For a young guy fresh out of grad school, Homepolish's Shannon Tate took a bare bones 1-bedroom apartment and transformed it into a modern take on the "old gentlemen's club."
Photos by Joyelle West.
That time right after grad school can be… hectic, to say the least. For Matthew Friend, the first couple months after graduation brought on a move to Boston, a new job, and of course, a new apartment. With the stress and travel requirements of his new job, weeks passed by, and his 1-bedroom apartment sat virtually vacant. Clothes, books, a couple treasured items… he was even sleeping on an air mattress.
Homepolish’s Shannon Tate was just the match to create the bachelor pad he needed. As she says, “I am the only girl in my family with 3 brothers, so I have a particular knack for masculine spaces. Man caves happen to be my favorite spaces to do!” That’s just what Matt was looking for, citing the example of “old gentlemen’s clubs” for inspiration. The two dreamt of social societies, leather couches, old books, a haunting look of smoke in the air, and bourbon being swirled in a rocks glass. Using Matt’s treasures and several vintage finds, the final home looks like it was passed down to Matt, a touch of history with a bit of modernity.
I wanted Matt’s home to feel comforting and enveloping when you walk in. I never like any of my spaces to feel overly staged or perfect, but instead like everything was done over time with a quiet thoughtfulness.- Shannon T., Homepolish designer