Big Box Bamboo Sheets vs Bamboo For Life
September 1, 2017
Why are bamboo sheets from the big box stores cheaper than the ones Bamboo For Life sells? – The debate on bamboo begins – is it good for the environment or does the energy cost offset the benefits? – How rayon has turned bamboo from sustainable , causing real bamboo product to be more expensive. – Why are bamboo products in big department stores so much cheaper? They’re more likely to be blends.
Bamboo For Life‘s policy on obtaining quality bamboo sheets and towels. Hey! It’s Jim, and I got a great question today from the website from a woman who was asking about bamboo sheets. She asked if we sold them, and, of course, we do. But she was quite surprised by the prices that we sold them for because they’re higher than the ones that she just bought at one of the big box stores that will remain nameless. Bamboo sheets are kind of interesting. They’re pitched as a renewable product, very good for the environment.
Bamboo grows incredibly fast. You may know it as a building product. Everything from tables to chairs to huts and houses. It’s incredibly inexpensive, and as I mentioned it grows incredibly fast. When bamboo fibers are broken down, they create a fiber that can be woven and turned into a fabric. On the one side, the pitch for the bamboo is that it’s environmentally friendly, bamboo is easy to grow, fast, quick, renewable, you name it. The thing is, to make bamboo, to turn bamboo into a fiber that can be woven, takes an incredible amount of energy.
So the debate begins – is there in fact an environmental advantage to bamboo, because to turn it into a fiber takes a lot of energy and expense and could kind of offset the benefits. That’s kind of the pitch against bamboo. The one thing that we found that happens when bamboo first came onto the market pretty heavily a number of years ago is that bamboo fiber looks a lot like rayon. So bamboo — all natural, perhaps organic in some ways.
A lot of our suppliers were hesitant to create bamboo sheets, towels, until they could really confirm and trust that the bamboo fiber that was coming into the marketplace to be woven into sheets and towels and things like that, was rayon. What has happened is that true bamboo product is more expensive than the “bamboo” product you may find in a big box department store, because the bamboo product that is on the department store shelves is a little bit suspect, and many people would say that it is, in fact a blend.
Just like when you buy organic food in the grocery store, it only needs to be a certain percentage of organic product to actually be called organic. The same thing is true for bamboo product. So the woman who came into the store was surprised. She loved her sheets, and I don’t doubt that. She loves her sheets.
They’re soft, they’re silky, they’re smooth. They may fall apart in a little while. If she bought the bamboo sheets to be sleeping on a natural, organic type of environment, she may perhaps be on the complete opposite of that with a rayon blend, if it is, in fact, that. We have bamboo product. We have bamboo sheets, we have the ability to order in bamboo towels.
But the product that we do get the bamboo sheets and towels from, we feel very strongly about. Over the years we’ve seen them do their diligence. They’ve waited, they’ve hesitated, then they’ve finally adopted a product that they feel good about and have turned it into sheets that we feel good about selling to our client base.
Tween Bedroom on a Budget *emotional* | Mr. Kate Decorates
May 17, 2019
Hello creative weirdos, welcome to another Mr. Kate Decorates. This is a tween room on a budget and this video is sponsored by The Art Institutes Which is awesome because we are gonna get very creative weirdo in this room as we are on a budget We are working with Bennett and She is in her bedroom as a tween girl is but this bedroom wasn’t always hers because it actually used to belong to Her older sister who tragically passed away from Leukemia. So This has been a big deal obviously for the whole family and they just haven’t had the time to really pull together this bedroom for Bennett and have her voice be in there as well as honoring her older sister, etc.
Let’s meet Bennett She sent a submission video and then we went to go meet her. So let’s hear more from her. Hey Mr. Kate I’m Bennett and this is my room I’m going to need your help renovating it because I moved in here after my sister died and I still want to honor her in my room yet still have it being my style.
So I want your help making it Comfortable for me in the best way possible, and if you can come, you know, that would be great. So, thank you. Bye bye Okay so. We just pulled up outside of Bennett’s house. I’m gonna go meet her. I’m nervous. I just feel I just really want this to be A great experience for her. Okay. Great. Let’s go. Okay. Do you have any favorite rooms that you’ve seen us do? Actually a lot, Liza Koshy That one I thought was really cool And I like Alisha Marie’s which are like two totally different styles.
Yeah, but like kind of minimal More neutral tones, like not crazy bright colors. Do you have a favorite color? I like a lot of colors. Okay That’s great. Kate likes a lot of colors. Yeah me too. You’re more the musician. You create the ear art Yeah not the eye art. Okay cool. She really has enjoyed doing DIYs We gotta find all the DIYs you’ve done. She says they’re all fails Wait this is very Bohemian Oh look the cat approves of it. Un-claw the DIY please What was your sister’s name? Arbor And she was 14, Arbor was a creative weirdo Yeah, she was extremely artistic and she had just an amazing personality Yeah, I mean literally every year your style might change.
So we’ll set you up with like a good Footprint in here like a better flow a better place to hang out with friends and obviously Functions with all the stuff that you need to do in here and then also make sure that we get some soccer and some music Give it in on mom. Creative weirdos on three, One…Two……Three! Creative Weirdos! So, oh my gosh, she’s amazing. Yeah. Mama is amazing. I don’t know I just I really want to make sure that in that room. We like honor Arbor because she’s obviously still a part of the family even though she’s not physically with them anymore And also celebrate Bennett as like an individual too. Yeah And you’re a big sister Arbor was a big sister. You want to keep that big sister love going and sorry I don’t know it just makes me emotional I can’t imagine my life without my sister.
It totally makes me emotional Thinking about everything that Bennett’s gone through and the family in general. So I don’t know. This is like a very special project for me personally So obviously I want to make sure that Bennett love it that Lia her mom feels like we have Arbor representatived as well in the room just you know in spirit and just yeah, yeah. Yeah Okay, so obviously this is a very emotional situation I really want to make sure that we honor Bennett and give her an awesome room while also making sure To keep Arbors memory alive in that space. So this is a tall order and we have the constraints of our budget of $300 So we have a ton to do we’ve got to go shopping We’ve got to figure out the plan but first I’m gonna get in there and really just just figure this out.
