Your home should always be the back drop for you to showcase cool stuff! Here are some ideas to spark your creative juices, don’t be afraid to play around and see what feels good to you!
The always popular gallery wall– mix the mediums, sizes and shapes while unifying the subject mater, mats or frame color
Lean on me- Lean your pieces on window sills, fire places or the floor. This will add visual depth and interest to your room, also draw the eye up if you want to highlight a cool ceiling or light fixture.
Create a headboard– Use a large scale piece behind your bed to create a great focal point and add some drama!
Group ON- Hang mirrors in a grouping vertically to bounce light around the room and accentuate the size of the room * mirrors can mimic windows too if you are low on views
I can’t say I have ever met a man who does not want his own space.Whether it’s a shop, a shed or who knows what, they all seem to rejoice when they are in there! Today I am sharing my husband’s man den. While I definitely wanted him to have most ( I didn’t really want this but I know that I had to let him to be the nice wife I wish to be)of the input this space doubles as an overflow entertaining area when we have guests so I wanted it to at least flow with the rest of our (my) style throughout the house.
Here I will share my Top 5 Tips!
Particulars:This space was an unfinished basement so with drywall,flooring, paint to every single detail in the room the investment was just under $14,000. The total square footage is 340 bringing it in at roughly $40 per square foot.
1- Choose durable finishes! We went with a commercial grade laminate flooring but added an extra layer of underlay for added warmth in winter & a good ole Costco rug to catch any spills. Dark laminate counters to hide a multitude of sins on the wet bar as well as a black granite under mount sink to keep any messes hidden! Add extra insulation for noise barrier if your TV is going to be loud on game night. This room mirrors a furnace room so we wanted all noise from that blocked as well as any flow to my office past that.
2. Do not cheapout on your bar/wine fridge. Do not. There is a huge difference in quality on these and for the few hundred dollar difference from an average one to a good to great one-it is worth it.Cheap ones a). don’t keep things cool and b). are noisy!
3. Don’t be afraid of custom orders. We wanted a 7 ft real wood bar table. Could not find one in our vibe so I did some snooping and found Daniel Nelson from DriftwoodWorks and we Facebook-ed back and forth until we found our grain and stain of choice and he had the table fabricated and a matching Dart Board Wall shipped to us in less than 3 weeks for $1000 both pieces!
4. Save where you can. We wanted a new couch and seating BUT real life took over and that is on the back burner so we used our old sectional and I dressed her up in easily cleaned throw pillows and blankets.We also decided to cut the cabinetry cost in halfbut not doing upper bar cabinets. We had glass shelves made from a local glass company with special mounts that can hold a lot of liquor weight.
5. Show who you are! My husband loves the outdoors, sports, and likes to entertain. We are both big kids at heart so the space is full of nods to all those things.
At the end of the day we ended up collaborating on a space that works for him and a space that I am not embarrassed about having to show guests- a true #WIN! We set our budget at the start and I am happy to say we hit our target. When we disagreed on any decisions I quickly moved on and showed him other options instead of sticking on anything and creating a “scene”. A true collaboration which is what life is all about!
Details are noted under the photos
Old Black Betty is hanging in there for a few more years! I
Seating for 6+
A Removable Tray top makes this piece a perfect indoor/outdoor server or snack porter:) It is from Walmart- $99
Welcome to the Man Cave
Custom Table iron worked with room for your feet. It is the perfect height for extra seating to watch a big game
3 stools in heather grey are super easy to clean. $99 bucks each from Sears.
The stain used on the table cleans easily and isn’t too dainty that you need coasters
Music, Travel and Hockey all represented here
The room is one big square essentially so I wanted a round table to improve the flow and found this one from Pier One for $480 and the handy side table that can be picked up and moved around as needed for $80 at Home Sense. The UGG Australia Throw is bananas and SO cozy, best 80$ you will EVER spend.
We framed up some of Roman and I’s favorite things: Big Cats, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Lyrics to a favorite Beatles Song & a photo of him fishing in Costa Rica. Great memories and inspiration belong everywhere!
Sit a while and pour a drink!
We chose light blocking cellular blinds since we get a lot of natural light in here during summer days.
