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  1. nkp says:

    You are hilarious. Honey, let me just say I am one female in a house of four males, five if you include their dog and yes, I said THEIR dog. This is the story of my life. Nintendo game boys x2, nintendo ds x1, nintendo dsi x1, psp x2, ps2 x1, ps3 x1, xbox, game cube, wii…did I miss anything??? I'm certain their must be an original atari hiding in the mess of wires somewhere. Oh, and lest you think my boys are underprivileged, there is also a freestanding arcade game in the basement loaded with 200+ games. Sigh, I think I need a drink.

    But I did negotiate designing and decorating the basement, aka man cave. Although I rarely go down there. It gives me a headache.

    So yes, I share your woes. :0)

  2. Bailey @ peppermintbliss says:

    Ohhh my gosh I am DYING this is too good. I am suprised there isn't more ducttape, this is my fiancee's material of choice. In the house we are redoing he has already designated the space above the garage his "man room", I have yet to see what design influence I will have. He has already received a "He-man Woman Haters" sign (Little Rascals) from one of his friends who I am pretty sure plans on moving in.
    I don't know which makes me squeel more, but I think it's the vignette. I cannot wait to see what "objects d'arte" Pete unpacks after we are moving in. I think maybe just maybe the pillows in the window well might need to be rethought, but overall, I can't lie, this makes me really really happy.

  3. LindsB says:

    umm, I totally feel your pain!!! I am not allowed to touch the BF's office and it is beyond frustrating to me! Like I work myself into such freak outs that I threaten to throw everything out in his office and then he wont have a room anymore. I would also love words of advice from anyone else who has gained permission to attack those man room/caves 🙂

  4. cottagewish says:

    I laughed out loud. I too have seen the pillow shoved into window well to block light. So sad. We need to help them.

  5. Risley says:

    this is beyond funny!! I love it! Im sure my hubby would have similar skills, that is if I let him decorate.. lol

  6. A Diary of Lovely says:

    good one!
    i asked my BF if i could throw and EMPTY box of shoes and he said, ummm I don't know let me think, so now it's seating in our entry hall and probably will until i decide to throw it WITHOUT ASKING! Btw, mine uses pillows to block the cold from coming in… aaargh!

  7. Cristin says:

    LOL and so true. Most of my hubby's things were donated years ago. There are a couple items in the garage… I told him he could decorate that space.

    Also, I have seen some horrible bachelor pads. I new one guy's apt that looked more like a garage – bikes, sporting equipment, tools.

    Good luck!!!


  8. Meredith says:

    Oh my word!!!! That is so funny!!! While I feel like my husband has great taste…I fear what he would do if I let him have his hands on our house!!! Too funny!!!!!

  9. laurelstreet says:

    I'm loving it – too funny. When I first met Richard he was using cardboard boxes for a coffee table and entertainment center!

  10. A Refocused Life says:

    I hate to tell you, but it doesn't get any better or easier. My husband's perspective on decorating is once it's done, it's done. If it's still beautiful and we like it, why change. He doesn't understand the concept of update, refresh, renew. Once I make the changes, he loves it, but leave the decorating to him, we'd still be living with 80s style.

  11. Susan says:

    So funny. My husband dreams of having his own man room. He already has the location decided on (loft above the garage) It just seems we never have the funds, there always going to the rest of the house. Some day Honey!

  12. Catbird says:

    When I first met my husband, one of his roomates had just moved out and taken the tv with him. So my husband went and bought a huge tv, plus a hideous 80s-looking glass tv stand with no storage. I asked why he got such an ugly, unfunctional piece of furniture, and his response was that it was the only one in the electronics store. We still have it, and any suggestions for replacing it are met with 'it holds up the tv just fine'. I content myself with the fact that in a couple of years we'll upgrade to a wall-mounted tv, and then I can get a nice cabinet to hold the DVR and game consoles.

    My husband' other decor suggestion:
    a Fathead. As he doesn't have a man cave to hide it in, I've vetoed it.

  13. Lauren says:

    hahahahahh too cute!!

    SO funny!!love the doggy & medieval times cups!!! the best!!


  14. Hissyfits & Halos says:

    Unfortunately, I have to deal with similar things, as well. Luckily, most of my husband's decorating, and half-brained ideas fill up the garage, rather than any area inside the house. I gave up long ago, though. I just don't care to be the home that people drive by and say, "Oh, look at those {insert adjective here} people….they have a 2×4 stuck in the window….or pillows & construction paper in the windows!" lol Oh well. Good thing they're so cute, right?

  15. Hissyfits & Halos says:

    Unfortunately, I have to deal with similar things, as well. Luckily, most of my husband's decorating, and half-brained ideas fill up the garage, rather than any area inside the house. I gave up long ago, though. I just don't care to be the home that people drive by and say, "Oh, look at those {insert adjective here} people….they have a 2×4 stuck in the window….or pillows & construction paper in the windows!" lol Oh well. Good thing they're so cute, right?