Let’s go Okay guys, so we have a lot to do in here. Now, know Bennett’s style She wants something kind of organized clean looking a little bit of some bohemian accents Obviously we have that DIY macrame that she started to make so I’m gonna take a cue from that I’m gonna analyze what we have in here already, which obviously we have this bed Just right here you walk in and you see this bed feel like we should hero this bed a bit more kind of Center it.
I want to split up the keyboard and the desk and the dresser and all that. Like right now It’s just feeling too weighted on one side and then the other. This dresser Hmm. It’s gonna be tough. It’s really clunky It’s in the way of the closet. The style of it is like a little kind of, you know old school I know she really wants a more updated Organized clean looking space so that might be the one thing that gets booted But definitely we need to use the bed we’re gonna use her desk. She also has a TV and her record player and everything So entertainment wise try to make sure we work that into the TV not my favorite thing to decorate around But we’ll see if we can work that in and obviously make sure to have the music be a whole moment.
Because she loves Music so we definitely have to celebrate that in here, but I definitely want to make this wall a moment Like I’m thinking some sort of build thing over here that Joey will be great at. There’s also a lot of clutter in here There’s a lot of stuffed animals etc, which is a very common thing you would find in between teen room Since we have to take all this stuff out to redo the room I’m going to encourage Bennett to just go through some of this stuff Maybe she wants to donate some of these things so we can bring back in left stuff Which always looks cleaner and better because that’s the look she’s going for So there’s a ton to do obviously this is kind of just a normal sized tween room with lots of stuff in it and Of course, we have our budget that we have to stick to so I’ve gotta go find Joey because this isn’t going to be easy guys Joey Joey Hey everyone I want to tell you about today’s sponsor at the Art Institute You guys know that being creative is at the core of what we do here at Mr.
Kate We get non-stop emails of people asking us where they can go to school and what to study to get into our field For any of you created weirdos looking for the next step in your education The Art Institutes is Definitely a great choice when considering what’s school to explore your creativity and also prepare yourself for a creative career The Art Institutes has programs in key areas such as media arts, culinary, interior design Gaming, virtual reality technology, audio film production and fashion They have a ton of locations throughout the United States as well as online courses Being creative is fun was also daunting trying to take that creativity into the world and the Art Institutes is here to help you take Take your vision further than you could have ever dreamed possible Check out Artinstitutes.edu/programs for their campus and online offering Here’s to a long and happy future being creative weirdos speaking of let’s get back to designing this room shall we? Hi Joey Hi Kate Okay, now let’s talk about The built in that I want to do or like a built in sort of thing on the wall So we definitely need to go to the hardware store and get like probably a sheet or two of ply wood.
Okay I want to do paint on one wall. We’ll just get a quart of paint To save budget. So that’s a hardware store run we’ll need to do So I think that I might want to pull the golden ticket for this one What?! 100 dollars So you’re officially pulling it already you already know it? Well, I’m just like mapping through in my head The golden ticket is Kate’s allowed to I think we said the rule is once a year. I don’t know where we’ve been Didn’t we say that? Definitely last year, but I also don’t remember that part Well, she’s allowed to pull the golden ticket once a year where she gets an extra hundred dollars, okay. So what are the things we need to get? So we need to get I want to get a dresser I want to get her a little side table for her which I’m thinking we just go to the Swedish Mega store For that.
I want to do a pendant light by the bed which they have those light kits that are really inexpensive There, for like Fun details hit up thrift store for like obviously DIYs. She loves music I already ordered online Some little like instruments For her. At the thrift store we need like a desk chair for her We need like a desk lamp.
We need to bring in some lighting in there. Okay, let’s go to the thrift store first Helping Schools and Youth Programs One Sale at a Time. Wow! Oh my gosh I love it. Joey. Can we get these. Oh yeah, I’d rock those You would rock these? Joey! You’re feeling the hype? They’re too small. They aren’t too small Take em off. Joey all frames on sale. Wait. This one’s perfect actually. Wait, because I have that artwork I did for Well, it’s a very special artwork You guys will see it but I already painted it because I wanted to take more time doing it and I think that it would fit perfectly in here Soccer ball So I have to be careful because She already has a lot of those like soccer trophies, which I think are so cool and that gold So the brass ring will go really well and I wanted to decorate with those trophies.
So we’re looking for an accessories More like Storage stuff we need to make this an organized teen room. Fresh pop Those are cute. Wait for like a little like pen and pencils on her desk maybe. Mm-hmm How cute That reminds me we should give her some notebooks Mr. Kate notebooks. Yes we should Soccer ball What? Look thats our like pastel colors. We’re doing like the sort of ball the soccer ball theme one dollar They’re just like little sleek trays This little shopping basket here. Look how cute Candle lantern Yes From one thrift store down to the next They have a sink. Do we need a sink? No but that’s cool Look at this cute pharmacy one That’s cute. Right, do we like that little guy or what about this little guy? Six bucks. Oh perfect Smaller things aren’t necessarily cheaper Oh wait, Joey look. What 2.99 sure. Joey look the tiniest type writer Forget about smart phones, but it’s $99 Oh Maybe we can bargain make it 99 cents Okay Okay, I love that stuff that we got but now we need to go to The hardware store for the plywood’s to do you like the whole like built in And then we also need to stop at the Swedish superstore Okay And That dresser a side chest Bedding from there, like that’s gonna be like nice and expensive bedding Cool Doing it we’re doing it we’re doing it well.
We’ll see you guys back at her place Okay, I don’t know how to play one of these things This is Joey’s job But guys the cute little instrument that I ordered online are here So these are gonna go on her wall as Accents cuz she loves music. So now she’s got options when her friends are over. They can form a band I don’t know. I wanted to show you guys some of the decorative stuff. Like look at this rug so cute So this is kind of like a runner rug because obviously we don’t have the budget for a big rug But this will go in front of her bed and be so pretty. I love the colors and then I got this Duvet cover which I am obsessed with it has like these beautiful kind of fan flowers on it So cute and what else a plants from the hardware store you guys know, I love a drippy plant This is a beautiful little ivy this light kit.
