SPACES: Masculine Design Inspiration

There hasn’t been much focus for designing masculine spaces on the site thus far.  So I thought I would do a continuation of the last Bachelor Talk since the feedback was very appreciative.  With less talk and more show, here are some inspirational spaces with masculine design appeal.


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GREEN TEAM : Recycled Crates

 Upcycling is a term used to describe the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. The following are some great examples of  the creative and imaginative ways this can be done using old wood, metal & even plastic crates that would have wound up being downcycled which is the other half of the recycling process . Downcycling  involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality. Most recycling involves converting or extracting useful materials from a product and creating a different product or material which is still in my opinion a good approach. On the other hand, if you can take an  existing object and create something beautiful and functional  without changing what it is but rather incorporating it into the new design, even better.

Crate shelving


Stacked vintage old wooden apple storage crates


Shipping crate as bike basket


Hanging wall shelves


Reclaimed crates as shelving


Reclaimed wood stools by Edwards Moore. Made from discarded wood from various sources. Sanded and finished with linseed oil, putty and wax.

Dog bowl holder




Crate furniture


ARCHITECTURE: Hawaii Home by Olson Kundig Architects

Jealousy is an ugly human trait, the word itself insinuates negativity where as envy seems to be a more positive word with a similar connotation. That may seem a little out of the blue but the point is I am continuously envious of the beautiful designs out there and the creative geniuses behind them all… in a good way! My finds continuously inspire me to push myself, experiment and ultimately exceed expectations. So instead of being jealous of what others may have, be envious and let them inspire you.

On the same note one of my girlfriends was just vacationing in Hawaii, looking for a summer home.  I found myself to be quite envious, so I decided to research designs in Hawaii and I came across a home designed by one of my faves, Kundig. Olson Kundig Architects were given the challenge of constructing a highly functional and durable home that will weather the tropical storms and strong ocean winds.  Located close to a well-known surfing spot, Slaughterhouse Beach House expands the concept of a traditional surfing hut with three connected huts – general living quarters, guest suites, and a main sleeping area. The structure’s walls are constructed from rammed earth. In this process, different local earth-based mixtures are packed together, and the resulting striated layers are visible both inside and outside the building. The walls blend in with the surroundings, are low maintenance, virtually fireproof, and a strong barrier to sound. The roofs share a resemblance to sails and are designed in such a way to follow the patterns of the wind. The house design highlights the incredible view with ribbon windows extending along the vertical facades.  The windows are designed on a hydraulics system and when lifted the house forms more of an open concept pavilion exposed to the natural elements.

via Archithings

DIY: Coffee, Console & End Table Redos

I am constantly being wowed by DIY projects, the possibilities are limitless you just have to have an eye for potential. Today’s DIY’s are all about the side, console and coffee tables. These are great finds and because of the size can almost always be easily transported. With spring in full bloom garage sales are becoming a popular weekend outing so keep your eyes open for fixer uppers while you are browsing. To see the how to for any of these stunning examples click on the links provided below the images.

Image above: Marion’s black & white side table redo

Image above: Lauren’s sophisticated side table

Image above: Elle’s inventive salvaged side table

Image above: D*S reader Jody created this amazing industrial-style side table out of old wooden drawers.

Image above: Amanda’s rustic entryway table



Image above: Three Men and a Lady’s bed side tables



Image above: Three Men and a Lady’s entryway Walmart table makeover



Image above: Three Men and a Lady’s craigslist dresser

Image above: Style Files DIY wood table

Image above: Matsutake DIY side table

Image above: Home Depot tutorial DIY glass coffee table

Image above: Bromeliad DIY Ikea Lack to Parson Cube

Image above: Plastolux DIY Eero Saarinen Tables

RESTAURANTS: OCEANO by Palmira Pereira

My design concept stemmed from the idea that I wanted “something old”, quite old in fact, like my grandmother’s farm house in Portugal which  has been in the family for several hundred years. Built with thick walls of stone that are approximately one foot deep & wide plank wood floors. Everything aged to perfection.  From there the idea developed into what is commonly viewed as a wedding ritual. That being said I needed “something new”, the clean crisp look of modern design. “Something borrowed”, reminiscing on memories of my grandmother’s farm house  & the wonderful  summers spent there. I aspired to replicate that feeling of nostalgia in my design.  Last, but not least, “something blue”,  a very specific shade of blue that speaks of a nation that has had a very intimate & enduring relationship with the sea, Portugal.

My goal is not to design a traditional or modern version of a  Portuguese restaurant but rather to infuse the “Portuguese elements ” I’ve mentioned as my inspirations. The combination of finishes creates a modern environment with just the right rustic touches to provide a warm and inviting ambiance. The restaurant has an open floor plan which consists of multiple split levels creating dynamic focal points.

The design caters to an upscale restaurant with  a menu that will focus mainly on European/Mediterranean, market fresh, seasonal produce served in an equally light and unpretentious manner.

Above: Main Floor Plan

Above: Mezzanine Level

Above: Rendered view of  Main dining area

Above: Rendered view of Mezzanine area

Above: Maquette Axonometric view

Below you can see a collection of images which inspired my restaurant design. The colours, materials and innovative furniture designs in juxtaposition to the old and new, is where I drew my main inspiration.

Above: Dogmatic, Gourmet Sausage System, New York City- inspiration for restaurant bar.

Above: Wire-frame axonometric view of the restaurant bar which can be seen on the mezzanine level.

Above: Neoline Chandelier by Boa Design

It is in my opinion that a design should encompass not only the architectural structure and finishes but also the fine details.  I have chosen a selection of modern dishware consisting of Modern Floating Glassware, Ceramics, Goa Flatware by Cutipol