Decanter with Crown is a must in this house. Antler was sourced from our garage! Pillows from Portfolio Interiors here in Kamloops at about $40 a piece and the decanter & marble server we both less than $15 again at Home Sense
We had this funky bulk head to deal with but at the end of the day it buffers the surround sound and adds to the focal point of the 65 inch LG 4K on the wall (not pictured)
This bad boy is 3.5 ft wide and 6 ft tall and is perfect for game night!
50$ shelf from Home Sense houses poker chips, cards, darts and SNACKS for movie nights.
We are currently waiting on a custom media shelf- real life doesn’t rush for photos apparently! I ordered the TV from Amazon it was here in less than 24 hours, is 65inch at was $1800
Seating for game day. Chairs wipe clean easy and tuck in under the custom table.
The wet bar is 9ft in total and MIL installed the backsplash for us:) The cabinets were made by Home depot as was theh laminate counter. We had a local installer put in both for under $300
Urban Barn had this great fish canvas and the standing moose, that I knew would be perfect. $300 for both
All accessories are sturdy and can survive drops, smashes and crashes- All these are Home Sense!
Framed Rolling Stone autographs and a Warhol print are touches personal to Roman.
Good old wooden sign goodness
I used a ship style mirror as a Tray to pull together a few nods to nautical in the room and we mounted INTO a stud the bottle opener.
Flooring is Arctic Ice from Costco. The guitar was a gift and all accessories are from Home Sense.
Records always ready to spin for guests. The bar sink and faucet are Delta and the combo was about $600. The bar fridge is a Kenmore dual temp with cedar shelving. $800
Wooden tic tac toe game, $40 from Home Sense.
100$ Marquee BAR lights- Bed Bath and Beyond
20$ Chalkboard sign to change up the seasonal signature drink
Ah the home office! Friend or Foe? I say F R I E N D. First off, if you have a dedicated space for this in your house-yay you! You are already winning. The trickery comes if you don’t set it up for functionality. The office has to work for you not just make you look functional, otherwise your mess will inevitably end up on your kitchen table or worse….in bed with you!
This is my home office, after a few different layouts I found what works for me. The room is 12×13 and I spent about $2000 on it, or $12.80 per sq ft if you are counting. It was simply decor & styling my vision at a decent price point.
Here I share my Office Edit’s:
The work flow is #1. Cut down time looking for things. Do you just sit and type? Ok cool, but if you type, print, file some stuff, need coffee every 15, then set yourself up to have all of that handy. In ARM’s length if at all possible. It will cut down on you getting side tracked.
Desk Dilemma. I Love love love love love cool writing desks. LOVE EM! However it isn’t 1890 and we all have CORDS. Ugly cords and a lot of them. If this will send you bananas like it does me, get a desk that will hide them at least a bit. Yes, you can zap strap them close to legs and run them under rugs etc but they will still be in eyesight. So pick a style that will work with your Desk-losophy or you will be in cord hell.
Check Yo Lights– Make sure you have ample lighting to work. One overhead might not be enough, task lighting such as a desk lamp will save your eyes and you can find tons of cool ones. Then check your natural light and how it flows in the room. If you have dreamed of your eastern facing desk watching the sun rise as your write your novel you may soon find that the light pours in until 2pm and you can hardly see. Top down bottom up window coverings are a great solution for that!
Storage Wars. Do you need to hide unsightly files or paperwork? Will it bother you if you have to look at piles of paper? Once you know your comfort level you can build your style out around that.
If for some reason you are not wired up correctly or don’t have enough juice to run all your devices you should sort that out STAT. You will want your main work station close to the J U I C E.
I like all my needs to be within reach: Pencils, Stapler, Printer, Phone Charger. My chair is an acrylic piece from London Drugs of all places and my desk although not my # 1 choice has a huge built in File cabinet. It is from Staples and was $300.
I love to sit in my chair and have a coffee and read my design books. This chair was a 50% off find at Urban Barn and came in under $300-which is great because it’s main use is as a cat post. The round printed Ottoman has storage inside and is from the same collection as my side table and 2 teal cabinets. The print makes me happy. The huge pouf from Pier 1 to put my feet up on, it was on sale for $120.
Easy DIY Shelves that house favorite memento’s. These are pine and white washed with leftover baseboard paint & installed on some jazzy brackets that are $14 each. I keep my nana’s key chair, a framed Liz Taylor Warhol reproduction and some favorite reads.
