January 4, 2010

For the Man in Your Life

Let's start the new year off differently and with a space just for the men. As a girl who grew up in a house full of brothers, I can definitely appreciate a good, masculine design when I see one!
I am in love with this small East Harlem apartment featured in the December issue of Lonny Magazine. It's sophisticated, cozy, chic and calming all at once. Home owner and design consultant Anthony Gianacakos employs mirrors and big horizontal stripes on the walls to create depth and space in a tight living area.
The layers of different patterns, colors, and textures on this bed are what do it for me in this room. The camel colored pillows give it a pop of warmth, while the plush throw blanket adds a luxurious touch.
In a small space, staying organized is key. I love Anthony's use of different decorative boxes to hide loose items and clutter in a stylish and unified way.
I don't think I could love these black walls any more than I already do! I adore the idea of painting a closest in a glossy, inky black! It's so glamorous and so 'night club!'

I will also have to borrow his idea of sticking a bookshelf in a closet as an alternative to expensive built-in shelving. It's the perfect place to house clothes, purses, shoes, and more! Now, why didn't I already think of that? :)

27 comments:

Kristin said...

I loved this spread, too! And I think the bookcase in the closet is smart.

Daniella said...

I had a bookcase in my last closet! It was definitely handy for shoes and such... I need to get a smaller one for my new closet...

eric @ MyFirstGarage.com said...

Hey, Thanks. Let me just say that this post is a welcome relief to us guys. I know there aren't very many of us who blog about design, but we are here, and like our rooms to not always be so frilly.

Jenna said...

great post ~ my husband is a guys guy and i am determined to give him a space in our apartment that is his. so thanks for the ideas.

ps. i would absolutely carry the bag in the first picture myself :)

Kim Berry said...

This is great! Definitely a stylish guys home! It's very manly, yet still polished and organized.
I love the giant chess piece used a tie holder!

=) Kim

Jaime said...

I love the bed shot here- the antlers, the sheets, the leather pillows... fabulous! Happy new year!

mise said...

Yes, the shelves in the closet are a great idea, and the other set of shelves even goes some small way toward containing the ever-present technology, which is difficult to display with style. Anyone else entangled in wires...?

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

I too loved this house in Lonny! The bookcase idea is so smart! I have a huge closet, but my shoes are just layered on the floor - that's an idea I'm taking home to use!! Thanks for sharing!

Magchunk said...

I'm the girliest of girly girls and I still love this space. I think the closet is my favorite part, but I also think the striped walls are pretty hot. Not crazy about the sheets but love the pop of the white antlers on the charcoal wall. The whole place feels like a chic boutique.

SogniSorrisi said...

Love the dark walls and the bits of brown and orange used to accent them!

Kitty M said...

Wow what a cool living space! I can't even get my husband to pick up a wet towel from the bathroom floor let alone design a home lol! Where are all the stylish men in my life ? ...

In Honor Of Design said...

Excellent taste my friend!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh how lovely! love, love, love this space!

Sarah Klassen said...

What a great post! There's something so appealing about a masculine space -- the colors and textures are perfect. I think my favorite image is the third one, with all of their treasures displayed in such a great way...plus the vertical lines behind add such a bold flair!

Hope you are having a great Monday, Crystal!

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition said...

That is a stunning space for a guy. I love the darker colors and bold lines of a masculine space!

Rikke said...

Wow, thats beautiful!!!
You have a nice blog:)
Rikke - Oslo

A Life More Fabulous said...

Love, love this! (and how sweet of you to think of the boys - so easy to get carried away in pretty girliness) This is strong and has a masculine edge, but isn't too overbearing so the girls would also enjoy it just as much!

(Dying to paint my front hall black for this look!)

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

It's lovely. I'd want to know any guy who lived in this space! Hoping you had a great new year's eve Crystal! Looking forward to lots more of your wonderful posts!
Stay stylish!
xo Mary Jo

Pretty Things said...

It may be for the men but I love it, too!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

One of my favorite spreads as well! Loving all of the black and stripes!

Chicago City Girl said...

There is something so sophisticated about a woman who's not afraid of a little masculinity from time to time

~ thanks for sharing ~
cara @ City Girl Chicago

Couture Cookie said...

This spread is really cool! And I love the white horse with the tie... too bad my boyfriend is not a tie-guy, otherwise I would buy him a horsie ASAP!

Laurie Jones said...

I need to break down and paint a room black already! Lovely photos!

vmichelle said...

Ah, this is how I would love to decorate my man's room. Not sure he would feel the same though! But I love it...

eco-stylista said...

This is such an amazing space! Sometimes I feel that men stuffs like clothes, shoes, bags and also interiors are much more appealing to me! They always look so sophisticated.. Happy new year to you!

Ingrid in Umbria said...

Cara Crystal,

Great post! I had a good laugh as well. This could have been my man's wardrobe ten/fifteen years ago. Since we moved to Italy, he has turned a hobo. Not that I mind... I like his current "no style" too -especially his (Italian) hat collection. Bacione, Ingrid in Umbria

Philippines property said...

In a part of a home I see this is one is so organize in a men's room.

Deirdre G

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