10 Celeb-Approved Décor Tricks That Look Expensive, but Aren't
There’s something about seeing how others live that’s intrinsic to human nature. We love peeking into our favorite celeb homes just as much as we love peeking into our neighbors’ living room windows on a leisurely late-night stroll. Seeing how people fashion their homes provides an intimate, voyeuristic look at how they live. While we all want to imagine how Rosie Huntington-Whiteley spends her Saturday afternoons sprawled in front of her fireplace or where Whitney Port watches her favorite reality TV shows, celebrity décor isn’t exactly achievable for anyone on a budget—until now. We’re breaking down the seemingly unachievable status of the rich and famous by bringing you piece-by-piece formulas that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Get ready to give your home the star treatment.
Acclaimed fashion photographer (and ex-wife of a certain Calvin) Kelly Klein knows a thing or two about decorating. Draw inspiration from her modern coastal home in Palm Beach to give your own house a relaxed, understated flair. The strength in Klein’s design lies in infusing a modern space with warmth, making it feel inviting.
The Formula: Slipcovered White Linen Sofa + Sisal Rug + Worldly Accent
We’ve already established that Brooklyn Decker is a bit of a closeted mastermind decorator. She did, after all, take on the remodel of the Austin ranch she shares with husband Andy Roddick entirely on her own. Decker relied on instinct and her discerning eye to add a bit of life to an otherwise ordinary dressing room.
The Formula: Lively Kilim Rug + Leather Footstool + Dark Floral Art
When Estee Stanley and Mat Sanders undertook the redesign of actress Erin Foster’s home, the brief was to create a “light, not cluttered, and warm home.” By infusing the house with a mix of bright jewel and pastel tones, they were able to create a space that had a slight boho flair but still felt put-together and elegant.
The Formula: Deep-Blue Velvet Sofa + Blush-Pink Pillow + Sculptural Lamp
Model Erin Wasson is a bohemian at heart—she even calls her style a “makeshift flea market.” Her Los Angeles abode is filled with eclectic art and collectibles, vintage furniture, and interesting, worldly textiles. She is not one to shy away from décor dumpster diving—that’s how she scored her prized Fornasetti plates!
The Formula: Modern Leather Chair + Mixed Artwork + Eye-Catching Collectibles
There’s a clear rocker-chic vibe in the Los Angeles home of Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman and his wife, Marie. While the couple already had more than enough pieces of furniture to play with from their former homes in New York and Chicago, the design team at Consort brought in dramatic geometric and glam accents to accentuate the edgy vibes of this Spanish-style home.
The Formula: Patterned Black-and-White Tiles + Gilded Mirror + Geometric Sconces
Nina Dobrev gravitates toward open, spacious homes—so she made sure this airy feeling translated into the design of her 1929 Spanish-style bungalow in West Hollywood. Sanders and Brandon Quattrone of Consort Design picked a predominantly white-and–light blue color scheme, using contrasting black accents used to maximize impact in the sparse décor.
The Formula: Modern Dining Chairs + Light and Airy Photography + Black Statement Lighting
Jenni Kayne’s enviable Beverly Hills home has been countlessly featured and repinned—but one particular superfan took her admiration a step further by purchasing the property. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and her partner, Jason Statham, recently acquired the property, which features rustic beams salvaged from a barn in Pennsylvania throughout, and a living room flooded with light.
The Formula: Woven Midcentury Chairs + Oversize Coffee Table + Luxe Cashmere Throw
Homepolish recently unveiled a newly decorated screening room for reality TV sweetheart Whitney Port. “Whitney is definitely a California beach girl,” says Homepolish designer Orlando Soria, who used her coastal flair as inspiration for the bright, laid-back space.
The Formula: Boho Indigo Pillows + Bright Floral Tray + Beach Photography
When Jessica Alba called on Sanders and Quattrone to redesign her guesthouse, she wanted it to feel more like a mashup between a hotel and a house. The inspiration: New York landmarks with an old-world vibe, like The Bowery and Gramercy Park Hotels. And, seeing how the home is in Los Angeles, Alba also wanted to infuse a maritime essence—this is where the blue palette and bold stripes come in.
The Formula: Thick-Striped Pillow + Sculptural Coffee Table + Antiqued Red Rug
Entourage star Constance Zimmer’s family home is a far cry from her persona in the show—the home she shares with her husband reads softer and more feminine. To achieve the look, the kitchen cabinets were painted a soft blue-gray, and the kitchen was accented with copper accents with an industrial feel. The adjoining living room makes the space feel even more inviting, with a plush sofa and a bright pink ottoman. Their dog, Nico, sure seems to approve!