I think it’s really cool for like a bedside pendant situation Obviously we have the one from the thrift store for the desk lamp so We’re good. Let’s get in there and start we have so much to do. Joey! Can you help me unload? Why do you match me all the time? Oh my gosh you match me I’m the one that woke up with pink hair and you decided to match me What’s happening Joey we’re not painting this wall Yeah, we are. Yeah now we are Touch up. Did you see we match? Yeah, I get it we’re inverted. I get it. We’re opposites opposites attract blah blah blah Let’s focus Okay We so much to do, it looks so much better now It’s cleared out that clutter so already she has access to her closet. Curtains Of course, we’re keeping the blinds With curtains around it. Yeah, we’ll use her desk That she already with the desk chair that we got and then above the desk I want to celebrate her love of soccer.
I have a DIY plan for that It’s gonna be kind of like a whimsical take on soccer over here is where you’re gonna really shine. Plywood project. So we’ve got the beautiful blue paint color that we’ll do on this wall So just paint this wall this wall. We don’t have a budget To paint this whole room the ceilings are too high Show me because you wanted a little bit off that show me what you’re thinking. Okay, so here’s what I’m thinking This is gonna be the whole bed wall So you’re gonna build up around the three drawer chest here And then up again and do kind of like a little side table next to the bed Inside the side table will be a u-shaped little nesting stool She can remove, then we’re gonna go up up up around the bed Making a little shelf there.
I’ll put a hanging plant around here I’ll do a macrame here down down down down down up again over that two drawer chest here Up again here. Boom. Boom another nesting stool u-shaped here and this one she can pull over and use with her keyboard You got it? I hope I can translate that. You can We’re a good team right? So, I guess what I’m doing you can’t guess okay So obviously Bennett started that macrame project in her room She had that little DIY one, which we’re gonna just take a cue from that she likes macrame She likes bohemian accents and give her something a little bit bigger and Obviously bringing in some more colors here and We’re using this really cool Natural stick which Can find in a backyard near you So now that you guys see kind of where this is going.
We now have to knot all of these together So now that I’ve got my first few loops knots done I’m gonna show you guys This box knot. So basically you take four Strands and You make a little Kind of like a four over it and then you take your fourth and You loop it up and Back Through Like so Pulling out The tail and there is your first knot and then you just kind of bring that up So now we need to do the same thing, but reverse it So where you made the four on one side now, you’re gonna do the four on the other side It’s basically just a mirror image of what you just did Come up with my fourth in between here up and around pulling Alright, so I’ve got my first row of the box knots done So now moving on to the second row and this is what you’re gonna be doing all the way until you’re finished Is you’re gonna take two pieces for your next row you’re taking these two pieces out and Then you’re gonna be grabbing the four that’s here to continue the knot and go all the way across and Then when you come back again for your third row You’re gonna take another two out do your row and that’s gonna create this kind of Descending Angular shape to the knots.
You guys don’t have to watch all that go check on Joey. Alright guys, it’s that time again It’s time to get serious with the power tools we’re doing two big projects I have one piece of quarter-inch plywood and then I have one larger 3/4 inch plywood first things first We’re doing the soccer ball. I’ve already measured it out But basically you just take a straight edge like this Drive a little screw in there so you can keep it centered and you just draw around in a circle with your pencil Leave your saw at the same spot Goaaaaaaaaaal! I’m just going to Sand off the edges with some sandpaper and then Kate’s gonna somehow turn this into a soccer ball We’ll see.
All right, next up. We got that big big built in Soccer time! I actually am terrible at sports. So thankfully this is a DIY Not a sports game. Okay. So Joey has cut this down and this is going to be our Soccer ball artwork for the wall. Now, we’re keeping everything kind of bohemian with the accents because that is what Bennett likes What Bennett likes Bennett gets for this room, especially so rather than doing the traditional black and white I actually love this woodgrain. It’s so beautiful. And so very sort of natural and peaceful looking So we’re gonna keep it like this Yet but and I’m gonna make it into a soccer ball using Some moss Budget saving tip for you guys when you have something with a beautiful natural wood grain rather than going and buying a Can of stain you can enhance the look of the wood using some cooking oil Also, we’re playing with perspective so the lines aren’t totally the same size in order to make it look like it all on the wall This is like an entire 3D Situation now, but I hope she loves it.
What do you guys think? Oh my gosh So cool. So now we just have to put some mounting hardware on the back and get it up on the wall Just kidding. It’s an art piece now More rolling around Alright guys got the stools ready to go. Oh Okay guys so I Knew after I met Bennett and her mom and we decided to do this room for her that I really Wanted to do a very special piece of art Honoring Arbor, her sister who’s obviously this used to be her room and now Bennett’s moving in So I spent some time at home creating this watercolor piece and Basically my inspiration was The two of them as sisters I’m gonna try to not get emotional About it, but um, obviously Bennett loves music and Arbor Her name is a tree.
So that was sort of the inspiration of all of it. And I like the idea of I don’t think I’ve ever cried while talking about it and obviously The music notes are now on the tree So it’s sort of like the idea of her memory living on through the music that Bennett gets to play in her room And the music notes on. Oh, okay. I’ll stop talking about it because I need to get in the frame and on the wall, but that’s The whole the whole spiel. Okay, so vintage frame here come All right guys, so I’m pretty much done in here I do want to leave Bennet Some last little goodies some gifts. So these are all of our Mr. Kate stationery items this is a little note card set They’re all different inside. Of course, they’re all painted and drawn by me. These are our puffy stickers Which are all the moon makes an amazing pop socket accessory just saying and then We have the note book bundle, which I’m so excited about.
