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How To Buy A Guy A Present He'll Like

How to Get a Man a Gift He’ll Actually Want

Well, first of all, don’t get him a tie. A tie for Christmas is a silk letter that says “I don’t know anything about you”. Everyone wears ties, that’s the point. The only thing lazier than a tie is a pack of underwear, since you don’t even need a job to need that. If you have to get a guy a gift and you have no idea where to start, the worst place to go is generic. It’s overdone, it seems insincere, and worst of all, the dude can probably…

Choosing Your Chesterfield

Chesterfields have recently enjoyed a return to prominence, and their revitalization is no mistake. They’re back in a big way, with designers far and wide eagerly putting their own twist on this traditional piece.  The Chesterfield sofa is classy without looking like an antique, comfortable without emanating sloppy character and versatile without being bland. Your classic chesterfield design primarily has uniform characteristics, such as deeply tufted cushions and even height at the back and arms. Modern rendition retains the iconic tufting -- and from there anything is fair game. Chances…

Great Garden State Summer Craft Beer

We haven’t lost our passion for PBR. Rather, we’ve gained an appreciation of the artistry involved in brewing. Today’s beer drinker wants to experiment, as does the modern brewmaster. This collision of curiosity and creativity culminates in modern craft beer, a canvas for which brewmasters to experiment freely.Craft beers, although required to contain a majority of traditional ingredients (malt barley, yeast, hops, etc.), are known for their unique takes on classic variations and innovative, bold new styles. While the beer itself still speaks volumes to its popularity, the story behind…

Swine & Brine: The World’s Greatest Pork Chops

Maybe pork chops are the forgotten favorite of barbeques nationwide because they’re so damn hard to cook. If you’re anything like us, you had more tough and tasteless pork chops than ones you actually enjoyed. A well prepared pork chop promises full, juicy flavor that’ll smack you in the face. The next time you invite the gang over for a barbeque, your guests will likely be expecting burgers and dogs, hallmarks of any great grilling fiasco. Don’t ditch either, but consider adding some pork chops to complete your arsenal of…

Express Yourself: Silkscreen

Somewhere along the way, possessing works of art as a form of self expression took a backseat to simple decor, what might just look ‘nice’ or a piece big enough to cover up that hole you kicked in the wall a few years back. Thankfully we’re in the midst of a sort of renaissance, the reemergence of a culture appreciative of authenticity and what our presentation on all fronts says about ourselves. When deciding how to decorate the walls of your domain, the pieces placed or styles selected should reflect…

How to NOT Look Like a Bitch When Drinking a Margarita

We could almost guarantee you’ve never looked at a guy holding a margarita and thought, ‘man, this dude could kick my ass.’ But lets face it. Margaritas are unrivaled in terms of alcoholic refreshment on a scorching summer day, they’re capable of rendering you incoherent (if you make ‘em the right way) and it’s probably your girls favorite drink. This summer, like all those preceding and sure to follow, there’s three things you can count on: you’re gonna sweat your balls off, you’re going to want to spend some quality…

Thinking Inside the Box

Whether it’s the mortgage collapse, or our desire to live more simply, we have grown weary of homes made up of thousands upon thousands of square footage, towering great rooms and gilded master bathrooms. As the cost of housing and building materials continues to increase and values fluctuate many homeowners and architects are redefining what the word “home” means. While some have gone modular, mobile or micro. Others are taking up-cycling to entirely new levels of creativity and sophistication turning to the humble shipping container to push creative boundaries and…

EMSK: The Eames Lounge Chair

Every man should know about the Eames Lounge Chair: We could discuss the history of the iconic design of the Eames Lounge Chair and the prolific American design team of Charles and Ray Eames who developed it in 1956, but what’s the point? You can read all about that on Wikipedia. Instead, we’re gonna take a look at this from a different angle—Its impact on the design industry and on culture. When you think of the Eames Lounge Chair, there are many words that come to mind—classic, stunning, iconic, engineered…

of Iron & Oak’s House of the Week: The Ultimate Bathroom Remodel

Every pad needs a bathroom to pontificate and to take care of your business. It's rare that you'd use a loo as the basis for your entire damn apartment though. In an abandoned lavatory is where, UK architect Laura Clark, found her inspiration to make her personal getaway near the Crystal Palace Parade in London, England. Clark was eager to test her creativity and groundbreaking idea in 2005 when she stumbled upon her pet-project, "For me that's about saving sites with an interesting history, but which have been abandoned and…

Valentine’s Day: It’s Here Yet Again

   Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be the Hallmark cliché shitshow you've grown fatigued with. You're a grown-ass man now, you don’t have dances with hands on their shoulders anymore, and Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be something you dread. This occasion like most in life, is what you make of it. Bring out romance, entertain the notion of passion, be unique—unlike anything they’ve ever seen. Romance with that special someone is difficult to come by in today’s society of technology and burning time with Tinder. The hustle, bustle and pressures of the…

Lighting Your Way To Interior Design

Open the curtains, get the dust out of your room, let it breath. Change out the fluorescent tubes in your lamp and prepare to experiment with blinding light. Don't bother bringing your girlfriend home to a dank cave, nobody sleeps with the cave troll. You may ask yourself, "Why the hell is the lighting of my pad important? I've got the furniture, I've got the art" blah blah blah. It doesn't mean a damn thing if it's presented poorly. It could end up being the equivalent of having a Kate…

of Iron & Oak’s House of the Week: A Sleeper Hit

We seek the bold, the stylish, and edge walking designs that scream out for attention. That's why we'll be starting a weekly column showcasing homes along with their interiors that pique our interest and share them with our viewers. Short documentary about the construction of the "Sculptured House" designed by Charles Deaton When you first lay eyes on this bold design it immediately takes your breath away. Architect Charles Deaton proclaimed that when he was designing this modern spectacle that he "...found a high point of land where [he] could…

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