Design Board | Cognac & Cement

Did you have a firework-filled July 4th? Did you don your best red, white & blue ensemble? Ours was low-key except for a trek to a drive-through Safari.

I do design boards for almost every client. This one was a contender for a bachelor pad at the Seaholm Residences here in Austin, but alas, another design board won for this project {turns out the client is more bold & loves color rather than ultra-masculine notes & muted colors}. I totally love this one, I guess because I’ve been doing traditional & more feminine spaces lately. This one is colder & minimalist but totally awesome! Everything would be in masculine browns, cognac specifically which is all about glamour & refinement, cement grays in hides & finishes, dashes of marble white.

Gray Cognac Leather Design


1/ Sectional : Volo at Nest Modern

2/ Wallpaper: Romeo Carrara from Fschumacher

3/ Coffee Table: Zaine Nesting Tables at Palette & Parlor

4/ Area Rug: Hide Patchwork Area Rug from Wayfair

5/ Counter Stools: Acrylic & Hide Stools by Zentique

6/ Lighting Pendant: Crimp Bar Pendant by Studio A

I can see ultra avant garde art everywhere, like horses with balloon heads , oh & maybe other animals, a whole safari! Happy 1st week of July everyone!

The Wall Space above the Masculine Night Stand

masculine night stand decorating

Items: Mirror by Jayson Home and Garden, Wall Antler, Art Print from Natural Curiosities, Lamp by Ralph Lauren, Nightstand by Vanguard Furniture

One of these days I’ll let you know if “Men are from Mars” when it comes to design and decorating. Being new in interior design, I must say most of my clients have been females of course but get this, my first ever client was actually a male. It was a disaster. After multiple attempts at trying to get his design vision, he broke up with me. Don’t get me wrong, I did a lot of work, I just never got him and I’m sure he never got me. It wasn’t a match and although I’d like to think it’s his fault…I’m sure it’s mostly mine, my inexperience at that time and perhaps not listening intently to what a guy has to say.

Well, fast forward and I’m having a few male clients again and tell you what… they are awesome! I am seriously starting to like doing masculine design. The little board above is for a male friend-client. I love a guy who understands that a well put-together space is important and yes, especially if you’re a bachelor. We got a pair of fabulous Vanguard furniture night stands with a gray and dark brown wood finish options and to get together the area, here are my recommendations for accessorizing the manly way:

(1) Go for a limited number of hues, 2 or 3 at the most.

(2) Go for textures that is organic and comes from nature — like horn, wood and leather.

(3) Go wild! Tasteful taxidermy is always good.

(4) With art prints, go abstract or geometric.

Happy Friday everybody! What’s in store for you this weekend?

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Bachelor Pads for the Modern Man

From most of my social media postings, my style has been dubbed by some people as feminine. I have been dying to style and design a bachelor pad {thanks to a few people that’s giving me a chance!you know who you are}. It may be true that the “sterile” and “cold” are never in my design vocabulary. But masculine, lived in and curated are not…. these are the words that a bachelor pad or space should speak about.

The term “bachelor pad” conjures up images of uncomfortable minimalism on the one hand, or disorganized slovenly chaos on the other. Creating a bachelor pad that is stylish, comfortable (and clean) however, is easy with a few key items and a small amount of interior design skill.
The Kitchen:
Piles of pots and moulding dishes are nobody’s idea of classy; if any room requires a minimalist theme, the kitchen is it. If washing up isn’t high on your to-do list, invest in a dishwasher. Even the smallest kitchen spaces can accommodate a slim-line washer, and being able to simply rinse and stack should take care of unsightly and unhygienic washing up. For small spaces with limited cabinet space, chrome rails with hooks are great for storing pots and pans. Make a feature of your lack of storage. If a new kitchen is within your budget, look into kitchens with inbuilt gadgets and features for a slick and stylish finish. The buzz words for a bachelor pad kitchen are ‘clean’ and ‘functional’.

The Living Room:
The living room is likely to be your main entertaining space. Leather sofas are stylish and easy to clean. It is likely that the television will be the focal point of the room, either for watching movies or playing video games, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore other features. Make your seating area the center piece of the room; if your room is large enough, create a sofa arrangement in the center of the room to create an illusion of extra space and to draw attention in to the ‘entertainment’ area.
For a stylish room that isn’t stark, opt for woods instead of plastic and metal finishes; wood can still be sleek with clean lines if you keep to one type, and it is complemented perfectly with soft leather furnishings. Lamps instead of overhead lights help with creating a homely atmosphere. Opt for high tech lamps such as the Poplight – accessories should be cool but stylish. If you must embrace your inner geek, consider aesthetics as well; a lamp shaped like a storm trooper head might seem like a great idea, but it is unlikely to win you points with the ladies.


The Bedroom:

Piles of laundry and damp towels are not sexy. If you are congenitally incapable of folding or hanging, make sure that your wardrobe has space for your laundry basket – hiding the evidence of your slovenly habits is a step above displaying dirty underwear for the world to see.
Invest in a good quality bed – leather is a great option for style and comfort; a leather sleigh bed like these oh-so masculine ones from Indigo Furniture are perfect, and with one of these in the room your need for extra accessorizing is minimal. Keep linens to good quality cottons and block colours and, once again, use lamps for low level lighting as opposed to over-head lights that are harsh and brighter than is ideal.

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