Martin Lawrence Bullard was back on Million Dollar Decorator doing what he does best: decorating incredible rooms. This time it was the Palm D’Or Suite at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. He wasn’t thrilled with his $50,000 budget, but he still worked his magic and came up with a bold, colorful, and inviting decor. Today’s affordable re-creation will focus on the den. Future posts will de-construct both the living room and the bedroom.
First he had the wainscotting painted a rich red, which is a cheap and easy way to instantly transform the look of the room. Using a yardstick, a roll of painter’s tape and a can of paint, you can do this in your home for under $30.
The centerpiece of the room is the gorgeous sofa, originally designed for Cher. It cost approx. $10,000, but you can create a similar look by using a daybed covered in pillows. I found a daybed with finials on all four corners, to simulate the decorative turned-wood legs on the original. This one is only $579 including the mattress! Cover the mattress in a slipcover, or if you are really inept and promise not to show anyone, use duck tape and fabric to wrap the mattress like a present. To complete the look, toss on a collection of pillows from Homegoods. I am budgeting $200 for the pillows, but if you have a curmudgeonly husband who complains about too many pillow, you’ll probably spend less. Just make sure you use enough to make it comfortable and inviting.
Next, instead of using a single coffee table, Bullard used a collection of Moroccan end tables. The variety in their heights and widths makes it a very interesting arrangement. Berber Trading has the lowest prices I’ve seen for Moroccan tables, with some as low as $74 each. During the episode he complained of the tables sometimes looking too brightly colored, but at this price, it is worth your time to add black paint to some glaze and give the tables a quick coating to tone the colors down.
At the far end of the sofa is an end table with a lamp. The selection to the right would look great, particularly since our daybed is black. The patterned lampshade gives the same exotic feel, but these lampshades are available in a myriad of patterns to go with whatever fabrics and colors you decide to use.
In the corner is a leather club chair. Amazon.com has many to choose from in the $300 – 500 range. The one I selected was only $300.
The final touch was the wall art, which was actually framed fabric. You can remove the cardboard backing of an oversized black picture frame, wrap it with fabric (trusty duck tape works like a charm again to keep it in place) and then re-assemble the frame. Select any fabric to go with your decor, and if you shop the remnant table you can create both large pieces of art for about $80.
Our total for everything needed to re-create the Exotic den in the Palm D’Or Suite at the Colony Palms Hotel is $2013. That is affordable on just about anyone’s budget.
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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!
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