Manly Monday

This summer, one of the main projects we've been working on at my internship is a man's town house located on the upper east side. I've entered the project during it's more final phase - visiting the construction site to make sure everything is going along in a timely manner. There are still a few loose ends we have to purchase, but the major design stuff has already been decided. The client's aesthetic taste is very masculine, mixing traditional with industrial chic (quite a difficult mix). I've been dying to do a masculine bachelor pad design for school, but the real thing is even better. Had I been around from the beginning of the design process, here's what I would have suggested:


James Merrell

Nothing says masculine decor like a set of antlers, leather upholstery and over-sized British furniture/decor.

Todd Yoggy
A simple color palette concentrating more on texture and traditional elements such as the nail head trimming on the leather upholstered headboard and brass finished light fixtures resembling Greek columns give this bedroom a sophisticated masculine touch.

Mary McDonald
Deep, dark colors and traditional wall panelling with a modern twist, striped linens and a dashingly handsome bust. All that's missing is a huge fireplace from this man den.

Vogue Living
I love large wall decals such as this image of a roller coaster. Vintage maps and signs are an easy way of adding a masculine touch to a room. Again, notice the use of texture in this room between the wood floor planks, jade glass, distressed leather ottoman, brass lighting fixture and shiny black lacquered console/shelving unit.

Here are my suggestions for a manly decor:

Accessories. Pillows and plaid throw via Pendleton, baroque weathered mirror via Restoration Hardware,  horse head sculpture via Haus Interiors, Safety Deposit via Haus Interior, Vintage inspired scale via Restoration Hardware

Lighting. Flush mount ceiling fixture via Circa Lighting, exterior wall sconce via Interieurs, chain link cargo cluster pendant via Davey Lighting, '67 boom arm floor lamp via Ralph Lauren Home, Blackened bronze flush mount ceiling fixture via School House Electric, vase uplighter via Soane

Furniture. Trunk side table via ABC Home, tufted sofa via Ralph Lauren Home, metal armoire via Interieurs, Chinese inspired rattan cocktail table via Ralph Lauren Home, vinyl poof and leather desk chair via 1stdibs, bascule desk via Soane

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