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Remodelista is in the midst of their now annual Considered Design Awards season and this edgy masculine bathroom is one of the contenders. It’s funny, in a lot of ways — almost every way, in fact — this is your standard upscale traditional bathroom space; what makes it appealing is that it has taken a bit of a turn toward the wild side with the inclusion of just a few pieces–all of which could be replaced to completely change the feeling in this space, if so desired.

The statement piece of this edgy masculine bathroom--the shooting target--is reflected in a simple & refined mirror. | japanesetrash.com

The statement piece of this edgy masculine bathroom–the shooting target–is reflected in a simple & refined mirror flanked by a pair of industrial sconces. And there you have it: in one sentence I’ve summed up the elements that make this space extra-special: shooting target, refined mirror, industrial sconces. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the space has been executed with an undeniably talented eye–and we’ll look at those items as well, but it’s the target, mirror, and sconces that drew my attention. The Remodelista post identifies this as a mid-century mirror; to me it’s one of those timeless pieces that easily and effectively sets a stylish tone. The simple shape, refined finish of the woodgrain, and the brass corner guards all add up to provide a handsome profile. Flanked by sconces that bring a touch of the industrial to the space and placed on a field of masculine navy blue, this mirror says you’re in a guy’s bathroom.

A terrific use of tile on the shower floor plus marble in the tub surround are just two of the thoughtful design elements in this edgy masculine bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

A terrific use of tile on the shower floor plus marble in the tub surround are just two of the thoughtful design elements in this edgy masculine bathroom. I’m also a big fan of the side table next to the bathtub and the choice of a textured wall treatment behind that police target. The target is the kind of item that immediately sets this room apart. It’s what gives the design its edge, and it’s the single piece that if removed would completely alter the feeling here. While it’s not for everyone–and, sure, I’ve seen this kind of target used before–it’s such a surprise in an otherwise traditional space that it can’t be overlooked.

One more look at this edgy masculine bathroom; what do you think? | japanesetrash.com

One more look at the space. I’d love to know what you think about this edgy masculine bathroom–is this the kind of look you’d like to have in your own home?


To see the other spaces nominated, take a look here at the Remodelista Considered Design Awards. Voting continues through August 8.

The orange fiberglass cube from CB2 in yesterday’s Designing with Orange post got me thinking about what’s important when I look to shop masculine design online and why that item stood out to me. I like the cube because it’s both decorative and functional–multifunctional, really, since it can be a table or stool then flipped over to become a cooler, a planter, or open storage. Plus, it’s got some style–which is an area the folks behind CB2 know something about, being part of the Crate&Barrel family. So I this morning I thought I’d take a quick look at the CB2 site, just to see what I might find that filled the bill on style and practicality, and right on the home page I found this handsome devil:

Find out my tips on how to shop masculine design online & whay CB2's Radial Chandelier is just my kind of piece | japanesetrash.com

Called the Radial Chandelier, he’s got plenty of charm and is just the kind of thing I look for when I shop masculine design. With a powdercoated iron body and those exposed wires and socket caps, this a piece that would look great for years to come. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really expect to see something this aligned with my personal taste as the first thing on their site, so I was intrigued and decided to click through to see the rest of what CB2 had to show for their new collection.

NOTE: This is normally the place when I’m reading a post like this on someone else’s site that I begin to think, “Oh, CB2 is paying him for this post.” Not the case here–this is not a sponsored post, and–though based on what I’ve found today I certainly would not mind one–I have no relationship, financial or otherwise, with CB2 or Crate&Barrel. Hopefully, the motivation behind this post is about to be made clear.

And, when I clicked through to see more, here’s one of the things I found:

The impluse to shop masculine design at CB2 seems like a no-brainer with images & pieces like this | japanesetrash.com

Well now. There you go. Just look at the rich color and terrific elements in that wall–the wood detail and the industrial lighting. Check out the rug and those tables. This is my flavor, no question. And, right then, when I saw this image, I knew I wanted to post about how I wiykd approach the shop masculine design experience at CB2. It also occurred to me that I don’t think–other than shameless plugs for my own Japanese Trash shop and some random, half-hearted links to products in posts now and then–that I’ve ever written a post focusing on what to look for when you shop masculine design. Why not start now with CB2?

