The Ultimate Guide To Decorating Your Man Cave

Every man needs some “me-time” every now and then, to just relax and rewind and deflate from all the stress and pressure of life. Some decide to go on a long drive, some just spend the day sitting lazily at home and others go out to a pub with the guys for a cold one. But according to most, the best solution to have a good and relaxing time of either solitude or togetherness with the best buds is to have a man cave.

But how would you go about decorating the perfect man cave?

1. The Type

The first thing to decide what type of man cave you want. Some prefer to have a small place to sit comfortably and read, others want a nice and cozy place to relax and watch their favorite flicks, And some like to have a good time with friends in the comfort and privacy of their man cave. Depending on the subjective choice, the first thing to do is to have a basic idea for the purpose of a man cave.

2. The Theme

Another purpose of having a man cave would be to pay homage to your favorite rock-stars, movies or any pop culture that you might be a fan of. Most Star Wars fans love to hang up posters of the movies and keep memorabilia on display in shelves and showcases. Queen fans like to put up photos of Freddie Mercury and have a jukebox which has all their songs loaded in it. Metallica followers prefer to have a guitar or two on display along with a drum set, an amplifier and a synthesizer kept, to play at their heart’s desire.

3. The Furniture

This is the most important part of creating a man cave. For the voracious reader, a small room with one wall covered by a bookshelf containing the most compelling pieces of literature alongside a cozy and snug chair would be a necessity. But, for a movie-addict, a large 50″ HDTV paired with a proper set of speakers and a large sofa beside a small refrigerator to keep the soda cold is just perfect. A gamer may have a similar setup, then having the only addition of an XBOX or a PlayStation.

Although there are some who like to spend time with their best friends and for such an inclination, a large home game room having either a Foosball table or a pool table with a big refrigerator holding a few packs of beer and some leather couches or bar stools would be proper. The addition of a couple of arcade games would make it excellent.

4. Additional Tips

Painting the man cave is essential to make it look perfect in every aspect. Addition of small decor like using special light fixtures to match the theme will make the cave absolutely impeccable. To remove any remaining imperfections, it would be best to take suggestions from friends and others who share similar inclinations.

At the end of the day, the man cave belongs to you and it is you who must decide how to decorate it. This is just a guide to help you along the way. Yet, keep in mind not to spend too much money on it as it is a commodity that is not easily got and must be saved wherever possible unless you’re a millionaire!

CD Review “Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Present: Lawless – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Lawless: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Distributed by: Sony Masterworks
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Tracks: 14
Running Time: 39 minutes

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis have collaborated on many films including “The Proposition”, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” and “The Road”. They all seem to have the same feel to each of them, though all unique. The film is based on Matt Bondurant’s 2008 novel “The Wettest County in the World” and that novel was adapted into a screenplay by Nick Cave. The soundtrack is a nice mixture of original songs written by Nick Cave for the movie and performances by Country legends Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris along with Grammy Award winner Ralph Stanley (O Brother, Where Art Thou) and Mark Lanegan from Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age.

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are best known for their work in the critically acclaimed rock band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Cave and Ellis mixed their original music with innovative vocal under the name of The Bootleggers, which was the band they formed for the project. After listening to this album on loop a few times, I did start to dig it a bit more, but I feel it still runs a little too short for my taste. Nonetheless, it definitely captures the essence of the film very well. It also has a real period feel of country mixed with bluegrass. I would actually recommend listening to it and THEN seeing the film, since it will definitely get you in the mood.

The track from country legend Willie Nelson was actually previously unreleased and packs a mean harmonica. There are two versions of Velvet Underground’s “White Light/White Heat”, one by Mark Lanegan and the other by bluegrass veteran Ralph Stanley. The two new songs that Cave and Ellis specifically wrote for this film was “Cosmonaut” and “Fire in the Blood” featuring versions from Emmylou Harris and Ralph Stanley. The album ends on an instrumental track called “End Crawl, which is a brave move but is a good close.

Track Listings
1. Fire and Brimstone
2. Burnin’ Hell
3. Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do
4. Fire in the Blood
5. White Light / White Heat
6. Cosmonaut
7. Fire in the Blood / Snake Song
8. So You’ll Aim Towards the Sky
9. Fire in the Blood
10. Fire and Brimstone
11. Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do
12. White Light / White Heat
13. End Crawl
14. Midnight Run
15. Midnight Run (Buddy Cannon Mix)

 

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