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Money Can’t Buy You Style

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Shannon Factor's Living Room by Kathryn Ireland

Fans of BravoTV‘s Real Housewives of New York will remember Countess LuAnn’s memorable song “Money Can’t Buy You Class,” but in this week’s Million Dollar Decorator her song could easily be re-recorded as “Money Can’t Buy You Style.” Shannon Factor, an heir to the Max Factor cosmetics empire, spent millions on furnishing for her home, but needed the assistance of Kathryn Ireland to make sense of it all, teaching Shannon that more is not always more.

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Navy and White Rug from Home Decorator's Collection

The room turned out beautifully, with a clean blue and white palette. Let’s see how you might be able to recreate the look, but on a much smaller budget. Keep in mind, we will not be shopping Europe, like Factor did, but instead shopping the internet, saving on airfare and pricey antiques. Let’s start out with a large area rug in navy and white to anchor the space. Ours is from Home Decorator’s Collection and retails for $869.

Next we will add the seating, which includes two tufted, Chesterfield-style arm chairs and two white sofas. I found luxurious leather Chesterfield chairs for $999 each, and two white sofas for for $1039 each. The great part about this sofa is that it comes with an assortment of colorful pillows, which is one thing Kathryn Ireland’s designs are known for, without adding an extra expense to the room design.

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Armen Round Ottoman

Completing the seating area is a round, tufted ottoman and two round end tables. I found a blue velvet ottoman by Armen for only $207. It doesn’t have as many tufts, but I prefer the simplicity of it better anyway. Paxton makes an affordable end table with similar curving legs for only $250 each.

The last piece of furniture is the antique china cabinet. I found an elegant reproduction by Broyhill which costs $1619.

The mantle features a rectangular mirror, two brass candlesticks, two vases, two decorative items (too small for me to figure out what they are !) and a clock. I found a good mirror substitute for $152 at LampsPlus (simply hang it horizontally instead of vertically),  a pair of brass candlesticks for $100 at Touch of Class, blue and white porcelain vases for $59 each and a mantle clock with brass accents for $107, both at Amazon.com. The finishing touch for any room are the window treatments, and I found great-looking blue striped curtains at Target for only $116 for four,  along with two nickel-finish rods for $28. The inspiration room’s drapes are patterned, but combining the stripes with the patterned rug and solid furniture will look really sharp!

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Mahogany Mantle Clock

The grand total for all of these items is $7892. It’s not affordable for all budgets, but in a typical home you won’t have room for two large sofas AND two large armchairs, so to furnish an “average sized” living room, it would cost much less.  If you do have this large of a living room,  our cost is certainly an improvement over the millions of dollars spent by Shannon Factor.

Do you have a picture of a room you’d like to recreate on a budget? Leave a comment and we’ll try to help you out!

Barbara Green is The Design Diva and owner of Sensibly Chic Interior Design. Follow her on Twitter @thedesigndiva.

Million Dollar Decorating Bedroom Design

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Bamboo Bedding

 

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.

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Striped Vase

 

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.

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Wood Table from IKEA

 

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!