Attorney Donna Friedman had no problem turning the den in her Roslyn home into a man cave for her husband, Gary, also an attorney, and their two sons. "After all, I had the whole rest of the house," Donna says of the decidedly masculine look of the room. It has oversized furniture, places to display sports memorabilia and trophies, and "the largest television my husband could find" -- 65 inches, to be exact.
To make sure the man cave had flair, Friedman reached out to designer Bonnie Frankl of Bonnie Frankl Interior Designs in Lake Success. Frankl had done other rooms in the house, and Donna Friedman says she was confident she could create exactly the room her guys wanted.
"Some people might have encouraged me not to use a sectional or to have such a large entertainment center," says Friedman, 49, of the room that caters to the tastes of her 51-year-old husband and sons, ages 14 and 11. "But, I wanted a room that would make them happy, and Bonnie understood that."Total: About $28,000 (Includes Frankl's $750 design fee; does not include $4,000 prior TV purchase). -- Sylvia E. King-Cohen
Includes two cans each of Benjamin Moore Desert Tan ($80) for the walls and Mannequin Cream ($80) for the trim. Applied ($800) by The Garage Boys, Roslyn Heights.
CARPET, $4,900. From Designers North Carpet, a trade-only source in Albertson.
SPORTS ARTWORK, existing. These include family sports trophies, photos and sports collectibles. From various sources. (June 29, 2012)
CUSTOM ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, $9,000. The big -- 8 feet tall by 9.5 feet wide -- piece of furniture was designed by Bonnie Frankl; materials and fabrication by Kingswood, Danbury, Conn. “A large piece of furniture can overwhelm a room,” Frankl says. “But, this room has nice height.” (June 29, 2012)
The homeowner says her guys always lounge on the sectional, and she dares anyone to try to remove it. “They love it, so it stays,” she says.
ACCENT PILLOWS, $800 (for five). Includes a leather one by Ralph Lauren, from Bloomingdale’s in Garden City; and four that complement the couch, from Pier 1 Imports in Carle Place. (They owned the one with the elephant before the makeover.) (June 29, 2012)
WINDOW TREATMENTS, $5,000. Includes two Roman shades and a stationary valance. Fabric and trim ($1,300) from Kravet Fabrics in Bethpage; fabrication ($3,700) by Rosenfeld Interiors, a designer-only source. (June 29, 2012)
END TABLE, $815.
From Somerset Bay Home, a designer-only source in High Point, N.C.
ROOM ACCESSORIES, $100. Including this oversized lantern candleholder ($40, Pier 1 Imports, Carle Place). (June 29, 2012)
COCKTAIL TABLE, $2,850. From Fremarc Designs, a designer-only source in City of Industry, Calif. (June 29, 2012)
RECLINER, $2,600. They purchased the fabric and had the recliner custom-made at Hancock & Moore, a designer-only source in Hickory, N.C. (June 29, 2012)