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I’m really attracted to these spaces because they feature simple interior design — no tricks or amazing feats of decorating are needed to emulate this in your own home. Take a look and see if you agree.

Simple Interior Design: Living Room

This relaxed living room looks so comfortable. | japanesetrash.com

This living room very smartly relies on the texture provided by the floor to do the heavy lifting; all of the pieces are simple and easy. The layering of cushions and the added rugs are just right.

Simple Interior Design: Bedroom

This simple bedroom is just right. | japanesetrash.com

Probably the trickiest thing about this bedroom is the use of two pendants on either side of the bed. Everything else is simplicity itself–and those lamps aren’t a huge distraction for me.

Simple Interior Design: Outside

Outside may be the easiest place to keep it simple with design. | japanesetrash.com

Outside may be the easiest place to keep it simple with design, but this is just right. I could see myself enjoying the fire and a glass of that wine.

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I was casting about for images that seemed compelling enough to create a post around and started to see a few that were resonating, when I realized they were all the work of the same stylist: Emma O’Meara. Here’s the thing: I wouldn’t typically do a post that focuses on a stylist, because honestly I’m usually very turned off by what I see stylists do. And that’s the crux of the matter–I believe that good styling should be invisible, unseen, unnoticeable; like good acting from a talented actor, you don’t see him plying his craft. And so much of what I see in home decor images that have been styled sticks out as styling–the odd pair of high heels in the kitchen, bedclothes disarranged in exactly the same way on every bed in every bedroom shot ever, washi tape everywhere… you know what I’m talking about. It’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine. So when I saw these images and really liked them all and then found out they’ve all been styled by the same person I was very pleasantly surprised. BTW, and not for nothing, they were all photographed by Nikole Ramsay; these two make a great team.

Warm kitchen - love these materials. | japanesetrash.com

More terrific concrete in this bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

Tons of great textures here. | japanesetrash.com

All of this wood is amazing; great sink too. | japanesetrash.com

Amazing combination of influences in this living room. | japanesetrash.com

Another week done. As tends to happen–for me at least–annually, we’ve reached that time of the year where the days just seem to be flying by, and before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving. I wasn’t thinking of this seque when I wrote that last sentence, but I’ll use it anyway: the holiday that’s mostly spent in the kitchen–Thanksgiving. I don’t know about you, but my house was essentially built to feature the kitchen; it has vastly more square footage, per minute in use, than any other room in the place, and it’s open to the dining and living area. It could in no way be considered minimalist. But today I’m featuring five minimalist kitchens that I think would serve up equally scrumptious Thanksgiving meals. Let me know what you think of these:

Volumes

Terrific volumes and visual textures in this minimalist kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

I really like the repeating volumes of the island and the hood enclosure in this space. Also working for me: the visual texture provided by the flooring and choice of cabinetry.

Linear

I'm really into this linear minimalist kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

The combination of a long island with eating space on one end, the interesting over-counter lighting frame, and the wide stainless steel cooking built-in area make this kitchen really interesting.

Industrial

An industrial/minimalist kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

This industrial/minimalist kitchen almost disappears from view. That the entirety of the lower cabinet area is filled with either appliances (those first three are all refrigeration) or open shelving is terrific.

Sculptural

This kitchen feels like a sculpture in the space. | japanesetrash.com

The way the components of this kitchen have been added into the larger space has a sculptural or modular feel. It’s almost as if the kitchen is temporarily docked at that end of the room.

Cleanroom

Bright, white, clean. | japanesetrash.com

A bright, white, clean kitchen that seems to be all about quiet competence.

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