  16. TheFamousHome says:

    Consider yourself lucky! My rental is way too small for my bf to have a seperate room to hide all the ugly man junk. So instead he asks to have his say in at least one peice in every room and I cant say no… right now we have a shower curtian with googly eyed fish!

  17. Emily says:

    This is hilarious and do you know why? I have FOUR guitars to worry about. Only 2 gaming systems though. Most of the time I try to make room n the closet but for some reason "they all need to be played".

    Love John's idea of window treatments but I think they need your touch!

  18. shi(f)t says:

    the pillows in the window are hilarious…reminds me of a college frat house:) good luck helping your man out!

  19. Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic says:

    I think that if you made him some manly window treatments he'd be thankful. I know my boyfriend would love to have them in his man cave. You are right – my boyfriend doesn't allow me to make comments about his room. Which is nice.. I let it go. Everyone KNOWS it's his room and I have no control over it… I figured to be safe though I'd make him a "no girls allowed" sign. 😉

  20. Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training says:

    Too funny! I know how you feel. My fiancée is in love with his PS3 and recently said something about getting a Wii….yippee ;o) We’ll see if it was just talk or if PS3 gains a new friend. I recently put all the guitar hero junk in one of our upstairs bedrooms. Kent’s man cave is on our garage. He had a poker night the other day and the big poker table along with tacky chairs is right in the center of the garage. That means I’m parking outside in the driveway. Oh boys and their toys. But what can I say I have a room that’s full of crafty odds and ends.

  21. Anonymous says:

    My husband's lazyboy chair. Over 10 years ago, he returned a leather coat and bought his "pride and joy." It screams bachelor pad…but I do have to admit, it's comfy…just very unattractive.

  22. Daniela says:

    hahaha has Jon seen this yet?
    You probably should've put of picture of him in it playing Call of Duty. I happen to like the man cave, it has it's charm…as in the trap door to the shop! Can't believe that didn't get a pic!

  23. Scientific Housewife says:

    My husband has a "man room" upstairs that is all his own. The decorating plan is 2 pieces of man art on the wall and a dart board. That's it, there is nothing else… no furniture or anything. So yes, I deal in the same thing haha.

  24. my favorite and my best says:

    haaaaaa!hahahahaha!!! the construction paper thing is awesome! i wonder if he thought about what color would please u most..
    men are funny creatures.

  25. MyLittleHappyPlace says:

    Haaa! I think you are kind-hearted to let Jon have a man cave – Ben would LOVE to have a space all his that's off-limits to me, but alas…not in this house! 😉

  26. Lavender and Lilies says:

    Oh yes! My husband and your husband appear to have many things in common mainly the XBox and the Guitars. He sees nothing wrong with leaving the Rock Band Drum Set (from the video game) in my living room. My living room!

  27. Katie says:

    Bahahah! This is great! Help the man, would ya?

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  29. white wave design says:

    my husband has a room in our house… it is refered to as "ed's room" even when I try to clean it, he doesn't want me to. ed's room has a desk built of plywood, tubberware tubs full of stuff from when his childhood, a lamp with lightbulbs that are burned out and a filing cabinet that he picked out of trash, i think…. disaster!

  30. Honeygo Beasley says:

    Yes, yes – I can relate!

  31. Blueprint Bliss says:

    too, too funny. michael is upset with me… since losing my job- i've been working from home. meaning the office (his office) has become mine. he said his life is now confined to a closet in our 3 bedroom home!!

  32. ~ RM says:

    Bwuahahhahahha!!!!!!!!!!! THe pillows are great, but his paper curtain tops everything!

    You are too funny! Yes, I think every wife has a hubs with 'his' room. I sure do. It's "THE OFFICE" (*Insert horror flick tone, DUN DUN DUNNNNN….*) He's former Marine. Need I say more?? There's plaques. Swords. G.I.Joe guys, complete with grenade launchers. The list goes on and on. Did I mention the room is only about 10 feet by 7 feet?? And it's practically dead center in the house? Thank goodness it has a door! I love my husband, but I am waiting for his next hunting trip to redo it, and wait for ww3. 😉 Maybe if I paint the wall OD green, it'll blow over sooner!

  33. Appletree says:

    does your Jon know my Jon? I have to send you a picture of his hockey room. Eerily similar. would you care if I did a similar post? maybe we all should…too good, you are, too good.

  34. Tara says:

    I think you need to show him pictures of how posh and amazing a man cave can be! Talk to him about giving it an "old world pub feel" and most men jump on it! This month's House Beautiful has a nice example of a media room on pg 85.

