PF Weekly Reading List #18-Come Hang Out In My Closet, I’ve Got Beer and Breakfast!

men's closet

Hanging out in my closet sounds silly and it probably would be if you saw the size of our walk in closet. As a guy who enjoys ripping things apart and creating new spaces I’m the first to admit the closet is NOT at the top of my remodel list.

I’m afraid there are many people who beg to differ with me and have taken what to some is just an obvious hole in the wall with a door to a WHOLE new level. Gone are the days where closets were just for hanging our clothes in, it’s party time, so come hang out in my dream closet, I’ve got beer and breakfast.

Most women and plenty of men would love to have a chef’s kitchen that really is GOURMET. I’m not talking about the rubbish you read in some of the MLS or For Sale By Owner listings that have a bog standard kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, island, microwave about the stove and granite counters.

That is FAR from a chef’s kitchen to me, I’m talking about a real fancy gourmet kitchen with a stone work-top, walk-in 2 storey pantry, climate controlled wine cooler, Sub Zero refrigerator and other built-in top of the line appliances surrounded by solid wood cabinetry with the finest of details and accessories. That to me is what screams Posh!

The other wow-me-now room is the bathroom and although I like a nice bathroom I’m sure my arse and bubbles will never see the day soaking in luxurious bath layered with marble, a gold bog  surrounded by a gas fireplace, flat screen TV and heated floors so my tootsies don’t get cold in my bathroom.

Renovating a home in other cases a mansion is a big business not only for the homeowner but for many élite designers around the world. No matter what your budget is some people have an even bigger budgets with bigger desires to frost their homes with luxuries that us regular folks would think of as plain strange and over the top. Although strange is intriguing we certainly would soak it all up if the offer was on the table.

Gone are the days where the kitchen and bathrooms were the top luxury spots for men and women. Forget about inviting your mates over to check out your granite counter-tops and built-in appliances. Put all that silly talk behind you and get with the modern times my friends.

Masculine Closet


Via Pinterest

The Closet AKA. The Dressing Room

Let’s all put our hands together and welcome the new and exciting walk in closet (OK, dressing room) and we’re not talking just any closet. We’re talking you need a few minutes and an escalator to get to the top-level where some designers are sparing no expenses for some of the wealthiest in the country.

Some of the wealthiest people are  spending from $50,000 to 2.5 million dollars according to The $100,000 closet. You heard that right, 2.5 million dollars spent on a bloody high-end designer closet. Some of these closets are bigger than my own home, hell ya! Give me 2.5 million dollars and you can bet I won’t be hanging out in someone’s closet with it.

“We don’t call them closets anymore,” says Los Angeles-based contractor Gary Drake, who says the preferred term for such spaces among the designers and clients he works with is now “dressing room.”

A Peek Into Mariah Carey’s Closet


Via- Trends Hairstyle

Sexy Ladies Closets

Best of it is, it’s just not the ladies who want to showcase the sexy, open concept, dressing closets with refrigerators for champagne, televisions,  custom cabinets, sinks for beauty and cosmetics, purse and shoe racks, computers, TV’s and enough amps to think you were in a night club. (because the closet is where all the action is happening!

If you have kids and you want to get away simply retreat to your secret closet getaway big or small for some hot, steamy… well whatever you do in your own closet is your own business. You don’t have to be rich or a celebrity to hang out in your own closet.

Sounds like one heck of a kinky night if you ask me though. Hanging out in your woman’s closet, sipping champagne while munching on strawberries and playing dress up or dress down in this case. It’s like you are in your own movie but in a dressing room where all the action happens.

The Masculine Closet

A man's dream closet

Photo Via McGraw Designs

It’s not just woman though, oh no we can’t give all the fancy pants credit to the ladies, us men need our own private extravagance and we are sparing no expenses. The man has his own space, I’ll call mine “the closet cave” except you won’t find any power tools, tires or window washer fluid nor the distinct smell of motor oil in this cave.

Hell no, your butt will be stolen sitting back massaged on leather couches watching tennis on the flat screen television with a racket in one hand and a glass of the finest wine in another.

Don’t worry about staying up late in your closet and being too tired to head into work the next day either. You can easily stay in your closet and work from home in your custom closet office on your computer. When it’s break time just swivel over to your custom breakfast bar to fill up on some good eats (because that’s where I want to eat my eggs and bacon, in my closet). I wonder if I open door number 10 in my closet if I will find a maid, a cook and a butler.

If you think I’m inviting my mates over to come and rifle through my closet with me while chugging back a beer you’re sadly mistaken. I’m afraid I don’t have a full sneaker line either to proudly showcase in a lighted glass display in my closet. But wait, What I do have and this might change your mind is a few pairs of “vintage discount shoes” if you should so dare have them grace your space. (nothing a little Febreeze can’t handle, right?)

