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Chill Space

This cool men den is a summery hangout

This masculine space was designed by Beth Koobie. The gentleman of the house wanted a place to sip whiskey and listen to vinyl with friends.  We asked Beth how she created this engaging room.

BHL: This design is both inviting and imposing. How do texture and color work together to make a room more interesting?

BK: Mixing up textures in a room creates tactile and visual dimension! For this room, I used a more earth tone color palette. I wanted it to be a relaxing space, one whether the decor is more cohesive. As opposed to brighter colors and harder textures, which would be too bold and jarring.  The balance of the stone, the wood, the leather chairs and cowhide rug, the tin ceiling, and even the mirror with it's more "rugged" antiquing come together as a more masculine room.  I love how the copper ceiling color is picked up in some of the natural variations in the stone and the cowhide - it just makes everything feel right! The natural wood paneling wrapping around the room creates a kind of cocoon. 

BHL: What are a few of your favorite elements of the room?

BK:  The copper ceiling turned out great, as did the custom, distressed mirror. The stone on the fireplace is organic and pretty and masculine (at the same time) and really anchors the room without overpowering it. The antler chandelier just makes me smile. I had him pick out his favorite album covers and those are the ones hanging on the walls. All his other albums are contained in the custom storage unit. The builder, Elliott Homes, did a fantastic job with all the details I specified, which is a big deal. You can have all the coolest ideas, but if the execution is spotty, then it all goes down the drain.

  • the small side table at Paris on Ponce and it was made from industrial mechanical parts (the feet on the base resemble the pedals of his slide guitar