Interior Design for the Introverted Dude

Alright, my dudes. Last week, we focused on design tips for extroverts – those guys that enjoy being at the center of attention and thrive on parties. But what if you’re not that kind of dude?

Maybe you’re the kind of dude who…

#1. Enjoys having quiet time alone to think, read, listen to music, or binge-watch Maniac on Netflix.

#2. Sometimes screens calls, even from your best buds, just because you need to mentally prepare yourself for a conversation.

#3. Would rather step on a Lego than engage in small talk with strangers.

If that sounds like you, then dude, you’re probably an introvert.

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Introverts are people who thrive on having time alone to unwind and collect their thoughts. Unlike the extroverted dude, going out partying on a Friday night doesn’t energize you. In fact, too much socializing can be draining. In order to recharge your energy levels, you need time away from the hustle to reflect in a quiet space where you can find peace. But does your home decor appeal to your need for introspection and relaxation?

Introverts, this one’s for you! The Dude is here with some on-trend tips for creating a cozy and calming living space.

Here are some things to consider when designing your ideal fortress of solitude:

 

Keep It Simple

Given your more reserved nature, a simplistic, minimalist design is ideal for you. Scandinavian design, in particular, appeals to many introverts as it focuses on clean lines and warm textures. Simple layouts and bright, airy spaces are the goal here. Get yourself a comfy, contemporary couch, a sleek, modern coffee table, and some neutral accent pieces to create a living space that is perfect for unwinding after a long day.

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As far as color goes, pick soft tones that are calming to you. Muted tones are better suited for this design rather than bold colors or patterns. Think: cool whites, tans, and greys with pops of black, green, and brown. These subdued hues will help create a relaxing refuge from the overstimulation of your daily life.

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Find Your Center

As an introvert, you need to maintain a special focus on what energizes you while designing your home. So ask yourself: What is it that rejuvenates me? What makes me feel centered?

If you’re the kind of dude who enjoys relaxing with a good book, then you’re going to need a cozy chair and a great bookshelf. If you feel most at ease while listening to your favorite album, then show off that trendy record player. If you are a dude who loves collectables, then make sure that you have a designated space to store those baseball cards (or whatever dudes collect).

Whatever it is that refuels you, make sure to incorporate that into your space!

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Hygge Your Home

Hygge is a lifestyle trend that originates from Denmark. The Danish word roughly translates into English to mean “coziness,” although it has no literal translation. The concept focuses on slowing down, living calmly, and embracing life’s simple pleasures. Although hygge is more of a state of mind rather than a design trend, it is a concept that can easily be channeled into your home decor.

Hygge translates particularly well into bedroom design. For you introverts, your bedroom should be a retreat from the buzzing, busy world. Hygge your home by prioritizing comfort when choosing furniture and decor. Don’t just consider how the piece looks, consider it’s “nap-ability” as well. For your bed, stick with crisp, white bedding, soft, neutral throws, and lots of plush pillows.

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As far as color and design for the bedroom, I’d suggest soft, grey walls and sheer, white curtains to amp up natural light. Instead of pattern, try incorporating various textures of the same color scheme into the space. Consider a thick carpet or lush, furry rug. This will make the room feel warm and layered as well as visually calming.

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Need some tailored advice for designing the perfect homebody haven? Reach out to your Design Dude at heydesigndudes@gmail.com. I would love to hear your design goals and help bring them to life!

Want some additional information about introverted interior design? Check out an article that I was featured in on realtor.com for six cozy home decor ideas!

 

Interior Design for the Extroverted Dude

Dude, let’s play a game of Choose Your Own Adventure. It’s Friday night. You just got home from a long day of work. You plop down on the couch and get a text message. It’s your buddy asking if you want to go out for happy hour and possibly have the most epic Friday night ever. Do you…

#1: Put your phone on silent and start binging Bandersnatch.  

#2: Grab your coat, because you’re off to the most epic night ever!

If you chose number two, then you’re on the right blog post. Because dude, you might be an extrovert.

