One way to navigate through A Room of His Own is by man cave type. The list of definitions below will help you identify your style and link you to the specific posts that fit your chosen category.

Beach Bum: You don’t have to live by the beach to be a bum. Or like tiki torches. The Beach Bum look is all about mismatched furniture, bamboo, retro accents and maybe even a little Hawaiian print sprinkled here and there (oh, the horror!). The Beach Bum’s cave is a shoe-less, shirtless mantuary, where a little bit of disorder completes the look; it’s a shrine to laid-back, West Coast casual style. If you love The Dude and dream of a cave where bathrobes = formal wear, welcome home. It’s mai tai time. To view Beach Bum caves, click here.

Classic: The Classic is the man cave version of Old Spice. It’s traditional, popular and every man has tried it on for size. The Classic is distinctly masculine…sometimes classy…always comfortable. Think leather and wood, with posters on the wall and the TV clicker always within reach.  Think dark lighting, a throw blanket or two, and a proud display of personal memorabilia, from antique books, to sports paraphernalia, to a collection of fine scotch. Sure, on a budget you can furnish the Classic from Ikea; but deep down the Classic really wants you to drop a pretty penny at Restoration Hardware. To view Classic caves, click here.

Contemporary: If you don’t know what DWR stands for, you might as well stop reading now. Seriously. Save yourself the time. For the man who wants a sleek Contemporary cave, the Design Within Reach catalog is his bible. He’s a bachelor – or wishes he was – who’s going for a look that screams: “I’m successful. And I have style. Therefore, you should sleep with me.” For this type of cave, think glass, steel and concrete – you know, heavy manly stuff. Forget color and commit yourself to neutrals. Is Contemporary cold, you ask? Sure it is: stone cold fox. To view Contemporary caves, click here.

Formal: The Formal man cave might not be the most comfortable, but it sure looks sharp. Heavy on antique furnishings, luxurious fabrics and collections of curiosities, this is a cave for the smart and serious. If the Classic man cave had a predecessor, the Formal would be it, with walls that feature oil paintings instead of posters and displays of trinkets that have worth instead of kitsch. You can expect the Formal man cave to feature a prominent desk, giving the appearance, at least, of hard work being done in the space. After all, the gruff excuse of “I’m working” is what will keep unwanted interlopers at bay. To view Formal caves, click here.

Man Child: We’ve all heard of the Man Child. This mythical creature remains frozen in time, unchanging in nature, interests, style or relationship commitment level. He’s used to being chastised by that significant other who would like to see him grow up, take a bath and put a ring on it already. But the Man Child doesn’t care what others think of him. Carefree and casual, he made a decision about his lifestyle a long time ago, in the formative years of childhood. As such, the Man Child remains amused by the same gadgets and games that have always fascinated him. He revels in nostalgia: the old boom box from his free-styling days, the pin-up poster of his first celebrity crush, the beer brand he pounded in high school, the video game he can beat in his sleep. Call him immature, if you must, but the truth is simply that the Man Child has found his happy place, and has no problem staying there. In this cruel world, is there anything wrong with that? To view Man Child caves, click here.

Mid-Century Modern: Ever since Mad Men came on the air, Mid-Century Modern has been trending big time. If you like suiting up and drinking your liquor on the rocks – preferably even before you’ve left the office – then this is the style for you. Mid-Century Modern means low seating and sunburst mirrors and incorporating the word “credenza” into your vocabulary. Sometimes it’s sleek, sometimes it’s cozy, but it’s always got that aura of retro cool. To prepare for a MCM man cave, check out the photographs of Julius Shulman. To view Mid-Century Modern caves, click here.



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