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The experiment of focusing a week’s worth of Japanese Trash content around one topic is continuing this week with posts on interior design inspired by nature. Or bringing nature into your interiors. Or just the general idea of incorporating nature. It’s a broad theme, and I’m looking at it from multiple directions, such as:

Indoor Plants

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: indoor plants. | japanesetrash.com

Plants inside the home are an easy way to bring nature into interior design. Photo: Anders Schonnemann.

Live-Edge Wood

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: live-edge wood. | japanesetrash.com

I’ll also take a look at incorporating live-edge wood elements into your interior design. Photo: Dustin Aksland.

Lakemoore Drive

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: Lakemoore Drive. | japanesetrash.com

You won’t want to miss this house tour featuring a renovated 1960s showpiece. Photo: Full Tilt Photography.

Favorite Cabins

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: favorite cabins. | japanesetrash.com

Cabin life is just about as close as any shelter can come to being part of nature; I’ll show you some of my favorite cabins. Photo: Thomas Murphy and Rick Rochon.

Cabin Style

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: Cabin Style. | japanesetrash.com

You don’t have a cabin but want to live like you do? I’ll share some ideas for bringing cabin style into your space. Photo: Kevin.

There are a few more posts still in the planning stage for this week, so you’ll have to check in to find out what else I have in store for you as I take a look at nature at home.

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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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