For The Single Man

By Kate Riley April 4, 2016

As women, our inclination is to decorate our spaces to suit our personal tastes. If we’re married, the following question presents itself: how do we blend masculine and feminine style, a topic much written about (and for another day).

Over the weekend, I was with a group of friends hanging out a single male friend’s place, and it was decorated with what are consistently favorites of the male sex: wood plank floors and walls, a leather sofa, a large TV, and a bar. It was a true bachelor pad, and it was very cool. It was comfortable and fun and fit his lifestyle perfectly.

It got me thinking about masculine style and how men go about setting up their spaces when there is no woman in their life. These days defining styles as “masculine” or “feminine” can be grounds for criticism but there is still some truth to the generality that most men prefer to decorate with specific elements (ahem, I’m looking at you wood and leather).

Let’s recognize there is an allure to the bachelor pad done well. Masculine style by definition includes wood, leather, brass, his hobbies, dark hues, and spaces that fluctuate between rustic cabin and gentlemen’s club. Masculine leaning living spaces take shape with the textures, hues, and elements found in these spaces:

 black and wood chairs


 masculine living room space


 gentlemens loft

bk interiors

 leather sofa plaid pillows

 black shelving leather chair


 leather chesterfield

 motorcycle in loft

rue mag x 2

leather sofa masculine space

johnson McLeod

 masculine casual dining space


masculine bathroom


 masculine home office

style at home

 home office dark walls


 masculine office


masculine closet wood shelves

robert Elliott

 leather headboard masculine bedroom

siemasko + verbridge

 masculine bedroom


 black and brass kitchen


 black kitchen leather stools


black kitchen croc stools

elle decor

Sure these spaces are guy friendly but ladies let’s admit, they’re pretty amazing!

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By Kate Riley April 1, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! Tonight I’m headed out on the town with a group of friends for a karaoke night, it’s going to be soooo much fun! This weekend promises good weather so I’m hoping to get out and do some wine tasting on Sunday, I haven’t gone out to the local vineyards this year and I’m so in the mood! I spied some wonderful spaces and ideas around the web, they’re featured today in the continuing ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ series, enjoy!

It’s amazing what a little paint can do, a new coat of black gave this bathroom at Stylizmo a brand new look.

 black and white bathroom upgrade


Katie revealed her basement kitchen at Bower Power, I love that faux wood backsplash and the cement tile floor.

 basement kitchen makeover bower power


Build this unique white and wood geometric pattern headboard with a tutorial at I Spy DIY.

 diy wood casing headboard


How cool is this woven leather stool, a unique and chic DIY project from Sugar & Cloth.

 woven stool diy


Build a simple picture ledge for display with a step by step spied over at The Merrythought.

 diy wood picture ledge merrythought