When someone mentions "man cave" to you, is this what you see?
I think most of us probably picture rugged rooms with neon signs. pool tables and beer kegs.
But being the romantic I am, I long for a time gone by.. .when men wore fedoras and stood up when a woman entered the room. I think gentlemen's study, cocktails, suit and tie, Mad Men, if you will... Frank Sinatra crooning in the background while men toast their Manhattans and discuss their recent adventures at work or play.
So exactly what would this "gentleman's man cave" look like?
Start with walnut stained wood floors
And Benjamin Moore's Raphael on the walls...
and the rest is a little something like this...
Anson Leather Sofa in Fifth Avenue Cognac
Fonda Rug in Navy
Dunn Cocktail Table in Maple with Charcoal Stain
La Palma 49" Bar in Chestnut
There are only a few things missing... you can't have a fabulous gentleman's bar room without cocktails! I found the perfect solution at mancrates.com. I recently discovered this site and am completely enamored with their gifts for men. Most "gifts for men" that I find online and in stores (wood valets, leather catchalls, monogrammed slippers, really?) would be balked at by most men I know, including my husband. Man Crates offers men what they really want... all packaged in a crate that comes with it's own crowbar for opening. It really doesn't get much more masculine that that. One of their newest crate offerings is the Whiskey Cocktail Man Crate.
Perfect for my gentleman's room, this crate features all you need to mix that Sidecar, Manhattan or Old-Fashioned. It includes a Boston shaker set, muddler, lemon juicer/strainer, Robert Vermiere's 1922 cocktail guide as well as bitters, ginger beer (one of my husband's favs) and club soda. Man Crates offers a variety of perfect gifts for men here!
Most of us cringe when our husband mention "man cave" for reasons I've already described. But with a man cave like this, we ladies can enjoy it too! What a better place to have a romantic drink and relaxing conversation. The other missing element?
"Can you keep it down? I'm trying to drink." - Don Draper
Don't blame me. I couldn't resist.