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Extroverts are people who are thrive on being social. Staying in on a Friday night and binging Netflix alone on the couch just doesn’t do it for you. Instead, you often feel rejuvenated after spending an evening entertaining a crowd of guests. But do you have the ultimate party space for this?

Dudes, this isn’t college anymore. Empty bottles of craft beer across the top of your kitchen cabinets doesn’t exactly have the same visual appeal as they once did. But don’t worry! The Dude is here to help make your home the talk of the party.

Here are some things to consider while designing the perfect party pad:

 

Open Up – Your Floor Plan!

The goal here is to have a great space for entertaining guests. An open floor plan with an attached kitchen and living space is ideal for extrovert design as it leaves plenty of space for gathering and socializing. Consider focusing your party around a kitchen island or bar top. This is a great area to lay out snacks and drinks, and it allows you to be at the center of conversation. Be sure to have some nice seating options in this area, like pair of good-looking bar stools, for guests to get comfortable.

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Is Your Living Room Living Its Best Life?

Sure, the kitchen has the food (and what is a party without food?), but your living room is the hub of entertainment for your party. Make sure that your living room is living up to its name by creating a great entertaining area.

It is important to have many options for guest seating. An oversized couch or sectional with a large ottoman is a great start and serves as a focal point for socialization, but also consider adding a few extra seating arrangements to make the most of the space. Multiple groupings of chairs allow for multiple conversation areas for guests, and that means even more conversations for you to hop between!

Also, consider a flat screen entertainment center or a great music system to add that extra energy to your gathering. And, don’t forget the libations – a trendy bar cart will help get the party started!

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Now, Get the Party Started

Social dudes obviously love having something to talk about – so give it to them! Incorporate key pieces into your home decor that will catch your guests’ eye and get them talking. Unique items, like a trendy record player, an eclectic rug, or some geometric floor tiles, will do just that. Jazz up your entertainment space with some bold colors or patterns. Consider an accent wall with a fun wallpaper print or some striking artwork. These additions are bold, visually stimulating, and will certainly reflect your outgoing personality.

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Need some tailored advice for designing the perfect party pad? Reach out to your Design Dude! I can help you toss those craft beer bottles from college and transform your space to fit your design goals: heydesigndudes@gmail.com.

Want some additional information about extroverted interior design? Check out an article that I was featured in on realtor.com for six home decor ideas!

2019 Design #Goals

It seems like I was just writing about 2018 trends… How time flies for a busy dude, right?

All the 2019 trends are about to hit us. (I heard from one of you dudes that it is going to be the year of the llama, so stay tuned for llama themed decor.) But first, let’s start the year off right with some design tips to get organized and ready to tackle whatever comes your way in the new year.

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Here is how I get my space ready for the new year:

  • Putting the D in Decluttering
    • Yes, even decluttering can be fun! Dudes often think this is the most daunting task, so they let old college tees pile up in the corner of the living room next to that old recliner they got from dad. You don’t have to live this way, dude! Here are my tips for decluttering your space for some clarity in the new year.
      • Toss or donate anything that you haven’t used in a year. If you haven’t used it for 6 months or more, chances are you don’t need it. Hate to break it to you, but those jeans from high school are never going to fit again judging on the beer cans in the recycling bin that need to be taken out.
      • Make the piles. When decluttering I make 3 piles: keep, donate/sell, trash. Don’t be wishy washy on what pile to put something in! This is the time to be as hardcore and cold as possible. (The keep pile should be the smallest.)
      • Make it fun! Decluttering doesn’t have to be miserable. Make it an event – play music, invite friends over, have a brewski or two. It will make the process go by faster.

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  • The OG Guide to Organizing
    • Now that everything you own is in a pile in the middle of the room (because you should have gotten rid of the other two piles mentioned by now), it is time to organize. The bright side is, you have significantly less things to organize! When organizing I do the following:
      • Divide your pile into rooms: living room stuff, kitchen stuff, bedroom stuff, storage stuff, etc.
      • Tackle these mini piles one by one.
      • Start with your first room and assess where everything can go. Consider if you should invest in more storage solutions and purchase those.
      • Then, place your items and done! But seriously, it shouldn’t be complicated. There is no perfect system of organization, so do what makes sense to you.

