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The experiment of focusing a week’s worth of Japanese Trash content around one topic is continuing this week with posts on interior design inspired by nature. Or bringing nature into your interiors. Or just the general idea of incorporating nature. It’s a broad theme, and I’m looking at it from multiple directions, such as:

Indoor Plants

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: indoor plants. |

Plants inside the home are an easy way to bring nature into interior design. Photo: Anders Schonnemann.

Live-Edge Wood

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: live-edge wood. |

I’ll also take a look at incorporating live-edge wood elements into your interior design. Photo: Dustin Aksland.

Lakemoore Drive

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: Lakemoore Drive. |

You won’t want to miss this house tour featuring a renovated 1960s showpiece. Photo: Full Tilt Photography.

Favorite Cabins

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: favorite cabins. |

Cabin life is just about as close as any shelter can come to being part of nature; I’ll show you some of my favorite cabins. Photo: Thomas Murphy and Rick Rochon.

Cabin Style

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: Cabin Style. |

You don’t have a cabin but want to live like you do? I’ll share some ideas for bringing cabin style into your space. Photo: Kevin.

There are a few more posts still in the planning stage for this week, so you’ll have to check in to find out what else I have in store for you as I take a look at nature at home.


Well, here we are–at the end of this week long experiment of taking one topic, British Influence, and looking at some of its various facets, from notable designers to icons to film and retail. What do you think? It’s a ton more work for me, but it’s satisfying in a new kind of way to wade hip-deep into one idea. And this final post looks at Sherlock Holmes and his more recent media incarnations–and, more specifically, the representations of his abode in those shows. I originally thought I’d include the Guy Richie led films in this post, but, honestly, I’m much more interested in the modernized Holmeses, Sherlock from BBC/PBS and CBS’s Elementary, so those shows will be my focus today.


Sherlock as imagined by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss for BBC. |

Is there anyone who has seen Benedict Cumberbatch’s embodiment of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s interpretation of Sherlock Holmes and not instantly been captured by it? This seems to be one of those shows that cuts across all boundaries and, because it’s so smart and engaging, has created fans from all walks of life. When it comes to interiors, the default feeling is moody mixed with creative–a spray-paint smiley face on flocked wallpaper; a 3D art piece–which provides a ton of visual interest while keeping an appropriate level of tension. Here is the central image from the set:

The most well-known wall on the Sherlock set. |

On the right edge of the above shot, you can see “Mr Blue Skull”, an original piece by British artist John Pinkerton who describes it here:

The piece itself is actually two skulls, a black one painted onto a blue marbled background on cut plywood and a silver one (silver leaf) on cut perspex placed slightly above. Four bolts separate the two sections making it a bugger to clean!

He produced a limited (221-piece) edition that quickly sold out; here’s what that looked like:

"Mr Blue Skull" by John Pinkerton. |


Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Holmes and Watson. |

Relocated to NYC and starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Holmes and Watson, Elementary is CBS’s take on Sherlock Holmes as a Brit in the US. Strangely enough, it works–which I think is primarily due to the good work and interesting chemistry between the two leads. Their primary set is a brownstone that serves as both home and office, and it contains a mix of both off-the-curb found pieces and mid-century modern classics like this Womb Chair:

A shooting target & a Womb Chair on the Elementary set. |

Along with Tolomeo Lamps, various Eames chairs, and at least one Saarinen Executive Armchair, the set contains a Strut table and Mouille lamp:

A Mouille lamp and the Strut table share the spotlight on Elementary. |

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