No Martha Stewart
Always teetering in on-trend sky-high heels (she’s barely 5 feet tall) and look-at-me costume jewelry and with a thick mane of carefully highlighted locks, lifestyle guru Kate Albrecht is pretty much the antithesis of Martha Stewart. In fact, the L.A. creator of Mr. Kate — known for DIY home and beauty projects on YouTube and her blog — would undoubtedly make Stewart blush with her oversharing. In her first book, “A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects,” Albrecht mixes how-to chapters (making a headboard out of found objects or a cute clutch out of a pair of jeans) with personal stories, (how Sarah Jessica Parker helped her through her parents’ divorce).
What’s a quick bedroom makeover trick?
Bring in some color. Let’s say the color is blue. ... The repetition of three things in the same shade sort of makes your eye settle, so get a throw pillow or two in blue for the bed, another accessory in blue on the dresser and another, maybe a throw, on a chair or at the bottom of the bed.
I’m having a summer cocktail party and my decorating budget is under $100. Suggestions?
People are always getting rid of vases, and you can pick them up so cheaply, so go to ... any thrift shop and pick up three to five different-sized clear glass vases. Then buy a bunch of inexpensive flowers in the same color and a bag of lemons. Slice the lemons and line the vases with them to hide the flower stalks.
Watching you and your husband renovate your home on your online series “OMG We Bought a House!” is addictive fun. What’s been the biggest challenge?
The biggest room challenge would have been the guest bedroom. I mean, we only have guests, like, a few times a year, and I’d like it to have other purposes, like maybe a meditation room, but I haven’t done anything about it yet. And it’s not very big, so with a queensized bed, there’s not a lot of room for other things.
MR. KATE, a.k.a. Kate Albrecht.