Friday, August 14, 2015

Bachelorette Pad

A lot of times, you hear about the Bachelor Pad...what about the Bachelorette Pad?  It seems like the only time that the word 'Bachelorette' is used is for 'bachelorette party'.  Let's start out with what it is.

Bachelorette Pad   n.   A place where a single woman or single women live.  Female equivalent to 'Bachelor Pad'.

Isn't it funny how there isn't a whole lot of talk about the bachelorette pad?  I think it is.  I mean, it's cool for a guy to have a bachelor pad, but a single lady is...a weird cat lady?  It just doesn't seem fair.

Here's a blurb from Wikipedia on 'Bachelor Pad':
During the 1950s and 1960s, the bachelor pad was considered one of the ultimate possessions for a young career-minded man. In this space, he was able to decorate his apartment with style to fit his tastes. For much of the early 20th century, the female presence in the home dominated while it was a man's responsibility to become the breadwinner. In the 1956s, men's attitudes about marriage changed with the representation and openness of sexuality featured on-screen. At this point, the thought of being single was welcomed, and most men felt comfortable to court a number of women freely. The bachelor pad then became a symbol of the 1960s cosmopolitan male, and a typical "pad" included: a bar, an array of artwork, furniture (usually designed by a well-known architect), minimal d├ęcor, and a hi-fi system for entertaining. It reflected his awareness of culture and the arts, while at the same time it acted as a lure for potential female visitors - which meant it was usually clean. Fictional examples can be seen in films such as Rock Hudson's pad in Pillow Talk, Brian Bedfords in, James Bond's residence in any of the early James Bond films, and finally, Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion (often featured in articles on creating a bachelor pad).

If we look to Breakfast at Tiffany's for inspiration on a retro bachelorette pad, we can start taking note of some key elements.

  1. Minimal furniture - The furniture is enough to get by and enough for guests that may come over.  Besides, there's more room for standing.
  2. Minimal items - While Holly might of had a few collectible items that were really featured, she doesn't have a lot of extra...stuff.
  3. A little wild - As we can see in the photo above, Holly has a zebra skin rug and colorful throw pillows.  Did you notice that her "couch" is actually a sliced open claw-footed tub?
  4. Textures - Since Holly doesn't seem to care about having white walls, she has opted for same-color textures.  See that panel behind her?  Lovely.  It's subtle.  Also, in the foreground on your right side, there's a fabulous pedestal shelving unit.
  5. Accessory furniture - Holly also has some accessory furniture like the suitcases and other things.

Do all bachelorette pads have to be like this one?  Absolutely not.

I'm interested in knowing what you think about bachelorette pads.  I will admit that I am probably going to be a life long bachelorette.  I can't have kids (took care of that issue - snip snip), I'm not great with relationships, and I just enjoy living my own way.  I'm strangely okay with it.  Anyway, yes, tell me what you think.

If you are a bachelorette, I would love to see some photos of your pad.  That should be a post all in itself.  I'll post pictures of my place and if you want some pictures posted of your place (lets limit it to 5), let me know.  Email

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