Posts Tagged ‘mood board’

Decorating Your Man’s Cave (Man Cave Make-Over)

I have been asked by Alex, a community manager for Man Crates to come up with a post highlighting some items one could gift to a guy who is looking to decorate his new man cave. By the way, Man Crates is a new US-based company that ships awesome gifts for men in custom wooden crates that he has to open with a crowbar! It ships internationally but, of course, it won’t be cheap. I wish they would open a store in the Philippines. I would totally repurpose those adorable crates!

Anyway, as we are all probably aware of, most guys aren’t into decorating. My husband, for example, would find a room sufficient as long as it has a sofa, a table and some mismatched chairs for his friends to sit on. He probably wouldn’t even bother painting the walls or buy proper lighting fixtures. You might even mistake it for a storage room!1412603431252If we ever had an extra room in the house, that is after I have my own craft room and home gym (hehe!), this is the way I would decorate a man cave. I’d really love to play around with texture in this room. I would love to make it look modern-rustic like an old-world tavern because it will make the men feel like they are in another place, sort of like an escape from home. Who wouldn’t want that? Haha!

The idea is to keep it as low maintenance as possible because I know most men would rather have that room exclusively theirs. No girls allowed, yea? So, design-wise, I think it is best to keep the furniture to a minimum, have a low maintenance rug and lots and lots of storage to hide those manly clutter!

Below are some of my man cave gift suggestions:

Man Cave Essentials

  1. Leather Sofa – Leather gets better with age and can withstand beverage spills and salsa splatters.
  2. Chest-Type Coffee Table – To keep furnishings to a minimum, they have to be of more than one function. This coffee table can store magazines, DVDs, books and random knick knacks.
  3. Hammered Mugs – How fun it would be to drink your beer the old-fashioned way? Hehe! Plus, since it’s not glass, no more risk of breaking it.
  4. Wooden Chip Bowl with Dip Holder – Guys may be careless (well, umm, most of them, I think) so, wood is much more durable the ceramic ones.
  5. Dart Board – Yes, I know. How stereotypical! But it has a cover so you wouldn’t have to know it’s a dart board especially if you DIY the front part into a wall art.
  6. A Huge Reclaimed Solid Wood Buffet – It might be pricey, but it sure will last for generations. This can be placed under the wall-mounted TV to store the video player, game consoles, etc.
  7. A Canvas/Leather Pouf – It provides extra seating and a place to put his feet up while watching the game. Again, it has to be dirt-resistant.

Throw in some black and white throws and a plain red colored one for some accent and a couple of low maintenance plant and the man cave now has some slick style!

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Gutsy me: Dressing Up a Condo

My poor blog has been ignored for quite some time now and I blame it to never-ending graphic design projects. Not that I’m complaining. I really thank my clients for trusting me. But as the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. Thankful still.

Aside from the projects that kept me busy, this one has been keeping me away from my blog too.

After designing a public restroom, I am now bravely trying my hand on actual interior design. Such guts do I have! Hehe! Well, I love furniture shopping and all those hours spent surfing the net for beautiful interiors should better be put to use so I volunteered myself to decorate my sister-in-law’s condo unit.

Here are the mood boards that I did for quick style and color reference. Most of the furniture are custom-made to include much-needed storage. This includes the sofa, ottoman, built in breakfast nook, beds, closet, floating shelves and even the dining table.

I’m also trying to learn Google Sketch up to help me accurately plan the space. There’s so much to do and learn and I’m loving every minute of it!

Interior decorating is definitely no joke. When I do graphic layouts such as brochures and web interface, there’s not much numbers (measurements) involved except for the paper size or template size. But in interior design, I can’t just sketch a table and hand it to the carpenter. I have to do the actual measurements (well, not actual-actual. My husband does that.) But the best part is shopping! Even if I have to tackle Divisoria for the cheapest fabric, it is just all so worth it!

You might be wondering why I have such guts to do something that isn’t exactly my profession. Well, I’m a Fine Arts grad majored in Advertising Design. And since Interior Design is a Fine Arts major, I had also taken probably half of their curriculum. Right now, I’m trying to recall perspective and mechanical drawing while I’m still learning Sketchup. I just need to get more familiar with the principles and trends in interior design.

So that’s it for now. You will be seeing more of this project, I promise. Good luck on me pulling this off!


Workplace Upgrade

Happy rainy and windy Monday everyone! It is Monday again and my 30-day challenge is almost up in less than 3 weeks. It had been raining really hard earlier and because of this, our carpenter didn’t come to work today. I’m already starting to accept defeat. The ground floor would be impossible to finish by the first week of July so I guess I would have to settle with fixing the living room/workplace first. So while he’s out, I have to make myself useful…

Here’s the progress so far. See how chaotic everything is? I want clean, well-organized look. I hate clutter especially those bunch of rolled blue prints (sorry, hubby!)

I have to get rid of that useless window which only functions as dust gatherer and turn it into something more useful and visually appealing.

I need storage space, lots of it and a place to hide those messy-looking rolls. So that window is going to be an alcove shelf. Here’s the mood board I created to help me execute my plan.

The desk has to be times two, one for me and one for my husband. We have to use our existing desk though but hey, this is a mood board, right? I can use whatever I like… afterall, our desks are white too. The lamp I just love but I’m not sure if I would still use a lamp. I’m planning to hang 2 pendant lamps instead. The wicker box is another love. It can hold a whole lot of junk and of course I need something else for the blue prints and my paper boards as well.

Are you familiar with that blue chair? Perhaps this would help you recognize it.

Still not? Let me do the honor. You can find this chair in Dimensione under the name ‘Daphne chair’. Yes, the Daphne Osmena herself has a furniture and linen line. When I saw this last Saturday in Dimensione BHS, I knew I have to have it. BUT, there’s no way, I’m repeating it, NO WAY, I’m paying P15,000 for a single chair! Besides, I want the seat to be cushioned. Watch out Daphne, I’m going to make a Michelle Chair. My edge–cushy on the butt!

I don’t why I’m starting to have a thing for victorian style chairs… hmmm…