Thursday, June 12, 2014

Kangaroo Design School: How To Mix Masculine and Feminine Elements

When I asked you guys if you would be interested in seeing more interior design features here on CK your response was a loud and clear "YES!" To fulfill that request I am kicking off a new series today: Kangaroo Design School! 

I must confess that I am quite the design rookie. My house looks a bit like a big dorm room, but I am trying to turn over a new leaf. One of my biggest design hurdles is figuring out how to put together a room that both me and my husband will love. To help solve this common dilemma I reached out to one of my favorite designers: Bridget Loftus Gasque from Loftus Design.




Q:  I feel like a lot of young couples struggle with combining their design aesthetics. What would your advice be to couples who discover they are on opposite sides of the decorating spectrum? Lets say she likes ultra minimalist spaces and he prefers a Victorian inspired traditional aesthetic.   

Bridget: There always needs to be a compromise with couples with different style directions.  I feel that mixing different styles can be beneficial and make a room unique and hopefully (make it) reflect the clients needs and overall style.  It is always good to get an idea of what the client likes, whether that involves looking at magazines or putting together a idea board through Houzz. Pictures are great inspiration on what they like and DON'T like.  Some people can't visualize or articulate what they like and this helps the process.    



Q: I have had a lot of trouble finding right mix of masculine and feminine. My husband says I like to live surrounded by "flowery floofy puffs", and I think his affinity for studded leather furniture is better suited to a man cave then a shared home. Do you have any tips or tricks for striking the right balance between masculine and feminine elements in a room? 

Bridget: I think a mix of masculine and feminine is always great, otherwise, it becomes more one then the other.  I find it's easier to find streamlined furniture pieces such as a sofa or chairs which lends towards more masculine and then pair it with a more feminine color pillow or a floral print, for example. I always suggest going with solid and neutral upholstered pieces and then using color and pattern in the accents; curtains, pillows and rugs. These are most likely the least expensive pieces to change out later but (you) always keep long term the more expensive pieces, such as the sofa and chairs.



 Q:  Finally, do you have any tips for dealing with the all-too-common leg-lamp scenario from A Christmas Story? In other words, what's the best way to handle a situation where your partner really loves a decor item that makes your skin crawl? You're dealing with a woman who's currently living with her husband's 15 year old futon from under grad here, so I need answers!

Bridget: I sometime design around it and usually through the process the client will realize that it does not work in the room anymore.  Some people are sentimental and can't give it up.  I'm usually sensitive about the situation and try to give them other options to choose from and for the most part, they finally see the overall vision.  Sometime its a struggle and at the end of the day, the client need to love the room no matter if there were things that I don't necessary agree with.  It's a fine line for a designer, pleasing the client and also designing a great room

 To check out more of Bridget's wonderful rooms visit her at Loftus Design.

28 comments:

  1. Love this :D :D
    www.sofiescloset.dk

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  2. I love this post! (and that foyer table!) :)

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    1. Right?! It's so elegant, but not fussy feeling at all.

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  3. Well, if your house looks like a dorm room my looks, hmmmm like a wreck. I think it's the kids toys that have just infiltrated our house that have made us lose our style, masculine or feminine!

    I try to use fabrics to bring in the feminine side, but I'm not too successful. My bedroom in particular has no style, really like the picture you showed. Maybe I'd sleep better if I invested in better design because right now, it's so blah.

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    1. Oh gosh, this isn't my home! I sure wish it was, though. These are rooms Bridget has designed:-) And yes, that bedroom is lovely... it's a lot of what made me initially fall in love with her work!

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  4. Bridget offers some great advice! I feel lucky that my husband and I tend to have very similar tastes when it comes to design.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  5. This is such a cute post, Alexandra! I love the concept and your blog is designed so beautifully ;)
    So happy I came across it! <3
    Hope you're having a lovely Friday!!xx

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    1. I knoooow! I'm going to try to recreate it.

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  7. hey sweetie!

    such a lovely blog! love this post!

    i was wandering if you would like to keep in touc

    by following each other?

    if so, just let me know and I will follow you right back :)

    love
    Vicky

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  8. Love these ideas! My boyfriend is more into the rustic tropical designs, and I like modern girl pieces. I love the combo happening on the first picture! I'm going to try an recreate this :)

    If you get a sec, I would love to hear you thoughts on my latest

    Xo,
    Amy
    STYLEchocolatechip.com

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    1. Rustic tropical... That sounds soo pretty! And I totally agree about the first picture! Love it!

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  9. This is amazing <3 Love it!!!

    Love always,
    lapetitecoeur.blogspot.com
    xx

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  10. LOVE IT!

    Love petals, chandeliers & old apartments? Have a look at my blog :)

    LOVE,
    LINE - http://www.themanylivesofline.blogspot.se/

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  11. hey sweetie!

    such a lovely blog! love this post!

    i was wandering if you would like to keep in touc

    by following each other?

    if so, just let me know and I will follow you right back :)

    love
    Vicky

    http://www.fashionrailways.com

    fb: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fashion-Railways/265825453534258?fref=ts

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  12. Love the choices! Were currently moving and redecorating and trying to mix both our styles! Will be checking for more ideas!
    Www.theurbanumbrella.com

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  13. I love the interiors of these rooms!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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  14. We are moving in a few months and I'm obsessed about interior just now!!!

    Love this!

    Tatyana
    Secret little Stars
    www.secretlittlestars.com

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  15. Oh very amazing design ~
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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  16. So many takeaways from Bridget's insight like achieving that sweet spot between masculine and feminine by going for streamlined furniture to retain the masculine and throwing in colors and patterns for a feminine touch. And you're right, nothing specifically loud about the pieces, it's really just the way she's put them together. <3

    www.sofiacope.com

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    1. Right?! That advice about the streamlined pieces is gold!

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  17. Thanks for all the inspiration and tips! My boyfriend and I don't even live together yet and we can't even agree on how we want our future place will look like lol!

    http://mariahruthel.blogspot.ca

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  18. I just love this post!! Thank you for sharing this interview!!

    xx,
    La Joie de Vivre by Alecia Mariana

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  19. Wow, her work is beautiful. And I can't believe he still has his futon--my mom made me throw mine out after freshman year LOL!
    xoxo Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

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  20. Truly said, interior designing has now a days lot of scope not only in designing for house or office but the requirement of interior designer is required in each and every sector of industry.


    Color for Interior Designs

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