    As for the guitars, we use ours as art. We got these: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10747529&sourceid=1500000000000003260420&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=10747529
    and then arranged both the acoustic and electric on opposite walls as a "high impact art" piece

  35. pve design says:

    Thank heavens for little boys. I love they way they find instant solutions, pillows to block the light and flags to cover unsightly cords. I can't wait to see what he does next, with your design prowess of course.

  36. Laura@JourneyChic says:

    This is hysterical! I'm happy our house isn't big enough for this, but we do have two huge speakers that aren't even set up to work just hanging out in a corner of our living room. When my friend moved in with her now-husband, she had to ask him to get rid of his beer bottle collection, which took up the whole mantle and then some!

  37. Colette's Cottage says:

    My husband travels regularly for work- so the minute he leaves I grab a trash bag and start throwing stuff away.
    Should he notice that something of his is gone, I just say "I think it's around here somewhere"

    Cruel, yes. But necessary.

  38. In Honor of Design says:

    this is so funny!! love it!!
    men could live in a cave and be happy. That is probably why they call it mancaves.

  39. Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) says:

    This is a great post! My sweet husband is always putting in his two cents in about decor ideas. It takes all I have to not say, "You've got to be kidding!" Biting my tongue always works. He is great at the execution and handy work…not so great at the ideas. Bless his heart though.

  40. Sarah - La Jeune Marie says:

    This is hilarious! Derek honestly is delegated to the garage! That is his space to do whatever – the entire house is mine!! Now that were moving to an apartment looks like he'll be losing his garage too – poor guy!

  41. SogniSorrisi says:

    This is hilarious…and all to familiar!

  42. Hopeless Chest says:

    My dad has a fleece sleeping bag insert hanging in the doorway at the bottom of our basement stairs. I kid you not.

    Screw's up my mother's carefully created decor scheme. But the basement is pretty much Dad's and my domain.

    Not only that, but that blanket keeps it several degrees warmer down here and it's cheaper than getting a custom made door to find the rounded archway.

  43. Laurie Jones says:

    Laughing all the way through this posting! You're not alone, my husband's office is off limits for me and its filled with gaming systems and Star Wars characters and some comic books too! I of course particularly love when he gives me his input on other rooms in the house! But a Chewbaca figure looks awesome anywhere right?!

  44. Marisa says:

    Hahahaha! You're NOT alone! Our spare bedroom is also fondly known as the "nerdroom" as that's where hubby's computer is and where he gets to exhibit some of his dodgy decorating skills. Until recently cut out comic strips were pasted on the walls… But, the nerdroom has been given a makeover! A new tablecloth, a nice collage of postcards against the wall (yes, including a Prince of Persia PS3 promo one) and two pieces of art he had from way back that actually looks pretty decent.

    But I couldn't get rid of the motley crew of glasses & bottles (beer) "decorating" the windowsill.

    Also still raging a silent battle against my arch nemesis – The Piece of Stone. The Piece of Stone comes from the dorm he used to stay in at university, and was, according to him part of the dorm and as such each guy took a piece as keepsake. The Piece of Stone is currently used as our doorstop, I kid you not.

  45. Rachel says:

    LOL!!! You know, at least your husband's guitars are up OFF the floor! Can't say the same for my husband's. Oh, and we have TWO drum sets to go along with the guitars! TWO!!
    His "room" is the study/office. It houses his shot glass collection, random empty bottles that are "special" to him, similar-to-your-husband's figurines, a set of 6 pictures (framed badly and hung up) of dogs playing poker, and then just a bunch of random crap strewn around so that you can't really see the furniture. It's a pit, and I am just ITCHING to get my hands on it!
    Luckily, he wants to organize it, and I get to help organize (decorate) because I use it to (sometimes, but not often).

    So, in closing, it could be worse… trust me. But I sympathize wholeheartedly. I think that most young guys just don't get the whole decorating thing. My theory is that with time, they finally just give up fighting it and life becomes easier for us! 😉

    Have a great weekend!!!

  46. The Lone Dollier says:

    Unfortunately, my husband is better at me than decorating. I love Shabby Chic and have a tendency to love mis-matched items or items that are distressed. Not my husband! His man den (aka The Redneck Room) is work of art. Now don't get me wrong, it's 100% macho man. Leather furniture with matching leather trimmed coffee table, end tables, and 15' long entertainment center. He even MADE a 7' long shelf out of sinker cypress he found in the swamps behind our house and then decided to make an end table from the same. Looks good! There are the requisite deer heads on the wall along with some nice prints of Redfish & Speckled Trout (two of which I gave him as a gift-albeit expensive gift!).

    So, my hubby is graced with more design sense than me. Though I seem to be good at picking out paint! Well, & if you like mis-matched shabby chic, I'm your gal LOL.


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