Billion Dollar Buyer : Features Designer Drains

                                             What a memorable night!

Billion Dollar Buyer : Designer Drains Thinks Outside of the Box, Accepts $90,000 offer from Tilman Fertitta

Erica Abbott – November 23, 2016

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“In the season two premiere of “Billion Dollar Buyer,” Tilman Fertitta meets with Peter of Designer Drains, which is described as “jewelry for your shower.” They have more than 100 designs and are always coming up with new ideas. He hopes to take the business to the next level with their unique drains.

He found that there was a niche that needed to be explored and Fertitta agrees with the need for custom drains. They buy recycled materials for a lower price, however, they only did $200,000 in revenue last year. Meeting the team, Fertitta worries that not every employee is involved in sales and thinks they don’t take things seriously enough.

Fertitta challenges them to find new leads at the Interior Design Expo by meeting with as many people as possible and handing out their business card. Two of the employees struggle with selling and Fertitta worries about Peter’s involvement. The top two employees gave out 18-20 business cards, while the two who struggled only gave out seven cards and got a handful of emails. Fertitta tells them they need to hustle more in order to sell more drains. He also challenges Peter to design a linear drain.

Aiming to impress, they tell Fertitta that one employee is no longer working with them and they have grown more than 20 percent based on that and other changes. The linear drain costs more than $500, which surprises Fertitta given the relatively low price of their other designs. He sees it as an added expense but offers to buy 275 drains at $325 each, which totals nearly $90,000. Peter views the offer as low but after discussing with the team, decides to accept.”

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Designer Drains on CNBC’s BILLION DOLLAR BUYER Season 2 Premieres 11/22

Catch us on Tuesdays premier episode for season 2 of Billion Dollar Buyer on CNBC

VIDEO: Sneak Peek – CNBC’s BILLION DOLLAR BUYER Season 2 Premieres 11/22

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VIDEO: Sneak Peek - CNBC's BILLION DOLLAR BUYER Season 2 Premieres 11/22

Season Two of CNBC’s BILLION DOLLAR BUYERpremieres on Tuesday, November 22 at 10 PM ET. Check out a sneak peek below!

In the season two premiere, billionaire Tilman Fertitta is back and ready to make big purchases from small businesses looking to grow. First up is Nicolita, a swimwear designer who hopes her Cuban style bikini bottoms are the right fit for Tilman’s business. Next up is Designer Drains, a customized shower drain company, whose owner faces a choice: buddy up with his employees or scale up his business. If they make a splash, they could get a deal of a lifetime. But if they fail, their deals could go down the drain. Will the BILLION DOLLAR BUYER take the plunge with one, both or neither?

On the show, restaurant mogul Tilman Fertitta works to change the lives of small business owners by giving them the opportunity to lock in a deal with his multi-billion-dollar EMPIREof hotels and restaurants (Mastro’s, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Golden Nugget Casino, and Morton’s Steakhouse to name a few!). If the small business owners impress, they could earn an order that will transform their business and their lives.

Photo Credit: Erika Goldring/CNBC

How Long Does Paint Actually Lasts? Question Answered!

Well this is certainly some helpful information to pass along!

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Q:  We stored some leftover paint from our living room remodel a few years ago, and now our toddler has decided to use one of our living room walls to showcase his art skills in permanent marker. We’d like to roll a fresh coat over that wall, but is that old paint still good? How long does paint last?

A: It might be OK. There’s not quite a hard-and-fast rule for how long paint actually lasts, but you can figure out if it’s time to throw it away based on a few important clues. Depending on whether or not the can was opened, where you stored it, and what kind of paint it is, you may still be able to use it.

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If it’s unopened, it’s probably still usable. Unopened cans of paint last for years when stored correctly. Unused latex and water-based acrylic paints last up to 10 years, and the shelf life of alkyd and oil-based can be as long as 15 years. Since unopened paint hasn’t spent much time exposed to air, it still has the same ratio of liquids and semi-solids, although the ingredients have probably separated over time. But if you stored the can in the garage or shed where it froze or was exposed to extreme heat, even fully sealed contents could be ruined.

