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I will be chatting later today in a couple of weeks (this just got re-scheduled) with Mark and Theresa of MyFixitUpLife.com on their regular Thursday live show. The topic: “Man Cave Bathrooms” and men taking back the bathroom–it should be a fun talk and if you feel like watching you can do so here at 1pm Eastern. So I’ve been looking at some bathrooms in order to prep for the show and found a few I wanted to share with you.

Materials Make the Man’s Bathroom

No matter what your opinion is of what I call Masculine Design, I think we can all agree that it starts with the choice of materials. My favorites, if you don’t know by now, tend to be concrete, metal, wood, and glass. These bathrooms showcase those materials really well:

This handsome bathroom marries ironwood and concrete to create refinement. | japanesetrash.com

This handsome bathroom designed by Brazilian architect Diego Revollo marries ironwood and concrete to create refinement. Wooden Venetian blinds, reflected in the unframed mirror, are a terrific choice.

Wood, stainless steel, tiled walls and a full-wall mirror make this bathroom a standout. | japanesetrash.com

Wood, stainless steel, tiled walls (that tile looks like honed marble to me) and a wall sized mirror make this bathroom designed by Paritzki & Liani Architects a standout.

Metal floor plate on the walls? Why not--if that's what suits your style. | japanesetrash.com

Arguably the most masculine of all finishes, metal floor plate line the walls of this bathroom designed by Andrea Michaelson Design. Used alongside this concrete sink and contemporary fixture, there’s a surprising rough elegance here.

Plywood sheets laid like huge subway tile plus a kick-ass concrete work sink make for a terrific bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

Plywood sheets laid like huge subway tile plus a kick-ass concrete work sink make for a terrific bathroom, designed by Shareen Joel Design.

Show Your Style

We all know materials can be used in a multitude of ways, so the other key component for masculine bathrooms is how you incorporate your particular style into the space:

This dark contemporary/industrial look is a winner for me. | japanesetrash.com

This dark contemporary/industrial style masculine bathroom by Marc&Co is a winner for me. Exposed brass plumbing, recessed lighting, concrete sink and matte black penny tile make a great look here.

Here my favorite elements--wood, concrete, steel--are combined to create a luxurious contemporary bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

Here my favorite elements–wood, concrete, steel–are combined by Chen+Suchart Studio to create a luxurious contemporary bathroom.

I could almost believe I was on a yacht from a century ago in this bathroom with its metal-clad walls. | japanesetrash.com

Is your style nautical? Take a look at this metal-clad bathroom with a large porthole window from Tongue & Groove. Masculine bathrooms don’t have to fall prey to boring or expected design.

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I decided I wanted to keep going with the idea of Industrial Chic this week and started doing some googling just to see what’s out there I might need to become aware of. Who knew Restoration Hardware had taken the concept of industrial chic so much to heart? It’s been a few years since I’ve been in one of their stores, and I have to say what I’m seeing online is making me want to go in for a visit some time soon.

I’m not going to pretend that I think what Restoration Hardware is doing is superfantastic, but I do think for a mass market furniture purveyor, they are showing a predilection for pushing the envelope. And some of the designs in their online look books are worth a double take. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:

Campaign trunk style bar from Restoration Hardware. | japanesetrash.com

I'm so pleasantly surprised by the industrial chic pieces I'm seeing from Restoration Hardware. | japanesetrash.com

Another GLAMasculine living room from Restoration Hardware. | japanesetrash.com

For me, this space is all about that chandelier--but the rest of the pieces are nice, too. | japanesetrash.com

Another offering from Restoration Hardware that has the campaign trunk influence. | japanesetrash.com

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