Recently, Maxwell helped a handful of men across the country decorate their homes. Checking out those spaces, I definitely felt that the so-called decorating gap was narrowing. But the ideal of the swinging bachelor pad still persists. Honoring that, starting this Friday, Esquire Magazine teams up with a number of male-focused brands to bring you The Esquire House, a swinging bachelor pad designed for a mythical gentleman who's escaped New York for a little R&R in LA. If this is bachelor living &mdash sign me up!
The seduction starts on the terrace, courtesy of DonQ Rums and Kyle Schuneman of Live Well Designs, where a 28 foot long fire pit, comfy furniture and a sign that promises that "this guy's got a sense of humor as well as a sense of style," are set against a fabulous sunset and the promise of a romantic evening. Moving inside, we settle in the living room, designed by Elaine Culotti of PortaBella Designs who's teamed up with Hugo Boss, where we continue to check out the fabulous view of LA.
From there, we might be guided into the music room, the media room, the recording studio, the study or even be coaxed to check out the gym or the virtual reality room, before ending our evening where else but in the master bedroom, of course! Designed by Annette English (with closet design by Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design) in collaboration with Ferragamo, the bold textures and unexpected materials — a wall covering made from bark, another from mother-of-pearl chevrons, dramatic floor-to-ceiling spindle-shaped beads — have our curiosity piqued about this man. Hmmm. The question remains, will the evening end here or continue on 'til morning? We'll see. For more details on the house see Esquire's presence on FaceBook.
Readers, have you ever been influenced, negatively or positively, by a guy's decor? Share your stories with us in the comments. And has decor ever helped you "seal the deal"? Boast about it here!
Images: Joe Schmelzer