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Tips & Tricks – Borrowed From the Boys

I’m getting that itch again, and although the eternal bachelor, George Clooney, may appear to be settling down, I’m beginning to entertain the need for change.  

The need creeps into my brain about every two years.

I’ve lamented about it before, but now I’ve come to accept it.

Speaking of the “eternal bachelor”, segues nicely into today’s Tips & Tricks.

The idea of “borrowed from the boys” has been around for a while, and it’s having a major moment in the fashion world right now (Guilty.  I’m addicted to my button up’s and blazers).  I thought, why not translate that concept into interiors?

Creating a masculine interior is nothing new, but I like the idea of taking the basics of a hyper-masculine design, and mix that with something a little more feminine.

Add Something Soft

Instead of a traditional leather, opt for a softer velvet in an unexpected color – but keep it a deeper shade to stay consistent with a rich, masculine feel.

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Studio Pepe

Studio Pepe

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via Pinterest

Add One Glam Piece

I consider this the equivalent of a killer statement necklace paired with that button up and blazer.  One piece that’s unexpected can not only add sparkle and interest, but turn the ordinary into something special.

Chicago Home and Garden

Chicago Home and Garden

Ryann Ford Photography

Ryann Ford Photography

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via Pinterest

Keep It Natural

Trade the deeper hues for lighter, earthy shades.  The natural tones mixed with clean lines and minimalist style warms up a sterile bachelor style.

paul Raeside

Paul Raeside

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via Pinterest

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

For my own home, I’m starting out with the chocolate brown leather sofa… yes, the one that we’ve had for 13 years.  For a while I styled it with pops of pattern and color (and dogs) like this:

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Now, I’m trying to edit down, and take a simpler approach.

Here’s the work in progress

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What do you think?

Tiina

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Those first few moody images really speak to me. I love the deep hue of the velvet couches paired with the darker furnishings. I’m not one to be ‘light and bright’ in decorating. I’m drooling here. I guess that is why my husband usually comes around with my designs (after he disapproves in concept, but loves the reality), as they tend to be more masculine.

    May 1, 2014
    • Sounds like we’re one in the same. 🙂

      T

      May 1, 2014
  2. Tina #

    I like the changes! The subdued color changes allow my eye to focus on the other interesting details of the room. Great job!

    May 1, 2014
  3. I gravitate more towards masculine design. I like your tips from keeping a space from getting too gentlemanly. And yeah, you’re right on the money about keeping things simple. Love seeing that space evolve!

    May 1, 2014
  4. Every time I see pictures of your house, I feel like I need to take notes.

    May 1, 2014
  5. Haha! You always make me smile, Mel. 🙂

    T

    May 2, 2014

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