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Leather is one of those materials that I think works just about anywhere, any time; I have what you might call leather love and here are a few examples of some of my favorite uses of the material:

It was this image of this sofa that got me started on today’s leather binge:

Gerard Van Den Berg; Leather 'Ringo' Sofa for Montis, 1970s. | japanesetrash.com


But I have to admit, I have just as much regard for this leather sofa–love all the textures in this space as well:

Love this leather sofa & all the dark textures in the space. | japanesetrash.com


A leather dopp kit like this one is the kind that will last a lifetime:

Teranishi's leather dopp kit is a favorite. | japanesetrash.com


How about leather lampshades? As I mentioned, it’s the kind of material that can be used almost universally:

These leather lampshades from Anaesthetic are terrific. | japanesetrash.com


This headboard made from leather gym mats attached to the wall have been a long time favorite:

Leather gym mats as a headboard. Brilliant! | japanesetrash.com

Did you have a good break (those of you who had a long weekend)? I certainly did. I spent some time looking around on interior design blogs and Pinterest, and it occurred to me that these days it seems everyone has his own style. I think that’s as it should be, and it makes for endlessly fascinating browsing of great design images. But within all of the different styles out there, one thing remains constant: everyone goes for grey and white bathrooms. There seem to be a few typical ways the color scheme gets put into place; let’s look at some examples of grey and white bathrooms–be sure to let me know which one is your favorite:

Bringing grey in with paint is a popular — and easy — way to create a grey and white bathroom. This one punctuates the look with matching rhino heads:

This grey and white bathroom packs a wallop with matching rhino heads. | japanesetrash.com


Another way to bring grey and white into your bathroom is through using concrete as a statement, like this terrific concrete bathtub:

This amazing concrete bathtub makes a real statement. | japanesetrash.com


The flip-side of the previous look, this bathroom uses the concrete color everywhere but on the bathtub:

This white tub is set off by all the grey in this bathroom. | japanesetrash.com


Tile is always a good way to bring your color choice into a bathroom:

Sweet hexagonal tile in this grey and white bathroom. | japanesetrash.com


Or you can just clad the entire room in grey and white stone, creating a literal jewel box out of the space:

This bathroom is like a jewel box. | japanesetrash.com

(I was unable to find sources for these last two images; please leave a comment if you have information regarding where either of them came from and I’ll add that into this post.)

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

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