Featuring: RJones Designs
It's Day 4 of my first ever Man Spaces Week.
All week long I've been getting the same questions: Why have a Man Spaces Week? And what is so-called "masculine decor" anyway?
I've always loved the anchored look of masculine inspired rooms. Decor related topics are so often geared towards women. So why not change it up a bit? As for the second question, I'll break it down for you with a simple analogy.
Masculine interiors to me, are like a man's suit that has been precisely tailored; bold across the shoulders, gentle lines toward the waist creating an ideal inverted triangle, coupled by very subtle movement from often dense, shadowy fabric. Streamlined. Collected perfection. Today's guest, Ron Jones, translates this description into interior design masterfully.
Featuring: Donté Kelly
Welcome to Day 3 of my inaugural Man Spaces Week!
Monday's post had us in awe of the jet-set luxury lifestyle of Bloggers Boyfriend. Tuesday's coverage of Truefitt & Hill, a premier barber and perfumer, gave us a glimpse of royal service designed strictly for gentlemen.
Today's post takes us in a different direction. It is an engaging story of one man's journey into the world of interiors.
It will ground and inspire you. If you happen to see yourself in it, it may even stir your emotions. I encourage you to pull up a chair, a blanket and a hot cuppa sumthin' and"listen" as he recounts it for you himself.
Featuring: Truefitt & Hill
Nestled in the heart of the Financial District of Downtown Chicago lies a small place that seems to transport you back in time. Rich, well-worn mahogany leather chairs are exquisitely donned with antique nail head trim. Warm wood casings and heavy hunter green drapery hug corners of the walls and columns.
No blaring televisions can be found here. Instead, classical music plays in the background at a level just soft enough to make you forget it’s there; yet still sufficient to give you a foregleam of the experience that awaits you.
The quintessential helical striped barber’s pole is stationed in the front window. A clear indicator of the special craft that is practiced here. This is Truefitt & Hill, a premier traditional gentlemen's barber and perfumer.
Featuring: Bloggers Boyfriend
Do you remember the wildly popular Dos Equis commercial campaign which featured "The Most Interesting Man in the World?" I do . The advertisements featured an older, suave gentleman who spoke with a telling accent, while performing hilarious, fantastical feats in exotic settings.
I vividly recall watching these commercials and thinking "huh?" My husband on the other hand found them all-out entertaining. "What's the deal with this commercial?", I'd ask my husband, hoping that he would give me a different response each time. But his answer was always the same: "Every man wants to be 'The Most Interesting Man in the World', baby."
The thought of my husband imagining himself in such a role both tickled and frightened me. I just didn't get it. That is... until I stumbled across an Instagram account called Bloggers Boyfriend.
When I was planning my wedding many years ago I had all sorts of dreams about what it would include. Yes, the array of dresses, venues, and flower bouquets to choose from was mind blowing. And I wanted it all!
But it was my Papa who pulled me to the side and said, "You have to live after the wedding baby girl". Sage advice indeed.
Much like planning a wedding, the popular festivities that take place between late October to New Year's often cause people to forget about the rest of their lives. It is indeed easy to do. Hundreds of merchants set aside BIG marketing budgets and push hard to get us to spend our money with them. Why not use that to our advantage?
We are 7 days removed from reveal week of the Fall 2017 season of the One Room Challenge. Yet I am still in awe of the gorgeous spaces produced by the more than 200 other bloggers and designers!
So inundated I was with finishing my own space though, that I never fully got a chance to cheer on my "teammates". So I thought I'd do this first of many round ups to support them.
I hope you will be moved to show these gifted folks some love by visiting their blogs for more details.
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Readers of this blog might find this hard to believe. But I HATE spending money. Hate it. The irony however, is that I enjoy nice furnishings.
Sure, I also like having other fine goods. But the truth is, I don't care for spending the money to buy them. I'm a cheapskate. And you know what? I am not ashamed. Nope. Not one bit.
Why? It's because I know that being thrifty doesn't mean you or your home has to look the part.
Hence I'm always on the look out for ways to get that $600 item for 20 bucks or less. I mean, you saw how I duped that ridiculously expensive tribal necklace for less than $15 right?
ORC Week 7 of 7
Welcome to REVEAL WEEK of the Fall 2017 One Room Challenge! Many thanks to Linda from CallingItHome and media sponsor House Beautiful for hosting this challenge. Without it, many of the spaces of my home would probably never receive the attention they need.
Without a doubt, revamping this hallway proved to be more challenging than I ever imagined. But I couldn't be more proud of what we've accomplished here. This space is my spicy bowl of boom chakalaka. HA! My #stopandstaredecor. Every ounce of creativity I could muster has been poured into it.
So please grab a cuppa your favorite sumthin', sumthin' and linger in it a bit with me. I hope that you are as pleased with the results as I am.
ORC Week 6 of 7
We’ve reached what should technically be the last week of the One Room Challenge hosted by CallingItHome and media sponsor House Beautiful. And boy am I ever glad to have an extra week!
While my room is technically finished, I keep finding more things to tweak. This is final push week. Time to touch up paint, reinstall baseboards, and caulk. In addition to that, there’s still one more thing I have yet to do… Hang that DIY chandelier I shared with you last week.
The good news is that we finally decided on a color for the floor stain. But the final choice couldn’t be further away from the original plan. We chose white. Aye!
Where ever you are in your home right now, take a few moments to look around the room. Are there parts of the room that cause you frustration?
Perhaps it's a collection of random tchotchkes (trinkets) cluttering up your mantel. Or a pile of decor misfits setting in the corner. You've been meaning to take those items back to the store for weeks now. Yes, I've been there too.
Are you looking for new ideas for styling your home? If you're one who learns by watching others, you will enjoy this Friday's Fix. Today I'm giving you a little dose of decor eye-candy and inspiration from a few rising stars in the interior design world.
ORC Week 5 of 7
I've got exciting news to announce! Due to the number of participants affected in various ways by the recent onslaught of natural disasters, the host of the One Room Challenge has granted us a one-week extension. This means that more than 200 other bloggers and I now have 7 weeks to complete our rooms. How thoughtful, right?
This additional week gives me just enough time to pull off this last DIY that I just can't seem to stop DIY'ing. Has that ever happened to you? Better yet, have you ever completed a difficult project that made you proud— so proud that you questioned whether you would undertake it again? If so, you will fully understand this post.
Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Please make yourself comfortable, and let's get to know one another better.
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