Time to replace that poster of a monkey drinking beer you've had on your wall since college? It sure is. And you can hang a unique piece of art in its place that'll not only have your guests talking, but talks back to them.
don't talk... instead they are a visual representation of your voice captured on canvas. According to their site, "Our developed technique offers you the ability to capture your specific voice, expressing a word or a set of words that mean most to you, or to capture significant audible moments of your life."
That means you can display words of wisdom from your dad, baby's first words, a marriage proposal, your dog barking, a certain someone in that "special moment"... any sound you want to immortalize. VoicePrints will capture it and render it in your choice of 30 color combos, to match any bachelor pad.
I guess you could call this the ultimate conversation piece.
BACHELOR PAD | STYLE
January 06, 2011
It's resolution time, and that means making a list of things we'd like to do to improve our lives, but will probably forget about by mid February.
One of my resolutions is always to get more organized, especially when it comes to my closets. So I spoke to Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design
, designer of incredible closets for men (that's one of hers in the pic above), and all around expert in tackling clutter, to get some tips for getting my stuff in order, and advice on what to do to keep things in place and make life easier. Here's what Lisa had to say:
Organizing in General
1. Start organizing one room at a time.
Even within a room, you might want to organize one section of that room at a time. For example, organize until you can see the kitchen countertop or a section on the floor, and then move on to the area next to it. Think in terms of baby steps to organization.
2. Re-look and evaluate each piece of “clutter.”
Ask yourself: If your home was destroyed by a fire or flood, would you really miss this item? This is a simple exercise to determine and help you to get rid of things you may think you want. At the end of the exercise, you'll find out what is truly important to you.
3. The Golden Rule: every time you bring something new in, something old
needs to go.
Most people do not keep this balance in their home. Hence, the towering piles of stuff and clothes that add up over time to create an overwhelming mess. Create a donation bin in your home, and make this a weekly event. If you work little purges into your normal cleaning routine, then it will soon become like second nature instead of a dreaded,
4. Make decisions about your “clutter” and take action.
Once you embrace the
process, you'll see you save emotional stress, time, money, etc.
Organizing Your Closet
5. Downsize your wardrobe.
Ask yourself if the garment fits and flatters. If the answer is no, then it should be donated. Revisit your wardrobe every year. With styles changing every season, even if the garment fits, be critical of its longevity.
6. Organize your closet in sections.
A lot of guys are making the switch to making their daily espresso shot at home, rather than keep stuffing dollars into the pockets of a certain large coffee chain. But if your budget or counter space don't allow for a high-priced espresso machine, you can still have that barista-fresh coffee fix at home.
The new Francis Francis Y1 from Illy, creates café-quality Italian espresso from a ridiculously small 9.5-inch square base, with a short 11-inch mini tower - fashioned from tempered glass and brushed aluminum. (And if red doesn't match your decor, you can get it in black too.) Perfect for dorm rooms, studio apartments, and anywhere else you are counter space-challenged.
Plus the Y1 uses the revolutionary iperEspresso capsule system, producing a full-bodied yet remarkably smooth espresso, with velvety crema, at one touch of a button. Just place a capsule inside the mini tower, press start, and enjoy authentic, Italian espresso in just seconds.
And the Y1 can be preordered now at illyusa.com
, for just $125 (a $295 value) when purchased with monthly delivery of fresh iperEspresso capsules. And you can ask that cute barista back to your place for some espresso for a change.
May 24, 2010
Don't know the difference between a Monet and a Manet? Not a problem. You can still enjoy fine art...
Celebrated artist Opie Otterstad certainly knows how to make a great moment last. Especially when it comes to sports. For years now Otterstad has created numerous works that have become iconic both in their form and in their imagery. To skim through Otterstad’s gallery is like thumbing through a bunch of old Sports Illustrated magazines reminiscing about past games of glory.
Otterstad’s newest work immortalizing the Yankees 27th World Series victory will be on display at Pop International Galleries, on 473 West Broadway in SoHo in NYC this Saturday, April 17th. There will be 209 limited editions available for purchase, and the event will also feature famed sports artist Stephen Holland who will be unveiling three brand new portraits featuring Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Alex Rodriguez.
For New Yorkers and Yankee die-hards, this is a rare opportunity. So if you're a Yankees fan, and you've got a little scratch laying around, a piece like this is perfect to hang over your home bar or grace the wall of your Dude Den. After all, who needs art you can't explain or understand?
April 14, 2010
It's nice to see a mattress company finally design a mattress that takes into consideration that most of us use our beds for more than just sleeping. Or reading. Or watching TV.
Italy’s largest mattress producer, Magniflex
, just introduced their Colors line, that includes the mattress pictured above, named - and this is printed right in their new product catalog - "Love Sex." Amen, Magniflex.
The mattress features edge-to-edge support, a layer of Memofoam, the company’s eco-friendly, open-cell memory foam. The core consists of Eliosoft, a shape-conforming foam that adds flexibility and cradling support. (A must during either sleep or sex.)
The "Love Sex" also has built-in temperature and perspiration control on the top, sides and core of the mattress. And a soft fabric cover that is made to feel good against the skin, but is also removable so you can launder off last weekend's, um, festivities.
And because they know you'll give it a workout, it's got a 10 year warranty. Which is more than you can say for the chicks joining you on it.
