Marrying Masculine and Feminine Styles in your Home

With just wrapping up Father’s day I thought it would be the perfect time to chat about how to include your man’s interior style into your home. Yes, even the guy who is notorious for wearing his black socks with his crocs while mowing the lawn can have a say too.

Listen ladies and gents, roles are changing in the home. Men are now staying home and raising the children while Mama brings home the turkey bacon. Or maybe both partners are out working to make ends meet. Modern Dads are very involved and rightfully so. We need our dad’s. We need their bad jokes, hugs, logic, grilling skills, great advice, and support. Why are we not including them into the decorating of the home you share?  The constant battle of the sexes ultimately seems to happen when trying to blend two different styles into the home but fear not. I have found this to be a common roadblock with my clients but with surprisingly easy solutions. I hear your concerns and I am here to help.

I have put together some great examples of rooms that successfully combined masculine and feminine style with some helpful tips to achieving this for your shared space.

image: Design Sponge
Sometimes it’s about compromise: Blue is typically a color both men and women agree on. This dining room has all the elements of a masculine approach. Clean lines, heavy wood table, dark navy blue wall, hide rug, and metals. However, this space offers many feminine traits. The soft luxurious look of velvet, the colorful artwork popping off the blue wall. The timeless look of gold and vase filled with fresh flowers.

Maybe I am lucky and have been surrounded by men with great taste, or maybe I am biased because I personally tend to lean towards masculine styles. But seriously what’s not to like?…

Dark moody walls set against luscious velvet green tufted furniture. The pops of red and pink are a fun way to add a feminine touch to soften the space.

Masculine style is sexy, moody, sophisticated, minimal, and clean lines. Its animals, leather, wood, metals, plaids, tweed, tufting, and dark colors. Introducing a few of these examples will not only add a nice balance to a soft feminine look but will make the hubs feel like he lives there as well. Life is all about balance and that includes the decor in your humble abode.

If you are a fan of the show New Girl like I am, a quote from S01E17 Nick Miller describes it best when it comes to masculine style.

Image: Juliette Interiors
“I just came in here and it smelled like Shakespeare — if Shakespeare were a damn cowboy — and a hawk’s nest and boat fuel and cigars and bourbon. Man stuff!”

Display and accessorize with what you both love. Example: my husband is an outdoors man and has collected some really cool items along the way. I am not saying I want a full wall of dead animals staring directly into my soul but a few conversation pieces are definitely encouraged. If you look above the walkway you will see a snakeskin bow my husband picked up from an artizen in Hannibal, MO. It makes for a great conversation piece that adds texture and something that fills in the gallery wall space perfectly.

Image: MBR Domestic Styling
Notice the deer head on the black and gold graphic wall. My husband and I found the skull while on a hike at my in-laws Ranch. We painted it with high gloss white to add as interesting wall art.
Our rustic dining table was a project husband and I worked on together. We were in desperate need of a dining room table with a very small budget to work with. Luckily my father in law saved the flooring from a hundred old year tobacco barn on one of his properties. The tongue and groove oak wood is the perfect juxtaposition against the tufted red chairs.

In our home it’s 100/100 as far as decisions made for our family and I love it. The pressure is not all on me to take care of the house, kids, pets, bills, etc. Asking your partner what they do and do not like can go a long way in your relationship. To me it shows a mutual respect, inclusiveness, and you are on your way to creating a home that represents the life you are building together.

Added bonus: I have put together a mix of masculine and feminine items for a living room just for you. All photos have direct links to purchase any or all that tickle your fancy.

An Ear-resistible Guide to Easter Table Setting

I can honestly say I have never truly decorated a table for Easter dinner before. At least, never the way my Grandma Emmie ever did. Grandma Emmie was Martha Stewart before Martha was Martha. In my most recent project, I was surrounded by my clients grandmother’s timeless pieces. Antique dining room furniture, china, and waterford crystal brought back memories of my own childhood at Grandma Emmie’s house for Easter Sunday. For the first time, I found myself longing to create a table in honor of all of our Grandma’s. For everyone’s “Grandma Emmie” that prided themselves in not only on creating the perfect meal for their family but opening a window into their creative soul. Her dining room wasn’t just for feeding her loved ones. Oh nooo… it moonlighted as her craft/sewing room, where she used her mad skills to execute the perfect Easter table. From the centerpiece she made the week before, to the hand made tablecloth and coordinating seat cushions. Her meticulous details fed my creativity more than the delish food.

Last week while putting the final touches in my favorite client Traci’s Dining/Sitting room remodel my inner grandma Emmie was screaming to do something with Traci’s grandmother’s collection of timeless entertaining treasures. We had a photoshoot scheduled and with Easter is coming up…I was going to hop all over it.

You can imagine my excitement being able to style this shoot around my client’s vintage china and dining furniture. I have been lusting after these dishes for quite some time. I will admit pulling this table together was a bit of a challenge for me for several reasons. The high gloss Traci’s Grandmothers table was too fine to risk scratching it. I had a challenge to find a tablecloth that fit with the eclectic curated space and find decor that coordinated with the bold china. I also am not a huge fan of the over the top cutesy trap the retailers put out in their stores.

My Mission: create a slightly cute, cohesive, sophisticated Easter table using Grandma Davis China, in an eclectically curated space. I got this! Let’s break out the china, eyelet dresses, and straighten those bunny ears. We have a mission to complete.

Shopping Checklist:

  1. Placemats/Charges – Hobby Lobby
  2. Glasses/Vases – Hobby Lobby
  3. Flowers – Costco
  4. Paper Mache Eggs – World Market
  5. Porcelain Bunnies – Hobby Lobby
  6. Napkins – Hobby Lobby
  7. 1 set of Bunny Ears
  8. 1 Classic Eyelet Dress – Elle&Em Boutique – Lees Summit, MO

The white lace placemats, pearl pink chargers, plastic rose pink goblets were all from Hobby Lobby. The placemats and chargers were a subtle way to add texture and a soft landing for the bold printed china.

I went for a classic stripe for napkins. I refused to do solid colors so because of my stubbornness I was only left with 1 choice. Once I started setting up I realized the colors were a little off and didn’t complement the tablecloth print. That is why I opted for the napkins displayed in the rose pink glasses. It was a great way to add some varying heights while also adding my signature print mixing.

Costco is my go to for flowers on a budget. It would be a sin if you didn’t incorporate spring tulips to your Easter floral arrangements. I picked up a variety of white and red/yellow and one bunch of yellow Hydrangeas. There really wasn’t a whole lot of arranging to do. I let these flowers lay where they wanted and it turned out gorgeous.

Next is the centerpiece. I found these white porcelain pitchers for the flower vessels. I also grabbed a variety of bunnies and large porcelain eggs to fill in a few gaps.

Who knew tablecloths were so hard to find? Once again, Anthropologie to the rescue!

I hope this post helps you discover your inner Grandma Emmie. Happy Easter!

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