I really loved these cases from Target and they were $200 each. They house all my unmentionables (BILLS) and treasured books. I bought glam mirrored frames to make a Gallery Wall and will slowly add to it over the years as memories roll in. These are Pottery Barn, bought on sale for $150 all in.
The side table houses my cards, one of my file folders from Chapters and favorite photo of my niece. Underneath are stacks of Magazines.
My trusty office mate, Boss. This room was painted by the builder and I decided not to change it as it matches the entry way and it would have been more of a racket than I was willing to do at that time so I had a painter paint stripes on a feature wall to add some of my personality. It took her 1 hour and was less than $100 as we used left over baseboard paint. My window is huge, 70 inches wide. So far I have escaped needing a treatment but when it is time I am going for a Roman Shade, girly but elegant. I will start saving for that baby now!
Beside my lap top is a removable tray with all my easy grabs. I also use the tray to bring myself snacks more than I should admit- It came with a matching side table from Target for $140. The pencil holder was a vase from my Wedding. I like things around me to spark happy thoughts. & make me feel good.
These file folders are NINE bucks each! Tons of style and if I need to take one with me for a client I look like I have it all together.
Cheap white boxes house messy bits and these are 2 dollars from Micheal’s.
My Sunday morning spot, complete with the best DKNY cable throw.
My desk top. For a laminate desk the look of the “wood” grain is decent enough to give a quality effect.
Never a shortage of Roses in my house. They remind me of my Nana so to me they will never not be part of my style.
Costco 60$. WIN. It was also the 1st thing we put in ourselves in our home so it makes me smile.
Behr Perfect Taupe
Behr Cloud White
I love my Epson 5530 Printer/Scanner-and it was a wedding gift of all things so yay! It runs around $100
Function meets Style, 2 must have ingredients for a home office
I turned this 5th bedroom in my own home into a dedicated workout and yoga room. The room is 168 sq ft and came in at $3500 or roughly $22 a square foot #score. This includes drywall,paint and flooring.
I wanted a calm, cool and collected vibe…almost minimal but still with delicate details.
The Edits to know:
1.The room had already been dry walled with a closet opening and instead of taking that framing out we kept it in for resale value. Closet doors can easily be added if our needs change.
2. Because there are no site lines or neighbors behind us I left the windows un-treated to allow the window to act as a constantly changing piece of art work and it matches the minimal vibe I was after and I am so glad I didn’t clutter it up!* it did make the room hard to photograph though!
3. I Added gym underlay beneath the laminate floor for cushioning these old joints! It is cheap to do so why not?! And less of a tripping hazzard than gym mats if you have rug rats working out with you- I don’t but it is a good to know tip!
4. I made sure to select a light with a disbursement shade on the bottom. When you need the light on in early winter mornings you don’t want the bulbs staring you in your eyeballs- crunching is bad enough as it is!
View the gallery to read tidbits on the details
Pinterest Workouts clipped to the board #motivation
I got the TV for FREE from Telus with our contract #yahoo and This handy little white board lets me X or Y my workout days.
Adjustable weight bench is a must, this one was $200 from Rocky Mountain Fitness. Towels and Gloves also a must!
I loved the roses on this big canvas print and all the colors can be found outside the window and in the room. Another $40 Home Sense Find
I got this Nordic Track Treadmil on sale for $1200 & that is what you can expect to pay for a decent one. One simple towel hook is all I need in here.
I collect Buddha’s and buy or receieve one to mark special times in my life. The weight stacker is from Amazon-$40! And Blue Foam Roller: I hate you
Simple Floating Shelves- $40 each from Home Depot. I keep my indoor only shoes up top, Beautiful digital photo reminding me I will be on a beach so push myself to get that sweat on! My mala beads & crystals for meditation, books and a Quote that keeps it all in perspective.
Even a home gym needs a gym bag: I always keep my Yoga bag packed to grab easy if I am heading to a “real” class. This room is off my laundry room so when I come back in I throw clean stuff in and dirty stuff up. It actually never goes upstairs!
This is simple in design but the mosaic detail is subtle glam I am always after. $250 from The Lampost here in Kamloops
Behr Atmosphere White- Walls. The Trim is Behr Cloud White