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When we last saw Jeffrey Alan Marks, the LA-based interior designer, he was hard at work remodeling the shower at his gym on the Bravo TV show, “Million Dollar Decorators”. That’s been a while–over three years, actually, which is a bit of a surprise to me–so I thought I’d revisit his work and feature some of my favorites.

The Man: JAM

LA-based interior designer, Jeffrey Alan Marks--aka JAM. | japanesetrash.com

Marks likes to refer to himself by his initials, JAM, and tends to look as cool and composed as one of his interiors. On the show, he’s portrayed as bit more frayed at the edges than this photo would have you think.

Malibu

This Malibu living room is a treat for the senses. | japanesetrash.com

This living room is full of great pieces–I love every single one of them. At first glance, the long sofa against the back wall appears to be half navy and half white; I wish it was.

Santa Monica Canyon

The dining and kitchen area of JAM & Ross Cassidy's home. | japanesetrash.com

JAM and his partner, Ross Cassidy, share this home–famous for having a row boat attached upside-down to the bedroom ceiling. This homey eat-in kitchen is appealing.

Coronado

Love the clean lines and terrific materials of this kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

I’m all about the clean lines and sleek contemporary materials of this kitchen. Love the huge window by the sink, too.

Sonoma

Texture. Color. Want. | japanesetrash.com

It only takes a few well-chosen pieces at the right scale to create a stunning space. | japanesetrash.com

These spaces do so much with very few pieces–just the right ones in the right scale and combination and it’s perfect.

Santa Monica

Beautiful wood, stone, and metallics in this kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

Beautiful wood, stone, and metallics make this kitchen terrific.

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

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.

Leather, concrete & glass make this a remarkable & refined masculine living room | japanesetrash.com

Leather, concrete and glass make this a remarkable and refined masculine living room. At least, if this were a living room, that is. It’s actually part of the offices of Brazilian architecture firm, Marcos Bertoldi Arquitetos. No matter the current usage, that combination of materials is a recipe for greatness–and the other pieces, like that table and the pendant lamp, are simply terrific. Oh, and I almost forgot the floor. I don’t know if you can tell, but it’s made of that textured industrial rubber that has coin-like flat bumps along the surface. From my point of view, this is a brilliant selection of elements all around. Can you just imagine the feeling in this space? Plus, being able to look out onto the lush, tropical grounds is sweet. This definitely has some modern Bond villain’s lair realness about it as well.

Via Life on Sundays.

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