This is new Bennett Is the first person to get these but I’ll just show you guys inside. They’re so cute So we’ve got the creative weirdo definition and they all say on the inside Stay creative. Stay weird. Stay you. Gonna bundle these back up and Leave them as a surprise for Bennett on her desk, I think as a little, you know extra surprise But guys, I think we’re done in here. This was such a special room. What do you guys think? As usual we play with Floorplan and we took her bed out of the corner made it more of a moment in the middle of the room The biggest difference in here obviously came from this Amazing built-in which I just think gives the room such a custom look and guys It was inexpensive And Joey just needed with plywood and some screws and a drill and paint and it just gives her a place to display all her Trophies because whoa she’s a lot of trophies props Bennett and Obviously this bedding is bringing in some color, but it’s a very gentle room I know Bennett wanted something peaceful with bohemian accents and really just an Organized look and we’ve got our amazing macrame now over there We took a cue from Bennett’s DIY and we’re just amplifying it now kind of finishing what she started I love the pendant light over there That’s obviously such a fun way to have a Bedside lamp and there’s a little switch on for her to turn it off and we have the stools here as part of This built-in design So when she has her friends over she can pull those out for extra seating and Obviously use the one over there for the keyboard and she’s got this great closet here with the sliding doors So we mounted the TV in her closet, which is such a much of better use of space now The TV just isn’t out amongst the room She can close the closet when she’s not watching it open it and watch it directly from her bed the whole music area With her keyboard, her records are nearby.
I think it just is super inspiring over there And obviously the feature art over the keyboard is in honor of Arbor and her memory in this room and Just celebrating the music that Bennett is gonna play and yes, we got her desk over here Just ready for the homework Because she is a tween a growing tween and she’s got a lot of homework and a lot of growing to do in this room And honoring her love of soccer. I am obsessed with the small soccer ball. I love how it turned out And of course, we have our thrift store things like hello the popcorn I put her wand in the popcorn container I mean one of my favorite moments ever. Okay guys I think it looks really good in here I’m so so excited for her and her mom to see this room and I really really really hope that they love it.
So oh Okay Now close your eyes we’re gonna put you in the room You’ve seen the drill. Alright on the count of three. One…..Two……Three! Oh my goodness Oh my god I know it’s a lot to take in when you first open your eyes my goodness that was Inspired by your DIY that you started. Oh, yeah. I mean obviously this isn’t the same one. Yeah I took inspiration from that and then look at that Do you like that? That’s so cute. Oh, it looks like a soccer ball I’m shaking a little bit. I’m shaking too! I get so excited No, this looks like this looks so much better than I expected I had no idea it would even look like this It looks so good I love decorating with gold and thank you for being such a winner I think they’re mostly Participation We found a place to put your TV where it doesn’t have to be out in the room because to watch So I painted this for you obviously but also for Arbor for her memory right? My Interpretation of this is that rather than the notes being on the music staff That they’re on the tree instead.
So it’s like you’re keeping her memory alive with your music. Thank you So you’re you don’t have a stool here, but We have these little things tucked away Also for your friends to hang out Over there too so you can pull it out you can sit Yeah, and you can tuck it away so that it’s easier to move around in here. This is so Wow Like I’ve been having like dreams like oh my gosh What is it gonna look like and there’s been so many things and this looks like so much better than anything I’m so happy you like it Should we show your mom? Yeah Giver the Mr. Kate treatment? Yeah One Two Three and open! Oh my gosh I did this watercolor art because of course, obviously we wanted to make sure that the memory of Arbor in this room, is still there You got a clean desk to work on For all that homework that just started.
The note card set you can like decorate with these All the little touches. I love the trophy shelf Yeah And I think having the bed out open like this just makes it more inviting So when your friends are over you guys hang out on the bed like having both sides to access it Plus the stools plus your chair, like now you have seating or those can even be little side tables for drinks, etc You know. Also we did all of this for 400 bucks We had $300 and Kate pulled the golden ticket which gave her an extra hundred But I wanted to get you like the new dresser and side table and the nice bedding Thank you it looks fantastic.
It’s amazing. I’m so glad that you love it We’ll leave you guys here cuz this is it, we’re done Enjoy, thank you so much Bennett Thank you. This was so special. You guys enjoy It is just fantastic Okay yay yay Bennett loved it. That was so special Obviously, this was a very emotional episode for me I’m a big sister And you know I just took this really seriously to make sure that that room was special for Bennett also honoring Arbor’s memory So I’m just still glad that she liked and her mom liked it and everything Guys big thumbs up For Kate, that was a great room Thumbs up for Joey for that Built in Like that was so cool Big thumbs up and big thanks to the Art Institutes for sponsoring today’s video Guys creative weirdos Art Institutes.
Yeah, perfect. Best way to have it Follow us on social media guys! For more inspiration I post a ton of pictures and stories and all that behind the scenes though, make sure to follow us and subscribe Too because we really need to grow our creative weirdo family because why not? The sun’s out we finished. We’re happy. So I’m happy and cried like Five times today. We’re gonna do something tonight. It’s not gonna make you cry, a nice dinner. Okay guys All right, stay creative stay weird stay you We’ll see you next time. Bye This is the smallest stool ever So cute I’m Mr. Kate to proclaim my love of thrift stores Thank you. That’s what you do on a step stool make announcements. .
1 Designer Delivers 2 Awesome Bachelor Pads
May 17, 2019
(upbeat jazz music) – I live in Chicago, just a few blocks south of Wrigley Field. In an up and coming neighborhood, a lot of hustle and bustle, and a lot going on. I bought in 2014. So, it took me a while to find this place. It really had the bones of what I was looking for, the space is great, but your kind of cookie cutter, developer-grade everything. The original developer paint. The original developer light fixtures. So, there definitely were things that I wanted to do with it. – I was moving to Chicago from San Francisco where I was just in this tiny, little apartment. When I moved to Chicago, I wanted to step up my game a little bit. I wanted to have a professional come in and give it a professional look.