February 18, 2010
Got a stressed out pet? Here's something you can add to the "Come On, You've Got to Be Kidding Me" file: You can soothe your savage beast by letting them chill to their own sounds, on their own system, while you pump your jams. And I am not making this up...
My Pet Speaker
is a sound system that will allow you to turn your tunes into pet soothing sounds, that works for dogs, cats and horses. Really.
Not that I ever wanted my dog to turn me and say, "Yo, BG, turn this up, this is my jam," but if it keeps Spot from barking his ass off while I'm trying to relax, then I'm open.
It does this by using an omni-directional speaker with a 4" drive and cone reflector to disperse the sound in 360 degrees (the way animals hear in nature), and mixing in soothing sounds in frequencies only they can hear. Then it softens the bass and limits other frequencies to your tunes, so there aren't any startling or jarring sounds to get them fired up. Your tunes don't get disturbed, and they aren't freaking every time Daughtry starts wailing.
Now if we could just get them to invent a system that eliminates the frequencies that Adam Lambert and Lady GaGa sing in, and we'll all be more relaxed.
February 16, 2010
I was hanging out at the Jim Beam Man Cave last weekend down on South Beach during Super Bowl weekend, and they had a bunch of these branded bar stools set up in there. Bar stools I decided were a must have for my own man cave.
So I spoke to my boy Dan from Beam, and asked him who I had to sleep with to score a pair... and we decided rather than me having to sink to levels usually reserved for aspiring starlets, reality show contestants and anyone dating Dane Cook, we'd just give a set away to one of you, my loyal readers. I keep my dignity, and someone gets a cool set of stools. Everyone wins.
They're standard bar stool height, are covered in black vinyl that's easy to clean, have chrome frames, the Jim Beam logo printed on each seat, and have been personally sat on by all three Jim Beam Party Crew girls.
And all you need to do for a chance to add these seats to your own dude den is enter your email addy here
. Oh, and one important thing: You must be a US resident and be over the age of 21 (and be able to prove it), to be eligible to win.
Then on Wednesday, Feb 17th, I'll randomly pick one of you to take them both home. (The bar stools, not the girls. They always cost a helluva lot more.)
February 10, 2010
I have a painful admission to make: I'm a Floor Sitter. No idea how it started, but for as long as I can remember, I prefer watching TV from the floor. Even though I have a full-sized, incredibly comfortable, fully-functioning leather couch. Strange, I know. Even more so, considering I have to pile throw pillows under me to make it tolerable.
But my floor just became a TV-watching comfort zone. Check out the Slouchback
Originally designed by two college students to turn their dorm room beds into a comfy couch for studying, gaming, TV-viewing, and college chick getting ("No, I am not trying to get you into bed... this is just a couch..."), the Slouchback is being used by people everywhere to turn just about anything into seating for up to three adults.
The built-in pump inflates it in about 30 seconds, the micro-suede cover is washable and interchangeable to match any decor (it comes in 6 colors), and there are insulated cup holders in each arm to keep your beverage of choice ice cold during that chick flick you agreed to watch with the girl down the hall. Speaking of which, should it appear you'll be needing a bed after all, the Slouchback deflates just as quickly, and tucks in the space between the bed and wall. Boom. Switcheroo. Something your expensive leather couch can't do.
November 04, 2009
Now I’m all for badass cars that look like they’re going 200mph when sitting still. Like a Lamborghini, for example. While there’s really no arguing for their practicality, any guy lucky enough to own such an uber-toy can to attest to their effects as a worthy "social lubricant." But does having a Lambo-inspired bed incite the same lubricating effect? I'm gonna say no.
The Tonino Lamborghini bed is touted as “the only bed to bring the coveted Lamborghini sports car to the bedroom.” (What’s next, an AUDI recliner? A Volkswagen night stand?) We’re sure it’ll have 10 year-old boys quaking with pre-pubescent excitement.
But with the queen-sized Tonino sporting a retail price of almost $2,000, they'll have to be 10-year-old boys with a 6-figure allowance, or killer paper route. So, will a Lamborghini Diablo help get you laid? If it can't, you might as well turn in your manhood. Will a Lamborghini bed? Maybe. If it's in the garage, next to the real thing.
September 17, 2009
When it comes to furniture, nothing screams guy louder than wood. It’s rustic, rough, natural, and fits into just about any well-equipped male domicile. Besides, who wouldn’t want a piece of furniture handcrafted from an old whisky barrel?
One-man San Francisco-based design atelier (that’s a workshop to you and me), Varian Designs is single-handedly bringing Modern Lumberjack back, crafting singular works of functional art out of reclaimed whisky casks, walnut, and steel. And after seeing some of their work, I think that it’s safe to say that founder Forest Dickey knows his way around a woodshop.
The latest collection - Broen from Varian Designs - bridges the gap between manmade and nature-made. And with its architectural lines, it looks just as good at work in the corner office, or at home in the man cave.
The artist is rumored to be designing reclaimed beer hall furniture for the upcoming Green Beer Fest in Arizona this winter. Beer and wood? I submit that it cannot get any better.
But be forewarned: The furniture of Varian Designs isn’t for those light in the pocketbook. The Bartizan Desk will run you just shy of $10,000... and the more bargain-conscious Dagda Chair a mere $1,200. So if you’re interested in sporting some high-class wood, head on over to www.variandesigns.com
to check out the entire collection.
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July 29, 2009