In Living Style: A Masculine Loft You’ll Both Love

With so many bachelors taking the relationship leap (we’re looking at you, George Clooney), and since we’re as curious as little cats, we wanted to know if a bachelor pad could charm both sexes. We asked design psychologist Toby Israel, PhD, for her expertise on what pieces would appeal to him and to her. We also found some chic affordable finds so you can get the look of this downtown LA pad, designed by Summer Jensen of Hawk & Co.

The Living Room

Jensen maximized the interior space by creating a conversational seating area around the see-through in-wall fireplace. “While this space is very modernist, the designer (Jensen) created a space that is very humanist by using natural elements—hardwood floors, grass paper and fur are common denominators," Israel says. Faux-fur throws around a fireplace? Sign us up for this prime snuggling space.


SHOP NOW: Urbanity Decca end table, $334, Armen Living, AllModern.com; Cardona rug, from $300, ZGallerie.com; Firenze accent chair, $699, BlueprintFurniture.com; faux-fur throw, $129, PotteryBarn.com

The Bedroom

“While there is nothing traditionally feminine, there are softer aspects such as the fabric surrounding the bed and the sensual aspect of a high-styled setting," Israel says of this space. We couldn't agree more that an upholstered bed frame in graphite, offset by crisp white linens, will have you sleeping in style. “There's a sexual suggestion with the horse painting, which appeals to both genders," she adds. Horse or not, finding art that you both love will transform a setting into a space that is all your own.


SHOP NOW: Button panel bed, $432, Skyline Furniture, Wayfair.com; “The Race" canvas, $500, Zoey Riley, ZGallerie.com; Photographer's lamp, $149, PotteryBarn.com; end table, $119, Linon Sutton, Target.com


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The Dining Room

Couples definitely throw dinner parties… maybe not all the time, but it's nice to have a space to entertain your friends. A live-edge wooden table keeps a warm organic feel while modern chairs and an over-the-top light fixture adds that his and hers charm. “The chandelier gives the room a more romantic touch to an overall modern feeling room. Gender roles are blurred today and this room merges the masculine and feminine nicely," Israel says.


SHOP NOW: Gunnar side chair, $299, ZGallerie.com; Chantilly 18" light, $791, Maxim, LampsPlus.com; oval horn bowl, $45, JaysonHome.com; Versailles table, $1,700, BlueprintFurniture.com

The Family Room and Kitchen

“The den area is all about comfort—it's important to have an intimate area in the home, a private space that is cozy," Israel says. Jensen's use of natural elements and neutral color palette create a timeless room that allows you to kick back and relax. We suggest keeping the TV out of the bedroom (your partner will thank you) and using the open-family room as an inviting entertainment space.


SHOP NOW: Agate coaster, $20, JaysonHome.com; orchid plant, $125, Teleflora.com, Teleflora.com; Banded Globe pendant, $299, Hennepin Made, RoomandBoard.com; hand woven wool cable rug, from $189, NuLoom.com


Toby Israel, PhD, is a design psychologist in Princeton, New Jersey.

Check out more from the expert in her book, Some Place Like Home: Using Design Psychology to Create Ideal Places or in her webinars, “Women by Design"