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Have you ever been to New Orleans? It’s one of those cities I’ve visited on and off throughout my life, and if you’ve ever been there yourself you’ll agree it’s like no other place. I think the same can be said of New Orleans interior design–and certainly it’s true of the home I’m featuring today. There’s a feeling of being transported to another time and place in these spaces. I think it has to do with the colors and furnishings, but also there’s something about the way the rooms are scaled in older, deeply Southern houses that feels otherworldly. Let’s take a trip to New Orleans.

This living room displays all of the elements I was just mentioning, from the muted but rich tones to the pieces you want to touch and the intimate scale. Where but New Orleans would you have this particular quality of natural light?

I'm digging the feeling of this New Orleans interior design. | japanesetrash.com


The fireplace mantle is a makeshift coat rail in this bedroom. There are a number of fireplaces throughout this house–even in the kitchen.

The fireplace mantle makes for a makeshift coat rail in this New Orleans home. | japanesetrash.com


You can see the kitchen fireplace in this image of the dining area taken from the front room. Another feature of old Southern homes is the room known as the front room–different from a living room.

The dining space of the kitchen--with its fireplace--as seen from the front room. | japanesetrash.com


The home’s simple, contemporary, eat in kitchen. The bicycle is leaning against the fireplace.

A contemporary eat in kitchen in a New Orleans home full of character. | japanesetrash.com


The kitchen’s dining area has mirrored hanging barn-track doors at one end.

The kitchen's dining area has mirrored hanging barn-track doors at one end. | japanesetrash.com


A corner of the half-bathroom off of the kitchen holds a simple collection with plenty of visual texture.

A corner of the half-bathroom off of the kitchen holds a simple collection with plenty of visual texture. | japanesetrash.com

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I’ve just got to show you these modern homes in the desert. Each one is special in its own way. Do you love them as much as I do?

First, this Borrego Springs, California house; it feels like the perfect party enclave:

Love the mysterious looking entryway to this Borrego Springs, California house. | japanesetrash.com

What's a modern desert home without a pool? | japanesetrash.com


Next, this Palm Springs marvel; it’s a modernist bungalow amongst the desert rocks:

Fantastic materials used here; desert bungalow in Palm Springs. | japanesetrash.com

Set back on and against the rocks, this place is a real gem. | japanesetrash.com


And finally this amazing tiny compound in Tucson made of glass and corten steel:

A group of units making an amazing tiny compound in Tucson. | japanesetrash.com

This big solid stainless steel island is the kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

This is one of my favorite bedrooms on the planet. It’s a room that made me start thinking differently about contemporary interior design and one that has become so popular over the years that I think it’s now considered an icon of design. Today, I’m looking beyond the iconic bedroom and into the rest of the Francisco Costa home in NYC, courtesy of photography by Christopher Sturman.

This bedroom in the home of Francisco Costa has become iconic. | japanesetrash.com

But before we leave this room, let’s take a look at what makes it so appealing. The use of color and texture to create a soothing ambiance is spot on. The variety of size and type of art adds life. And the inclusion of a small table and a wall of shelving makes this space feel like a self-contained retreat:

The table and chairs plus the wall of shelving turn this bedroom into a retreat. | japanesetrash.com


The same types of elements carry over into the apartment’s study, where color, texture, art, and built in shelving–along with a refined but livable mix of furnishings–are to be found:

A refined but livable study. | japanesetrash.com

Here’s another shot of the study, along with the apartment’s owner, Francisco Costa. The mix of patterns here is interesting and brings a lot of visual interest to an otherwise serene space:

Terrific use of pattern in Francisco Costa's study. | japanesetrash.com


The clean lines and the herringbone pattern in the wood floor give this kitchen a Parisian feel:

The clean lines and the herringbone pattern in the wood floor give this kitchen a Parisian feel. | japanesetrash.com

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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