MAN CAVE

DESIGN CHAT :: ENTERTAINING SPACES

Since the big Super Bowl 50 was this past weekend, it got us thinking of amazing entertaining spaces. Places to live, laugh, enjoy delicious food, drinks and company! 

This past summer we completed this pretty amazing Mantuary Retreat. Our client thoroughly loves the great outdoors, aviation and cars. So we took his inspiration and hit the ground running. 

Once what was a big boring concrete box in their newly constructed home, has turned into a warm and cozy environment, with lots of personality and intriguing elements to talk about.

Here is a photo tour of this comfy and enjoyable Mantuary Retreat:

Mixed leather tones, fabrics and patterns creating a warm space. The sandblasted concrete walls gracefully play with the tones in the art featuring fish.

Custom ceiling grids made of basket-weaved rope and wood, float through the entire space, concealing the exposed ceiling.  An industrial zinc bar counter creates a lively element of surprise and another feature to talk about.

Our client's personal taxidermy collection from wildlife sportsman adventures  fill the walls, and I'm sure great stories accompany them. 

Our client had quite a few creative ideas up his sleeve, he was inspired by an airplane wing, to create this vanity. We feel the result was amazing and so out of the box!

With so many note-worthy elements to chat about, it's hard to wrap it all up in one simple blog post. This project was truly one-of-a-kind and a lot of fun to work with the homeowners on. We hope that they enjoy many gatherings for years to come in their new space!

All photography by  Native House Photography  

All photography by Native House Photography 

DESIGN PROJECT:: CLOSE WITH NATURE

Every once in a while we get to be a little close with nature... today we are photographing one of our Mantuary (you know, a mancave) projects we just wrapped up.

I couldn't help but share this manly man, proudly hanging in the space. If a huge gator doesn't say Mantuary, I don't know what does...

So keep an eye out when we release the professional photos of this space, you will love it!

Happy Designing!

INSPIRATION :: A DIFFERENT TAKE ON THE IRISH PUB

Saint Patrick’s Day is around the corner and the holiday immediately brings a few images to mind, the color green and Irish pubs being some of them. Our glam inclination, however, has us dreaming not of the rustic, busy corners of dive bars but the way that other places have taken the charm and character from Irish drinking joints and translated them into more modern, sleek and clean designs.

Like this emerald hued space that makes you want to order a drink by the bar stat…

Or the award winning design for The Lost & Found bar that took the coziness of an Irish pub and made it way more elegant with modern lighting and seats.

How in this home, a vintage industrial bar cart in a basement man cave is just the right amount of unpolished along with an exposed brick wall leading up to it.

And how these super modern restaurants took the classic leather Irish pub booths and green velour fabric and made them so chic with variations. 

Very different from the classic St. Patty’s spots but just as inviting. Cheers!

DESIGN PROJECT: Mantuary

Man Cave (noun) :
     A part of a home specifically reserved for adult male activities such as drinking beer     playing games and watching TV often a garage or den.


Well, if you know me at all, I'm not really into sports, I try to get into it, understand the game, get excited for the team... but it just doesn't really happen for me. So you can understand my anxiety when I was asked to do a Man Cave... but I got my head in the game (pun intended) and I must say, I think I want a Man Cave for myself now. However, I'm not really a fan of the term "Man Cave" -- so I think I will use the term "Mantuary" here on out.

So this client, loves football (FSU specifically) and golf. And well -- anything sporty. His inspiration for his space was dark and moody and a place for the bros to hangout. So we got to work and I must say, I think we will be delivering just that!

This space will be full of dark woods, bricks and leather walls. Yes, you heard me right, leather walls. (I'm SO excited about that) Lots of manly fabrics, full of hounds tooth and big thick weaves for ottomans etc. Here is a look at our materials presentation:

We think this will be quite the luxurious Mantuary. A place to relax and be comfy but do it with style!

So we got to work on the floor plan. Taking out some walls, moving some plumbing to allow for a new bar and working on the layout for the theatre seating and fun gaming areas.

Theatre Area, Mantuary sketch by principal designer, Lisa

Comfy Seating Area, Mantuary sketch by principal designer, Lisa

Custom Bar Area, Mantuary Sketch by principal designer, Lisa

Are you as excited as we are? How about THAT bar?! We want to hang there, that is for sure. This space will be filled with millions of TV's (okay, well maybe not millions, but a lot!) A gulf simulator, bar area, lounge area and so much more.

We are looking forward to seeing this Mantuary project go underway and can't wait to keep you up to date, hey you might even catch me sporting a Bears jersey!