Monday, March 1, 2010

Boys to Men

My sister, Katherine, was in Boston this weekend for a bachelorette party and they surprised the bride-to-be by 'renting' the house they all lived in during their years at BC from the kids that live there now. Good in theory, right? Reminiscing in their old house - this huge Victorian in Brighton that was the closest thing BC ever saw to a sorority house. Yea, good in theory.

They arrived to see this....

4 hours and 7 maids later it was as liveable as they were going to get it. Now I've seen a lot of bad apartments and houses through my four years at BC and various trips home to Ohio State houses on campus but nothing like this!

It got me thinking, and I couldn't think of many male-owned houses and apartments whose interiors I really admired. With the obvious exceptions...Johnathan Adler and Simon Doonan's Palm Beach house.

Nate Berkus's Chicago apartment...

So I did a little digging, and granted these are not your average men, look at some of the beautiful homes I found! Clearly designers and filmmakers and hair dressers already have a predisposition for beautiful things but these homes are still inhabited by the same sex that was inhabiting the aforementioned house - decorated with mostly just beer and dirt.

J. Mendel designer, Gilles Mendel's bedroom...

Lambertson Truex designers - Richard Lambertson and John Truex's dining room...

Frederic Fekkai's living room...

Filmmaker and directer Brett Ratner's living room...

Images via Elle Decor


  1. Ahh, omg that is so awful! Poor girls and the bride to be!

  2. It all turned out great! Once it was cleaned up everyone had a great time and the bride-to-be was very excited...just took a little elbow grease and a LOT of candles!

  3. I can't believe you made that picture public. I should have sent you an "after" picture to show how nice we made it.

    My faves are the lambertson truex dining room and the Brett ratner living room.

  4. Please post an "after" picture. I'm so glad you found our blog. Make sure you stop by the Studio next time you're in Ohio. Oh, and looking forward to checking out your sister's blog as well- Foodies unite!
    Scout Debbie