– I’ve had the pleasure to work with two incredible bachelors, two distinctly different projects with two distinctly different personalities. The bachelor client today has recognized good design and is becoming more educated and wants to live in the environment where design looks like you’re successful, you’re organized, and cohesive. – I had been doing everything on my own for three years and I got to the point where I’ve realized, first of all, I’m not qualified to do all this. I had been reaching out to friends every time I bought something. With three or five different options of a bar that I wanted. – What was really nice about Dustin was he was very open to anything. Because I think he was at the point where, he knew that he had bought some cool things but now he didn’t know where to go with it.
– I wanted to keep my reclaimed wood and steel coffee table, my concrete dining table, the bar. It’s a large bar but it’s a unique piece that I really like. And I also have a classic arcade game. I enjoy it and I think it’s fun and so, I wanted that to be worked in. I really wanted something that was a unique space and Anthony said to me, “I’m picturing a gentleman’s lounge. A moody, cigar bar, gentleman’s lounge.” And that made sense to me. And I hadn’t really thought about it. – So, one of the things here is we did a lot of paint treatments here. ‘Cause paint is gonna give you the most impact for change. So, adding the stripes, adding the drama, the height, the contrast of black and white. By giving this a horizontal look, what you do is you actually stretch the room and you’re allowing the mind to believe that the room is actually a little bit shorter but wider. – When Anthony met with me, he said, “Well, this is your wow factor. Not a lot of places have a foyer.
Not a lot of places have this type of space to really, set the mood for the rest of your home.” He just got this idea to use my existing console table which is a kind of a wood-looking, console table that I had seen on Houzz and thought of creating a custom glass top. – Adding lighting below that, it really made a statement. The art is actually mushroom caps. So, in keeping with the organic nature of the tree root, which is the actual base of the console, I thought it might be interesting to incorporate the mushroom caps, climbing up the wall in a more random approach. – The master bedroom, we’ve got a copper bed that I bought before Anthony came on to help me. Great copper lamps, copper and black art. The photo wall, that area, is really just closet space. Those are closet doors. – I wanted to show things that were milestones in his life or trips, friends, maybe even some college things.
Things like that. – Those frames were only a few dollars each. Having a picture printed is only a dollar or so each. So, that’s something that we did that was really cost effective. As we were working and Anthony’s team was putting the designs together, he used the Houzz idea books to send over room by room design. It enabled real time sharing and collaboration. – I think that his personality showed through his Houzz idea book and with those elements between the idea book and between the initial meeting, I think we arrived at this. – He really understood what I was going for and I really didn’t. I had pieces that I liked. But I didn’t have an overall theme or the ability to tie that together.
– I find it fun to work with things like the Pac-Man machine, the Diver Dan bar, the tree root that he had in there. Dustin’s space, we had things to work with. At Andrew’s space, we had nothing. My approach there was completely different. – When I first walked in, the place had a very pristine look to it. Lots of whites, which is nice, but it just wasn’t me. But it also had everything in the neighborhood I was looking for, it was really close to an L stop, really close to a really fun street where you could walk, lots of restaurants and bars, and cool little shops. My military background is a big part of my identity and so I wanted a style that would be able to incorporate a lot of the elements from that period of my life.
So, I was looking for a more rustic, masculine look. – In his Houzz idea book, he had put elements like, a Chesterfield sofa, which is very classic, very gentlemanly. There was a rug. But he also had a few mid-century modern pieces. That kind of gave me a good springboard. – The thing that jumped out to me about Anthony was, he immediately had a very bold vision for what he would want to do with the place.
I didn’t want a designer who would just play it safe. I wanted a bold vision. I wanted someone who would take risks and have some flair to the place. – I said, “I want to do all the trim and doors in black. Then I want to reverse it in the lower level and go all black on the walls and white crisp trim.” Andrew’s like, “Well, I’ve gone with you this far, I might as well go with the program.” And when the painting was done and everything, he was like, “Oh my God what a difference.” The living room, I feel, is an updated traditional living room. In the sense that we have the Chesterfield sofa, in distressed leather, so it feels very warm, very cozy, very inviting.
A pair of interesting wing chairs flanking the fireplace. And then above the fireplace the engine molds. You don’t really know what they are or anything, so it’s a great conversation piece. – Anthony wanted to incorporate a lot of three-dimensional aspects to the design. The machinery as well as these really large boxing images. Those boxers are on a metal sheet, right? So, it’s not a painting. – At first he was like, “I don’t know about that.” So, I said, “You gotta trust me. They’re monumental, they’re gonna anchor the whole room.” I said, “They’re gonna fit the space perfectly.” – I wasn’t able to fully appreciate what that would do to my place until it was here and installed but it was a great example of how I trusted the vision of the designer. I have a lot of items from my military service. Whether it’s the saber from West Point, images from my service, things like that and I really wanted to bring those out in the design.
So, in the master bedroom there’s a great image from my deployment, it’s actually my platoon of artillery. Anthony was able to blow it up. It actually looks better as this grainy black and white image and it’s one of my favorite things in the design. For the master bedroom, he wanted to go really dark with it. Which was something that at first, I was a little skeptical about but it has this very calm feel to the bedroom. He had a few surprises for me that he was really proud of. I love the stars above the windows. He didn’t tell me about it, he just kind of did it. – We had an unusual little space that was right outside the powder room. I was looking at Houzz marketplace. I came across a bench, this really cool map of London, and really nice rugs and they were great ’cause they shipped really quick, really fit the space nicely.
– So, the media room, I wanted a place where you could just relax and watch a movie, play some card games. – We have a really deep sofa down there with chaise lounge. We have really nice C tables so you can work on your laptop. We have some enlarged paintings that are so cool. They’re actually made with playing cards. If you were to look closely at them, it’s all cut up playing cards. Then we have another wall, ’cause he’s a sports fan. And we did all black and white, classic sports moments for the Chicago Bears. So, that was really cool.