Test it to make sure. Pry open the can and blend the contents thoroughly with a paint stirrer. This can take five minutes or more, so don’t rush it. Dip a brush in the paint and brush it onto a piece of cardboard. If the paint goes on smooth, you’re in luck! Go ahead and roll that wall. If it contains grainy lumps that you can’t stir out, exposure to extreme temperatures have probably changed the paint’s chemical makeup beyond salvaging.

Even if it’s opened, there’s still hope. Because opened cans of paint are exposed to air, they often develop a thickened skin on the top that should be removed with a paint stick before attempting to stir the paint left in the can. If the remaining paint blends smoothly, it’s good to use in your next paint job.

Look for lumps. Like unopened cans of paint, opened cans can also suffer from exposure to temperature extremes. The difference? Lumps in a partially used can don’t always mean that the paint is unusable. A few in a gallon that’s otherwise smooth may indicae that some of the thickened skin on the paint was stirred into the good paint underneath. Before using the paint, pour it through a paint strainer (available at paint stores for a couple of bucks) to remove the lumps and proceed as planned.

Take a whiff. A foul or rancid smell, or the presence of mold in the can, means bacteria has contaminated the paint—it’s time to throw it away. Dispose of spoiled paint in accordance with your local toxic waste disposal ordinances.

Store paint the right way to extend its shelf life. Paint is expensive, and it can be tough to match custom colors years later. Whether you want to save a partial can of paint for touchups or you ordered too much and have a few untouched gallons on your hands, you’ll get the best shelf life possible if you store paint indoors, preferably away from extreme temperatures and sunlight. To store a half-empty can and make the paint last, place a piece of plastic wrap over the top and then use a tap the lid back into place with a hammer. While you’re at it, mark the date and color name in marker on the side for easy future reference.

Source: Solved! Here’s How Long Paint Actually Lasts

Zero out of your pocket! Remodeling ideas with things you might already have in your home.

 

These are certainly some of our favorite zero cost ideas!

11 Zero-Cost Room-Changing Ideas
November 14, 2016 8:00 AM

BY Justine Hand

Renovating your home can be a time-consuming and expensive process (I should know; I’ve been slowly working on my 1880s house outside Boston for almost two years now).

But you’d be surprised by how easy it is to refresh a room with just a few simple tweaks. I was reminded of this fact a few weeks ago when I volunteered to help a friend get her house ready for a party. Ostensibly, I was on hand to make the flower arrangements, but I couldn’t resist the urge to move a few things here and there. Before I knew it, we had completely transformed the look of the place, all within a couple of hours and without buying anything new.

None of the things I did would qualify as groundbreaking design, but what a difference it made. Sometimes even the simplest design tenets bear repeating.

1. Rehang your art.
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Above: At Harbor Cottage in Maine, a silkscreen print by British artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham hovers above the objects on the cabinet so that it feels like part of a larger composition. Photograph by Justine Hand.

One of the most common design mistakes I see is art that is hung too high. Rule number one with art, it should “relate” to the object(s) around it. I subscribe to the idea that, generally, pictures should be at eye level; you should never have to look up to view art (unless it’s hung over a tall object). My aunt Sheila, an architect, uses her windows as a guide, hanging art so the middle of the pictures hangs in line with or only slightly above the center of the windows.

Since eye levels and window heights vary, another good principle is that art should be viewed as part of a larger composition. For example: If you are hanging a single piece over a desk, it should be hover over the desk, creating a dialogue between the two pieces. If you are positioning a piece over the couch and next to a tall floor lamp, it should rest in relation to both so that it balances out the composition of the three objects.

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Above: A massed collection of 19th-century studio wedding portraits in this Paris loft makes for a witty and dramatic accent. (And no frames or nails required.)

Another picture principle: Have you ever noticed that the catchiest tunes have recognizable patterns along with periods of rest and syncopation? The same maxim applies to good design. So instead of hanging a single work of art on each wall, compose a dramatic crescendo by grouping several pieces on one wall, while at the same time creating periods of rest by leaving other walls blank.

