It’s safe to say that after 22 years of marriage, things have come full circle. Our new, deeper level of intimacy and love can be summed up in two words: Man Cave.
At first glance, the pros in Vegas would have called us a long shot. Picture my nightstand with a book tower from Smiley to Mosley and then picture Mr. UnHollywood’s nightstand with…the clicker. Books are like good friends I can’t wait to see and sports are like Mr. UnHollywood’s buddies who have stories of their own. Unfortunately, the two passions don’t always mesh.
“Can you turn it down a little, my love?” I ask after reading the same paragraph three times over Chris Berman’s annoying homerun call. Back, back, back, back…Gone!
Then there are nights when I can’t put my book down and suddenly I hear Mr. UnHollywood groan, “How much longer? I need to get to sleep.”
Marriage requires compromise and that’s how we came up with the Man Cave. Marni Belsome, our interior designer, achieved a ying-yang of a double-duty space to look oh-so-right.
The faded second-hand furniture that made perfect sense when the kids squeezed juice boxes and spilled Goldfish has been replaced with a sleek outdoor fabric-covered mega-sofa where Mr. UnHollywood’s pals can kick back. My books now rest on gorgeous bookshelves created by Rick and Josh Braun of Cabinets Unlimited. A double-sided fireplace connects my library to the Man Cave.
This virtual stadium sports a 70” TV (yes, bigger is better according to every male who’s seen it) where Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and Matt Kemp swing, shoot and score so Mr. UnHollywood and his buddies can laugh, groan and high-five depending on who has what player on their fantasy league roster. The room is so inviting that I often visit ‘his’ side of the pool house to snuggle and commiserate over Kobe’s ruptured Achilles or celebrate the Yankees latest win.
Yesterday, Marni and I went on a hunt for a few final touches.
We bagged a trophy at Modern Rugs LA perfect for setting your feet on for the Big Game.
Wouldn’t you know it? Owner Sasha Masjedi is a fellow BHHS grad.
Sometimes all it takes to work out a marital impasse is a pleasing change of scenery.
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