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  • So Fresh and So Clean
    • Next step, clean it all! Your pad is probably very dusty and grimy by this point. (Please take out the recycling bin full of beer cans already!) Take out trash, dust, wipe down your surfaces, vacuum, mop – in that order! Never mop and then vacuum. You should know this by now, dude.

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  • New Year, New Pad
    • Now for the fun part! Introduce something new to your pad for the new year. This can be really simple or really big. You get to decide how you’re living your best design life in 2019. Try updating some throw pillows on the sofa, getting new bedding, or painting a wall. Try incorporating Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral. (Dudes can like pink!)

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  • Align Your Resolutions with Your #DesignGoals
    • What are your goals for the new year? To approach life through minimalism, to be bold, to be more peaceful, to live the luxe life? Well, all of those are styles you can incorperate into your pad! Start off on the right visual foot and make the space reflect your #goals. Our environment really affects us and how we perform in the world.

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If you need help with your space, reach out to your Design Dude! I can help you with whatever design challenge you are faced with in 2019: heydesigndudes@gmail.com.

Also yes, I did make this whole post Parks and Rec themed. You’re welcome.

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New Year – New Dude

Looking into 2019 like…

I think we can all agree that 2018 proved to be a crazy and trying year for everyone. From some serious celebrity breakups that we were all a little to personally invested in to Kanye entering politics to people literally eating Tide Pod detergent to the yanny vs laurel divide, this was probably the most nonsensical year yet. And, does anyone remember that raccoon who scaled the skyscraper? He is literally all of us trying to overcome 2018 and make it to 2019.

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2018 was also a pretty crazy year for me personally. I started a new job, moved to a new apartment, got serious about blogging, had a number of failed relationships, and had some of the most trying interpersonal moments since high school. I got to meet 7,469 more of you dudes (thanks for the follows)! I was featured on my dream site, Apartment Therapy. I saw Taylor Swift in concert, and I subsequently reflected a lot about the state of my own reputation in 2018.

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I got to attend some amazing events, travel, meet awesome people, try cool products, and make fun content for you dudes. But, I ultimately ended the year in burnout and depression, with rumors circulating about who I am as a person and some pretty nasty fallouts professionally and personally. But, it’s ok to be sad about things. (Did you hear that fragile masculinity? DUDES CAN BE SAD SOMETIMES!)

From this, I picked myself up (with some help), learned a lot about what to value, how to say no, who to trust, and who to call a friend. And, this crazy year shaped who I am and how I am going into 2019.

Even in my worst times, you could see the best of me. – Taylor Swift

So, let’s move on to those resolutions, eh? These are my personal resolutions, but I hope that you dudes can take some bits and pieces for yourself.

  • Take some time to learn about your main dude, you! 
    • I focused a lot on other people in 2018, whether that be in relationships, comparing myself, or fulfilling others’ needs before I could fulfill my own. So in 2019, I am making it a priority to take care of myself first and even take time to get to relearn myself. (Because, yes we change and don’t even realize it sometimes.) For some actionable steps, I am not dating anyone until Quarter 2, and I am making it a point to practice doing things by myself.

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  • Be aware of what’s worth the energy of a dude. 
    • In 2018, I said yes to EVERYTHING. Every event I was invited to, every date, every night out, I tried it all – even when I knew I didn’t want to. This eventually just lead to burnout at the end of the year and a collection of VIP lanyards on my door handle. (The real question is: who cares?) I felt that I had to say yes to everything, had to be seen at every event, had to try out every big new thing, and that somehow this was connected to how important I was. News flash: you don’t have to be busy to be important, no one cares if you were at that event the next day, and if you don’t like your date you are not going to have fun at that rooftop bar. I promise! This year, I am practicing the art of saying no and asking the question “will this move me forward?” before I do something. If I don’t think it will be fun, don’t think it will advance me as a person, or don’t think it’s good for me, I am saying no. (But making sure to say no politely.)