2. Give your furniture room to breathe.
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Above: Even in a huge space like this hotel loft by Lost & Found, you can create an intimate grouping by positioning seating and side tables close together.

As with pictures, with furniture the goal is to craft harmonious relationships within a space. Create more of a conscious grouping by pulling furniture away from walls and out of corners. You will notice a greater sense of intimacy within the space, as well as an airier quality.

3. Apply circular thinking.
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Above: An intimate grouping of furniture, plants, and lighting at the Artilleriet apartment in Sweden has a dynamic circular flow.

As a former dancer, I believe that all movement, or at least the energy created by motion, occurs within a series of circles, not as straight lines (kind of like the image of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man). The same can be said with design. When arranging your furniture, you can create a similar circular dynamic, not by literally placing pieces in a real orb, but by imagining that each is held in place by a kind a centrifugal force. (Note that this concept also works on the horizontal plane. Can you see how the objects in the picture below create a cyclical effect?)

4. Create visual transitions.
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Above: In Michael Verheyden’s house in Belgium, “transitional” pieces create a virtual cascade of objects, easing the eye from ceiling to floor. Photograph courtesy of Dwell Magazine.

Anyone with small children knows how hard transitions can be. That’s why teachers today give five-minute warnings. Harmonious design also involves what I call “transitional” pieces, items that ease the eye’s transition from one level to the next. A spindle-back chair adjacent to a tall armoire or even a pile of books placed beside the bed can serve as transitional objects. At my friend’s house, for example, I created a transitional object by adding a smaller basket next to a chair to create a sense of flow.

5. Revisit your attic.
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Above: That little set of drawers next to a bed by Father Rabbit Limited looks like something from my Great Aunt Dot’s attic. Normally, I might have dismissed such a piece, but here it is a witty accent that breaks up the otherwise spare, contemporary feel of the room.

You never want your home to look too new or too generic. Unearth old items—battered pieces, an old chair, your grandmother’s vase, even an empty frame with a rich patina—and use them to add character to your surroundings. You can even pick up something off the street, as long as it adds a contrarian element to your home. (On the flip side, if your home is all antiques, consider introducing something modern.)

6. Add greens.
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Above: Before they turn aubergine in the late fall, green privet berries make for a jolly bedside table arrangement. Photograph by Justine Hand.

Every room benefits from a fresh garden arrangement, but it doesn’t have to be flowers. I am just as likely to liven up a place with a sweeping branch or aromatic bunch of bay leaves. In the winter, evergreens and rhododendrons provide an unexpected bit of greenery. I don’t even dismiss the weeds. Grasses add texture and a breezy aspect.

7. Add white accents.
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Above: A rustic still life by Nikole Herriott of shop Herriott Grace employs white objects to evoke a dramatic chiaroscuro effect.

If you’re a regular Remodelista reader, chances are good that you already embrace white. But I’m amazed at how many other people I meet are phobic (maybe they think white is too cold or impersonal). I find it clean and soothing. Even just a touch goes a long way.

For my friends who seem shy about white, I’ve often gone through linen drawers in search of a crisp napkin that could enliven a dull dresser. I’ve used sun-bleached shells and white beach stones and even a roll of paper across the dining table as a means of introducing some bright, refreshing white.

8. Texturize.
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Above: Designer Corinne Gilbert swaps in new textures each season. Here she has cotton, woven linen, felted wool, and angora blankets stacked on stools in the hallway.

Back in 1997, Ilse Crawford’s book The Sensual Home was a real eye-opener for me. Her mantra? Texture, even more than color, is key to creating a space that is warm and engaging. And it’s pretty easy to find texture already lurking in your home. You just need to dig it out. Liberate the cutting board from under the cabinet and rest it in plain sight on the counter. In your entryway, place a neat pile of your favorite fuzzy scarves on a chair next to a walking stick you found in the woods. Leave your leather riding boots out. Or your Wellies. Gather stones. In my friend’s house, I dug out an old basket (remember that “transitional object”?) and filled it with her knitting.

