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Most of Sasha’s fabulous renovations are for families, but every now and again she is asked to do something different – and the fabulous renovation Sasha and her Million Dollar Makeover team performed in City Beach was one such transformation.

Sasha was asked to renovate a luxury residence for a separated gentleman who lived the champagne lifestyle and was going to stay on his boat for the 2 weeks of the renovations. So how did Sasha tone down her fabulous BLING! and make sure that the new design appealed to a masculine perspective? Well you can watch the actual makeover video HERE – but let’s take a look at some masculine design features that you need to consider when designing for today’s man.

Men tend to like simplicity – clean lines and a functional abode. They don’t like fuss and clutter and frills and pastels! But with some expert design tips you can bring a masculine feel to your rooms and still make it comfortable for the whole family. Just take masculine elements and blend them in with a neutral palette, add pops of colour, interesting textures and some hi-tech gadgets!


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Masculine colours tend to be rich and dramatic belonging to the darker palettes such as blacks, greys, dark blues or chocolates, contrasted with the earthier or neutral colours – although black and white palettes are very masculine and funky. Pastel shades as the main background colour are out! So instead use strong accent colours to give a pop of interest such as greens, reds or purples – although some pastels can be judiciously introduced as accent colours – so long as they are sublime.

Masculine colours are also trending towards the neutral palette with pops of stronger colours, as the minimalist designs work well for masculine interiors. The general feel of a masculine design is ‘edgy’ but relaxed and comfortable.


A layering of textures throughout the room is common with chrome or steel, stone, glass, wood and leather used extensively. Masculine rooms can also tend towards an industrial or urban look softened by light furnishings that provide an interesting mix of textures. Think of rough wooden floors, leather and chrome furniture, sheer curtains and a neutral/earthy palette – it just screams masculine!


Men are all about large screen TVs, home automation and awesome sound systems! Try window shades that automatically open and close at set times, remote operated TVs, stereos and even lighting can all be automated.

Sasha’s Manhattan Style

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The Manhattan style is one of Sasha’s designs on display in her showrooms. It has a masculine feel and is all about downtown chic and eye-catching interiors. Sasha balances a sleek, contemporary design with bold adventurous concepts and seductive colours to bring out the hidden and mysterious characters of the room.

This style can be blended with an urban flair to give an infusion of eclectic elements that exude refined elegance and masculinity. It is all about energy and movement – blending innovative styles with traditional and contemporary pieces overlaid on a simple, uncluttered background.

Architectural features and structure are important to give a masculine feel to a room but a touch of glam with chrome mirrors and reflective surfaces adds interest and a ‘WOW’ factor!


The Million Dollar Makeover team has won numerous awards for their high-end transformations and if you want to learn more, visit their website at


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    • Sasha deBretton infuses her heart and soul into her fabulous home renovations in Perth – to give her client’s their dream home and dream lifestyle that they have always wanted. Over the years Sasha has received many, many thank you letters and testimonials from her ecstatic clients – and in this blog Sasha shares a recent testimonial from a very happy client in Perth.

      Client History

      Sasha’s client returned to Perth after 17 years and moved into a townhouse in West Leederville. It had been rented out for the last 15 years and was looking very shabby and unloved. Sasha’s client knew that she wanted to stay in the area and was keen to do a total renovation – but after hearing horror stories of friends’ renovations that had gone seriously over budget and dragged on for almost a year - she wasn’t looking forward to what lay ahead. Knowing her busy lifestyle and lack of interest in DIY and after watching Sasha’s Million Dollar Makeover stories on the ‘Home in WA program’, her sister-in-law suggested that she contact Sasha about her home renovation in Perth.

      Too easy!

      They met on Thursday 8 August and just over 2 months later after a complete guttering of her townhouse - her delighted client moved back into her completely renovated dream home.

      Sasha bowled me over at our first meeting and came up with some fabulous design ideas to complement the few of my own.  I never imagined that work would even start before Christmas but when Sasha heard that I was leaving for a 3 week trip to Europe in early September her immediate response was that she could start and have most of the work completed while I was away, thus minimising the inconvenience of having to vacate my home for 4 weeks”.


      The MDM rapid renovation, home renovation express ride!

      Within a week Sasha’s client had visited the Million Dollar Makeover showroom in Perth for a consultation with Rachel the interior design consultant and had a house full of assorted tradesmen who were providing quotes on all the work! Disaster! It all came to a (temporary) grinding halt when her client couldn’t face the prospect of storing all her furniture and possessions after having moved and unpacked less than 2 months previously. But Sasha came to the rescue so that when her client boarded a plane she was relaxed and confident knowing that her house was being packed by professionals.  

      “Without exception everyone on the Million Dollar Makeover team has been professional, friendly and accommodating and has done everything possible to take the stress out of renovating. I’d particularly like to thank Sasha for seeing the potential in my home and Rachel for her design guidance, impeccable taste and for gently encouraging me out of my comfort zone at times. Finally, I would like to thank my wonderful and always upbeat Project Manager Julie for whom nothing was too much trouble or any request too trivial. Your attention to detail and insistence on quality and excellence has meant that we have been on the same page throughout the renovation”.


      “Sasha your business concept is amazing and fills a real gap in the market.  I can’t believe how easy and stress free the process has been and what a beautiful home you have created for me - on time and on budget. You’ve delivered what it says on your sign and my home has gone from “drabulous to fabulous” in just over 4 weeks.  At the same time my family and friends have gone from being sceptical to totally amazed at the transformation and the quality of the workmanship”.

        This testimonial from a delighted client brought a tear to Sasha’s eye - as it her clients that inspire Sasha to work her amazing miracles and change the lives of so many deserving people. Sasha started her Million Dollar Makeover home renovation business in Perth because she knew that she could make a difference to the renovation industry and make home renovations easy and hassle free. Sasha is very proud of her team who help her show that what everyone thinks is IMPOSSIBLE is POSSIBLE with a touch of Million Dollar Makeover

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