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I hope everyone has started to relax into the weekend. I have, but I also have a new post from The Interior Collective to share with you. Enjoy!

Plumen decorative bulb in a vintage worklamp fixture. | japanesetrash.com

Now and then I’ll see a photo on some site or other that shows something interior design related that I think is so AWESOME and I CAN’T WAIT to try it myself. Recently I saw a terrific kitchen renovation online that had lighting consisting of simple sockets hanging from black cords; what made them AMAZING was the decorative bulbs used with the plain fixtures. Those bulbs made all the difference in the world and I COULDN’T WAIT to give that a whirl in my own home. (Okay, I’ll stop with the yelling; you just need to know how exited I get some times about this stuff.) Problem was, I didn’t have any fixtures that would lend themselves to the extra cool factor of using decorative bulbs. So, as usual, I decided I wanted to post about it so that all of you could benefit from my excitement, even if I can’t. – See more at: The Interior Collective

Is it the weekend yet? Jeez what a week. Every time I wanted to go left, life seemed to go right. Oh, yeah, this is a post about Douglas Friedman, the super-hot interiors photographer. But more about him in a minute.

How was your week? If you’re amongst those who celebrate Labor Day, are you looking forward to a long holiday weekend? I sure as hell am. Is it a holiday weekend elsewhere on the planet? If you’re having a long weekend, no matter where you live, cheers to you!

Okay. Douglas Friedman. Oh, as I was saying, this week was super-crazy–mostly in a really good way: fun new work and potential new work (yay!), an amazing offer from a good friend that I’ll fill you in on in the weeks to come if it all comes about, a breakthrough on a tough project, and I’m running soooo behind on a couple of things I owe and must get out today before I close up shop. And when I’m having this kind of day at the end of this kind of week, there’s really nothing for it but to immerse myself in a soothing pool of interior design porn.

Enter: Douglas Friedman. AKA The Fascinator.

Douglas Friedman, AKA The Fascinator. I'm certainly fascinated, are you? | japanesetrash.com

Well, I’m certainly fascinated. Are you? This above image comes from the piece Refinery 29 did about the interiors of his own apartment, some of which are included below. All of the rest of the images come from Mr. Friedman himself.

Immerse yourself. Relax. Enjoy. And have a great weekend.

Wonderful materials, furnishings and textures. Photo: Douglas Friedman. | japanesetrash.com

Such a swank bedroom; love the architecture and all that glass. Photo: Douglas Friedman | japanesetrash.com

Douglas Friedman's living room; such a great mix of pieces. Photo: Douglas Friedman | japanesetrash.com

Douglas Friedman's hallway, with a glimpse of bathroom. Photo: Douglas Friedman | japanesetrash.com

So I have this thing for square windows; totally love them. And today I’m posting a few–take a look at these square windows from rooms all over the house:

This one frames an amazing water view; perfect for a relaxed and luxurious bathroom like this. That tub is pretty special too.This square window frames an amazing water view. | japanesetrash.com


Here’s a wood-framed square window with a shelf-like deep sill that acts as a desk extension in this home office:

The deep sill on this window acts as an extension of the desk. | japanesetrash.com


There’s so much to like about this terrific kitchen, but my favorite thing about it is the view out of that square window:

Everything about this kitchen is great, but I particularly love the view out that square window. | japanesetrash.com


Absolutely one of my favorite bedrooms ever (can you spot it in one of my previous posts this week?), the square window placed high on the wall is part of what makes it so unique and inspiring:

An all-time favorite bedroom of mine, this is extra inspiring because of the square window placed high on the wall. | japanesetrash.com

The black kitchen is a thing now, right? I mean, I’ve got a ton of kitchen pins and one of the things that stands out on that board is all the black kitchens. And why not, when going black in the kitchen can give you something like this:

Pretty GLAMasculine, right? These materials--and all that black--make for a remarkable glimpse of kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

Pretty remarkable, right? And that’s just the beginning of all the beautiful black kitchen goodness I have in store for you in this post.

Sticking with the glam factor for a moment, we have this contemporary Australian kitchen with a massive island that seems to be chiseled out of a solid block of black stone:

Is this island carved from a massive block of black stone? I know it's not but, dang that's impressive. | japanesetrash.com

There’s no doubt in my mind that all that black makes quite a statement–in these cases, that statement is: luxury. Here’s one more along those lines:

Such a statement of luxury here. I could easily get used to this. | japanesetrash.com

Black also looks great in the kitchen when played off of raw materials, like the brick wall in this one:

Terrific combination of rough brick and sleek finishes. Amazing lighting too. | japanesetrash.com

Or combined with other dramatic features like this marble and live-edge wood cooking/eating island:

Unf. This kitchen, with the marble and live-edge wood island and all that black, is so hot. | japanesetrash.com

What do you think? Is a black kitchen the thing for you too?

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