9. Don’t ignore the elephant in the room; tame it.
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Above: Sheepskins, hides, and pillows cover an unfinished wood bench. Photograph courtesy of Carla Zwart of Met Melk & Suiker from our post Through the Looking Glass: 10 New Trends for Fall 2016.

Most of us are living with pieces we don’t love because we simply don’t have the money or inclination to replace them. My friend was grinning and bearing a worn brown sectional behemoth because she didn’t want to spend the money to get a new couch “that was just going to get ruined by the kids and the dog.” Fair enough. Luckily, a chunky white throw tossed over the back and some white pillows did a lot to break up the monotony of the piece. An ugly dresser can usually be resurrected with paint. You can toss a sheet or a painter’s drop cloth over virtually any sofa, chair, or table (I even swathed a bad brass pendant in my dining room in a gossamer bed skirt). Also consider Swedish company Bemz, which has made a business of Ikea hacking. Their line of linen slipcovers in sophisticated hues take many of this megastore’s favorites from generic to genius.

10. Regroup.
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Above: Organization does not mean putting things behind closed doors. By grouping utilitarian objects, John and Juli Baker create an artful display on their bedroom wall.

Introduce balance and harmony into your home by taking a moment to organize yourself and your things. Straighten the books on the shelf. Tuck odds and ends away in an artful box. Like you did with your art, you can group like things for visual impact. And consider those useful items that are pretty enough to be displayed in the open.

11. Don’t forget to break the rules and use your imagination.
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Above: Architect Peter Legge used a green carpet stair runner that spills into a puddle on the floor to soften the entry of the three-story staircase.

Remember how I mentioned syncopation? Just as in music, the best design is never too predictable, so feel free to break the rules above and surprise people. Hang one piece of art way out in left field. Go monochromatic. Get crazy. But when you do, make sure that you are “intentional” about how and when you do it. Then you’ll look like a genius.

Want more easy, low-cost home improvements? Try burlap with DIY Rope as Curtain Rod or wallpaper with Emma Cassi’s DIY Wallpaper Headboard.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 16, 2014.

Black Glass Tower for New York by Richard Meier & Partners

 The VIEWS!

Back to Black: Richard Meier & Partners Departs From Its Signature White Palette With a Black Glass Tower for New York

Richard Meier and Partners has released renderings for its 42-story residential tower in New York City. Situated on the East River just below the United Nations, 685 First Avenue will be the firm’s tallest New York structure to date. Proposed as a residential building, the tower will include 556 rental apartments along with a range of amenities such as a pool, a fitness center and a children’s playroom. The building will also accommodate retail space at its base, hoping to spur urban engagement.

Composed of a series of black metal panels and a black glass curtain wall, the building also heralds a new aesthetic direction for the firm, departing from its signature white palette. The residential apartments have been configured to maximize window space for each tenant, providing floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the East River and Brooklyn beyond. Read more from the architects about the plans for 685 First Avenue:

“Richard Meier & Partners in collaboration with Developer Sheldon Solow’s East River Realty Development is pleased to celebrate the design and construction of the new 685 First Avenue tower in New York City.

The 42-story, 460-foot-high residential tower, Meier’s tallest in New York City, will rise just south of the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan overlooking the East River. The 685 First Avenue site occupies a 32,365 SF parcel between East 39th and East 40th Streets along the West side of First Avenue. It will be home to 556 rental and condominium apartments and feature panoramic views of the river and the city.

Minimalistic in form, the design of this predominantly glass building evidences great consideration for materiality, lightness, transparency and order. Its taut curtain wall is incised with modular subdivisions and articulated with selective metal panel elements in the form of balconies, canopies and corners. A distinguishing feature — an architectural cut-out at the 27th and 28th floors — will exist in dialogue with the building’s context and be visible from across the East River.

