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So I have this thing for square windows; totally love them. And today I’m posting a few–take a look at these square windows from rooms all over the house:

This one frames an amazing water view; perfect for a relaxed and luxurious bathroom like this. That tub is pretty special too.This square window frames an amazing water view. | japanesetrash.com


Here’s a wood-framed square window with a shelf-like deep sill that acts as a desk extension in this home office:

The deep sill on this window acts as an extension of the desk. | japanesetrash.com


There’s so much to like about this terrific kitchen, but my favorite thing about it is the view out of that square window:

Everything about this kitchen is great, but I particularly love the view out that square window. | japanesetrash.com


Absolutely one of my favorite bedrooms ever (can you spot it in one of my previous posts this week?), the square window placed high on the wall is part of what makes it so unique and inspiring:

An all-time favorite bedroom of mine, this is extra inspiring because of the square window placed high on the wall. | japanesetrash.com

The black kitchen is a thing now, right? I mean, I’ve got a ton of kitchen pins and one of the things that stands out on that board is all the black kitchens. And why not, when going black in the kitchen can give you something like this:

Pretty GLAMasculine, right? These materials--and all that black--make for a remarkable glimpse of kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

Pretty remarkable, right? And that’s just the beginning of all the beautiful black kitchen goodness I have in store for you in this post.

Sticking with the glam factor for a moment, we have this contemporary Australian kitchen with a massive island that seems to be chiseled out of a solid block of black stone:

Is this island carved from a massive block of black stone? I know it's not but, dang that's impressive. | japanesetrash.com

There’s no doubt in my mind that all that black makes quite a statement–in these cases, that statement is: luxury. Here’s one more along those lines:

Such a statement of luxury here. I could easily get used to this. | japanesetrash.com

Black also looks great in the kitchen when played off of raw materials, like the brick wall in this one:

Terrific combination of rough brick and sleek finishes. Amazing lighting too. | japanesetrash.com

Or combined with other dramatic features like this marble and live-edge wood cooking/eating island:

Unf. This kitchen, with the marble and live-edge wood island and all that black, is so hot. | japanesetrash.com

What do you think? Is a black kitchen the thing for you too?

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I’m heading out today to drive a few hours for a new client meeting near Houston, and while I’m away I’m leaving you with something a bit different: water. More specifically, water incorporated into outdoor / landscape design. This first image is the one that got me interested in seeing what I might be able to find in this area of design that would grab my interest–because this one certainly did:

These shapes and materials really grabbed my interest and got me focused on outdoor water features. | japanesetrash.com


Next, I found this example–showing me that just about any interior style might be interpreted outdoors:

I like the way this feels similar to a modern take on rustic that you might find indoors. | japanesetrash.com


Which made me want to start looking to see what other kinds of my favorite styles might be found outdoors. This is so GLAMasculine:

GLAMasculine stone and steel water feature. | japanesetrash.com


And this has a terrific modernist look:

A water wall with a terrific modernist look. | japanesetrash.com


Concrete, stone, and stainless steel. Some of my very favorite materials interpreted so handsomely in this outdoor water element:

Concrete, stone, and stainless steel: I'm in lust. | japanesetrash.com

This week’s leftovers include some rustic love in the form of wonderful woods, a random antler, and terrific Filson gear:

Amazing textures in this rustic space. | japanesetrash.com


The subway tile and hints of MCM lines in the cabinetry make this kitchen special:

Definite MCM feel in this cabinetry, and I'm always a fan of subway tile. | japanesetrash.com


More great tile work in this shower from an urban cabin in Los Angeles:

The tile work here is just about perfect, as is the transition to wooden flooring. | japanesetrash.com


I cannot resist the Artichoke Lamp; it’s one of my all time favorite pieces:

I've always had a special place in my heart for the Artichoke Lamp. | japanesetrash.com


And this simple sink from a 196 square foot home that got a lot of attention online last week:

This simple sink is sheer perfection as part of a 196 square foot home. | japanesetrash.com

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