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  • A healthy dude is a happy dude. 
    •  I am definitely planning on stepping up the health game this year. I found that going to the gym actually gives me energy. Who knew a healthy lifestyle made you feel good? My goal is to commit to the gym four times a week, to yoga three times a week, and to a low sugar, veggie based home diet with all eating out as a cheat. Also, trying to sub a Netflix series for a book every month. Wish me luck!

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  • Know the dudes behind the screen. 
    • I am so lucky to be able to meet amazing people through blogging and Instagram. I consider some of you dudes my closest friends. But, I am also trying to reduce screen time in the new year. So, let’s meet the dudes behind the screens! If we chat all the time on Instagram, let’s plan to meet IRL. Wouldn’t that be more fun?

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So, there you have it. From the ashes of 2018, I have learned more than ever, and I am ready to make 2019 the best year yet. Who’s with me?

thank u 2018, next

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Getting in the Christmas Spirits: The Gin Edition

The holiday season is in full swing. And if you are like me, you are totally procrastinating right now. Between parties, and gifts, and hosting it’s a lot for one dude to do alone! So, the dudes at Design Dudes have an early Christmas present for you. We teamed up with Drinking in SA to create two festive cocktail recipes for your holiday party. These drinks are sure to impress, and now you have one less thing to worry about. Plus, just one cocktail is sure take the holiday edge off.

Dude, these Christmas cocktails are so lit. – Santa

Now let’s get this tree and yourself LIT!

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Recipes:

White Christmas Negroni 

This play off of a White Negroni gets a little more festive for the holiday season. A White Negroni uses flowery Lillet blanc instead of of sweet vermouth, and we substituted Aperol for Campari in this recipe. (You probably have some Aperol leftover from the totalitarian reign of the spritz this summer.) ANYWAY…

Overall, this recipe is a bit sweeter, lighter, and more citrusy than the classic Negroni. The Lillet offers the citrus notes and lighter color, and the Aperol brings a sweeter finish to the drink compared to Campari.

The gin:

Our Christmas sprit of choice is Treaty Oak Distilling’s Waterloo Old Yaupon Gin. An Old Tom style gin, this spirit features honey produced from wild yaupon flowers, which adds sweetness and vegetal notes. The botanical blend includes Yaupon Holly (so Christmasy, right?), juniper, Makrut lime, anise, orris root, and of course honey. This gin definitely embodies all the flavors of the holidays, making the perfect Christmas cocktail.

Let’s get to mixing!

  • 1 1/2 oz. Waterloo Old Yaupon Gin
  • 3/4 oz. Lillet blanc
  • 3/4 oz. Aperol
    • Pour over ice in a lowball glass, stir, and garnish with rosemary and fresh cranberries.
    • Want to get creative and really impress your guests? Freeze the rosemary and cranberries into large ice blocks.

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Jingle Tonic

G&T, G&T, jingle all the way! If you are new to the cocktail game and all of the above scared you, don’t worry! We have a simple, but classic recipe that is stress free and sure to impress any holiday drop ins. This festive gin and tonic is easy to make, but has a festive feel that is perfect for your next Christmas party. Your guests will appreciate the extra touch.

The gin:

For this cocktail we are using Treaty Oak Distilling’s Waterloo No. 9 Gin. While this spirit looks more like your standard gin than the Old Yaupon selection, it is anything but. I would say this is one of the most dynamic and unique gins I have ever tasted. While paying homage to traditional dry gins with ingredients like juniper, coriander, and anise, Waterloo No.9 builds in Texas Hill Country flavor with pecans, lavender, lemon, and grapefruit zest. There is a wide range of flavors, and I guarantee that it will step up your classic G&T.

Let’s get to drinking!

  • 1 1/2 oz. Waterloo No. 9 Gin (or make it a double)
  • Tonic (This measure is all up to you!)
    • Pour over ice in a highball glass, top with tonic, stir, and garnish with rosemary and fresh cranberries. And, that’s it!

Hope you dudes have a great holiday season! Make sure to impress those guys when they come over to your holiday party. Share these recipes if you like them. And, remember to always drink responsibly.

To check out more about Treaty Oak Distilling, click here.

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