I’m excited because we have our very first guest on the blog today – and nobody more fitting to be first than the lovely Kate Abdou from Designer Man Cave! I have been following Kate on Instagram and Facebook since the Navy Crockett launch and have been especially inspired by her Monday Mood Boards and curation of man spaces.
Kate is an interior decorator and designer who styles man-caves and bachelor pads, nice job huh! She has a fabulous blog and Pinterest boards full of inspiration for masculine spaces which truly is a “visual inspiration hub for men”. If your hubby wants a man-cave in the house, and you’re absolutely cringing just thinking about it – then Kate’s the lady you need to speak to! She can style a space that he’ll LOVE and you won’t hate.
Leah: Thanks for joining me today, Kate! What was it that made you decide to begin Designer Man Cave?
Kate: I’ve always had an interest in all things masculine – fashion, cars… so when I started to work on some bachelor pads, my niche market in interior design began. DMC is a lifestyle blog that compliments the interiors, design, brands, products and services that interest my male clients (and me!).
What is it you love about designing man-spaces?
Gents put so much time and energy into their working life that they often neglect their home and get out of tune with their own lifestyle and passions. It is very fulfilling to help them create that balance in their life by giving them a stylish sanctuary they really love going home too. Busy men are straight shooters too, which is how I like to work 🙂
Do you find your clients are hard to style?
Do they have a hard time making decisions?
A client once complimented me on being able to get inside his head (which apparently few people could do) as quickly as I did, to figure out his personal interior style. I know what questions to ask them to get the creative direction ball rolling and this is one of my favourite parts of the design process.
Busy men don’t have time to deliberate – that’s why they hire me! I take out all the leg work and give them the short list of the best options for them, so their decision is a quick and relatively easy one. I find my clients are generally very decisive and they know what they like when they see it.
It’s so often about the right questions, isn’t it!
So why do you think men are hard-to-buy-for?
I don’t really think they are that hard to buy for! Admittedly men are not as open and chatty about their likes, dislikes, wants and needs as women are (we are great creatures of communication!), but once you can crack through a gents barrier and get an understanding of them, I think it’s pretty easy. They have their favourite brands, hobbies, passions etc. Once you know these, it makes gift buying a lot easier.
Great tips! What are your top 3 designer-picks for man-spaces?
The Vintage Map Print – I love this masculine, layered print and its neutral tones work well in a number of different colour schemes. I’d place this on the wall in a kitchen!
Espresso ManCandle – Candles aren’t just for women and these specially designed scents for men are ideal. We are creatures of senses, so not only should a place look and feel good, it should also smell good too.
Smokeless, Portable LotusGrill (Charcoal) – Every man needs his cooking toys and this is a great addition to any man space. This grill is especially good for apartment/balcony living 🙂