Old English Roast Beef

  I can appreciate a hot cuppa on a chintz sofa just as much as the next person, but there is certainly a sort of space in which I feel most at home: A room resplendent in tufted leather, moth eaten taxidermy and dogeared copies of 'Country Life'. A room replete with port wine stained mahogany, antecedents' militaria and utterly devoid of the luxuriant stylings that mark the most delicate of things, a "parlor". There's nothing like throwing a jacket over your shoulder and making a hasty retreat to the Bachelor's hall for bawdy banter and a few belts of the hard stuff.  Of course, we're living in the future now, and there's little use for such places.  This article will help you appropriate some masculine style clues and apply them to a modern space.

   There is a wonderful eccentricity that abounds in these spaces, and done right they should suggest sublimely, even sheepishly, of adventures in the midday sun amongst marauders, tomb raiders and amateur cartographers.  Heavily patinated club chairs acquired at a rummage sale in the basement of a Cannes cathedral; a cock-eyed lion mercilessly executed by your musty old grandfather.   A pair of tusks, perhaps, harvested from a wayside javelina after becoming intimately acquainted with Aunt Fanny's fanny. There should be nothing exquisite or delicate in view, and the space should be extravagant only in it's laissez fairness.  This is a room for bloodthirst, belligerence and bad behaviour. 

A  modern, masculine space

A  modern, masculine space

 

  Don't be dismayed if you haven't drawn the lucky ticket and inherited Uncle's pigeon farm in Tarrytown: the essence of this white knuckled masculinity can be easily extracted and refined to accommodate even the most modern of arrangements.  To add a dash of masculinity to your interior space, draw firstly upon colors that beckon daydreams of roguish pursuits: the British tan of sweat stained Johdpurs, a Racing green pulled from the tarmac of Grand Prix, the Admiral's blue of an officers' mess.  A Chesterfield sofa in dark leather draws upon this classic aesthetic most well, as might a sturdy bookcase.  Don't be afraid to repurpose: Black Forest gun presses make for excellent book cases when retrofitted.  Modern reproductions of zebra skin rugs can be had in finishes ranging from merino wool to Argentinian cowhide for those whose ethics are in a tizzy.  As for rebalancing, look for modern productions in traditional shapes to add a fun dose of English eccentricity to a practical space: Chrome lamps cut in the shape of a ginger jar, for instance.  The same can be said of contemporary objects fashioned from traditional 'stuff': cubist paperweights faceted from Malachite, maybe.  Look for big brass, hefty books and things that go forth with a thud!: Ships, guns, dogs and the like. 

  Done rightly, the end result will yield an uncompromisingly relaxing enclave where you feel right at home kicking off your shoes and having a stiff brandy....but one that serves just as well for family movie night.  

A malachite lamp in a contemporary silhouette, available now at BurkeDecor.com, 475.00 USD

A malachite lamp in a contemporary silhouette, available now at BurkeDecor.com, 475.00 USD

Evan Stern