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I’ve got a guycrush on Creede Fitch, but it’s not what you think. I like his style, as evidenced by his home renovation project.

Case in point, the new kitchen:

Creede Fitch put together this new kitchen in his East Austin remodel. | japanesetrash.com

There are plenty of before shots, too, on his site (which is where the images came from, natch), but I’m much more focused on the afters. Those are customized Ikea cabinets, by the way. Helps that the guy used to build custom kitchens for a living.

Let’s take a closer look at those cabinets:

Customized Ikea cabinets in the kitchen remodel by Creede Fitch. | japanesetrash.com

That photo was taken at an earlier phase of the project, before the floating shelves were added. The cabinet doors and drawer fronts are customized with walnut and the counters are-well, best you read for yourself here. I’ll just say this whole thing was quite a feat of ingenuity, skill, and aesthetic. I think my guycrush is warranted.

And now, the space in context:

Creed Fitch has been renovating an East Austin home; here's the kitchen as seen from the dining space. | japanesetrash.com

Yep, the way the tone and feel of the wood carries through from the dining table to the cabinets–and the exposed roofing rafters, of course–is terrific. Note the sweet bar cart as well.

The renovated main living space at Creede Fitch's place. | japanesetrash.com

All in all, a great looking space, don’t you think?

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I think I’ve confessed on the blog in the past about my suppressed desire for small space living–a one room home that, in my mind at least, has only the essentials. And those essentials should be just about perfect, since they will be the only items on hand, right?

It’d probably have a main space with a work area and plenty of organization/storage, like this:

My fantasy small space would have a main area for living and work like this. | japanesetrash.com

The adjoining kitchen would need to be no-nonsense and able to double as the laundry room:

This no-nonsense kitchen would be perfect for my fantasy small space living scenario. | japanesetrash.com

Of course there would need to be an outdoor space:

A perfect secluded deck for my small space living plan. | japanesetrash.com

Can’t forget the bedroom and en suite:

Barbara Hill's Marfa masterpiece is the ultimate in small space living. | japanesetrash.com

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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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