‘This is a milestone project for us, as our first all-black glass and metal panel building, the tallest tower in New York City by our firm, and a complete Richard Meier & Partners project including both architecture and interiors,’ comments Dukho Yeon, design partner-in-charge at Richard Meier & Partners.

‘The black glass curtain wall is a departure from our trademark white palette,’ Yeon continues, ‘When this intriguing challenge was proposed by developer Sheldon Solow, we accepted it with great enthusiasm and curiosity. We approach all our designs thoughtfully and with an open mind, and with this project we have remained true to our fundamental principles—distinctiveness in scale, proportion, light and power. That is the legacy of our white and clear glass buildings, and the design of 685 First Avenue foregrounds and celebrates these same elements.’

At street level, the project is designed to promote urban activity by providing retail space along First Avenue. The expansive glazing of the grand, double-height residential lobby has a direct visual and physical connection with the surrounding context, the future public park across First Avenue and the East River. The light colored materials rely on principles of light, order and geometry to create a modern and open space.

Residents of the tower’s 408 rental units and 148 condominiums will have access to distinctive amenities located on the second floor, including an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, children’s playroom, tablet/work room, game room, private dining room, and lounge. These amenities and public spaces come alive through a rich palette of colors and textures, and tactile materials. All living room and bedrooms in the building are configured to take advantage of the outstanding views. The light palette of the interiors—whites, grays and earth tones—complement the smooth and textured surfaces of wood, plaster and glass.

Richard Meier comments: ‘We asked ourselves, can formal ideas and the philosophy of lightness and transparency, the interplay of natural light and shadow with forms and spaces, be reinterpreted in the precise opposite – white being all colors and black the absence of color? Our perspective continues to evolve, but our intuition and intention remain the same – to make architecture that evokes passion and emotion, lifts the spirit, and is executed perfectly.

‘Having the opportunity to work with Sheldon Solow and his team on this project has enabled us to continue our contribution to the urban fabric of New York City. The singular form of 685 First Avenue is borne of a desire to create an iconic building unique to Midtown Manhattan. With advanced technologies and building materials, we seek an innovative and timeless design that adds to the history and roster of Manhattan’s landmark buildings. The architecture will be finely crafted, precise, elegant and striking. It is very meaningful to me personally to work in New York City, and to give something enduring to the city I call home,’ Meier continues.

Window bays and modules are maximized in size to full floor-to-floor heights, altogether eliminating any horizontal or vertical shadow panels. Each module is subdivided further proportionally and geometrically into a system of operable window panels, joints and reveals, and mullion profiles that keep the façade open and elegant. The black glass unifies the façade, provides privacy for residents, and modulates the reflections of the context.

Sheldon Solow, developer of 685 First Avenue, comments: ‘I have known Richard for a long time and have always admired his work. I was thrilled when he agreed to lend his inimitable sensibility to this project. Richard and his team have truly created an inspired design that marries the streamlined look of the black glass with the interior brightness and transparency of a trademark Meier masterpiece. The result will be both a dramatic addition to the East River skyline and a fantastic place to live.’

Sheldon Solow has been a leader in New York City real estate since the 1970’s. His firm’s portfolio includes the Solow Building, a signature 50-story, 1.5 million square foot, black glass office tower at 9 West 57th Street, designed by SOM partner Gordon Bunshaft; as well as residential developments: One and Two Sutton Place North; One East River Place at 525 East 72nd Street; 265 East 66th Street, and the 10 Solow Townhouses designed by Eli Attia, also along East 66th Street. 685 First Avenue is the first building of a larger East River Development Plan approved by the City of New York in 2008 that allowed for creation of a new 9.7-acre mixed- use development with residences, commercial and public open space on a long-abandoned site in Manhattan long the East River.

685 First Avenue will join 18 Richard Meier & Partners Architects designs for sites in New York City, including the iconic Perry Street & Charles Street Condominiums, the Westbeth Artists’ Housing in the West Village, the Aye Simon Reading Room at the Guggenheim Museum, and proposed but unbuilt plans for the World Trade Center and Madison Square Garden Site Redevelopment.”