Then we have his vanity wall, which is behind there. And there’s a fabulous weathered metal cabinet, then all the awards and everything. – I have different uniform items that Anthony was also able to incorporate. Different head coverings for my uniforms, the parade hat, things like that. – So it really came out really beautiful. So, very happy with that. – I was envisioning a place that would inspire me.
A place where I could come home after a long day of work and just feel proud of where I live and a place that would be relaxing. It’s well worth the money when you get a vision that’s delivered like what Anthony delivered here for me. – When you live in a cohesive environment and things are well put together, you actually have a sense of calm. You actually have a sense of order. You also should have a sense of confidence. (calm electronic music) .
10 DIY Cabinet Ideas for Small Bedroom
March 31, 2019
Having some cabinets to organize the things in your small bedroom is not a top-notch idea. Their bulky size definitely gobbles up the valuable space in your tiny bedroom. But, that won’t be a big deal if you can make your own cabinets that fit snugly into your bedroom. If you are looking for some DIY cabinet ideas, you’ve come to the right place as I’ve listed 10 cabinet ideas for small bedroom that are DIY-friendly. 10. Turn it into a Loft Bed Loft bed is the best solution for any bedroom with very limited space. By going vertical, you will have more space to move through so the bedroom will become more comfortable and spacious, just like this loft bed. These cabinets fit perfectly with this tiny bedroom. The first thing you need to do is measuring the width of your bedroom thoroughly. Then, you can make the cabinet frame. You will also need to make the bed frame that holds the bed in place.
9. Space-Saving Cabinets for Those who Share a Room When two users share a room, it means double mess. But sharing a room is not always a bad idea because it can be so much fun. All you need to do to maintain the fun while eliminating the mess is by making cabinets that can accommodate all the stuff without compromising the space. Shoving the cabinets and beds against the wall is the best way to create more space in the middle. Don’t forget to make use of every space you have including the corners of your bedroom by making corner cabinets. Raising your bed a few inches off the ground allows you to have more space underneath, which means you can make some drawers for more storage solutions. 8. A Comfortable Nook Cabinets with built-in bed can be a great nook for reading or taking a nap. It might be rather tricky, but it doesn’t mean you can’t tackle it. You can always seek some assistance if you can’t do it yourself. The first thing you need to do is making the frame where the bed nests. The frame will also support the upper cabinets that will be installed right under the ceiling.
You will also need to make some niches on the support frame so they can host your books and any item that deserves displaying. 7. Replace the Footboard with Cabinets You probably have been advised to rip your headboard and footboard off for many times. Well, some people think that downsizing the furniture and some add-ons is the safe bet when it comes to an undersized bedroom. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead of ripping the footboard off, you can replace it with cabinets. It is an easy project as you will only need to make some cabinets and install them to replace the footboard. To make these cabinets, you will need some plywood, screws, pocket hole jig, and some other materials.
You might want to reinforce joints of the cabinets using corner brackets. 6. Make Use Every Space You Have Every inch counts in a small bedroom. Therefore, don’t let the walls and the space under the bed leave wasted. And to achieve this goal, you will need to install wall mounted cabinets. You do not need to make sophisticated cabinets. Some simple ones that look like cubes will do in a pinch. You can either ditch or install the cabinet doors. But for an easier access and a more stylist look, you can try removing the doors. 5. Try Sliding Doors The ubiquitous cabinets usually feature pull-out doors that take up more space which makes your bedroom look more cramped.
Why don’t you try replacing the door of your cabinets with sliding doors? Sliding door requires sliding door track that enables it to move aside rather than forward, which means you won’t sacrifice any space. This cabinet, for example, offers you ample storage space without seizing extra space. Besides having sliding doors, it has open shelves on one side that can help you store books and decorative items so you can grab them easily.
4. Incorporate Murphy Bed to The Cabinets The great thing about a murphy bed is it can be hidden away when you are not using it so you can maintain the clean floorspace. You can find the steps of making a murphy bed from scratch on the internet, or you can add a twist to an existing bed frame by removing one of its legs, installing the struts, and attaching the frame to your cabinet.
3. Use a Headboard that Features Cabinets This headboard packs a lot of storage space for your small bedroom. It has plenty drawers at the back side of the headboard that you can use to store socks, jewellery, and underwear while you have some cabinets and foldable side table at the front side. The way you make this headboard is exactly the same as the way you made the common cabinets. You can begin with cutting the boards and making the cabinet frame. Then, install the drawer slides to the frame and each drawer.
For the foldable side table, you’re gonna need to attach a board with hinges that allow you to fold it. 2. Upcycle Fancy Drawers Drawers and cabinets with curvy edges and sophisticated details can be outdated for some people. But you can turn it into an epic headboard that is not only chic but also functional. You simply need to sand and paint the drawers and cabinets the colour of your choice, replace the pulls if necessary, and attach them in the place of your headboard. Before we get to number 1, I suggest you to press subscribe button if this channel is new to you. Get new updates automatically every time I upload new video and let’s find out last idea sitting on our top chart. 1. Anchor the Bed Sometimes placing the bed in the middle of the bedroom is worth trying as you can have more space on both sides of the bed.
To balance the look, you can place two cabinets on the right and left side so it will look like the bed is anchored with them. Now you know that having cabinets in your small bedroom is not always a horrible idea. There will be always the ways to keep them without sacrificing the space. Therefore, you should give these ideas a shot! That’s it for now, before you leave, like this video (if you truly enjoy it), comment it, or share it with anyone close to you in your social media account or email list. Browse and follow Simphome website for more home décor and makeover ideas. Lastly, see you again later with more video like this in a near future. And, Until that time….
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Cat on a houseboat – interior design video
March 30, 2019
SOPHIE: My name is Sophie. TRAVIS: I’m Travis SOPHIE: And we’re at DiMillo’s Marina in Portland. TRAVIS: Why don’t you come down and check out our boat? TRAVIS: Our first boat was the Catalina 27. It was great for one person and a cat. SOPHIE: We started looking for a bigger boat. It was like, all right. I’m living on it, it’s comfortable, but it’s not that comfortable. But did you know that there’s a make and model that’s the same boat for sale in South Portland for a little more money, but in good condition. TRAVIS: So we called the guy up and we looked at it. All the things that were wrong with the other boat had been fixed in this one.
