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Friday, July 17, 2015

Time to Man Up - Creating a Masculine Bedroom

This year is going to be a year of bedroom reshuffling for our family. My twin boys turned 13 and still share a bedroom. It has worked pretty well up until now but I think that the time has come for them to move into their own spaces. This means that they will need to move into the 2 slightly smaller bedrooms that my older 2 sons currently occupy, my middle son will move into the twins' bigger bedroom and my oldest son, who is in his final year of high school, will move into the downstairs guestroom which has its own dressing room and en suite bathroom. I'm already exhausted just thinking about it!

We have a slight problem though - my eldest son is somewhat reluctant to move into the guest room. - I think he is battling to see past the room's current decor which is somewhat feminine. He can't picture himself surrounded by toile and pretty china. And so he shouldn't...after all he is only 18. That is something he might have to put up with with when he is someone's husband one day. For now ... we will let him have a masculine space!

In my quest for inspiration to show my son how we could turn this room into a space that he (and I) could live with, I came across some masculine bedrooms that really appealed to me and I thought they might appeal to you too.

I am leaning toward a fairly neutral colour scheme of stone or grey, maybe with a touch of blue. Stripes are always a good option for a masculine space.

As this will be the room the he will occupy until he leaves home, I think more sophisticated than boyish is the way to go. If he lives away from home while at university, it would be useful to have a room that could double up as a guest room on occasion as well.

For curtains, I think the eyelet style has a strong, masculine feel and while I was thinking about a plain linen, the curtains below with the broad band of grey, look so great I might have to reconsider.

He will need a desk and while I would love something simple like the ones above and below...

....I think he is leaning toward something more "executive looking" like this..

..or this.

It would be nice to have a comfy chair and ottoman in the corner where he could relax and escape from his younger brothers. While I would love this leather version, I don't think my budget will stretch that far so perhaps linen or wicker will be the answer.

He will also need a place to store his books and files. I love these open shelves....



....but, while my son has many wonderful qualities, neatness is not one of them. It might be safer to go for a glass fronted or solid wooden cupboard instead.

 Finally, a rug to give the room a warmer feel. Do I play safe and go for coir or seagrass or opt for a patterned version to make more of a statement? 


So many decisions to make.....

The only thing that I have neglected to take into account and I know the question will be asked..... Where is my Chelsea flag going to go?  Oy vey!!
Till next time

Sharon x

Image source:  1. Primer, 2. My own, 3. Pinterest, 4. Primer, 5. Pinterest, 6. Pinterest, 7., 8. 9. Kind Design, 10. Kind Design, 11. Kind Design, 12., 13. House to Home UK, 14. Primer, 15. Restoration Hardware, 16. Home Interior Ideas, 17. Digs Digs, 18 Houzz, 19. Restoration Hardware, 20. A Well Dressed Home,  21. House to Home UK, 22, 23 & 24. Google Images, 25. Ballard Designs, 26, Beaumont Interiors, 27. Google Images, 28 Pinterest, 29., 30 - 33 Unknown, 34. Google Images

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What's new....

I get inundated with emails from retailers asking me to blog about new products that are about to be launched, or new promotional campaigns. I tend not because I don't want to bombard my readers or turn my blog into a merely commercial site and I am often not particularly excited by the products themselves. Today, however, I am excited. Firstly NetDecor has added a new furniture range to their online store which really does appeal to me. It is a beautiful collection and I am definitely adding a few of these to my wish list! If you want to know more, or want to buy any of these gorgeous items, visit NetDecor here.

Secondly, Cotton On, that fabulous shop where all our teenagers buy their clothes, have collaborated with another iconic Australian brand, Mark Tuckey, to create a homewares collection that makes modern and effortless design accessible and fun for everyone.

Launching online on Friday 3 July 2015 and in select Cotton On stores from Wednesday 8 July 2015, the collection is Cotton On's first foray into the homeware market.

The collection features beautifully designed pieces for various areas of the home categorised by Eat, Drink, Relax, Store, Bathe and Sleep. The range includes bed linen, cushions, blankets and throws, wooden serving bowls, platters, ceramic storage jars and mugs, wooden chopping boards and general storage vessels.

Take a look at these gorgeous advertising pictures and I guarantee you will be shopping there alongside me!


The collection will be available online at from Friday 3 July 2015 and in select Cotton On stores in South Africa from 8 July 2015. The stores include: Eastgate, Gateway, Sandton, Canal Walk, Pavilion, Cresta, Cavendish, Clearwater, Brooklyn, Rosebank and V&A Waterfront

Till next time

Sharon x