to your interior design and it’s a pretty simple–but smart–idea: just find an otherwise unnoticed element (like a door) and paint it orange. In this contemporary space, choosing the door is a little stroke of brilliance.

What’s that? There are no contemporary sliding doors in your more traditional home? No worries–orange paint can go practically anywhere and liven things up. Choose a wall and give it a coat or two of orange paint. And if you’re concerned that the color might “liven things up” a bit too much, just take a look at this elegant bar cart space where orange fits in just fine:

Orange can be elegant in the right space | japanesetrash.com

Now that you’re getting the feel of how designing with orange doesn’t mean being overwhelmed by color, you might be interested in unleashing your newfound affection via a fun–and very stylish–orange refrigerator from Italian manufacturer, Smeg:

Why not an orange fridge? Especially when it's as awesome as this one from Smeg. | japanesetrash.com

Remember to think orange for outdoor decor as well. This orange fiberglass cube from CB2 is the perfect cooler; plus it gets bonus points for also being a great table when you flip it over:

This orange fiberglass cube from CB2 is the perfect cooler; plus it gets bonus points for also being a great table when you flip it over. | japanesetrash.com

Now how do you feel about designing with orange? Ready to give it a go? Be sure to let me know if you take the plunge and what kinds of great ideas you come up with!

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This contemporary bedroom is so calming | japanesetrash.com

This contemporary bedroom is so calming with its dark walls and soft bedding. The luscious woods and modern Tolomeo lamp add to the appeal. The simple roller shade–which looks to be the same color as the walls–is a smart touch. (Is it just me, or does that lamp look like maybe it’s mounted to the back of the night stand? I don’t see a base for it, so I’m guessing it has been attached either to the night stand or to the wall.) All in all, this glimpse of the space holds the promise of a terrific vibe for the house as a whole.

Architecture: Michael Maltzan.

Photography: Noah Webb.

Via Dwell.

As someone who has spent more than his share of time in various hotels–of widely varying quality–over the years, traveling both for business and for pleasure, I’m always impressed when a place seduces me with having enough style that I’d be interested in emulating it in my own home. The Hotel San Jose style, which I can visit any time since it’s right here in Austin, has certainly seduced a number of folks, including me.

Starting with the kind of laid-back and secluded-feeling outdoor space I’d like to recreate in my own back yard–one that mixes lush greenery with practical surfaces and materials. The interior spaces continue that sense of practicality while incorporating the same sense of informality in the furnishings, finishes and textiles.

Have a look and let me know if you wouldn’t love to have this look roam home to your house:

Have a look at this shot of the courtyard from Hotel San Jose in Austin and let me know if you wouldn't love to have this look roam home to your house. | japanesetrash.com

Have a look at this shot of the grounds from Hotel San Jose in Austin and let me know if you wouldn't love to have this look roam home to your house. | japanesetrash.com

Have a look at this hotel room from Hotel San Jose in Austin and let me know if you wouldn't love to have this look roam home to your house. | japanesetrash.com

Have a look at this table and chairs from Hotel San Jose in Austin and let me know if you wouldn't love to have this look roam home to your house. | japanesetrash.com

Have a look at this glimpse of a suite bathroom from Hotel San Jose in Austin and let me know if you wouldn't love to have this look roam home to your house. | japanesetrash.com

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