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One Room Challenge: Bachelor Pad Edition Week 6 Finale

{Originally Posted November 6, 2013}

Woop Woop its time!  I’m both incredibly excited and nervous to reveal the finished Gentleman’s Bachelor Pad.  This project was an awesome challenge for me and sharing it with you guys over the past 6 weeks has been incredibly fun.  Not gonna lie, there were a few moments of sheer terror, but mostly it was fun and  rewarding.  I’m so lucky this is my day job.

The goal was to create a space that was modern, masculine, layered, warm and most importantly, family-friendly.  You see, I’ve been touting this place as a “bachelor pad” but the truth of the matter is, it’s a home to a father and his two sons.  My client’s focus and priority from the beginning was to create a comfortable home for his kids.  My priority was to meet his needs and make it pretty.  I think we both succeeded.

Prepare yourself for picture overload.

If you’ve been following from the beginning, you know it started with a chair

The Eames lounge chair set the Mid-Century tone for the home.

The Jim Dine lithograph established the color story.

Brass and gold is sprinkled throughout the accessories, lighting and hardware.

Old, new, patina, polished… I love how it all works together.


With this being a rental, we relied on paint, art and furnishings to transform the space.

Perhaps the black wall was the biggest game changer.

Remember how we started?

I’m loving how the custom etagere pops against the black wall, while the TV fades away.

We made the spacing of the shelves extra large to allow for optimal display.

We wanted to show off our collection of loot while not losing the beauty of the wood back.

The bust is vintage Italian and about 20 pounds. The dog painting was dug out of my client’s basement.

We opted for a grouping of vintage paintings to go over the danish chairs.

I love the muted colors and gilded frames.  They bring a traditional touch to the mostly-modern room.

Here is the coffee table we made.  The Carrara marble top “floats” over the wood frame.

The hairpin legs keep the piece feeling light.

We didn’t want to completely cover the gorgeous vintage Hamadan rug!

I told my client I was thrilled he was letting me go a little “granny chic” in his pad.

He was a little horrified by that title, but I assured him it is a compliment.

It’s good to mix in a little old, a little funky, a little ornate.  It feels more collected and less decorated.

Mismatched pillows say you’re so bad-ass that you don’t even have to try to be stylin’.

The combination of the driftwood end table,  the glass jar lamp and batik-dyed shade is one of my faves.

You can find the lamp here and the table here.

My client has so much great art.  It was fun filling out walls and pairing pieces together.

The vintage Brasilia credenza has been all styled up. It's the perfect welcoming moment when you enter the home. Some of you will be happy to know that the mirror is a great price and can be found here.

The rest is vintage.

It’s hard to find an angle in this room where you can’t spy a boob or a butt. Ohhh MEN. ;-)

I found these rattan stools to go under the craigslist sofa table.

It was fun picking out blue accents for here and there. The planter and blue and white porcelain sprinkled throughout are from the Pink Pagoda. The tray is from Crate and Barrel.

Then there is the Dining Room. We started with this…

We weren’t doing a big bold black wall in here.  Instead, I took this room slightly more monochromatic.

Out went the blue trim and in came the blue accents…

With the table and chairs so clean and modern, we warmed up the space with textiles.

We didn’t drop big bucks for the curtains.  They are ready-made from West Elm.

I’m obsessed with this oversized ginger jar, also from Pink Pagoda.

We styled the custom credenza with a mix of baskets, books and a few special objects.

My favorite item would be this vintage clipper ship.  I thought the boys would enjoy it.

We did a mixed gallery wall over the credenza with the large Caulder occupying the left side.

The right side is a mix of black and white prints leaning on the counter and wood shelf.

My client took the photos himself.  I love the personal element to this space.

This floor lamp from Rejuvenation provides a little extra lighting and highlights the art wall.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with how the “Beast Wall” turned out.

As for the lovely chandelier, you can find it here.

The last little moment in this room is a vintage bar cart I picked up in my travels. Bottoms up!

And finally, we end with the chair.  See it all ties back to the chair.


Well it’s gotten very late and this post has gotten very long, so I’m gonna wrap it up and say goodbye to the ORC.  A few shout-outs first.  To Linda, the champion and cheerleader of the One Room Challenge, thanks for inviting me back again!  Thanks to Courtney Apple for providing me with the lovely images.  Big hugs to my team, including my father, Andrew Stein and George Coldren for creating 3 fabulous, custom, locally-made pieces and helping me with the install.   And last and most importantly to my client, Mr Bachelor.  Thank you for trusting me with your home, providing me the flexibility to let the design evolve naturally and the generosity of letting me share it with all my readers.  May you and the boys enjoy the Pad thoroughly!


WEEK 1—Before Photos & Inspiration WEEK 2—Floor Plan, Paint, Rugs

WEEK 3—Vintage Casegoods, Lighting WEEK 4—Seating

WEEK 5—Custom Furniture, Accessories

{19 More Fabulous Finales}


Thanks so much for following along.  I hope you love the result.

I so enjoy hearing your thoughts, so let me know what you think!


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