Man Caves: Masculine Detail

Posted by: on June 24th, 2012 | 5 Comments
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Image of a large black and white photograph of Bob Dylan

Image: Photograph by William Waldron via Elle Decor

 

If you’ve spent any time browsing the internet searching for ideas to step up the design your living space you’ve undoubtedly seen a lot of amazing photos of immaculate homes blinged-out with very pricey furnishings and accessories. Thinking of working your style easily and affordably may leave you feeling much like Bob Dylan appears in this monumental photograph we found on Elle Decor. But take heart guys, we have some ideas on how to raise the interest level of your crib without dipping into your Ferrari fund.

If you really want your space to say something about who you are and what you’re about, the design is really in the details.

Take a look at what we found to upgrade your living arrangements.

Image of a platform bed made with wood pallets

Image via Apartment Therapy

 

Gentlemen, if any of you out there right are sleeping on a mattress on the bare floor, *smh*, take a good look at this solution from Apartment Therapy. Go out and score some old pallets to make a platform bed and salvage some pride. And, instead of hanging a weathered window frame above the bed, might we suggest you go with something with a bit more, uhm, masculine detail?  A really large framed black and white photograph would work in your manspace.

 

Image of matches and corks collected for display

Images via Of Iron & Oak and Two Twenty One

 

Men need hobbies. Whether you’re the man about town, a foodie, or a connoisseur of fairly middling table wines – don’t hesitate to leave it all out on display for everyone to see. We liked both these simple ideas for the way they use incidental, everyday objects to communicate something of the personal story of the person living in the space– the matches from Of Iron & Oak, and the corks and candles from Two Twenty One. Candles and matches come in pretty handy around a man cave … so do a few bottles of decent wine.

 

Images of concrete & wood textured throw pillows

Image via The Designer Pad

 

Seriously – a post about man caves and we’re discussing about throw pillows? Sure, these conversations are the kind of decor fluffery that send many guys walking out of a room muttering, but these edgy concrete and wood inspired ones we spotted on The Designer Pad might get a few fellows to reconsider their objections. You gotta admit these would be a pretty awesome way to bring some industrial detail into the mix.

 

Image of lighting in Nate Berkus's bedroom

Image via Apartment Therapy

 

This Serge Mouille sculptural light fixture is a real work of art, but yeah, most working class guys wouldn’t want to spend the money for it. We point this out only to insist how essential lighting is as an element of your home’s decor (and because cool lighting is totally bad-a$$). You don’t have to spend a fortune for unique indoor lighting, but you do have invest the time to find interior lighting pieces that add statement quality appeal to a room.

 

Image of map wallpaper

Image from 79 Ideas via Ideal Home

 

Maps are a thing nowadays. We like them for any man cave because they provide some direction to our sense of wanderlust. They’re fun to stare at as you eat you morning bowl of cereal, too. A big map is awesome, but even a few framed regular sized maps gets the job done.

 

Man Caves is an exploration of cool spaces guys have created for themselves: everything from living rooms and bedrooms, offices and workshops, and media and game rooms, to garages, outdoor grilling areas, gardens and more. We dispense tips on décor, equipment, storage and organization, as well as share ideas, know-how and product info to help you hook up your own manspace.

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  1. Kim says:

    i really like the 2 chairs pictures in the mancave article with the picture of Dillon can you tell me where the chairs are from?
    Thank you

    • Jae Warren says:

      Hi Kim,

      I agree with you – I’ love to have those chairs in my home. According to Elle Decor, those are ’60s Brazilian chairs, so I’m assuming they were vintage finds. Thanks for commenting.

      -Jae, from The Home Depot

  2. Decorator says:

    Candles and cork collection is sooo simple and elegant! Love this idea!

  3. Rico says:

    I really like the use of the shipping pallets as bed. Question: Where can I score the map?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Rico.

      The map wallpaper you see in the image came from a company called Printed Space. They will blow up just about any image, it seems, to create wallpaper or flooring. It’s all very cool, but it’s going to be very pricey. National Geographic, and others, have some giant wall maps you could hang to achieve about the same effect, but for a lot cheaper.

      Actually, finding shipping pallets for a bed might be a bit harder than finding a giant wall map.

      Thanks for the comment.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot