Raised with three brothers, Homepolish designer Shannon Tate has always loved designing bachelor pads. She gives us her top 5 tips for taking your masculine space to the next level.
Growing up as the only girl in a family of three brothers, I guess it makes sense that designing bachelor pads holds a special place in my heart. It feels like a natural extension of the role I’ve always played in my life, the sister that sees the best in you and helps you put your best foot forward.
Our homes are an extension of ourselves, and they are a perfect reflection of where our heads are at. They can either attract or deter a partner and will either support or hinder where you want to go in life. I constantly find in my work that when a guy takes the initiative in his space, his life often follows. After all, what’s more attractive than a beautiful bachelor pad to match an eligible bachelor? See my pointers below.
1. Find Your Style
Figure out who you are, or at least, who you want to be. Are you the minimalist? Are the midcentury modern guy? Are you the leathery gentlemen’s club meets Indiana Jones slash world traveler dude? Are you the outdoorsman? You can often look at how you like to dress, if you need a jumping off point. It’s such a great indicator of the direction you should go in matters of your home style.
2. Make it inviting
Design your home in such a way that looks as though it’s inviting others in to hang out… and maybe even spend some time on the sofa with some Netflix ‘n’ chill? This means that you should have extra seating (beyond that old beanbag), a proper coffee table, and cozy things like a textural throw, glassware, sets of dishes, and books. One can never have enough books… it shows people that you’re actually literate. One of my favorite bachelor spaces that shows this off is Homepolish designer Greenwich Village apartment, seen above. Don’t you want to just curl up in that elegant living room?‘s work in a
3. Add in personality
Have pieces and accessories around the home that remind you of some of the best times in your life… things that stir happy memories and serve as conversation starters for things you’d like to share. Maybe this means a large-scale framed photo of an amazing trip you took, or maybe it means an old glass bottle you found on the beach. Hey, maybe it’s as simple as a photo of you and your family. Whatever it is, just make sure it speaks to you. In a project I completed here in Boston, I filled out a bachelor’s living space with old maps, news articles, a ship-in-a-bottle, a globe, and other vintage knickknacks. It’s undeniably his space… there’s none like it.
4. Balance out the manliness
If you’re a guy looking to attract a lady into your life, remember that your space can absolutely be manly (and that IS sexy), but it also needs to feel inviting to a woman. For every overtly masculine thing, there needs to be a counterbalance to the vibe. Examples of this include…
Big tailored, leather sofa meets soft knit blanket
Black linen duvet cover meets cool, clean throw pillow
Notre Dame memorabilia meets beautiful abstract print
Or in Homepolish designer Nicole Watts’s work above, tufted blue velvet upholstery meets black grasscloth and brass.
Show your strong side, but don’t forget your thoughtful, softer side too.
5. Keep it Clean!
And maybe this seems overly simple, but clear clutter daily. At some point, when we live alone, our mess can slowly become invisible to us. BUT believe me, it remains extremely visible to others who are visiting. Don’t let mess sit so long that it becomes a part of the landscape, because it weighs you down in life and creates a traffic jam that stops good things from coming our way. So, if you’re feeling stuck in life, first things first, clear the clutter and then move back to step 1!