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In praise of marble.

Ah, yes… the luxurious stone of interior design dreams, marble–which has always been a favorite of decorators–seems to have exploded onto just about every surface of the home in recent years. Let’s take a moment to look at a few examples from spaces all over the house:

This wood vanity with integrated marble sink and counter is so handsome. | japanesetrash.com

The design and tailoring–and, of course, the materials–of this wood vanity with integrated marble sink and counter make for a very sexy and timeless piece. I can imagine this in a modern apartment in Rome during the 1960s just as easily as in a contemporary home.


Exquisite black marble walls create a luxurious bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

Can you imagine having black marble walls in your bathroom? Along with the freestanding tub and teak slat flooring, this is the height of GLAMasculine. The wall sconce adds to the appeal of this look.


Marble surfboards - two of my favorite things together at last. | japanesetrash.com

Completely impractical for anything other than decorative effect, this pair of marble surfboards is pretty damn awesome. Now where would I put these…


Simple and modern marble counter, backsplash, and shelf. | japanesetrash.com

For a very unified look in the kitchen, this counter top, backsplash, and floating shelf is a simple and effective choice. I particularly like the integrated shelf.


Amazing fireplace statement look. I seriously want this. | japanesetrash.com

This fireplace has me weak in the knees. The simplicity of it, the bold and iconic design, and the choice of materials–marble included, naturally–make it a major statement piece. I seriously want to have this.

When it comes to kitchen trends, creating impact is always near the top of the list. Here’s a look at just a few kitchens impact that have come across my screen lately:

This kitchen has tremendous impact with its dramatic color scheme and metallic drawer fronts. | japanesetrash.com

Talk about impact. This kitchen has tremendous impact with its dramatic color scheme, wide plank flooring, focus wall with no upper cabinets, trio of hanging pendants and those amazing metallic drawer fronts.


A gorgeous sunken kitchen that makes a statement using all wooden finishes--including the ceiling. | japanesetrash.com

On the other end of the impact spectrum, we have this gorgeous sunken kitchen that makes a subtle–but clear–statement using all wooden finishes–including on the ceiling. One of my favorite touches here is the use of ottomans as low counter stools.


The framing of this kitchen feels like a stage opening, giving it a very theatrical effect. | japanesetrash.com

The way this black and white kitchen is set within a frame is very theatrical, giving the space a heightened and dramatic feeling. The high-gloss, GLAMasculine finishes add to that effect.


Minimal kitchen. With logs. Brilliant. | japanesetrash.com

Here the pendulum swings to the opposite side once again, with a starkly minimal kitchen where the impact and serene beauty comes from an under counter space filled with logs.


Impact in this kitchen is accomplished using layers. | japanesetrash.com

And here’s a kitchen that uses layering to create impact – layering of materials visually: wood/marble/cabinets/backsplash, and layering of color and texture. This kind of mixing makes magic when done as expertly as is shown here.

Hey there. Apologies for only one post yesterday. I’ve been a somewhat under the weather this week–most likely due to a bit too much burning the candle at both ends–but I think these images of weeHouse, a tiny prefab marvel by Alchemy Architects near Marfa, Texas, will help get me through the day today. I hope you like them as well.

weeHouse is a tiny prefab marvel; this one near Marfa is calling my name. | japanesetrash.com

At only 440 square feet, this weeHouse is small–the basic unit ships in configurations at large as 850 square feet–but with plenty of style.

This 440 sq ft tiny prefab contains plenty of style. | japanesetrash.com

The simple shapes and materials make this so appealing, especially as shown here surrounded by West Texas desert. Each weeHouse comes with an Ikea Applad kitchen; you can just glimpse it there, on the left.

The addition of a wooden deck completes this tiny prefab. | japanesetrash.com

The addition of a wooden deck completes this tiny prefab retreat–and also gives me my four favorite elements in a space: steel, glass, concrete and wood. The wide and shallow shed at the far end of the deck houses a washer and dryer along with the water heater.

Seen against the West Texas sky, the weeHouse takes on modern grandeur. | japanesetrash.com

There’s a sense of modern grandeur when the weeHouse is shown against the West Texas sky. I’m ready for one of my own; are you?

This is me in the mornings, and these days, like Maddie, I can’t wait to get some coffee in me.

It's coffee time. Won't you join me for a cup? | japanesetrash.com

Coffee has become a real passion of mine lately. The aromas of fresh-ground beans and a newly brewed pot are heady.

I've rediscovered an old flame & fallen back in love: coffee! | japanesetrash.com

Don’t get me wrong–I’ve always been someone who’s loved his cup of joe every morning, but now I find I’m craving it like a long-lost friend. I see images like this — of coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans — and remember specific moments in time and place where I was enjoying coffee.

Coffee & beignets at Cafe du Monde | japanesestrash.com

A friend whose family lives in Guatemala (she’s from there, originally) recently brought me a few pounds of beans, so I’ve been grinding my own. Wonder if that’s what’s lead to this renewed relationship with coffee? Maybe I’ll get out my old French press again, scald some milk and whip up a cafe au lait. It could become my new morning ritual.

Grinding, brewing, drinking. My new morning ritual. | japanesetrash.com

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