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Man Up: From Lad Pad to Slick Abode

By Ryan Twomey


As a Senior Designer at Frobisher Interiors and a bloke myself I soon realised, and have been through the process of, needing to change a few things to make way for a more mature, grown-up space.

So, this blog is for all the guys out there that are wanting to turn their flats or first homes into a slick abode. Or maybe you have a man in your life that needs some gentle advice in the masculine home design area!


Here are my tips on a few important considerations when taking on the challenge from boyish trends to manly style:



By now you should be in a decent sized bed and it should be covered in some decent threads. Bed linen can vary in price so keep a lookout for a larger thread count on your sheets to indicate quality. But you can’t beat classic white sheets to give your bed that hotel look and feel.

Impress your other half by adding Euro pillowcases and an oversized, padded bedhead to add a designer and sophisticated touch to your bed. Think also about colours, textures and different materials. Think Vintage washed linen duvet cover with a leather studded headboard.


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Wall Art

The time has come to replace the sports posters with some fine artworks. You can’t beat classic A1 poster frames with some age appropriate art. Personally, I love old Vintage movie posters.

There are some great online art retailers from Etsy , Art Retro and Society 6. Also, hit up friends that are artists or graphic designers for a custom and unique piece. I always think of scale; so, go big or go home.


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Outdoor Spaces

Invest in some great outdoor furniture; don’t go cheap and nasty, spend some money and make your outdoor area an extension of the interior.

As a guy, there isn’t anything better than relaxing outside with a couple of beers and mates. Make sure you have some comfortable chairs to plonk yourselves on. Frobisher have some great outdoor furniture available but another option, is get your tool belt out and make an outdoor table and benches yourself.

Look for colour fast seat cushions that won’t fade and make sure you invest in a decent sized umbrella. Set the mood for night-time entertaining and dining by looking into lighting. Try fairy lights for a specimen tree or hanging lanterns, also consider table-top hurricane lamps or just good old candles.


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I think it’s a great idea to invest in some classic pieces.

Nothing says you know what you’re doing and where you are going more than an Eames lounger. Inspired by a baseball mitt the Eames lounger gets better with age. Leather combined with a walnut frame give the chair a masculine and robust look. They are a pretty penny, as are a lot of these designer classics, but the years of use and enjoyment pay for themselves.


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Don’t be afraid of a bit of colour. Shots of colour amongst a monochromatic palette looks amazing and really sets a tone for your spaces.

Colours to use are slate greys, tans, petrol blues with blasts of chartreuse or mustard are classic staples. Mix these colours into a scheme of textural fabrics for upholstered pieces such as plaids, stripes of bold tribal or geometric pattern.

Make the space about you. Follow your gut and have fun with it.


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Conversational Pieces

You want to bring in a bit of humour into your space- it shows a quirky and interesting side to you as a guy!

Look out for some artworks or sculptural pieces that become a great talking point amongst your mates. You could also try other approaches such as a wallpaper like Andrew Martin ‘Studio’ wallpaper (below) or lighting ideas such as the Flos by Philippe Starck Gun lamp (below).

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It is such an important thing. As an Interior Architect, spatial planning and zoning spaces, is key.

I love a change in height with furniture. In an open plan space, think about a leaner-style dining table with stools to create that ‘at-home pub’ feeling. This will then allow the eye to drop down to a deep and low comfy sofa for more intimate entertaining.

Be sure to use your space wisely. I am a fan of easily moveable furniture and also multi-functional pieces. For example, side tables that double as extra seating for indoor or outdoor use.

Always think about the scale of furniture in the room. If the pieces are large avoid adding too much more to the space otherwise it will become too laden and look a right mess. Less is more.


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Get Help

Getting a designer to help is easy. Getting a designer that understands and can relate to what you want to achieve can be more of a challenge. Get to know your designer, listen to their advice and you will end up having a comfortable working relationship with them.

At Frobisher Interiors, our goal is to create stunning spaces for our clients. It is about communication and taking a detailed brief to turn the project into an exciting and fulfilling journey that all parties can proudly say they were apart of.


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