Manning Up

I’ve long had a thing for leather headboards (especially the visually rich cognac and brown varieties), so when this photo was published in the most recent Lonny, the love affair was ignited all over again. And then, Julie over at Julip MADE published a great round-up of masculine bedrooms, and it was decided: I’m definitely drawn to clean, masculine rooms versus ornately decorated or overly feminine ones. Maybe this is Joe’s influence — it’ll be a cold day in hell before I could ever decorate our bedroom with pink accents!

For me, there’s something about the balance of beautiful, crisp linens, with a strong, dark wall or a sturdy headboard. The masculine bedroom can be at once spa-like, romantic, cozy, or even ethnically influenced, based on whatever accents and patterns are chosen. I think it’s also important that the room get good natural light, so it’s not too cavernous. I love elements of each of these rooms…

…and I for sure could live in the last three!

When it comes to design, what masculine elements are you drawn to?


{Image Credits: Lonny Magazine; High Street Market; Pinterest; Fashion Chalet; High Street Market; Lonny Magazine; Lonny Magazine; From Me To You}

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  1. 7.12.11

    The second image is my favorite. It’s the perfect balance of masculine and feminine. Plus, the headboard is absolutely gorgeous! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

  2. 7.12.11

    I would never think of a leather headboard fitting my aesthetic, but that second one is really crisp, I love the warm cognac color

  3. 8.13.11

    Haha, I think Kevin wishes I felt the same way about girly accents in the bedroom. Although recently I’ve found myself gravitating more towards the masculine touches, I think because it speaks to my love of all things equestrian. That warm cognac color also reminds me of my first saddle that I spent hours and hours babysitting to be able to afford, so definitely a look I love!