As much as I love femininity, I have a major weakness for masculine design too. To me, masculine rooms are like a palate cleanser- they kind of provide a little clarity at a time in which the yin seems to be more popular than the yang. When I see a room that is traditional and tailored with a masculine bent, I can totally envision myself living there. One of my favorite homes is the Manhattan apartment of Christopher Gardner and the late Ward Denton (Elle Decor Dec/Jan '02). It's slightly English, somewhat eccentric, and totally stylish. I adore the red living room (above). You get the vibrancy of the red, but it has been tempered by the black and white accessories and the sisal rug. Accessories are displayed in full force here; in fact, the owners say that objects are what give life to a home (how true!). And while the overall look is rather "old", it doesn't look musty. If anything, I think of this home as having a restrained exuberance.
(Denton and Gardner owned a shop in Bridgehampton that people used to rave about; does anyone know if it is still in business?)