If that’s not enough let’s show off  what luxury and money can buy with the lighted clothing rods and remote control revolving clothes and shoe racks because it’s just far too difficult to flip a switch or clap on a light to see what the heck you are doing while moving a hanger.

As funny as I thought about all of this while reading the post about the $100,000 closet was it’s simply a life that I likely will never be exposed to. For me this seems so surreal but I know it’s out there and for others it’s their way of life and just the way it goes when you have money to burn and a desire to hang out in your closet.

I’m far from envious because you can’t miss what you don’t have especially if your budget is far from “without limits”. I’m sure that if I had that kind of cash I too could come up with all sorts of crap to do with it even if it is over the top and in a closet.

If you’ve got the cash and you have too much of it you might as well find some way to spend it because what’s silly to one is luxury to another. If you really want to chill out in my closet be my guest, just make sure to leave the empties in the corner!

What would you have in your dream closet and would you spend $50,000- $2.5 million if you had the pocket change to do so? 


Here is this weeks reading list which includes some of the best blog posts from many blogs that I interact and comment on and who also have a common interest in CBB.

Mr. CBB’s Top Read of The Week
  • Should I Implement The Smith ManouverMy Own Advisor – The Smith Manouver was something that Mrs.CBB and I were contemplating with our mortgage and investments. It’s certainly worth it if you can handle the risk and are very organized and on top of your game. Some have used this manouver successfully. Thanks Mark!
Top 7 Blog Posts Of The Week
Recipes/Frugal Blog Posts of the Week

Chocolate Cookie Brownies

Top Recipe
  • My mate Lindsay at Pinch of YUM creates some of the best recipes so please head over and check them out. She really captured me this week with her Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie recipes.  All my fans know I have an obsession with brownie and created my own signature brownie and called them Mr.CBB’s Fudgy Brownies.. so check them out if you dig brownies like I do!

New Foodie Blog- Manila Spoon!

  • I’ve found a new friend to Follow and her name is Abby at Manila Spoon. She runs an amazing website where you can find a variety of recipes and some of our favourite Filipino recipes as well like today’s recipe of the week Ultimate Pork Adobo Chinese Style! Check out her page for some outrageous photos and great recipes. Enjoy!

Top 20 Things Money Can't Buy v.2 wm

Inspirational/Funniest/Scariest/Motivational Post of the Week

Inspirational: Things I Need To Add To My To Do List– Money Beagle

Life Lessons: The Worst Job I Ever Had-Budget and The Beach

Entertaining and Educational: How Much Money Should You Have Saved For Retirement At Age 30-Money After Grad

Unique/Odd/Different: Pizza Gift Basket Idea– Unique Gifter

Quote-Budget and Money

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  • Subscribe to Canadian Budget Binder>> Everyone else has, why wait!
  • Do You Have A Question For Mr. CBB? The best way to get in touch with me is on Facebook


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  1. Hahaha, this was an unexpected post! You’re always coming up with the unique/odd/different 😉
    Thanks for the link inclusion.
    I would gladly take that first, wood finished, gorgeous, amazing closet!

  2. Our closet is a pretty decent size and I’m okay with it. I’d rather have a claw foot bathtub, than a ginormous closet. Oh, and a wine refrigerator…next to the bathtub 😉

    Have a great weekend!

  3. dream closet, yes please! But it`ll probably never happen, as long as the real estate levels stays where they`re at today ( or worse, increases) I´ll be lucky to even own a small house with Ikea closets:-P

  4. Thanks for adding me to the “PF Reading list”. What does PF stand for Mr. CBB?

    Beng an actor, I have lots of cloths that I keep for different auditions and roles. My condo in Vancouver is so small that I rented a storage space close by, put a rolling rack in it and use it as my 2nd closet.

      1. I try to buy most of my stuff at set sales. Sometimes when a movie finished shooting they sell off all the extra wardrobe. Since they always buy 3 of everything (incase the actor spills coffee on one, or a stunt man bleeds on one) you can buy brand new cloths with the tags still on them for 50%-90% off.

  5. I would not want a closest that big because I’d never find my clothes. I’d say our closet is average size and I know just where everything is. It’s perfect. If money were no object, I’d have a wood fired pizza oven in my kitchen. It just seems cool, and who doesn’t love pizza? As is, I think I’ll keep my money and make due with a normal closet and oven. Thanks for including me this week.

  6. What I really want in my kitchen is an industrial dishwasher, the kind that you pass the dishes through. No more having to do two loads a day for me!

    I don’t need a fancy bathroom, but having a 5 piece with a garden tub is really nice. I usually take showers, but sometimes you just want to soak and let the hot water melt the knots in the back away.

    That “dressing room” is larger than my entire bedroom!

  7. I wouldn’t mind giving Mrs.B a walk in closet but I’m more worried about how much she’d spend filling the space! Thanks for mentioning our post mate, have a great weekend.

