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I’ve got a guycrush on Creede Fitch, but it’s not what you think. I like his style, as evidenced by his home renovation project.

Case in point, the new kitchen:

Creede Fitch put together this new kitchen in his East Austin remodel. | japanesetrash.com

There are plenty of before shots, too, on his site (which is where the images came from, natch), but I’m much more focused on the afters. Those are customized Ikea cabinets, by the way. Helps that the guy used to build custom kitchens for a living.

Let’s take a closer look at those cabinets:

Customized Ikea cabinets in the kitchen remodel by Creede Fitch. | japanesetrash.com

That photo was taken at an earlier phase of the project, before the floating shelves were added. The cabinet doors and drawer fronts are customized with walnut and the counters are-well, best you read for yourself here. I’ll just say this whole thing was quite a feat of ingenuity, skill, and aesthetic. I think my guycrush is warranted.

And now, the space in context:

Creed Fitch has been renovating an East Austin home; here's the kitchen as seen from the dining space. | japanesetrash.com

Yep, the way the tone and feel of the wood carries through from the dining table to the cabinets–and the exposed roofing rafters, of course–is terrific. Note the sweet bar cart as well.

The renovated main living space at Creede Fitch's place. | japanesetrash.com

All in all, a great looking space, don’t you think?

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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.

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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As someone who has spent more than his share of time in various hotels–of widely varying quality–over the years, traveling both for business and for pleasure, I’m always impressed when a place seduces me with having enough style that I’d be interested in emulating it in my own home. The Hotel San Jose style, which I can visit any time since it’s right here in Austin, has certainly seduced a number of folks, including me.

Starting with the kind of laid-back and secluded-feeling outdoor space I’d like to recreate in my own back yard–one that mixes lush greenery with practical surfaces and materials. The interior spaces continue that sense of practicality while incorporating the same sense of informality in the furnishings, finishes and textiles.

Have a look and let me know if you wouldn’t love to have this look roam home to your house:

Have a look at this shot of the courtyard from Hotel San Jose in Austin and let me know if you wouldn't love to have this look roam home to your house. | japanesetrash.com

Have a look at this shot of the grounds from Hotel San Jose in Austin and let me know if you wouldn't love to have this look roam home to your house. | japanesetrash.com

Have a look at this hotel room from Hotel San Jose in Austin and let me know if you wouldn't love to have this look roam home to your house. | japanesetrash.com

Have a look at this table and chairs from Hotel San Jose in Austin and let me know if you wouldn't love to have this look roam home to your house. | japanesetrash.com

Have a look at this glimpse of a suite bathroom from Hotel San Jose in Austin and let me know if you wouldn't love to have this look roam home to your house. | japanesetrash.com

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