SOPHIE: So the engine runs? You’re sure the engine runs? It really starts, it does. It’s good? He was like, yeah. Started it up. We’re like, wow. TRAVIS: So some things that are different on a boat than a house is everything moves. SOPHIE: We needed a special rack for books, and a special rack for our spices and things that wouldn’t fall over. TRAVIS: If it really gets rocky in here, the stuff will just end up on the floor, so it’s a good test of how clean you are. SOPHIE: The biggest challenge was finding storage for all out stuff. A U-shaped galley is a really common galley shape for boats, because there’s always something to brace yourself on, no matter how the wind is going. We’ve got the added benefit of this back here, three-burner propane stove and oven. We don’t have refrigeration. We have ice boxes, and we have hot and cold pressure water. TRAVIS: This is a seven foot by seven foot triangle, all cushioned under here. So we sleep our heads here, and our feet this way, because there’s less of an angle.
Hey, what are you doing? SOPHIE: Cat’s name is Sir Francis Drake. Sir Francis Drake was the first person to circumnavigate the world, and it’s a sweet nautical name. I wanted a dog forever, and the rule was that we couldn’t have a dog, until we had a 35-foot boat. And then we found this boat, fell in love with it, bought the boat. It’s 32 feet on deck, but it’s 35 feet overall, or 36.
The dog and the cat love each other. TRAVIS: Apartments are pretty expensive, houses are really expensive. This is a way to own your house and sail it. FEMALE SPEAKER: Love home and design? So do I. Have Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter? So do we. Be sure to subscribe to our channel at the links below. See you soon. .
Coolest Halloween Decorations
March 29, 2019
Holy pirate ship this is somebody’s Halloween decorations on their house Halloween decorations How do you make this pirate ship look like it’s literally protruding out of your house and when you do this Are you stuck with this for the rest of the year like you now forever have a pirate ship house the attention to detail? Here is just incredible They got everybody on the crew. They got everything going on. This is a house I’d like to go trick-or-treating to this is a masterpiece You know You have to watch after your daughter If even the undead are trying to get to her bedroom Damn, girl the living and the dead men are after her.
I’m not even hating I say I Don’t know what to say I mean guys I don’t like spiders even when their knees tiny like these tiny like you can barely see them but this big if it’s this big then you gotta burn the whole Neighborhood down to the ground just in case so that it doesn’t lay any eggs. Cuz if that thing lays eggs, we got a problem It’s just decoration it’s not real spider. Okay guys guys call it quits. I’m burning down the neighborhood. It’s just a decoration They built this thing how we don’t know but we just know it’s not real. How do you even get to the door? Like there’s so much cobwebs in here. You’d be cleaning up cobwebs for days We’re gonna sit here and drink beer until we figure out women Get it cuz they’re dead.
They died trying to figure out how women work. We’re complicated Okay, you’re absolutely right, but you know what? I also don’t understand men I don’t understand women and I don’t understand men How hard is it? Down the toilet seat after you pee and then the rebuttal it is always like how hard is it for you to put the toilet? Seat back up. Nobody wins never let go Jack That’s what I think they were trying to recreate that or maybe trying to sneak into the girls again this man built Terrifying oh my god. Can you climb it into it Oh Imagine there’s a little house and in the head in the lantern the the jack-o’-lantern That would be so awesome. And then when you turn on the lights in your bedroom It would light up. We’re so scared of it, but now I love it Wow Okay, so they made a fake UFO crash and they made it a crime scene so you see like the alien and they got the number two there and like all the What are they called again all the evidence all the evidence is scattered everywhere? It’s all fun and games until the government Ceases and then actually relocates your family because they need to cover up this fake UFO crash Now that’s the most carved pumpkins I have ever seen in one place at one time and let me tell you I hope that those are pre carved or something because wow that must have taken a long time it always seems easy until you try carving that pumpkin yourself every time I’m like You know what? I’m a decent drawer.
I used to paint like my art skills are decent. Ok, I’d give myself decent on the scale of like master peacemaker and Just utter shit I’d say I’m like In the middle, but then I pick up a carving knife and I try to carve a pumpkin and I cannot do it Let me tell you it is so hard. I don’t know if my because I have really weak wrists I do have really weak wrists. My upper-body strength is quite Now this has to be the coolest house I’ve ever seen what look at the little like red carpet It looks like blood they’re just like humming down the mouth His house just ate all the children who asked for candy. This is how you have a really relaxing night on Halloween It’s fun to give out candies.
It’s fun to see everybody’s smiling faces But sometimes you’re just not in the mood and when you’re not in the mood and you just don’t want to be left alone because you know We all have those days when we’re like I’m not in the mood today. This is what you do Nobody’s gonna come to your house and your house looks like this that or everybody’s gonna come to your house I mean it could go either way. This Ghostbusters house is amazing. Look at all the attention to detail They’ve included so many things here. How long did this take? And how much money did it take? Like is this like all your savings so that you can just have some sick Halloween house and then on Christmas you’re like, sorry No lights this year we spend all our budget on Halloween this tree fell and they were like Let’s just turn it into King Kong was really angry.
Like ours is like a Jurassic Park reference I’m not sure whether a dinosaur here now I like the Simpsons just as much as the next person but this is a real fan like this is a true fan they got Me beat. Okay, the only thing scarier than this house is the electrical bill They’re gonna get at the end of the year Wow. Those are a lot of lights. Whoa This is so cool. I just thought this guy but then I saw the arm and this dude They’re all like climbing out of there if they’re being born out of a pumpkin This is a school. But can you imagine the smell when pumpkins left out in the Sun for too long? It does not smell pretty I like this one and let me tell you why this is a story of revenge Okay, we spend year after year carving the pumpkins and they are finally getting their revenge They’re fighting back. Look I made that up, but I thought I had good lore behind it I love the lore behind a picture and sometimes when it comes with no lore.