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Minimalist Bachelor Pad In Montenegro

The perfect blend of color and space, I love it!

A MINIMALIST BACHELOR APARTMENT IN MONTENEGRO

When asked to design an apartment for a young IT engineer, the M3 Architectural&Construction group took a minimalist approach. Located in Budva, Montenegro, a coastal area on the Adriatic Sea, this bachelor’s apartment has great views so a scaled back interior was decided upon. Montenegro offers enough inspiration alone as it’s so visually attractive. Take a look at these Montenegro Guides if you’re thinking of visiting.

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Throughout the interior, a neutral palette of white surfaces, grey accents, and natural materials was used as not to detract from the views.

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The main living area was kept open with floor-to-ceiling curtains acting as dividers to separate the space when needed.

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To pair with their minimalist design, they incorporated furnishings from Coliform, Artemide, Deltalight, Zanotta, Duravit, and Grohe.

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Black TV Stand To Industrial Steampunk In Minutes!

So much better than the original!

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Ikea items: Black LACK TV stand, Black bed legs BRATTVÅG 10cm

We are going for an industrial/steampunk look in our new apartment and were trying to find the perfect TV stand. Needless to say we found nothing.

So we thought to keep it simple and just get the black LACK TV stand, but we weren’t sure if the Denon receiver would fit in it. Things didn’t look promising.

Then I found photos online of people that had already hacked this TV stand to create more space and the idea of the Industrial LACK TV stand got born. I imagine that you could use a corner Entertainment Center to create a similar looking finished product!

We found a used LACK TV stand for 1/5 of the original price, in case we screw up, and got to work.

Things used:
1. Lack TV stand, black
2. Brattvåg bed legs, black
3. 2x1m threaded rods 12mm
4. 22 bolts 12mm
5. 10 square washers 13mm
6. 12 round washers 13mm
7. Copper spray mat

1. With a 12 mm drill bit I drilled through the 4 already aligned holes in the two boards. (You might need to move the drill around to make a bit of extra space for the 12mm rods)
2. Drilled two 12mm holed in the middle, back of the lower board for better TV support. I aligned these with the 2 holes on the side/back.
3. Cut the rod in ?33cm pieces resulting in 6 identical pieces.
4. Sprayed all rods, bolts and washers with the copper spray.
5. Screwed the 4 bed legs into the existing holes under the lower board. (kept 2 of the 4 round plastic discs that came with the legs to use them later)

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6. Used tape and newspaper to make a rectangle shape on the top board and proceeded to paint it copper with the spray.
7a. Started putting together the 4 rods with bolts and washers. I used the square washers between the two boards to make it hold the TV weight better, since this is where the most pressure will be.
7b. Adjusted all bolts around the stand to create 21.5cm space in between. The space is adjustable if you need less or more. (if you need more you should cut 4 rods to 35cm and two to 30cm)
8a. Inserted the last 2 support rods in the middle, and adjusted them to support the upper board tightly. I used the 2 round black plastic discs that came with the bed legs on the top of the rods to hold the upper board.
8b. I sawed off the two leftover bits that extended under the lower board.

And done!

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~ by Dimitris & Martina (MjW)
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If you’re interested in other ways to stand your TV up check out some of the awesome Future Automation that is being done around the area! You can hide your TV in the coolest places now!

How To: Get Rid of Spider Mites

How To: Get Rid of Spider Mites

Keep these creepy-crawlies from wreaking havoc with plants, indoors and out, using this all-natural battle plan.

