Retire those old posters and stolen street signs from college, and replace them with easy, inexpensive art like this old, enlarged envelope.
"This is one of my favorite things," says George of the framed envelope in the dining room. It was addressed by George's great-grandmother to her uncle, George's namesake, in 1917. He found it tucked away in his grandfather's dresser.
Lots of warm wood tones in your home can create an outdoorsy-masculine atmosphere, but be careful not to overdo it. Incorporate a few light-colored woods or painted wood furniture into the space to keep a balance.
"I had so much dark oak with my great-grandfather’s table and sideboard, I wanted a modern contrast," George says. His solution was to have the chairs commercially sprayed in a light driftwood color.
Framed art doesn't have to be a painting or a photograph. George loved the color of the graphic blueprint of his great-great-great-uncle's home in Louisville, Kentucky. He paired it with a family military portrait from the 1700s for a mix of technical and traditional styles.
Tip: Use high-quality scanned copies to protect your originals.
Skip the ruffled bed linens and collection of frilly throw pillows and opt for menswear-inspired pinstripe, paisley, and hound's-tooth. Your bed will look as put together and crisp as your favorite suit, and everyone looks better in a suit.
Want more dude decorating advice? Check out our "On the Couch" interview with builder/designer Frank Goldstin