I’m here to provide it I grounded the kids for Halloween This sign on this one is just too much. They literally grounded the kids. We have a walking dead one here This is really well done. Think about all the time They took to make all those zombies and all the humans fighting back Now if you want to make this really interesting You don’t put a sensor on the zombies and you let them roam around the neighborhood as far as Halloween movies I love The Nightmare Before Christmas It is so much fun and I watch it almost every single year and I never get bored of it I don’t know.
I just love it. I love it. It’s so much fun And apparently this person also loves it so much or they turn their whole house into a Nightmare Before Christmas Set I mean I appreciate these decorations, but how does somebody get an entire bus? Outside of their house for a decoration like what is is the base tale school bus do they buy one do they rent one? I need to know the story behind this I wish the Sun wasn’t so bright so I could get like see more the details but is it like filled with like monsters? I can’t tell I see what they did there those ones really creepy and cool. Like is this paint? How do they make all these decorations and more importantly? How do you get rid of it rid of them? Do you just keep them up until next year if this was your house? You wouldn’t ever get any mail I’m gonna order some really cute clothes online and then they never show up because the mailman is like screw this I’d rather get fired I have two questions and they’re very very important.
So listen up how did they build these transformers and do they work? That is the important one do they really work? I like this one because it’s scary, but it’s not too scary okay, I don’t like things being too scary because I’m a scaredy cat and then I’m like But this way I feel safe when I go grab my chocolate now, this is some good craftsmanship Wow Do you see the detail this which like it almost looks real? I don’t know how people have the time for this I am not gonna lie half the time I kind of forget to do it and then I leave it for last second and then I End up doing like a somewhat Okay job, I guess but not really because I did it the day of yeah, and these people are doing this. I appreciate it I respect it.
I just don’t understand it Hulk for president vote green. Don’t make him angry Wow Look at how much is going on here. This one’s really cool I mean, even if it’s a little political I’m still down for it I’m living for it and I would vote Hulk all day every day. Oh, I like this one Look, look at all the attention to detail. It’s incredible. I’m not exactly sure what’s happening with this one It looks cool And it looks like he’s almost has like bike pedals on so maybe it’s motorized and his legs are moving That would make it pretty damn creepy. I was actually wondering how many of you guys actually like Celebrate Halloween in your countries because I know some countries aren’t really big on it But in other countries they are and everybody gets dressed up and they go trick-or-treating Yeah, I’m just actually really curious I I’m from can and at least where I live like we would always go trick-or-treating it would be so much fun because Putting the costumes together and figuring out what you’re gonna wear and seen everybody else’s costumes is always so much fun And then on top of it bonus points you get chocolate after You also get candy, but I like to be honest.
I’m not big of a candy person. I like I like chocolate though I don’t know. I don’t know what it is I’ve never like been that into candy like I’m okay with it But I’m never like gonna go out of my way and eat candy. Anyways, guys. I hope you enjoyed this video I love y’all so much. Stay awesome. Stay sweet and don’t forget to be nice other .
Your Home. Your Style: Black Interior Windows
March 29, 2019
Replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen can give you the look you love with the modern features you need and they come in 49 color combinations and virtually limitless design options to match the style of any home whether it’s traditional white double hung and colonial grilles or this cool mid century modern with sleek black frames .
25 Smart Ways to Organize a Small Bedroom Closet
March 28, 2019
Are you a little obsessed with organizing? We learned several things to organize closet, so I thought I’d share them in case you all were dealing with small closets too. Enjoy this 25 smart ways to organize a small bedroom closet. 1.Add Storage Under Clothes : If you’re cramped on space, place a small dresser and shoe rack beneath your hanging clothes. The top of the dresser can hold accessories, like hats or jewelry. 2.Get Creative : To add additional hanging storage, hang a branch on an empty wall to double as a rack. 3.Baskets Are Your BFF : Stack storage baskets to hold shoes, jewelry, accessories, workout clothes, PJ’s, and more. 4.Rearrange Your Shoes : Storing shoes is every girl’s nightmare, but don’t stress. You can fit more pairs on a shelf when you position each shoe facing the opposite direction.
5.Use A Hanging Organizer : You can double up the number of clothes you store in your closet by adding a second level with a rod. 6.If you don’t have any real closets in your home, integrate storage into another room. Wall racks and hangers are easy to install. 7.Declutter. Use Discardian’s Closet Trick to get rid of clothes you don’t wear. 8.Store your most-used items at eye level, less-used items below, and least-used items up high.
9.Combine storage units to fit your different needs: drawers for folded items, hangers for dresses and suits, and boxes for odds and ends. 10.Use coordinated hangers for a clean look that will care for your clothes and help you stay organized. 11.Use an umbrella stand to hold odd items like a yoga mats. 12.Use boxes, cubbies, tiered shelves (as above), or a hanging organizer to sort shoes. 13.Keep folded clothes or accessories neat with shelf dividers, like these from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
14.Use vertical space (both above and below the closet rod) to store more. 15.Add lights in your closet so you can see (and use!) what’s in there. 16.If you live in a small space, replace traditional closet doors that swing out with curtains or hanging screens. 17.Use stackable laundry baskets for easy sorting, that you can also carry to the washing machine, like these from Sterilite. 18.Hooks can create extra storage space when you hang them inside the closet. 19.Keep your closet in shape by treating it like a small room. Pay attention to lighting, wall color, and floor coverings. 20.Make more room in your closet by storing out-of-season clothes in boxes up high or under the bed. 21.Color coding your wardrobe makes finding things easier. 22.Invest in your closet by using good-looking storage solutions. 23.A rolling cart with coordinated boxes can be pulled in or out of the closet and used for clothing or office supply storage.
24.Use suitcases elsewhere in the house to store out-of-season linens, blankets, or sweaters. 25.Repurpose standard storage pieces. use a trunk to store clothing in the closet, with a cushion on top for seating (and then baskets on top of that for even more storage). .