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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 will be chatting later today in a couple of weeks (this just got re-scheduled) with Mark and Theresa of MyFixitUpLife.com on their regular Thursday live show. The topic: “Man Cave Bathrooms” and men taking back the bathroom–it should be a fun talk and if you feel like watching you can do so here at 1pm Eastern. So I’ve been looking at some bathrooms in order to prep for the show and found a few I wanted to share with you.

Materials Make the Man’s Bathroom

No matter what your opinion is of what I call Masculine Design, I think we can all agree that it starts with the choice of materials. My favorites, if you don’t know by now, tend to be concrete, metal, wood, and glass. These bathrooms showcase those materials really well:

This handsome bathroom marries ironwood and concrete to create refinement. | japanesetrash.com

This handsome bathroom designed by Brazilian architect Diego Revollo marries ironwood and concrete to create refinement. Wooden Venetian blinds, reflected in the unframed mirror, are a terrific choice.

Wood, stainless steel, tiled walls and a full-wall mirror make this bathroom a standout. | japanesetrash.com

Wood, stainless steel, tiled walls (that tile looks like honed marble to me) and a wall sized mirror make this bathroom designed by Paritzki & Liani Architects a standout.

Metal floor plate on the walls? Why not--if that's what suits your style. | japanesetrash.com

Arguably the most masculine of all finishes, metal floor plate line the walls of this bathroom designed by Andrea Michaelson Design. Used alongside this concrete sink and contemporary fixture, there’s a surprising rough elegance here.

Plywood sheets laid like huge subway tile plus a kick-ass concrete work sink make for a terrific bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

Plywood sheets laid like huge subway tile plus a kick-ass concrete work sink make for a terrific bathroom, designed by Shareen Joel Design.

Show Your Style

We all know materials can be used in a multitude of ways, so the other key component for masculine bathrooms is how you incorporate your particular style into the space:

This dark contemporary/industrial look is a winner for me. | japanesetrash.com

This dark contemporary/industrial style masculine bathroom by Marc&Co is a winner for me. Exposed brass plumbing, recessed lighting, concrete sink and matte black penny tile make a great look here.

Here my favorite elements--wood, concrete, steel--are combined to create a luxurious contemporary bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

Here my favorite elements–wood, concrete, steel–are combined by Chen+Suchart Studio to create a luxurious contemporary bathroom.

I could almost believe I was on a yacht from a century ago in this bathroom with its metal-clad walls. | japanesetrash.com

Is your style nautical? Take a look at this metal-clad bathroom with a large porthole window from Tongue & Groove. Masculine bathrooms don’t have to fall prey to boring or expected design.

I don’t often focus on architecture (overtly) here, but seeing DOGBOX by Patch Work Architecture — a residence that has built by the architects in Whanganui, New Zealand — and loving the design and materials so much, I had to do a post that is nothing but this one structure. Both inside and out, the building uses space and materials to flow between intimate and expansive moments. There’s also a playfulness between what’s seen and what’s glimpsed and what’s only hinted at in silhouette that I find really appealing. I hope you like DOGBOX as much as I do.

A hero shot of the front elevation of DOGBOX by Patch Work Architecture. | japanesetrash.com

This terrific hero shot of the front elevation of the structure shows the elements and the interaction of outdoor/indoor so well.

Another nice view of the structure, aglow with interior light seen through translucent walls. | japanesetrash.com

Another nice view of the structure, aglow with interior light seen through translucent walls.

The open downstairs area, including functional niches that bring to mind Frank Lloyd Wright. | japanesetrash.com

The open downstairs area, including functional niches that bring to mind Frank Lloyd Wright. The entire back wall is poured concrete.

A playful silhouette shows through the twinwall polycarbonate panels that are used throughout. | japanesetrash.com

A playful silhouette shows through the twinwall polycarbonate panels that are used throughout the structure.

I've been a fan of the DOGBOX kitchen since the first time I saw it. | japanesetrash.com

I’ve been a fan of the DOGBOX kitchen since the first time I saw it. The simplicity and economy with which it’s fitted is very appealing.

A detail of the kitchen's main work counter. It's the simple, honest materials that appeal to me. | japanesetrash.com

A detail of the kitchen’s main work counter. Once again, it’s the simple, honest materials that appeal to me.

DOGBOX by Patch Work Architecture - work out space. | japanesetrash.com

I’m ready for a work out space like this.

A second-floor sleeping area. | japanesetrash.com

The open feeling extends to private spaces, like this second-floor sleeping area.

Even this simple wood storage cubby feels thoughtful. | japanesetrash.com

Even this simple wood storage cubby feels thoughtful.

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