While I realize that my design aesthetic tends to lean a bit more towards the feminine (hi, have you met me?) I do like to keep my interiors balanced with a few ‘masculine’ touches when I can, and I’m particularly fond of using menswear-inspired home decor in doing so…

cozy cabin nook with checks and plaids // coco kelley via the design files

Plus, winter calls for that cozy cabin feel when you’re stuck inside too many days. I really love the way this couple incorporated a few plaids into their living space – it feels fresh and cozy at the same time…

modern sofa with menswear/plaid fabric in all white room

I hate when people call darker rooms (or anything leather) masculine. Why does that have to be the case? This all-white, airy space proves otherwise. As does this one…

chic bedroom with masculine touches // douglas friedman

With herringbone in the headboard and a houndstooth throw add some menswear-inspired masculinity, yes, but let’s just balance that right out with some high-shine nickel and a crystal chandelier.

cozy plaid chair + campaign dresser. nice mix of masculine and feminine // emily henderson

Or perhaps a campaign dresser is more your style? Because I find that any kind of metallic accents really let those plaids, herringbones, stripes and houndstooths shine…

menswear inspired home decor // coco kelley

1. plaid throw // 2. nickel sconce // 3. houndstooth and plaid pillows // 4. herringbone mirror // 5. striped linen coasters // 6. sutton sofette // 7. windowpane plaid wingback chair // 8. gold sconce

As for me, well…

feminine with a touch of masculine // bedroom via coco kelley

This is how I’ve been doing things lately. Gold polka dot pillows combine with black and white plaid just swell, dontcha think?  Doing things a little differently is also my style. Who says you can’t have a sense of humor in the bedroom?

images :: the design files // emily henderson // douglas friedman // my instagram

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