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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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The bedroom space from my post on Thomas O’Brien has been a favorite of mine for many years; it shows the power of a well-edited collection and an artistic aesthetic. It also spotlights his famous use of the star chart, which he has written about on the Aero website. That piece has been a touchstone of sorts for him through the years and is the kind of item that brings a feeling of personality and life to a room. I thought I’d showcase a few of his images featuring the chart and perhaps inspire you to identify and display your own personal totem in your home.

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It’s the height of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and here in Austin the temperatures are reaching triple digits. I’ve always been a believer in letting our surroundings help set the mood in our lives, so, if you’re like me and would like to feel a cooling ocean breeze these days, you might want to think about adding a surfboard to your abode and let the waves crash over you–figuratively, at least. It can be as simple as propping a board in the corner, like in the Madrid home above. Throw in a moody moonscape and the classic Bertoia Diamond Lounge Chair, and you’ve got yourself one stylish set up.


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Take the island feeling into your workspace by including a graphic board there. You can picture yourself on Australia’s surf coast where this home is located.


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Why not add a surfboard to the bedroom? Get in the laid-back beach mode from the moment you open your eyes. By the way, isn’t this Brazilian surfer’s home amazing?


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Boards come in all kinds of sizes and designs, so you can choose one that’s just right for your taste and interior design style. This one even comes with a bit of history.


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Think your style is a bit too sophisticated to throw a surfboard against the wall? How about this one from Peter Walker, master artist and surfboard designer/builder. Yes, it’s a real board that can be used in the water, just like all the others shown here. But there’s no denying it’s also a work of art.

So, how about it? Are you ready to add some surfer cool to your space?

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