One of my fondest memories as a child is my grandfather’s office. As the grandchildren multiplied like jack rabbits, and the “revolving door” on my grandparent’s Texas ranch never stopped turning, my grandfather probably needed a quiet place to retreat and write his column for the local newspaper. This room was mysterious and so intriguing, and I’m pretty sure off-limits to everyone, but if you waited ’til his nap time you could always sneak in to read the titles on the books, or catch a glimpse of some old western or military relic propped on a shelf. There were pictures hung on the walls of my grandfather shaking hands with important looking men, and photos of his travels to exotic places while he served in the armed forces. His wooden desk was always overflowing with clippings of newspaper articles, while a fresh piece of paper sat in his typewriter ready to get to the root of the matter. His office was filled with objects and memories that expressed who he was and what he loved, and I will always cherish the memories of his memories.
To me there is nothing more intriguing than a man’s office or game room filled with noble items of masculine pursuits, like hunting and sports. Create a special place for the man in your life by designing a room that is both masculine and comfortable, and filled with items that are an integral representation of his life. Start by painting his room a cozy warm camel color, like Behr‘s Camel #350F-5; this is a neutral that will pair well with dark reds and greens. Then enhance the walls with artwork; if he is a hunter he might like a collection of antique reproduction oil paintings of wild game or hunting dogs, the avid horseback rider would appreciate an original art print of an English rider with horse and hounds. And for the traveler or history buff, hang intriguing Old World maps in a grid pattern, or old English countryside scenes will surely catch his eye.
For the shelves in his study, place several black leather boxes to store his receipts, old photos and important papers, keeping a rustic horn magnifier close by for reading the fine print. A sly silver fox is poised close by to guard his lair. His books will stay organized with terra cotta bookends that look like old relics from a garden long ago. A wooden bracket hung on a wall makes a great place to show off that framed prize possession. For his work desk, place a trophy cup by his computer to hold pens, pencils and rulers; and for his favorite leather chair, add a pillow made of menswear plaid with warm creams, browns and blues.
Compliment his fully-stocked serving cart with richly textured items such as a rustic horn bottle opener, bar spoon or ice scoop, or maybe an etched glass decanter, and glasses in which to serve his favorite drink while playing a game of pool with friends or family.
Have fun decorating your man’s favorite room, but don’t forget to add just a touch of elegance so you can enjoy his room too! Happy Fathers Day!