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Everyday Inspo: How to Create a Man Cave with Feminine Touches

I’m a firm believer in being inspired by the everyday. I think if you look hard enough, you can pretty much use anything in your everyday life (even the seemingly mundane) to inspire an interior design scheme.

These moments are what I call Everday Inspo – and you should use them to inspire room designs in your home!

Sometimes you have to train your eye to see the design potential in a random moment, which is why I’m starting this new segment on the blog called Everyday Inspo. Each week I’ll take an image and show you how to can use it to inspire and interior design moodboard.


  • Tag me into an image that inspires you in your everyday life.
  • Use the hashtag #EverydayInspo.
  • Loop me into the pic @tlifecreative
  • I’ll pick an image each week and show you how to turn it into a mood board!


This week I was looking back on the photos I took during research for my upcoming book, which is a collection of the best places to eat, drink and shop in Sydney.

The photo below is of a divine set of cakes I spotted at No 12 Trading in Kensington, which I visited for coffee and a treat earlier in the year.

I love the black, brown and yellow tones this shot has – which bode perfectly for a man cave that doesn’t offend any lady friends!

Cake Displays at No 12 Trading Kensington


The shot below comes courtesy of H&M. I love the way it gives a generous nod to a more masculine look, but the room is softened with cushions in delicate, feminine patterns and textures. It makes for a really nice balance of elements, don’t you think?

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THE Balanced Man Cave MOOD BOARD

Check out the stockist info below so you can set about injecting this balanced man cave vibe into your apartment as soon as you’re ready.

New York Loft Apartment Mood Board on TLC Interiors

1 Spotted Horses Framed Print
2 Kibombo Natural Sofa Cushion
3 Lapaz Nero Floor Rug
4 Ava Table Lamp
5 Yvette Side Table
6 Brooklyn Three-Seater Sofa
7 Hustle Copper Foil Print
8 Arkana Mustard Cushion
9 New York Skyline Cushion
10 Scanda Marble and Leather Vase

>>> What’s your fave piece from the mood board above? I hope you’ve discovered something new for your home!


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Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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