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Bachelor Style: Manhattan Roommate Share

I had to post this great bachelor pad from Apartment Therapy. Two roommates create a simple and modern space on a budget in Manhattan.  The pair restored vintage pieces, mid century classics and mixed them with just some IKEA finds. I really love their ingeniuty with the artwork they created for the space.   And I was validated that they have the same television that I do .  Check out the full article by clicking here.

Images from Apartment Therapy

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Photography by Elliot Wilcox

Sophisticated photography for racquet sports enthusiasts.  Often I suggest that men incorporate their passion for sports into their space.  These photographs by Elliot Wilcox are a great way to do just that.  Additionally, the abstract and architectural quality of the work makes it accessible to a much broader audience.  According to Danielle Frost of Bau-Xiphoto:

Elliott Wilcox is an emerging British photographer who has recently been the recipient of several awards including a Judges Award at the Nikon Discovery Awards, a New York Photo Award in 2009 and the prestigious Lucie Award for the Discovery of the Year at the International Photography Awards. Another exciting highlight of his career was being made a finalist in the BBC documentary show, School of Saatchi, following high-profile art collector Charles Saatchi on his quest to find the next big artist.

Elliott’s photographs empty tennis, racquetball and squash courts. In photographing them absent of the fast paced action we are so familiar with, these environments reveal themselves in a new light. The resulting images, with their bold colours and structural lines, recall abstract modernist paintings.

Real Tennis 11- Edition of 10 + 2 A.Ps (pictured above)

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Real Tennis 04- Edition of 10 + 2 A.Ps

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Real Tennis 12- Edition of 10+ 2 A.Ps

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Squash 01- Edition of 10 + 2 A.Ps

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Real Tennis 17- Edition of 10 + 2 A.Ps

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Special thanks to  Danielle for submitting this great work.  Each photograph is 30 by 40 inches.  For additional information, contact Bau-Xiphoto by clicking here.

Images from bau-xiphoto

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Big Bambu by Doug & Mike Starn

Big Bambú, an installation of 5,000 interlocking 30- and 40-foot-long fresh-cut bamboo poles, designed for the Roof Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The exhibit was created by twin brothers Mike and Doug Starn.  Telgraph.co.uk describes the monumental structure best as, "bamboo scaffolding mangled by a hurricane ."  The construction of the structure continues through the fall when the exhibit closes until the end of October.  You can purchase tickets to take guided tours to walk through the structure.  Without venturing up on to the paths, the bamboo poles creates a feeling of a forest through which roof garden visitors wind through.  The experience is fantastic and there are stunning views of the city.

For more information about the installation, click here.

IMAGE CREDITS: Image 1 from Telgraph.co.uk, Remaining Images by Design For Men

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Sagaponac House by TsAO McKOWN Architects

This  custom-designed 4,500 square foot house  is locacted in New York in an east Long Island community's master-planned by Richard Meier.  The designers at architecture firm,  TsAO & McKown faced two major challenges: designing for an unknown concept client and rooting the home on virtually flat terrain in a young forest.   The design pairs the human need for both order and chaos while creating a onnection to the surrounding landscape.

The designers manipulated the topography and created the first level slightly below grade.   Providing a slight incline in the typography served as way to reduce the impact of the volume of the home and provide a private  outdoor spaces.  The interior design of the home also has an intimate feel with a warm color palette.  Shades of rust mix well with grays and mustard yellow adds an unexpected pop.  Dimension and depth is added with warm wood tables and built-ins.

The sensitivity to the human condition in the design  makes this home appealing to a broad audience.  Making me think whoever snatched this beauty up is quite fortunate.

IMAGE CREDITS: TsAO & McKown

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ABC Carpet & Home Outlet

 ABC Carpet & Home is one of my favorite stores, just period.  Their fabulous stores offer beautiful vintage furniture and antiques as well as accessories.  ABC also provides several sustainable pieces from manufacturers and cooperatives around the world.   Not to mention their phenomenal collection of carpets from broadloom to area rugs of all shapes and sizes.  As I traveled from Boston to DC, I simply had to stop by their outlet in the Bronx, NY to check for deals.  I was in the market for a new sofa but didn't see one that I liked.   I kept my wallet in pocket although there were quite a few tempting items.  I still need to spend time determining what the space needs.  On a side note, I strongly encourage you to not try to furnish or paint a place until you've lived in it for a bit and let the ideas flow.  Develop a design strategy or plan and then attack with a quality piece or two at a time.  This saves money and ensures that you don't wind up with "filler" furnishings that you don't love.  Back to ABC Home, I thought I would share a couple of items that I may go back for.  The above glass dining and side tables are incredible but were too pricey.  I may go back and grab the side table for my living room.  The cute vintage cart would be great as a side table in my bedroom - perhaps even two.  Alas at $695, I had to walk away.

 Love the steel pharmacy style cabinet (l), also available in white.  The walnut veneered bookcase (r) would be a great accent piece for a larger space than mine.  The steel base makes the bookcase appear to float.

Sexy Steel Stools I absolutely feel in love with these solid steel beauties and wanted to walk out the door with them until I saw the price tag, $550 a piece  - yikes! And the sales woman scoffed at my $250 offer as they had just arrived.  I will check back later and see if the price goes down.

This antique Rosewood cabinet (l) provides considerable storage and works well both in modern as well as traditional spaces. This vintage Eames style lounge chair (r) with polished chrome legs sits low and definitely makes an impact.

Walnut Media Console  on stainless legs - low and sleek, great for the modern living room

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