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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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I’ve always looked up to certain interior designers as being among those whose work drew me to this world, and Thomas O’Brien is one of them. So when this set of images came across my desk — thanks to creative director Michael Reynolds — I had to post them. Shot some time ago in O’Brien’s New York apartment, this is the equivalent of a master class in his signature style: a layered, relaxed, collector’s aesthetic mixed with clean, classic American pieces. There’s not a space here that doesn’t feel just right to me.

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Looking as American and classic as Clark Kent, Thomas O’Brien’s impact as a designer has extended from providing interiors to creating his own furniture, lighting, rugs and house wares lines, as well as authoring a pair of books on the subject. Let’s take a look at those shots of his apartment and drink up his unique and timeless style:

 

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Even though it’s over-styled for my taste, I can’t help but fall for this dining nook. It has a laid-back feel and a few industrial touches that make it an appealing spot for a bite to eat.

Via DustJacket.

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I recently opened the Japanese Trash shop on great.ly because I wanted to have a place where I could offer up quality items that fall into my masculine design aesthetic for those of you who are interested in bringing a bit of Japanese Trash into your own homes. From time to time I will feature one of the shop’s sources–or, as great.ly calls them, makers–so you can get a closer look at what’s on offer at the shop. Today’s maker is Dana Brandwein Oates, of Sharon, Connecticut.

Dana creates a full line of home wares, but it’s the pieces that exemplify her ethos of elevating our everyday lives with “little luxuries” that have captured my attention. Here are three that I feature in my shop:

Bear Crossing Pinch Bowls:

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Here’s a unique two-piece set featuring a bear walking across two diminutive porcelain bowls just perfect for setting out salts on the dinner table or for holding your spare change on your nightstand. Each piece is hand cut, stamped and formed then glazed with a very neutral grey and white matte finish. Order HERE.

Mineral Cup:

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This masculine hand thrown porcelain cup is hand painted with a highly reflective deep green metallic glaze The glaze drips into the cup over the rim to create unique subtle patterns. Use this to hold the little stuff you need at hand on your desk – or for a hot cup of joe or a cocktail. Fired to over 2200 degrees makes this strong enough for everyday. No two are alike. 3″ x 3″ Order HERE.

Burl Curve B&B:

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A terrific side plate, dessert plate, bath tray, desk plate… you get the idea–this guy is very versatile. Wood grain is rolled onto thin slabs of porcelain, then each piece is hand cut and formed and glazed in this gun metal color called Mussel. No two are alike. Approximate size: 4″ x 8″ Order HERE.

I hope you see something you like–and want to order! See more from Dana Brandwein Oates and all of my hand-selected makers on the Japanese Trash shop at great.ly.

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