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Sterling K. Brown's Made Over Man Cave
Now that he’s an official Emmy collector — he won his second accolade this year for This Is Us — Sterling K. Brown needed a more official place to scour scripts than his cluttered garage. “It became a bit of a weigh station for things we didn’t want in the house, specifically things my wife didn’t want in the house,” says of the cluttered catchall that sits outside he and wife Ryan Michelle Bathe’s California home.
With help from the inexpensive furnishings site Apt2B and interior designer Kyle Schuneman, Brown, 41, now has a made-over man cave where he can work and unwind after a long day on set. “It’s sort of my escape,” he says.
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BEFORE: Cluttered Catchall
Before, mismatched furniture, storage boxes and a ping pong table dominated the space. “It didn’t have any unity,” the St. Louis native says. “It’s hard to find peace of mind in clutter.” Adds Schuneman, “It felt like a storage unit.”
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Now, the dad of two has a quiet spot where he can retreat when he needs to work or clear some head space. “It’s a nice spot to meditate and get your bearings together before you go back into the fire pit that is my two kids,” he jokes of his sons, Andrew and Amaré.
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The design balances masculine tones with midcentury pops of color for an elevated-cool feel. At first, Brown was hesitant about the mustard yellow sofa. “But when I see it with everything else, it pops,” he says. “And it goes with the blue perfectly.”
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Swapping his ping pong table for a real desk was a must, but the update that the American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson star was most excited was more play than work. “I have an appropriate display case finally for my Emmy, which has been stuck in a closet,” he says, adding that it’s prominent but inconspicuous at the same time. “I’m fairly modest and falsely modest, so it’s nice to see it, but not have it take up the space.”
Although he was cut off when receiving his award at the 2017 show, he also sneaks in an extra thank-you to his wife. “It’s just as much hers as it is mine,” he says.
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