My friend Ez is straight fantastic. Her site, Creature Comforts, is among the best of the girl-y lifestyle/craft/food/beautiful photography/things the internet was made for blogs out there. And, it turns out, her fantastic taste can be applied to manly things too.
Have you ever wanted to put your laundry away more? Designer James Plumb came up with this stylish, masculine dresser for the Salone 2011 at Galleria Rossana Orlandi. His frame is made from iron, but I'm thinking this design could easily be translated to a DIY effort.
To make your own, begin
I know. For many, the era of the cell phone has rendered the wristwatch useless for some. But not me. I'm an enternal watchwearer, forever doomed to feeling naked without that one accessory that must stay on me. I may be used to the weight, may just not like the look of my bare left wrist, or perhaps I'm just obsessive enough that I need not to have to pull something out of my pocket to know what time it is. (It's that one).
Oh, the internet interior design scene. You could spend a lifetime just clicking around, looking at images of incredible homes, clever ideas, and beds you just wanna snuggle up in.
Or, you can wait for some blogger to sieve through all the junk, and compile an amazing top ten, and then just look at that.
First, big ups to my mom who found this for me. She took photos with her new iPhone, and emailed me, like, every page from the Lowes circular from which they come. (The giant, 8.5MB versions. She's still learning.)
Anyway, I'm always into making cool stuff from hardware store staples. I think these could be made even more refined and contrasty with a higher grade, non OSB plywood. Edge banding optional.
I took a similar approach when I made this credenza:
Moby, once the epitome of urban, NYC musician type, has a new home: a castle in the Hollywood Hills. And? It's pretty awesome.
It has a turret built for the original owner's pet monkey, the Rolling Stones slept here for a bit, plenty of adult films have been shot around the pool, and possesses a killer tiki bar.
"There is also what he calls the “penultimate” Hollywood view, for which you have to go up the stairs to the master bedroom. Be careful: Moby’s one rule is no shoes on the rug. O.K., now plop down on the rumpled bed. Looking through the window straight ahead, you can see the canyon fall to the Hollywood Reservoir; to your right and up the hill is the famous Hollywood sign. If he were a Hollywood producer and wanted to impress some actress, Moby says, he’d use that view."
As a professional interior designer, Michael Murphy has had plenty of time to curate and cultivate his own style, so named masculine vintage. "It is a design philosophy that explores the ideas of color and shape with materials and patterns. The palette is cool and controlled. The shapes are formed and in scale. The objects are found and weathered with time and use. The overall effect is a warm space that will allow control in its clutter and comfort for it inhibitor. The word masculine I define not as man, but as a sense of being. I welcome the entire color palette but it’s the control of the world being created with the use of wood and objects that define what “Masculine vintage” is to me as a designer."
Comedian Joel McHale, host of The Soup, has got to be raking it in with the NBC comedy Community, and thus, has a pretty amazing home in the Hollywood Hills.
The style is a bit Hollywood regency, a bit bravura, but still maintains a masculine feel, sorta like if King Midas had a safari hunting lodge circa 1935.
Close your eyes. (Well, read this paragraph, then close your eyes) When I say the word, "wallpaper," what's the first thing that pops into your head?
Chances are, it's some intricately floral design, or some gawdy design from your grandparents house or the hallway of your first studio apartment. Which is too bad, really, cause the idea of a big, bold graphic pattern on your wall has lots of potential.
Thankfully, modern designers are using new tools like digital photography and computers with classic printing techniques to create a whole new generation of wallpaper, plenty of which have a fine masculine touch to them.