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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.

Apologies up front for all the overly styled–or weirdly empty, catalog-y pictures you’re about to see. I’ve got sofa shopping on the brain–it’s time for us to get a new one and I’m looking everywhere online, including Four Hands Home, to see if I can find something that will do what we need (more on that later) and look like I want it to.

Some sofa shopping going on at my house; pardon the catalog photo. I do like this style, though. | japanesetrash.com

Here’s the deal. We use our sofa a LOT. We’re on it all the time, almost always with our dog(s) (plural in parenthesis because while we currently only have one, we normally have more than one dog at a time). We’re guys and we’re not small. So we have a lot of needs: we need space, we need durability, we need comfort. Oh, and our current sofa–a two-piece sectional; each piece is approximately the size of a twin bed (really)–has a wide, low, rigid back and arms (perfect for the dogs to jump up onto, so this is something we like) and huge, long overstuffed, loose back cushions (which we’re constantly fighting with because they quickly become dog beds and don’t retain their shape, which is something we hate).

So… the list of needs is:

  • spacious
  • durable
  • comfortable
  • sectional
  • low back and arms for jumping onto (for the dogs)
  • tight back & bench seat / no loose cushions (for the dads)

Seems like there should be one more thing. Oh yeah: it better look good, like this one from Restoration Hardware.

No matter where I look, I keep coming up with the same idea-this one. | japanesetrash.com

No matter where I look, one option seems to stand out. You’re seeing it in both of the images above, and I think it’s a good start but I’m not convinced this style will ultimately be the winner. See, the arms and back might be too high (we default to smaller dogs). Maybe the dog(s) can learn to stroll around to jump up.

Then, of course, there’s always the factor of price to consider. Maybe Roger + Chris will give me a deal on this:

A possible winner in my online sofa shopping search. Maybe in another fabric. Probably in another fabric. | japanesetrash.com

Maybe in another fabric. Probably in another fabric. I can kinda smell the cow dung from here.

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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