Hugh Hefner’s Decorating Tips

A recent three-person survey (Amelia, Emily, and myself) revealed that if a guy’s place resembles the Playboy mansion, he is probably a slime-ball. Interior decorating prowess seems to play some part in a man’s overall attractiveness, but most of the guys we know don’t read magazines like Domino or Elle Decor for decorating tips. Where do they get ideas for what to hang on their walls and which sheets go with the chocolate brown duvet cover? Kelvin Browne writes how Playboy/Hugh Hefner shaped his views of sex and the home in an article for the National Post: “Overtly masculine, Playboy pads flaunted lots of chrome and leather furnishings, usually black leather. ‘Clean lines,’ I think the phrase was, bold with a James Bond quality and all the latest gadgets. I fantasized about how remote controls and sex were intrinsically connected. You closed the drapes with a remote, flicked another remote and the lights dimmed, and hit another button and the fireplace exploded into flames.”

Thankfully, he figured out that what works in Hef’s pseudo-reality doesn’t actually look so hot when you try to make it work in your apartment: “Satin sheets, fur bedspreads, mood lighting, bars in the living room and/or the bedroom, mirrored ceilings and all the other sophisticated interior design that appeared plausible in print made you giggle in reality.”

But friends of Kelvin’s tell him that while the style of a house doesn’t really matter, its size does. “Virility can be measured in square footage,” he writes. Well, I live in NYC, and most of the guys I know live with roommates, so I don’t put much stock into this. What do you think – does size (or style) matter? [National Post]