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.

Recent Posts by Dave Hime

Urban Holiday

Urban Holiday

Hanukkah is here and Christmas is just around the corner. No matter how you celebrate the season—and even if you don’t celebrate a specific tradition—holiday decorating can sometimes be the last thing on your mind this time of year. For me, I’m the son who still helps his mom with her holiday decorating and some years the effort that takes makes me decide to skip my own holiday décor. Plus, sometimes being in an urban environment during the holidays takes its toll on a person’s energy level. Whatever the reason, there are years when I don’t feel much like decorating for the season.

But when it’s one of those times and I’m not going to put in the time on my own décor at home for the holidays, there’s still a simple and elegant way to bring in some spirit—in a completely urban holiday way: hanging a strand or two of lights.

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Only In Miami: Tommy Hilfiger’s Vibrant Beach Home

Only In Miami: Tommy Hilfiger’s Vibrant Beach Home

The story goes like this: fashion magnate Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee decided to buy a place near Tommy’s latest project: refurbishing the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach. So, naturally, they found a 14,000 square foot place on the beach and decided to bring in “million dollar designer” Martyn Lawrence Bullard to oversee design, then told Bullard “if it’s not shagadelic or groovy, it’s not coming into the house.” Add the couple’s tremendous collection of Pop and post-Pop art masterpieces, a love for all things ‘60s and ‘70s inspired, and a Hilfiger sized budget, and the result is the kind of place that has a Scarface meets Studio 54 vibe—in a good way.

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Black Beach Houses

Black Beach Houses

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and I’m sure this won’t be the last time): when it comes to designing and decorating your home, my philosophy is “if you like it, then why not do it?” Sure, some folks talk about—and, for reasons that I’m sure are quite justified, worry about—resale value, but there’s very little someone can do to permanently reduce the value of a home; most things can be remodeled, or simply repainted. So, if you want your beach house to have a black exterior—then I say do it! Here are a handful of examples of others who’ve taken the step.

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Unusual Bathroom Mirrors

Unusual Bathroom Mirrors

When it comes to finding ways to improve our homes or make the interior design of a space feel like it’s unique to you, most of us tend to think of the same kinds of changes or improvements. Things like a new coat of paint or a kitchen remodel always seem to be at the top of the list, but sometimes it’s the little details that we often take for granted that, when changed, make the biggest difference. Rethinking your bathroom mirror, for example, can have a major impact without a ton of effort.

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The Sky’s the Limit

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You know how sometimes you’ll be looking at interior design images online and something in one of those images will just reach out and grab you, make you amazed, and leave you star struck? That happened to me just the other day when I suddenly became aware I was seeing all sorts of terrific images of rooms with skylights. And these weren’t just any old skylights; these were something very special. So, of course, I thought I’d share them with you.

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Celebrity Bathrooms

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Now and then, when I’m daydreaming about having a very (VERY) large budget for a new home, I turn to the unreal-to-me lives of celebrities and their abodes for inspiration. There are plenty that I wouldn’t touch with a proverbial 10-foot pole (money does not equal taste, in case you haven’t heard), but then there are those that are very appealing. Here are a few that I particularly like:

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Partitions

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I have a new obsession, which means you get to learn all about it. Lucky you. No, really—I mean, lucky both of us actually. I get to learn about stuff and then write about it so you can decide if it’s of use to you. I’m sure this will be interesting and useful because who doesn’t need to partition off a space from time to time? And who couldn’t use a few new ideas about attractive ways to do that?

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Hang It Up

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You know that old saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention”? I decided earlier this week that that had to have been said first by a frustrated resident of a house with insufficient storage. I had this stroke of genius while I was rooting around in a vast lower corner kitchen cabinet—my problem is not a lack of space, it’s a general unfamiliarity with anything that happens in my kitchen, other than where to find the wine—trying to find a specific pan. After succeeding in my quest for the cooking implement, I began to wonder if there isn’t a more convenient place to store my husband’s seemingly exhaustive collection of pots, pans and lids. Not that he asked for my help, mind you—I’m just a giver in that way. And, as with all things I wonder about, I started searching online for a solution. (By the way, Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher—who may or may not have been a frustrated resident of an ancient Greek house—originated that old saying.)

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Go Gotham

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I watch a lot of television and I seem to always be able to find something on the tube that inspires me. Recently, a new Batman-inspired series premiered; it’s called “Gotham” and it has plenty of rich visual textures that translate surprisingly well to interior design options for those of us on this side of the screen.

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Bedside Manner: What’s Your Nightstand Style?

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When we moved into our house nine years ago, we bought nightstands—two, just alike—that are perfectly fine. They have a top, a drawer, and a large open area below the drawer. They’re by Thomas O’Brien (woo-hoo!) for Target (okay…) and there’s not a thing wrong with them. Where is this going, you ask? Well, since then I’ve had a lot of time to rethink almost every decision that was made back then and second guess myself. When I was renovating our bedroom, I’d get different nightstands for each side of the bed, and I’d make each one reflective of our individual styles. Which leads me to the question: what’s my nightstand style? More importantly, for the purposes of this post: what’s your nightstand style?

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