Guy Style 101

So I happen to be married to a guy who really has no opinion when it comes to decorating our space. Often times weeks will go by before he’s noticed a sometimes major change I’ve made. The problem is, if I’m not careful, I could turn this whole house into girl land! This is especially true in our bedroom. That’s why I’ve been intentional about creating a more masculine look above and atop his dresser. On the wall, a technical drawing of hands is surrounded by a mix of some favorite pieces including a screenshot from a Woody Allen movie, a Wilco album cover, and a coat of arms plate from Brussels.

A leather box with a gold mallard embellishment serves nicely as storage for cuff-links, watches, receipts, and all that other stuff that seems to just endlessly pile up. The manly-looking box allows for it all to be hidden.

The monogrammed ceramic plate is perfect for change. Small photographs in silver frames add a personal touch without overtaking the entire surface.

In the corner is the ever-changing stack of current reads, a practical place to store them that also adds to the decorative aesthetic of the dresser top.

Here are some ways to add a touch of tailored masculinity to any space:

  • Anything with mallards, coats-of-arms, crests, tartan, etc. on it will immediately add a masculine touch. But, don’t go overboard! One to two things like this is all that’s needed.
  • If your furnishings are clunky or more traditional, pair it with a modern task lamp. The no-frills, functionality of the lamp gives off a “this is for the purpose of providing light, and nothing more” feel that your guy is bound to appreciate.
  • Use his stuff to decorate. Books, cds, hats, collections of any kind. All will work if organized in neatly appointed groupings.
  • Small framed family photographs add a personal touch. Emphasis on the word small; for some reason, larger frames are usually embellished and can feel like they belong in a teenage girl’s room!
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About Cate

Cate is a former decorating editor of a shelter magazine based in Manhattan, who has recently moved from the Big Apple to Charlottesville with husband and baby. An interior design enthusiast, she enjoys all things aesthetic.
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5 Responses to Guy Style 101

  1. maere says:

    I just left a comment on the Keswick Hall post thinking it was authored by you…
    Love this post, too. I needed it. I first need to organize all of Eric’s papers and such and then I can actually get to decorating it!

  2. Sean says:

    Love the lamp! Is it vintage? Mallards only make me think of that scene in Sex and the City when Charlotte realizes Trey’s mom has decorated the whole apartment, though šŸ™‚

  3. DZ says:

    Based on the stuff of his you used, your husband seems like a really cool guy. Good-looking too.

    • Daniel says:

      True. The presence of the manly-looking leather box clearly indicates the owner’s possession of both a strong jaw and pronounced brow.

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