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Episode 5 had Million Dollar Decorator to the Stars, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, designing a living room for celebrity Daisy Fuentes. He had a blank canvas to start with, and the end result was simple yet dramatic, elegant yet comfortable. He never mentioned the total cost, but I suspect it was over $50,000.
The area rug alone was $25,000. Here is a really good substitute for only $447. Bullard had a custom wall mural made from a photo of Cuban architecture. The price was not quoted, but I am sure it was in the thousands of dollars. It was very large and made quite a statement. I found an in-stock wall mural for $300. Although it features architecture of Spain, it has the same sepia tones and similar size. Daisy Fuentes chose the mural because Cuba has significance to her. There are thousands of murals available, so select a subject that is meaningful to you.
Another dramatic element to the room is the mirror wall art over the mantle. Bullard paid $15,000 for it, but in The Design Diva’s other blog “Save or Splurge” we show you how to recreate it for under $200.
Now we move on to the furniture. A contemporary sofa with straight lines was used, and our option is similarly styled but at an affordable price of $510. Across from the sofa are two large, round brown velvet armchairs. We have found smaller chairs that still have a round shape, but these will probably fit better in an average sized room for a mere $399 each.
Our substitute for the coffee table is the same shape, and has visual interest from the linear slate insets. While it is a
different color, the low price of $232 and the fact that the colors will tie together the other furniture pieces makes it a winner. The round end table in the photo looks like a burled wood drum table. We found a round wood table that, while not burled, still has some detail to the top and only cost $159.
The room has minimal accessories. On the back wall is a dark piece of art. We went with an art canvas that is still neutral in color and reinforces the circle pattern from the rug. On the floor below the art is a tall vase, and we found a perfect substitute for only $80.
The time to add everything up is here! The total cost to recreate this room was $2925. It was easy to do, since every item on the list was found on Amazon.com. Once again, High End Looks for Less proves that great design can be created on a budget. Now you can live like a celebrity, but at a fraction of the cost.
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On BravoTV’s Million Dollar Decorator, Mary McDonald decorated a guest house with a budget of $100,000. When the divorcing homeowner requested reducing the decorating budget to $50K McDonald refused, and said she wouldn’t have taken the job for ONLY $50,000. The completed project was beautiful, but as usual, High End Looks for Less will take it apart and see what dollar amount we come up with!
The bed should always be the centerpiece, and this one features an upholstered headboard, white bedding, and brown decorative pillows. We found a great headboard at TheHeadboardStore.com for $250, silky white duvet, sheets, and pillow cases all made from eco-friendly bamboo for $360, and a brown quilt for the end of the bed for the bargain price of $25. Rounding out the bed area are two benches for the foot of the bed from Home Decorators Collection at $99 each. On the wall is a round mirror for $154, and a set of two framed prints from art4cheap at only $40 for the pair.
Next we move to the seating area, consisting of a brown loveseat for $638, two wicker armchairs at $59 each, two bookshelves at $99 each, two bunching coffee tables at $87 each, two striped vases at $115 for both, assorted white vases for $17 each, 6 decorative pillows for $18 each, an assortment of wicker baskets for $15 each, a large, framed print at $185, and a zebra rug at $393.
The last area to furnish is the dining/desk area which consists of a square wood dining table found at IKEA for only $149, a beautiful leather upholstered chair for $249, chunky wood candle holders from Pier 1 Imports at $40 for the pair, a fresh potted orchid for $40, and some tiny vases. Ours is a set of five for only $29.
So with all this bargain shopping online, did we come anywhere near Mary McDonald’s $100,000 budget? Of course not!The High End Looks for Less grand total comes in at the paltry sum of $3593. If you thought high style required a high budget, Sensibly Chic Interior Design and High End Looks for Less are sure to change your mind!
Million Dollar Decorator on BravoTV featured Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s speedy decorating of Sharon Osborne’s new Hollywood apartment. In record time he did an awesome job, but at a startlingly high cost.
If you want the look but don’t have the budget, High End Looks for Less has affordable options to create the look in your own home.
Sharon Osborne’s living room is a simple study in black and white design. The beauty comes from the play of interesting shapes, patterns, and silhouettes.
The most eye-catching detail is the zebra-print rug. The Mossa Zebra Rug pictured at left will give the same foundational drama to your room, but only costs $529.
The most important part of a functional living room is the sofa. It needs to be both comfortable and durable.
Celebrities have been known to spend as much as $25,000 on a sofa, but I found a wonderful substitute by Diamond,the black leather “Valentino” with chrome legs for only $1859. It has an angular shape like the Osborne’s, but looks even more cushy and comfortable.
Next to the sofa is a traditional footlocker serving as an end table. I like the trunk below for its modern look and textural interest. It does double duty as an end table and extra storage for a mere $132!
Opposite the sofa is a contemporary buffet with some sculptural lamps on top. Look for a deep espresso or black finish, with coordinating lamps.
This buffet is made of solid wood, but is still a bargain at $770.
The Osborne’s lamp is an “X” shape, but our subsitute is “U” shaped. While different, we retained the geometric nature and the sculptural visual effect it provides for an affordable $261.
The final pieces needed to furnish the living room are the antique chairs. They were a source of controversy after the episode, as Bullard quoted the chairs as “antique Eames chairs“, when in fact they were Barcelona chairs by Mies Van Der Rohe. Here is brand new reproduction that will fill in nicely for only $1138.
Accessories were kept sparse and simple. Artwork on the wall consists of photographs, all presented identically with white mats and black frames. This is an easy project for a do-it-yourselfer with black and white photos or pictures cut out of books.
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If you love the Hollywood bedroom that was designed for Sharon Osborne by Martyn Lawrence Bullard you are in luck! High End Looks for Less shows you affordable options so you can create this designer look for yourself. While the upholstered bed at left isn’t as heavily tufted as Sharon Osborne’s bed on Million Dollar Decorator, at only $299 it costs a fraction of what hers did. The bedding featured on top of the mattress was an elegant white duvet with black detailing. Celebrity designers will spend thousands of dollars on bedding, but you can replicate the look with this smart duvet set from Overstock.com. Again, I am not pretending the quality will be anywhere near Osborne’s, but the price is merely $69.99! Remember to add a soft black throw at the foot of the bed (available anywhere for about $20) for an extra luxury.
Bullard also boasted of the $25,000 he was spending on the area rug for underneath the bed. Frankly, I would never spend that on a rug, especially if most of it was going to be covered by the bed!
For a similar look, why not go with this beautiful rug by Kathy Ireland for $1600. It features the same black background with a gold pattern swirling about. It is not exactly the same, but the style is close enough to make it work.
The final touch is the pair of lamps on the nightstands. They serve as a bit of jewelry for the room. Bullard’s lamps have graduating brushed chrome orbs with a black shade. If you don’t mind all the orbs being the same diameter you can buy a pair of them for only $140 at LampsPlus.
To customize the look, simply swap out the white shades for black shades at a cost of $30 per shade. Now you can live like Sharon Osborne, but for a lot less!
If you have a room you want made affordable, send us a picture and we will do it!