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Tiny, sap-sucking arachnids known as spider mites can be a problem any time of year, out in your garden and plaguing houseplants and greenhouse varieties, too. With females able to lay as many as 300 eggs every few weeks, spider mite populations can explode in a matter of days. Tell tale signs that you’ve been infested include speckled leaves or brownish webbing on the surface of leaves. Unfortunately, employing chemicals to control them can be a two-pronged problem: First, mites can develop resistance, and second, pesticides often kill such beneficial insects as ladybugs that like to feast on mites. We recommend going with the simple techniques and non-toxic remedies outlined here for in this guide on how to get rid of spider mites. However, if you are seeking professional help for you mite problem, it may be worth checking out something like pest control Des Moines to eliminate the whole colony of spider mites.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS
Magnifying glass
White paper
Hose with spraying attachment
Spray bottle (optional)
Sponge
Bucket
Pruning shears
Plastic bags
Rosemary oil
Lemon-scented liquid dish detergent
One-quart jug

STEP 1
Your plants are in trouble: Leaves may be blotchy, be-webbed, streaked with silver or gold, or turning brown and falling off. But are spider mites to blame? These pests are less than a millimeter long, so grab a magnifying glass and inspect the underside of leaves, where they congregate. If you can’t see the culprits, place a piece of white paper under foliage and shake the leaves, then examine what falls on the sheet. Slow-moving, eight-legged pests—red, yellow, brown, or green in color—mean you’ve got spider mites. Two-spotted spider mites, so called for the duo of dots on their backs, are deemed “particularly troublesome” by experts, but diligent treatment can curb their invasion.

STEP 2
Simply wash the buggers away! Pressure-sprayed water is a surprisingly effective against spider mites, whether using a power spray from your hose outside or just a strong stream from a spray bottle on houseplants. Blast plants from below to hit the back of leaves. Then, take a clean, water-dampened sponge to wipe the backs of leaves, rinsing the sponge after each wipe by dipping it in a bucket of water. how_to_get_rid_of_spider_mites_on_plants

STEP 3
Prune any leaves and stems spider mites have attacked, placing the clippings in a plastic bag and putting it in the trash, not your compost (eggs can lay dormant until the perfect hatching climate arises). If the entire plant has evidence of mites, or its health seems too far-gone to bounce back, consider pulling it completely to prevent infestation from spreading to neighbors.

STEP 4
Mix this all-natural, non-toxic solution that’ll banish the invaders without harming phytoseiulus persimilis, a beneficial mite that snacks on spider mites.
• ½ ounce rosemary essential oil (found in natural health stores)
• 1 quart tap water
• 1 teaspoon of lemon-scented liquid dish soap

A soap-and-water combo is often used as a repellent on its own, but rosemary oil helps emulsify the solution, making it easier to spray. Combine all ingredients in a jug, shake well, and fill a spray bottle. Shake thoroughly before use, spraying plants either early or late in the day, avoiding the hottest periods. Spray plants (and surrounding soil) daily for at least four days, then on alternate days for two weeks. Once you’ve got the situation thoroughly under control, continue spraying once a week to keep plants healthy.

STEP 5
For outdoor plants, consider introducing predatory mites, ladybugs, lacewings, and other beneficial insects (find them online or at nurseries) once you’ve gotten the problem in hand. They’ll eat the spider mite larvae, mite adults, and all mites in between that try to muscle in on your restored territory. You may also want to put in companion planting, interspersing Chinese parsley, chives, dill, chrysanthemums, garlic, and onion throughout your garden to repel spider mites.

STEP 6
When plants are stressed, they’re more prone to invasion by spider mites and other opportunistic feeders. So keep them watered per their needs and ensure excess water drains well. Use nutrient-rich soil and vary feeding accordingly as seasons change. Be sure plants have the right light conditions for their species. Then be vigilant, inspecting for early signs of infestation and doing what it takes to nip it in the bud.

 

Curated From Bob Villa

10 Wall Mounted Bidets

 Wall Mounted Bidets : 10 Pieces To Inspire You

June 22, 2016 4:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

I spent my teens in a 1920s Spanish-style house in southern California; one with quirky architectural details and legacy fixtures. The day we moved in, I remember walking through the house with my family and peering into the en suite bathrooms; each had a bidet paired with a toilet. In the years that followed, not one bidet handle was ever turned (although we associated them with Parisian sophistication, none of us knew how to use one).