Let’s take a look at the two pieces from the above image that I really like:

Shop Masculine Design: Tables & Rug

Find out what I look for when I shop masculine design & my thoughts on these two items from the new collection at CB2 | japanesetrash.com

These have some hallmarks of masculine design that are the kinds of things I always look for — the tables incorporate shapes that might have been popular 50 or 60 years ago and they have the gunmetal tones I like so much, while the rug is graphic, full of texture, and is in my favorite color palette. There of plenty more items I found on the site that I may do a follow up post about when I have time to go into more detail about why I might choose them. And, at the same time, there’s lots that don’t flip my switch.

I will post more of my thoughts when I shop masculine design, if that’s something you guys are interested in–leave a comment and let me know!


Edited to add: I’ve wondered for some time if the social login requirement for comments that I added a little over a year ago (to combat the tremendous amount of comment spam I was getting) has deterred comments on posts, so, since I’m asking for feedback on this one I thought I’d turn it off to see if that helps increase actual comments. Thought that any of you who’ve avoided commenting because of the whole social login thing should know that you no longer have to jump through those hoops, so let me know if more posts on what to look for when you shop masculine design would be something you want to see!

Designing with orange has been a habit of mine long before there was a Pantone color of the year called Tangerine Tango or before there was a book and Netflix show called Orange is the New Black. My office has had orange as its primary accent color for years (decades?) and orange decor is sprinkled throughout Japanese Trash. In fact, if you take a closer look at the cool industrial Australian apartment building by Neometro that was featured in yesterday’s Leftovers post, you’ll see a couple of interior shots that include a bold orange sliding door:

This bold orange sliding door looks great in its contemporary setting | japanesetrash.com

This is a terrific way to add orange to your interior design and it’s a pretty simple–but smart–idea: just find an otherwise unnoticed element (like a door) and paint it orange. In this contemporary space, choosing the door is a little stroke of brilliance.

What’s that? There are no contemporary sliding doors in your more traditional home? No worries–orange paint can go practically anywhere and liven things up. Choose a wall and give it a coat or two of orange paint. And if you’re concerned that the color might “liven things up” a bit too much, just take a look at this elegant bar cart space where orange fits in just fine:

Orange can be elegant in the right space | japanesetrash.com

Now that you’re getting the feel of how designing with orange doesn’t mean being overwhelmed by color, you might be interested in unleashing your newfound affection via a fun–and very stylish–orange refrigerator from Italian manufacturer, Smeg:

Why not an orange fridge? Especially when it's as awesome as this one from Smeg. | japanesetrash.com

Remember to think orange for outdoor decor as well. This orange fiberglass cube from CB2 is the perfect cooler; plus it gets bonus points for also being a great table when you flip it over:

This orange fiberglass cube from CB2 is the perfect cooler; plus it gets bonus points for also being a great table when you flip it over. | japanesetrash.com

Now how do you feel about designing with orange? Ready to give it a go? Be sure to let me know if you take the plunge and what kinds of great ideas you come up with!

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Images from the past week that didn’t make it into posts.

This week’s leftovers include this cool industrial apartment building in Australia:

This week's leftovers include this cool industrial apartment building in Australia. | japanesetrash.com

Via desire to inspire.


A frosty feeling using marble and blue:

More leftovers: a frosty feeling using marble and blue | japanesetrash.com

Via sfgirlbybay.


Contemporary elements bordering the wilds of nature:

Monday Leftovers: Contemporary elements bordering the wilds of nature | japanesetrash.com

Via DustJacket.


A serene collection of gunmetal grays:

A serene collection of gunmetal grays on this week's leftovers | japanesetrash.com

Via Bolig Magazine.


And a mysterious monolithic entryway in a stark and contemporary garden:

This week's Leftovers culminate in a mysterious monolithic entryway in a stark and contemporary garden | japanesetrash.com

Via heaton.

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