Singular Style: Inspirational House Tours from Men Living on Their Own

published Jul 8, 2014
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We have a lot of really phenomenal house tours, and love revisiting them through various lenses. Last week I almost incited a riot when featuring spaces from women who live alone (here’s that post and its very controversial title). Today’s post shines the spotlight on ten guys from last year, and their approach to decorating homes that are unequivocally theirs.

Here are ten favorites from the past year:

1. Dabito’s Modern Meets Classic Mix (lead photo above):

Name: Dabito / Graphic Designer + Photographer / Old Brand New
Location: Carthay Circle – Los Angeles, California
Size: 1000 square feet
Years lived in: Five months
I get inspiration from David Hockney’s Calfornia colors, Justina’s Jungalow, the Eames’ House living room, the desert, and, like Mondo from Project Runway, I love the beauty that you can find by mixing unexpected patterns, colors, and shapes.
(Image credit: Liana Hayles Newton)
Name: Ross Weiner
Location: Greenwich Village, New York, New York
Size: 700 Square Feet
Years lived in: 1 year; Owned
I’m inspired by different hotels I go to, either for a drink or to stay. When a hotel is done right; you feel at home the minute you walk into the lobby.

(Image credit: Andrea Sparacio)
Name: Coppy Holzman
Location: New York, New York
Size: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
Years lived in: 3 year; owned
Coppy Holzman surrounds himself with an extensive collection of books and eclectic art, making his Manhattan loft a true reflection of his creative passions.

(Image credit: Mike Schneider)
Name: Michael James Schneider, author and creator of BLCKSMTH
Location: Irvington Neighborhood; Portland, Oregon
Size: 950 square feet
Years lived in: 3 months; Rented
Don’t apologize. Don’t be embarrassed of a single thing in your home, unless you yourself don’t like it anymore.
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)
Name: Adam Lopez, Owner of vintage clothing shop
Location: Echo Park, Los Angeles California
Size: 650 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented
[Adam’s] home is a cozy one bedroom with plenty of space to house his art and vintage treasures. With quite a collection of rotating furniture, small goods, and a house full of pets, this cozy spot keeps Adam happy and inspired.
(Image credit: Andrea Sparacio)
Name: Evan Pohl
Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan
Size: 295 square feet
Years lived in: 18 months; rented
People in the blogosphere are doing some amazing things with their spaces, and it’s very inspiring to see other designers at work! I find a lot of inspiration from production design, too. All of Nancy Meyers’ films, The Kids Are All Right, The Talented Mr. Ripley, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Meryl Streep’s loft in The Hours, Colin Firth’s home in A Single Man and Kim Basinger’s bungalow in LA Confidential are a few that really stand out as influential moments for me.
(Image credit: Kim Lucian)
Name: Jesse Leake, Photographer
Location: Lower Pacific Heights; San Francisco, California
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years; Rented
Your home is your sanctuary, so create a space that is comfortable and that you enjoy coming home to.
(Image credit: Arthur Garcia-Clemente)
Name: Tim Naus
Location: Albany Park, Chicago, Illinois
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years; Rented
My aesthetics took an abrupt turn recently. The place use to be full of Victorian furniture with big heavy drapery and even more clutter, if you can imagine. That look had been part of my identity for as long as I can remember, and it was very hard to abandon, but a change was needed and I forged ahead through two near panic attacks during an editing session early in the process.
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)
Name: Jonathan Paul
Location: Santa Monica, California
Size: 650 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year; rented
My taste in interiors is always evolving, usually at the hands of creative friends. When I moved to California from New York City, I wanted a reset. Style-wise I was curious to advance from my Manhattan apartment, which was heavy, with dark grays and mid-century wood. I’d call [this new home] a reinterpretation of my swanky East Coast sensibility — a Santa Monica riff.
(Image credit: Alexis Buryk)
Name: CB Owens, NYU grad student in Food Studies, and Catering Sales Manager at ’wichcraft
Location: West Village; New York, New York
Size: 450 square feet, plus rooftop terrace
Years lived in: 4+ years; Rented
My style has drawn from Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s private apartments; Wim Crouwel posters; the ’90s; Hoefler & Frere-Jones typefaces; Gourmet magazine; Bedford Street; Nørrebro; designers Nick Olsen and Bill Brockschmidt; Grumpy Cat (my spirit animal); Apartment Therapy house tours; my very talented and creative friends: Kristy Schiro, Jane Jennings, and Lauren Jennings; and finally, my mother’s unwavering dedication to order and tidiness.