No Martha Ste­wart

Los Angeles Times - - HOME & DESIGN - By Les­lie Van Buskirk home@la­times.com

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.

HarperCollins Pub­lish­ers

MR. KATE, a.k.a. Kate Al­brecht.

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