Dave Hime

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor--leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design. By day, Dave is Director of Web Strategy & Co-founder of Go9Media, an online strategy and interactive agency in Austin, TX. Prior to the invention of the Internet, he was a Jack-of-all-trades project manager and administrator in industries as diverse as healthcare, theatre, and consulting. When not blogging or web strategizing, he, his husband, and their dogs can be found avidly soaking up quality television.

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Beam Me Up: Exposed Rafter Ceilings

Beam Me Up: Exposed Rafter Ceilings

Design and Image: Jeffrey Alan Marks, “Jeffrey Alan Marks: The Meaning of Home by Jeffrey Alan Marks”, Rizzoli New York, 2013 I know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering if they put the wrong name on the author line of this post, aren’t you? How that little image of the person who wrote this could possibly  Continue Reading »

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Graffiti It: Graffiti as Wall Decoration

Graffiti It: Graffiti as Wall Decoration

Trends come and go; that’s why they’re called trends. Art is subjective—in the eye of the beholder, if you will—and that’s one of the great things about art: you’re either affected by something or you’re not. One person’s spray-painted abomination is another person’s perfect expression of self. So, when an artistic genre – like graffiti – becomes an interior design trend you can count on lines being drawn and people taking sides.

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Creative Ways to Use Decorative Bulbs

Creative Ways to Use Decorative Light Bulbs

Now and then I’ll see a photo on some site or other that shows something interior design related that I think is so AWESOME and I CAN’T WAIT to try it myself. Recently I saw a terrific kitchen renovation online that had lighting consisting of simple sockets hanging from black cords; what made them AMAZING was the decorative bulbs used with the plain fixtures. Those bulbs made all the difference in the world and I COULDN’T WAIT to give that a whirl in my own home. (Okay, I’ll stop with the yelling; you just need to know how exited I get some times about this stuff.) Problem was, I didn’t have any fixtures that would lend themselves to the extra cool factor of using decorative bulbs. So, as usual, I decided I wanted to post about it so that all of you could benefit from my excitement, even if I can’t.

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Rollaways: Furniture on Wheels

Rollaways: Furniture on Wheels

It’s a common design dilemma: do I satisfy my need for aesthetics or do I focus on functionality? That question seems to come up again and again for designers and their clients. And, well, you know me—I always like to answer those kinds of questions with one of my own: why not have both great looks and fantastic utility? Enter rollaways. Just like the way chocolate and peanut butter combine to make something awesome, furniture and wheels can do the same thing.

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Come Fly With Me: Using Airport Seating at Home

Come Fly With Me: Using Airport Seating at Home

When I sat down to write this post—I feel like we’re close enough that I can tell you these things—I wondered what the heck I was thinking when I pitched the idea of a piece about using airport chairs at home. Really? And just where the heck would I find examples of using airport chairs at home? Seriously. But, as you’ll see, I was quickly reminded of my inspiration that led to the suggestion. Why, y’all? Design icons created some of these, and that’s why they not only continue to be used in airports today but why they also can make great pieces for use at home.

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4 Fun Floor Lamps

Fun Floor Lamps

It’s an occupational hazard for anyone who is really passionate about interior design: we see way too many tragic fads – and just plain bad ideas – being shown off in our favorite blogs and magazines. One of my personal pet peeves is the use of floor lamps that are designed to look like gigantic versions of desk or table lamps. I mean, I like playing around with the scale used in a room’s elements as much as the next designer, but the gigantic desk lamps have never been something I’ve thought worked. (No offense to anyone reading this who may have one; the taste level of our readers is superb, so I’m sure if you have a floor lamp like I’m describing you’ve also found a way to successfully work it into your décor!) I think most of the designers who use that type of fixture do it to inject a bit of fun or whimsy into the space, so I wanted to share a few of my favorite fun floor lamps, in hopes that these might catch on too.

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Free Your Sink: In Praise of the Freestanding Bathroom Sink

Free Your Sink: In Praise of the Freestanding Bathroom Sink

There are some tried and true conventions of (mostly American) residential design and building that I sometimes wonder about. One of those is the real need for two sinks in a master bathroom—but I’m not at all certain I’m ready to take on all of the comments should I start that conversation. So I’ll go with taking a swipe at another tradition: the built-in sink. Does every bathroom really need a vanity in which to house the sink? I think not, and these examples show why.

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Treasure Chest: Using Industrial Tool Chests in Your Décor

Treasure Chest: Using Industrial Tool Chests in Your Décor

I was strolling through my local big box home improvement store the other day looking for a replacement battery for my home security system (you know I’m not a DIYer), and couldn’t help but notice the amazing selection of tool chests on display. I immediately began to imagine using some of them in interior design projects because, well, that’s just how my mind works. So, of course, when I got home I decided to do a quick online search to see how others have used these industrial wonders in their décor; I thought I’d share some of what I’ve found.

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Perfect Pair: Caesarstone and Subway Tile

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Perfect Pair: Caesarstone and Subway Tile

When it comes to interior design, versatility and endurance are two hallmarks of any great material. As both Caesarstone and subway tile are premium examples of both qualities, why not pair them together? Today I’m looking at kitchens that do just that, and do it in a variety of ways.

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Squared Away: 4 Reasons to Use Square Shapes in Your Décor

Squared Away: 4 Reasons to Use Square Shapes in Your Décor

We are all receiving constant impressions from our environments—it’s one of those things you’re not usually consciously aware of—but it is happening nonetheless. Because of this, good interior design will help support your daily existence in ways beyond providing a pleasing space—ways that might largely remain a mystery to you. Today I’d like to take a look at some of the benefits of including square shapes in your décor.

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