Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
When you envision “man cave decor”, what images come to mind? Braveheart posters? Kegerators and vinyl furniture in team colors? Well, if that’s what he wants, I say go for it (if you can confine it to the basement or attic, maybe?)
But if we expand our thoughts about man caves to include not just sports and alcohol, but tastefully decorated spaces dedicated to the other pursuits of the man of the house, that could be…
…his office! This client’s room was a blank slate. We painted, added the built-ins, lighting, and tin ceiling treatment– and brought in all the masculine decor. Now the owner says, “Finally, a room just for me.”
I think the globe collection is a knockout! If the only travel your guy gets is the commute to and from the office, here’s a way to inject a little globe trotting into his life.
We moved the comfy leather seating in from the living room. The gallery wall features family photos AND vintage masculine-themed items.
The gun barrel blue walls are the right shade of moody cool. Who needs a pool table? (Well, maybe he does, but just not here.)
The single guy who hired me for his loft redo knew just what he wanted–a man’s space without the cheesy bachelor vibe. I think we nailed it! The two-story motorcycle mural we commissioned and the punch of orange accents says “Vrrrooom”! Leather seating, soft textiles, some raw wood pieces and the gleam of stainless steel…oh yeah.
No florals here, folks. The owner likes the swiss cross graphic so we repeated it in several places–the living room rug and here in the bedroom. The very spare color palette gives a masculine air to the spaces.
Just so you know, I’m not ruling out sports or music or posters in the man’s space. This client’s love of music dictated that we keep the instruments close at hand for any impromptu jam sessions that might come up!
Also in that rec room: bright artwork and vintage accessories that also welcome the whole family.
But, hey, if Dad wants to take it over for pool night with his buddies, that’s ok, right?
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