Monday, April 25, 2011

The Man Cave aka Hubby's Music Room

A couple of years ago, after Hubby retired, he began expanding his love of music with guitars, a keyboard, speakers, amplifiers, etc. etc.

Sorry I don't have a "before" photo of the room but, believe me, it wasn't anything you'd probably want to see anyway.

Since the room is visible from the downstairs hallway and family room, I gently suggested that maybe it could look a little bit better.

Hubby agreed and accepted the challenge to decorate it on a budget. He did all the decorating himself with only a couple of small suggestions from me. After all, it is his  room.
Working mostly with what we had, this is now "the music room".
Enter here:

Ta Da!

Most of the electronic equipment was black, so I suggested red accents... which we had lots of anyway.

Our son did this painting as an art project when he was in college. It's quite large and needed to stay here since there was no other place to hang it.
 Fortunately, it has black and red in it.

Hubby's beloved resophonic guitars.

 Hubby made this long  table for a music stand.

He bought frames at Michael's to showcase some of his old albums and 45s.

This bookscase holds a tv to view instructional videos and other electronic equipment.
He used two office chairs that could be moved or swiveled for use when he has other guitar players visiting.
The couch is for the audience . lol

Hubby's accordian from 5th grade.
He doesn't play that anymore, for which I'm thankful. :)

His little table top vignette. The red square table  used to be the base for our Christmas tree. Hubby made that, too.

The bookcase on the right houses his CDs, old running trophies and little mementos.

In all, I think he spent about $100, mostly for the frames and wood for his music stand. We already had everything else.

Believe it or not, this is the way it looks ALL the time. I don't move anything or clean in there!
 He does that all himself.
Hubby's a neat guy, in more ways that one. lol

 What do you think? Did he do ok?

Hubby and I will be joining these great parties below:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday


 and with Sherry @ No Minimalist Here for Open House Thursdays.

 See you there and thanks for stopping by. It's always great to see you.



Blondie's Journal said...

This is a great room, Babs! Hubby did a wonderful job at doing a nice job and keeping it under budget! I also love that he is such a 'neat' guy!



OMG, Babs! I love your hubby's music room!, so nice he's got the musical hobby and entertaining, that'll give him GOOD health... music does!! Your son's picture looks wonderful in it, it's a young man's music room. Love it!
Have a nice week.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

If mine had a room it would be a catch all like every one of his spots where he dumps. He is not neat. You are lucky. I love the art work your son did. He is good! That makes such a statement in there.

Pat said...

What a great job he did! Like the rug, posters, and especially his accordian! How funny and cute.


Sarah said...

Babs, I'm impressed! The room is great. Love the large painting by your son. He is very talented. It looks great in this space, and what a clever idea to frame the records and album covers. My husband has done his own office. It's his space. Not bad actually. LOL
~ Sarah

Anonymous said...

This room is fabulous Babs.

The art piece is beautiful.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I got the pitcher at Queen of Hearts in Alpharetta a month ago and the stool up in the mountains.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hey should be so proud of your husband. This is a great room! My husband fixed up our basement several years ago but he doesn't go down there much anymore. It's nice to have a room for just him! Have a great week...~Ann

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Wow, Babs - I love the music room. It has so many wonderful original art by your son and the framed records - really nice! Linda

Designs on 47th Street said...

Wow! This is a great room. Yes, I would say he did more than okay and how fabulous he takes care of it himself. He really IS into his music! Keeps him busy and that's a good thing. :)


Alycia Nichols said...

Your husband is incredibly talented! He is so multi-faceted! Without even seeing a "before" photo, I can see you did a wonderful job on the room. It will be a joy for many years to come!!!

lvroftiques said...

Very nice music room! Your hubbs done good! *winks* I love the framed records! What a great idea! Vanna

Karen said...

I am so impressed!! The black and red is great combination with all the cream color. What sort of music does your husband play?
Really a successful project.
Ladybug Creek

Aroura said...

Nice! Your son is SUPER talented! I totally thought that was a touched up photo! My dad's also a musician and I think wishes his music room was this big.

Anonymous said...

Definitely gets the "wow" factor. And I love the mounted albums and records. And your son is very talented too. :)

MeMeSue said...

My Husband is working on a "Computer room Man Cave" but on a much smaller (room) scale. He also collectes (UGH) firetrucks...but who am I to complain with all the "stuff" I collect! I just don't want it all over the house!

I ADORE the painting your son did...OMGoodness it is beautiful!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Babs! Great room, and the painting is VERY cool! I wanted to answer your question about seat caning, but you don't have an e-mail address linked here goes. I cut off the excess caning before I put the spline in. I just use a utility knife, and cut right below the edge of the groove. After you pound the spline in, there's nothing left to stick out! Thanks for stopping by Red Hen Home!

Savannah Granny said...

Babs, I would say you have one talented family. We have already seen your talents, and they are many, at decorating. You son is obviously extremely talented and now hubby. The room is so attractive but is functional as well. He is decorating for the masculine soul and to also be neat and tidy. He is doubly blessed with talent.

My Bob is a precious soul but not a fashion bone in his body.

Ginger :)

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hey Babs...I finally heard back from the girls At The Picket Fence. They must have overlooked my email and just saw it...they want to know if you still need help with your blog. It looks great to me but let me know.
Also...I just realized that your blog isn't connected to your email. For example, when you comment on my blog I get an email notice. When I open that email I can't reply to you. My response would go to a No Reply Blogger address somewhere. If you want to fix it go to your Dashboard. Under Settings click on Comments. Scroll down to where it says Comment Notification Email. Put your email address in the box and click save at the bottom of the page.
Let me know if you have any questions for the Picket Fence girls...they just posted today on photo editing. It was incredible. I struggle with my camera skills and will take all the help I can get!

Entertaining Women said...

Way to go, Hubby! My husband is also a musician...and my daughter, too. Dealing with all those instruments is an art form. Thank you for stopping by my post. When you go look at tablecloths on eBay, do a search for Zina
Vasi, Williams Sonoma tablecloths, and enter specific for others that you might be researching. I keep a sVed search going for round tablecloths. Happy bidding! Hopefully we won't be bidding against each other. Cherry Kay


Oh my dear Babs, I'm so sorry you lost your mother 5 yrs. ago...I can imagine you miss her so, I miss my Mil who died 2 yrs. ago, imagin my mom! Today was her day and we did go shopping and I DID, shop I mean...I'll be posting soon.
Thanks for coming and for the sweet comments.

Marlis said...

Had to come back and look at your son's painting. I hope he has continued his art! It's magnificent. Great room redo for the husband..

Karie said...

Babs, The music room is beautiful! Really it is. My musician husband would have loved having a room like that. Sorry to say he got the basement. . . Thanks for sharing your talents. Also thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment on the Pioneer tablesetting. I so appreciate it. Have a great day. Hugs, Karie

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Babs, I think he did great! Your son is also very talented. Thank you for sharing the wonderful man cave at my party.

On Crooked Creek said...

Hubby did a fine job! I adore the huge painting your son did...very talented! My dad, his brothers, MY brother were all guitar musicians. I grew up on bluegrass! (My music of choice is Classic!)I now have two of dads string instruments in our home office. What a wonderful way to showcase your family's interest! The red accents are stunning!