Apologies up front for all the overly styled–or weirdly empty, catalog-y pictures you’re about to see. I’ve got sofa shopping on the brain–it’s time for us to get a new one and I’m looking everywhere online, including Four Hands Home, to see if I can find something that will do what we need (more on that later) and look like I want it to.
Here’s the deal. We use our sofa a LOT. We’re on it all the time, almost always with our dog(s) (plural in parenthesis because while we currently only have one, we normally have more than one dog at a time). We’re guys and we’re not small. So we have a lot of needs: we need space, we need durability, we need comfort. Oh, and our current sofa–a two-piece sectional; each piece is approximately the size of a twin bed (really)–has a wide, low, rigid back and arms (perfect for the dogs to jump up onto, so this is something we like) and huge, long overstuffed, loose back cushions (which we’re constantly fighting with because they quickly become dog beds and don’t retain their shape, which is something we hate).
So… the list of needs is:
- low back and arms for jumping onto (for the dogs)
- tight back & bench seat / no loose cushions (for the dads)
Seems like there should be one more thing. Oh yeah: it better look good, like this one from Restoration Hardware.
No matter where I look, one option seems to stand out. You’re seeing it in both of the images above, and I think it’s a good start but I’m not convinced this style will ultimately be the winner. See, the arms and back might be too high (we default to smaller dogs). Maybe the dog(s) can learn to stroll around to jump up.
Then, of course, there’s always the factor of price to consider. Maybe Roger + Chris will give me a deal on this:
Maybe in another fabric. Probably in another fabric. I can kinda smell the cow dung from here.
Case in point, the new kitchen:
There are plenty of before shots, too, on his site (which is where the images came from, natch), but I’m much more focused on the afters. Those are customized Ikea cabinets, by the way. Helps that the guy used to build custom kitchens for a living.
Let’s take a closer look at those cabinets:
That photo was taken at an earlier phase of the project, before the floating shelves were added. The cabinet doors and drawer fronts are customized with walnut and the counters are-well, best you read for yourself here. I’ll just say this whole thing was quite a feat of ingenuity, skill, and aesthetic. I think my guycrush is warranted.
And now, the space in context:
Yep, the way the tone and feel of the wood carries through from the dining table to the cabinets–and the exposed roofing rafters, of course–is terrific. Note the sweet bar cart as well.
All in all, a great looking space, don’t you think?
Remodelista is in the midst of their now annual Considered Design Awards season and this edgy masculine bathroom is one of the contenders. It’s funny, in a lot of ways — almost every way, in fact — this is your standard upscale traditional bathroom space; what makes it appealing is that it has taken a bit of a turn toward the wild side with the inclusion of just a few pieces–all of which could be replaced to completely change the feeling in this space, if so desired.
The statement piece of this edgy masculine bathroom–the shooting target–is reflected in a simple & refined mirror flanked by a pair of industrial sconces. And there you have it: in one sentence I’ve summed up the elements that make this space extra-special: shooting target, refined mirror, industrial sconces. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the space has been executed with an undeniably talented eye–and we’ll look at those items as well, but it’s the target, mirror, and sconces that drew my attention. The Remodelista post identifies this as a mid-century mirror; to me it’s one of those timeless pieces that easily and effectively sets a stylish tone. The simple shape, refined finish of the woodgrain, and the brass corner guards all add up to provide a handsome profile. Flanked by sconces that bring a touch of the industrial to the space and placed on a field of masculine navy blue, this mirror says you’re in a guy’s bathroom.
A terrific use of tile on the shower floor plus marble in the tub surround are just two of the thoughtful design elements in this edgy masculine bathroom. I’m also a big fan of the side table next to the bathtub and the choice of a textured wall treatment behind that police target. The target is the kind of item that immediately sets this room apart. It’s what gives the design its edge, and it’s the single piece that if removed would completely alter the feeling here. While it’s not for everyone–and, sure, I’ve seen this kind of target used before–it’s such a surprise in an otherwise traditional space that it can’t be overlooked.
One more look at the space. I’d love to know what you think about this edgy masculine bathroom–is this the kind of look you’d like to have in your own home?
To see the other spaces nominated, take a look here at the Remodelista Considered Design Awards. Voting continues through August 8.
Dave Hime has a passion for (dark) color, texture, and great materials--all hallmarks of masculine design. He's an interior design consultant, speaker, and founder/curator of Japanese Trash, where he brings that passion into your world, your life and your home.
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