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Celebrity Living Room for Less

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Mossa Zebra Area Rug

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.

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Diamond "Valentino" Sofa

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!

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Black Faux-leather Trunk

Opposite the sofa is a contemporary buffet with some sculptural lamps on top. Look for a deep espresso or black finish, with coordinating lamps.

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Zocalo "Madison" Buffet

This buffet is made of solid wood, but is still a bargain at $770.

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Modern Lamp

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.

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Barcelona Chair

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.

If you have a room you want made over affordably, send a picture to highendlooksforless@gmail.com and perhaps we will feature it!

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Bedroom Inspired by BravoTV

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Tufted Velvet Bed

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.

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White Duvet wtih Black Border

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!

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Kathy Ireland Area Rug

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.

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Pair of Brushed Chrome Orb Lamps

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!

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