In the US, the bidet has been historically perceived as vaguely louche. In Europe, Japan, and countries across the Middle East and South America, it’s a straightforward and hygienic bathroom necessity. In Spain and Portugal, installing bidets has been mandatory in new construction since 1975. The rest of the world is on to something: pressurized water from a bidet is said to clean more effectively than toilet paper, it’s safer on sensitive skin, and ultimately conserves water.

In a study by Meta Efficient, publicized in a 2009 Scientific American article, it was reported that Americans use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper each year. The manufacturing process involves some 473 billion gallons of water and 253 tons of chlorine. Tree Hugger reported that a single roll of toilet paper requires 37 gallons of water to produce. This means that bringing back the bidet could reduce our consumption of toilet paper—an industry reliant on deforestation and excess chemical use—and lessen the pressure on sewer and waste treatment facilities. It’s something our family didn’t consider when we lived in a house full of lonely bidets.

It turns out, most of our favorite designers and manufacturers of bathroom fixtures make a bidet or two—and they look great. Here’s our edited selection of wall-mounted bidets (and for an alternative, see our post Trend Alert: 8 Techno Toilets).

Wall Mounted Bidet - Caroma Bidet

Above: From Australian company Caroma, the Cube Wall Faced Bidette is $1,529 AUD ($1,140 USD) and pairs with the Cube Toilet at Caroma.

Wall Mounted Bidet - Vitra Modern Bidet

Above: The Vitra Modern Bidet is part of the Vitra Normus Collection (where you can find a toilet to pair with the bidet); $240 at Nameek’s.

Wall Mounted Bidet

Above: The ME by Starck Wall-Mounted Bidet is from designer Philippe Starck and is available for $281.29 at Quality Bath.

Wall Mounted Bidet - Pro Wall Hung Bidet

Above: Swiss Company Laufen’s Pro Wall-Hung Bidet is available through Laufen showrooms in the US.

Wall Mounted Bidet - Pear 2 Bidet

Above: Designer Patricia Urquiola created the Pear 2 Bidet that pairs with a wall-mounted toilet and is available through Agape. She also designed the original Pear Bidet and Toilet also from Agape.

Wall Mounted Bidet - Duravit’s D-Code Compact Wall-Mounted Bidet

Above: Duravit’s D-Code Compact Wall-Mounted Bidet is $284.30 NZD ($202 USD) at the Water Closet in New Zealand. It’s also available through a number of different retailers by contacting Duravitdirectly.

Wall Mounted Bidet - Affetto Wall-Hung Bidet

Above: The Affetto Wall-Hung Bidet from Italian company Ceramica Globo is $514.90 at YBath.

Wall Mounted Bidet By Benedini Associati

Above: Designed by Benedini Associati, the 750 Wall-Mounted Bidet is available through Agape by contacting them directly.

Wall Mounted Bidet - Durastyle Bidet

Above: The DuraStyle Wall-Mounted Bidet is designed by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez; $243.75 at YBath.

Wall Mounted Bidet - Vitra Bidet

Above: The Wall-Hung Vitra Bidet is part of the Vitra S50 Collection (where you can find a toilet to pair with the bidet); $292 at Nameek’s.

Wall Mounted Bidet - White With Chrome Accent

Above: From Italian brand Scarabeo, the Moai Wall-Hung Bidet is $935 at Nameek’s.

7 Essential Man Cave Must Haves

Man caves have become a sort of getaway for the boys, to hang and kick back. So we looked at the 7 must haves of every man cave.
1. It Wouldn’t Be A Man Cave Without A Secret Door Entrance.
2. Don’t Want To Lose Track of time Spent in the Cave? Use A Domino’s Wall Clock

 

3.Who Said Chandeliers can’t be manly? We Present The Mandelier..

4. Jack Daniels Soap Dispenser, Because The Scented Hand Wash Feels A Bit More Manly Coming From A Whiskey Bottle.

5. A 1965 Ford Mustang GT Pool Table.

6. No Man Cave Is Complete Without A Giant Couch.

7. Last, But Certainly Not Least.. A Robot Bartender.
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