  8. Good thing I had already gone to the bathroom (no heated floors there) before I read this!!!!! You certainly did take a mickey on those that can blow that kind of money on a closet and all the stuff to fill it!!! Seriously if I had $2.5 million to spend I can think of a lot of things I’d spend the money on before a high end closet!!! That kind of money and I’d be living in high cotton!!!!!I’d say I’d like a sewing and craft room but I have one of those …. it just needs to be cleared out and cleaned out. This house has a total of 3 closets in the whole place so just having enough storage space to go around would be an improvement, I’m working on that part and clearing stuff out slowly….
    I have had a look at some of the entries on the reading list for the week. That recipe does look good!!! Now I’m craving brownies!!!! It’s too warm in here right now to fire up the oven or you’d be smelling brownies bake on the west wind as it blows by….. have a good weekend…..

  9. I do think things would change if I had a bucket of money, and certainly both a gourmet kitchen and a bigger bathroom would be on my list. But a walk-in-closet-cum-dressing-room complete with chandeliers and fancy pants chaise lounges would not be on the list. Could have something to do with the fact that I haven’t worn a lick of makeup in thirty years and cut my own hair. I just don’t care that much about that stuff. I try to be clean and neat and tidy but, let’s face it: You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear! 😉 Things I would spend money on? A large enough chunk of land to provide my relatively small dream house with lots of privacy. A place with good enough soil to grow a really cracking garden. A bright, well lit studio with lots of windows. A bright red Transit van to carry my art, gardening, and building supplies around in…And someone to clean my house for me!

    So glad you like Manila Spoon. She’s got such an excellent blog. Did you know she also runs a page called Tea Tattler?

    1. I think we can all dream the dream if we came into some money. I know I sure could. Manilla Spoon is a nice page that I hope to explore more. I was not aware of her other page, I’ll have to check it out.

  10. I would like a front row seat. Awesome Blog this week mate and the invite for breakfast I know will be AWESOME!!! Brownies, you would not be trying to hide them from me? Will be cooking them this weekend then give you my spin on them. Love the closets and totally agree about the other information and I will be checking out your new friends sites. But if I may have a glass of white wine instead of beer (I know it’s not about me) my weekend would be Epic!!! 😉

      1. You did well my friend. LOL I still got my eye on those brownies. In the oven Sunday, will place feedback on your blog site. You and yours have a Great Weekend. ;-D

          1. First, if I have made any comments you like to reprint you have my permission to do so. Cut & Paste LOL
            Second, the brownies I should have let her mailed them to me. Mine were O.K. but she was right, trial & error events. But the ingredients were Great, just need to try on a day when I can perfect my technique.
            Third, your chicken curry~AWESOME, AMAZING. I wrote a book on your blog site, sorry !!! 🙁

          2. That’s ok mate you can write all you like in the comments, I always enjoy your feedback as it makes me smile. Glad you liked the curry. It is trial and error you are so right?!?!! Cheer mate!

  11. You are just too funny Mr CBB! It was definitely a fun read though. 🙂

    If I had tons of cash to splash around (not likely short of winning the lotto)… an expanded size kitchen, a large room dedicated to being a pantry and housing my freezers, another room dedicated to small kitchen appliances in solid wood cabinetry with a custom height table for making bread, a canning kitchen outdoors and a really large computer room with wall mounted flat screens – those are the things that would be right up my alley. LOL

    1. I think you and I are on the same page with the dedicated room to a pantry, that would be my dream, maybe not my wife’s but that’s ok I do most of the cooking around here! Cheers Mary

  12. Wow, $2.5 million on a closet, for that amount the closet better dress me too, Lol! And people wonder why we have a spending problem. 😉 In my opinion, a closet is a closet. A walk in closet would be nice, but not really necessary. On an unrelated note…those brownies look awesome! Have a great weekend Mr. CBB!

    1. I think Dress me too is behind door number 11 haha…. no kidding but it’s pocket change to some of these rich and famous. It’s a hole in the wall, yep but that’s all we know so we can’t think of it any different until we’ve lived it. I know I’m going to make them!

  13. I love a good walk-in closet too, but ummm….no. I wouldn’t spend that kind of money. Okay, maybe if I was Mariah Carey and had just earned $18M from American Idol then … Nope, still wouldn’t do. Far more things I’d rather do with my money! I saw Pinch of Yum’s recipe and bookmarked it too. It looks dangerously delicious. I’ll have to check out your brownie recipe too. Who doesn’t love a good brownie? Have a wonderful weekend, Mr. CBB.

    1. I think it’s easy to say what we would and wouldn’t do but I bet things would change if we had that 19 million dollar cheque on our lap. Sure we would give to charity etc but when they are rolling with that kind of money it’s nothing at all. Pinch of Yum is great…. I think I might make a small batch of those brownies. You as well Shannon!

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