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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Man Cave

We have one small room that is a catchall. It houses a small settee, a bergere chair and ottoman and most importantly a large television and video game system. It is for all intents and purposes The Man Cave. Actually, a better name would be The Kid Cave. For on any given day I have half the neighborhood packed into this tiny space.

I am tired of it looking like an interior garage sale gone bad.

The bergere chair and ottoman were purchased over 10 years ago. Both pieces are fantastically well made and ultra comfortable. The only downside is that it is covered in a fabric selected when the Tuscan look was in. The table is just something temporary that holds the remote, magazines and drinks. That lamp…

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Even this might be an improvement.

Then there is the vintage mustard settee ~ I talked about recovering it a year and a half ago. With several sticky hands and hairy dogs sitting on it numerous times a week the need has grown even stronger.

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Mr. Décor wants slipcovers. I have totally converted the man into washable coverings. I even lugged home several antique French sheets from my last visit to France so I could do so. It could look SO good.

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I really wanted to try and tackle the slipcovers myself. But the fact of the matter is I just don’t have the time. I need to let the dream die and get these pieces to the upholsterers STAT. Last week I called my lady. She’s now retired. Grrrrr. If I had just taken them to her a year and a 1/2 ago my chair would instead be looking like this:


I wanted to do navy accents to go with the the man’s Air Force décor but the room is fairly dark on its own and navy curtains really did make it feel like a cave. I did finally manage to find curtains that were “manly” enough for my men and didn’t darken the room too much. Hobby Lobby. $39.99 a panel less a 40% off coupon. Sweet!

Tomorrow I will actually iron the panels since they have now passed muster.

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On the hunt for pillows, framing some artwork, replacing the broken lamp and doing something better with that table.

Feel free to add your two cents!



Denise said...

Oh Laura, I love your sense of humor! :-D Boy can I relate to the video game system.

I like the curtain panels you chose, and I'm sure that you'll have this room looking great in next to no time.


Denise at Forest Manor

Myna Kay said...

Looks very good. I have a similar chair that needs recovering, just haven't done it.

Merlesworld said...

The chair and lounge are looking good and you can always wash them that's the joy of slipcovers and the curtains go well too.

Auntie Em said...

You are brave, but do guys really notice what a room looks like, as long as it has comfortable seats, a place to set down refreshments and most of all a TV. They will go without the table and even the seats if the TV is worthy enough. lol
I like the curtains, a lot. I can see so many colours with them but I like the navy blue...and maybe a touch of burgundy for the cooler months, or yellow for the warm spring days.
Have fun and I hope your men enjoy and appreciate their new space. :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I can't wait to see what you do with this room! I know it will look amazing no matter what!!

Lynn said...

hi Laura,
I am sure whatever you come up, the room will look amazing just like the rest of your home.
We were paired together in the fall of 2011 and you included the cutest little dachshund clips inside the match box that you altered for me. Can you please tell me where you got those from? I have looked on the net for them and can't find them. I have several friends that are Doxie Moms too and I wanted to include some of those clips in their Valentine or Easter packages. If you remember, please let me know!
Thanks again for everything you included in my swap package, every time I put out the red, white, and blue towel you made me, I think of you and your sweet Doxie too, oh since then you added another dachshund! Dachshunds are like Lays potato chips you just can't have one!!

Audrey @ Neverending Decorating said...

New follower here. I have to admit, I like the leg lamp :) Is that your adorable doxie? I have one just like it, he's black him to pieces!

openid said...

I love the look of the upholstered settee and chair but wonder if Rudi, Franz and half the neighborhood and their sticky hands will appreciate the light covered antique French sheets. I have no doubt whatever your design decision, it will look as lovely as the rest of your home. I like your choice in curtains. I was looking at fabric yesterday to make some panels for our living room. Hobby Lobby just opened in the town we shop in. I didn't know they sold curtains. I will have to check their inventory!
Your Friend,

Babs said...

Hi Laura, My husband's "man cave" houses his electronic equipment, guitars, old school sports trophies, etc. I finally gave up trying to decorate around all that, and he decorated his cave with a couple of hints from me. It' neat and tidy, and presentable, and he's happy.
The thing I love about it has a door...that closes. :)
Good luck with your decorating. I LOVE your curtains. Looking forward to seeing the final look of your "man cave".

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I love those curtains. I didn't realize HL had curtains! Keep on plugging along...the room will be fantastic!

April Dunlap said...

That lamp! I may need one of those for my bedroom re-do--making it my hubby's office space. lol.
I like the curtains; not a fan generally of the chevron print, but those are subtle, and I like it!
Can't wait to see what you do; I also have a settee that needs covering. Will have to figure it out myself as any reupholstery price is too high right now.

The Comfort of a Safe Place said...

When you're finished with this room, Laura, it will nothing short of FANTASTIC!! Can't wait to see the end result.

Jan ♥

Vel Criste said...

Hahaha! Don't worry too much, knowing you, this room will come together perfect for your men and on a great budget too!

Vel Criste said...

Hahaha! Don't worry too much, knowing you, this room will come together perfect for your men and on a great budget too!