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Have you ever been to New Orleans? It’s one of those cities I’ve visited on and off throughout my life, and if you’ve ever been there yourself you’ll agree it’s like no other place. I think the same can be said of New Orleans interior design–and certainly it’s true of the home I’m featuring today. There’s a feeling of being transported to another time and place in these spaces. I think it has to do with the colors and furnishings, but also there’s something about the way the rooms are scaled in older, deeply Southern houses that feels otherworldly. Let’s take a trip to New Orleans.

This living room displays all of the elements I was just mentioning, from the muted but rich tones to the pieces you want to touch and the intimate scale. Where but New Orleans would you have this particular quality of natural light?

I'm digging the feeling of this New Orleans interior design. | japanesetrash.com


The fireplace mantle is a makeshift coat rail in this bedroom. There are a number of fireplaces throughout this house–even in the kitchen.

The fireplace mantle makes for a makeshift coat rail in this New Orleans home. | japanesetrash.com


You can see the kitchen fireplace in this image of the dining area taken from the front room. Another feature of old Southern homes is the room known as the front room–different from a living room.

The dining space of the kitchen--with its fireplace--as seen from the front room. | japanesetrash.com


The home’s simple, contemporary, eat in kitchen. The bicycle is leaning against the fireplace.

A contemporary eat in kitchen in a New Orleans home full of character. | japanesetrash.com


The kitchen’s dining area has mirrored hanging barn-track doors at one end.

The kitchen's dining area has mirrored hanging barn-track doors at one end. | japanesetrash.com


A corner of the half-bathroom off of the kitchen holds a simple collection with plenty of visual texture.

A corner of the half-bathroom off of the kitchen holds a simple collection with plenty of visual texture. | japanesetrash.com

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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

Did you have a good break (those of you who had a long weekend)? I certainly did. I spent some time looking around on interior design blogs and Pinterest, and it occurred to me that these days it seems everyone has his own style. I think that’s as it should be, and it makes for endlessly fascinating browsing of great design images. But within all of the different styles out there, one thing remains constant: everyone goes for grey and white bathrooms. There seem to be a few typical ways the color scheme gets put into place; let’s look at some examples of grey and white bathrooms–be sure to let me know which one is your favorite:

Bringing grey in with paint is a popular — and easy — way to create a grey and white bathroom. This one punctuates the look with matching rhino heads:

This grey and white bathroom packs a wallop with matching rhino heads. | japanesetrash.com


Another way to bring grey and white into your bathroom is through using concrete as a statement, like this terrific concrete bathtub:

This amazing concrete bathtub makes a real statement. | japanesetrash.com


The flip-side of the previous look, this bathroom uses the concrete color everywhere but on the bathtub:

This white tub is set off by all the grey in this bathroom. | japanesetrash.com


Tile is always a good way to bring your color choice into a bathroom:

Sweet hexagonal tile in this grey and white bathroom. | japanesetrash.com


Or you can just clad the entire room in grey and white stone, creating a literal jewel box out of the space:

This bathroom is like a jewel box. | japanesetrash.com

(I was unable to find sources for these last two images; please leave a comment if you have information regarding where either of them came from and I’ll add that into this post.)

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

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