Since my post a couple of months ago on masculine decor got such a great response, I have decided to write a “Part Deux” on the subject, and also feature a great store in New York City called “Mantiques”. Ingenious name!
Here is some of the macho-classic decor they sell…
19th Century bronze lion’s head
Animal motifs are very man-chic. It’s a way for them to say that if they lived in the early 19th century, they could have been an adventurer back when Hemingway epitomized the classic macho man.
This vignette puts the theory into context. This room by Robert Passal is very masculine-sexy with the animal motifs used in contrast with the romaticized nudes on the wall. It definitely gives you the sense that this man has interests beyond football and beer, and that is a beautiful thing!
Another Mantiques treasure and archetypal “manccesory” is the telescope. It again goes back to wanting to be that free spirited adventurer, rather than just “Bob in accounting”.
Ah, the gun. A perfect expression to the world that there is nothing emasculate about its owner, and I so prefer it as a mounted piece of art rather than tucked inside your nightstand.
STEEL AND STUDS:
Antique steel studded safe. SO SEXY!
Steel Michelle Boyer table, also sexy!
Thinking YOU are a stud, NOT SEXY!
Sexy Masculine Interiors:
Comfortable, sophisticated, and clean strong lines. A perfect specimen.
David Hick’s apartment. Sexy! The neutrals make a masculine interior timeless!
This interior has some feminine touches like the French Baroque chair, but the neutrals and the black and white detailing on the walls accentuating the architecture is definitely a masculine aesthetic.
A sexy man loves to read and books make a great accessory! Miles Redd exemplified this here in his master bedroom. I like how they are just sort of unkempt, like he was browsing through them and didn’t put them back yet. It shows he actually does read them!
The very Man-Chic library at the Hudson Hotel in NYC.
Notice the HUGE metal light fixture (another example of their love affair with steel). This is what I wish most men defined as a “mancave”. However, their definition looks more like this…
All hail the flatscreen! The funny thing is, that if you show these guys what a masculine, sexy room could look like, they DO like it! They just can’t do it themselves.
(Thank god we are here to help! )
Getting them to read something other than Sports Illustrated, or to wear something that actually fits like it’s suppose to, or even to take the trash out without being asked…well, that’s another story, just try to remember, it’s not going to happen overnight. It takes YEARS! My husband still has about five years left on his (my) plan, but we are making GREAT progress! Ten years in and he can now pick up after himself (no heavy cleaning though), he puts the toilet seat down about 80% of the time now, and he can even put his clothes away by himself (even if it takes a few days), but the point is, we ARE making progress!
Baby steps, baby steps! Good luck ladies!