Operation masculine rustic sexiness for my rec room…

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I know. That’s a lot of styles for one area but I have made up my mind and I want the basement area to have all of that. I want to stir away from any girly items that you will find elsewhere in my home. I want it to feel moody and regal, sexy like a cocktail lounge, but edited and purposeful like a modern bachelor pad. I want there to be rustic elements and raw materials like wood and metal. I want pieces I would put in a loft present. Again, that’s a lot but that’s what I want.

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I have black leather sofas in the living room that’ll eventually make their way to the rec room…

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I have recessed lighting down there but I do like the caged pendant look. You can never have too many light sources…

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This is really the only area I want wood items in my home. I bought a studded wood framed mirror from AtHome that I will eventually hang. The wood matches perfectly with a floating ledge I bought at Menards. I also will keep an eye out for some metal and wood bar stools for bar.

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I have a trunk that I was going to paint and place in my office but have decided to use it in the rec room as a side table…

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One wall is a deeper blue hue which will likely get changed. I haven’t given much thought about paint. I know I want it to feel modern but not too dark. Gray is always a good choice for that…

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Have you priced pool tables lately? I didn’t realize how expensive the are. I want one but no time soon.. .

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I like decorating in 3s for a really modern look….

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I know I used this image before but I have been keeping eyes open for cushions. I flipped two bookstands on their sides to use as seating in the mean time. I just want to place some long cushions on top. I would love some camel hued seating somewhere down there.

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As far as rugs, apart of me wants something very plush and another part of me wants a faux cowhide like the ones at Z Gallerie but I’m undecided.


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So many details…

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I hope this week makes up for it. Starting off with some gorgeous Chicago home tours that offer grand formal rooms, beautiful construction and details to architecture. The rooms have a lot of character in the moldings and pillars to the ceiling designs. Some have weathered walls, gorgeous lacquered woodpaneling (like the picture above) and lots of plush upholstery and rugs. Nothing makes a home feel homey and comfortable than plush textures like velvets, cashmere and silk. I hope you enjoy…

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Now if this isn’t a good use of space, I don’t know what is. How perfect to use a narrow area for built-ins deep enough to store books. You can have your own little library. The fixtures and that rug stand out for me…

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These are the weathered walls I spoke of. How beautiful. There are so many other alternatives to give a room color than paint and wallpaper…

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I notice the repeated use of hexagon rugs and I like it. Love these drawer handles…

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To see the rest of this home tour, click here.

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A dark ceiling works when the walls are kept light and there is a lot of natural lighting. This tour has an emphasis on art where sculptures are displayed on pedestals and one wall has only one art piece….

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Here is another home that has a lot of patterns and color but a simple black and white kitchen palette.

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This console table is slick. I can see this being an IKEA diy project for a small table using wallpaper or even snakeskin textured duct tape…

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Luxurious and grand…

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Hello! I am doing a voice text blog post since I am still recovering from Wednesday’s hand surgery. I am supposed to keep my hand elevated so it’s a good thing I always have my phone in my hand. I came across this living room on Pinterest and it linked back to a page that I can’t translate. I’m not sure if all of the images are from the same home or hotel but they are all beautiful. I love when a really spacious room is filled with the right scaled furniture and artwork…

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Fabulous Wedding Dance Floors….

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I love the idea of renting vintage dressers and creating open shelving so ladies can have a spot to put their heels before hitting the dance floor…
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In conjunction with that, providing flip flops for guest to change shoes for dancing is a cool idea. This is a favor that guest would really get use out of after the wedding…

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While we are on fabulous floors….

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I had to showcase some interiors too….

{Images via Amber Interiors, J Randall Powers, Evars & Anderson, Christopher Stark, Margot Guralnick, Bridal Guide Mag, The Knot, Belle the Mag, Jasmine Star Photography, Matt Blum Photography, Sarah & Ben, & Wish Vintage Rentals}


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Transom windows…

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I was watching HGTV last night on dvr and learned something new. The architectural horizontal window above other windows and doors are called transom windows. Usually there is some sort of beam between them. Some offer extra ventilation while keeping the room/home secure since they are so high up and small, one wouldn’t be able to get in from outside. Others offer extra light and sometimes you will see stain glass or ornate decorative window panes for the transom window…

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Now when it comes to drapery, I like the idea of hanging the rod under the transom window to allow privacy…

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Some people put sheer valances on that part of the window…

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If you have transoms over room entrances, you can always hide them…

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Do you like this added characteristic of a home?

{Images via pink peonies, birmingham home & garden, dust jacket, patrick baty, pretty little world & Christian Garibaldi}


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Lucite bathroom hardware and fixtures…

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I love the fluid and glam result you can get by using acrylic materials. I think in my condo, for at least one bathroom, I would like to update the rods etc to lucite options.
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Hardware are details and jewels of rooms and when dealing with a small area of space like a powder room, you can most likely afford to make updates with higher end or quality materials as it will be much cheaper than doing a kitchen.

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Another reason I like hardware updates: they are not exclusive to homeowners. Renters can also remove hardware and change out old ones to fit their personality. Just simply replace the old ones when you move. It’s tedious but if you plan to stay put for some years, you might as well make it your own as best as you can…

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Beverly Hills Interior Designer Roxy Sowlaty

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Roxy Sowlaty is an interior designer who shares beautiful snippets of her home on instagram as well as modern designs on her website. She opened her own firm after getting her masters in interior design specializing in high end residential projects. Then she launched an online do-it-yourself interior design website and home goods product line. Here are my favs of her work.

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