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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!

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!