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Another week done. As tends to happen–for me at least–annually, we’ve reached that time of the year where the days just seem to be flying by, and before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving. I wasn’t thinking of this seque when I wrote that last sentence, but I’ll use it anyway: the holiday that’s mostly spent in the kitchen–Thanksgiving. I don’t know about you, but my house was essentially built to feature the kitchen; it has vastly more square footage, per minute in use, than any other room in the place, and it’s open to the dining and living area. It could in no way be considered minimalist. But today I’m featuring five minimalist kitchens that I think would serve up equally scrumptious Thanksgiving meals. Let me know what you think of these:

Volumes

Terrific volumes and visual textures in this minimalist kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

I really like the repeating volumes of the island and the hood enclosure in this space. Also working for me: the visual texture provided by the flooring and choice of cabinetry.

Linear

I'm really into this linear minimalist kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

The combination of a long island with eating space on one end, the interesting over-counter lighting frame, and the wide stainless steel cooking built-in area make this kitchen really interesting.

Industrial

An industrial/minimalist kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

This industrial/minimalist kitchen almost disappears from view. That the entirety of the lower cabinet area is filled with either appliances (those first three are all refrigeration) or open shelving is terrific.

Sculptural

This kitchen feels like a sculpture in the space. | japanesetrash.com

The way the components of this kitchen have been added into the larger space has a sculptural or modular feel. It’s almost as if the kitchen is temporarily docked at that end of the room.

Cleanroom

Bright, white, clean. | japanesetrash.com

A bright, white, clean kitchen that seems to be all about quiet competence.

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Do a search for showers on Pinterest and you’ll find everything from “How to Decorate Using Unicorns” (yeah, really–I’m not making that up) to how to use shower curtain rings to organize everything from baseball caps to scarves. And, in the midst of all that, you’ll also find some amazing showers. Here are a few of the favorite–both indoor and outdoor–showers that I found:

A shower from the Hotel Vernet in Paris. | japanesetrash.com

The Hotel Vernet in Paris keeps things elegant in this shower by creating black and white stripes from small square tiles.

Contemporary outdoor shower at a Hamptons home. | japanesetrash.com

I’m digging this wooden contemporary outdoor shower on the deck of a home in the Hamptons.

A simple but very appealing shower by Cary Bernstein. | japanesetrash.com

Here’s a minimal and simple–but very appealing–shower with a skylight, designed by Cary Bernstein.

The Cascade, an outdoor shower that connects with a water hose. | japanesetrash.com

The Cascade is an outdoor shower that goes anywhere and connects via any water hose.

Jenny Wolf designed this shower for a client in New York. | japanesetrash.com

A terrific use of steel and glass doors in this shower designed by Jenny Wolf for a client in New York.

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