Design Cookbook
September 26, 2012

Recipe for Designing Like a Celebrity in Your Home

On the heels of the Emmy’s I thought I’d share with you my tips for designing your homes like the celebrities do.  Of course, some have a gazillion dollars to do it with, but here are a few ideas for getting the same look for less.

-Even if you can’t afford it, fake expensive fabric.  Velvet is always the best one to choose.  It looks rich and luxurious.

-Add nice countertops to your kitchen.  You can forgo the expensive cabinetry, but splurge on the countertops.  They’ll make the cabinets look more expensive.

-Dark framed windows give a sense of mystery looking in and out.  I’m in LOVE with black steel window frames.  They give an overall sophistication to any room.

-Go for a “spa like” bathroom.  A great showerhead makes all the difference.  Waterpik’s Rainfall Showerheads are a perfect example of how something so inexpensive can change the look and feel of an entire room.

-Consider a washstand sink in the bathroom instead of a pedestal sink or cabinet.  It’s much more elegant.

-Over scale artwork makes a huge statement in any room.  Plus, it’s a great way to bring in all the colors of your room into one place.

-Entertaining is a must.  One of my favorite designers is Windsor Smith loves kitchens that you don’t just cook in, but you entertain in.  Design a kitchen that the dining room table fits into.  It’s a great way to entertain and cook at the same time.

-Add ample bedding.  Switch out those tired bed pillows to fluffy new ones. Your bed will look better and be much more comfortable to get in.

-Establish a room with a view.  The more glass to see the beautifully manicured lawn the better.

-Find an element that makes your space stand out.  Install gorgeous molding on the walls,  add amazing wood floors or beautiful windows. People will notice the details.

-Invent an indoor/outdoor space.  Even if you don’t live in California, pretend like you do.  Instead of dining inside, bring the party to the yard, the deck or even the balcony.


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