Hollywood’s biggest night may have come and gone this past Sunday, but celebrity glam doesn’t stop at the Academy Awards. Celebrities are known for their style, whether at an awards ceremony, movie premiere, or away from the spotlight in their own homes. While you may not be living on a celebrity’s salary, you can definitely enjoy celebrity style in your home with these simple suggestions.
Personalize, Personalize, Personalize!
What makes celebrity homes so fascinating is that they’re tailor-made to reflect the glamorous inhabitant’s personality. Celebrities often custom design their dream homes from the ground-up and include spaces and design elements to accommodate their needs and wants. But you don’t need to spend a fortune to make your living space your own. Take a stab at these fun (and cheap!) DIY projects to make your interiors more upscale while retaining your own style. Consider alternative uses for common household items like colorful plates, kitchen tiles, or decorative accent pieces as a way to enhance a plain white space like Diane Keaton did in her restored Bel Air home. Stencils and wall decals are an amazing and inexpensive way to personalize any space, no matter what you’re passionate about.
Living Spaces are for Living
Because celebrities’ homes always look so sleek and well-maintained, it’s easy to forget that people live in them. And while it’s true that many celebrities maintain several residences and travel often, you probably are primarily living in your home all year-round. If you have kids and/or pets, maintaining a pristine home at all times or owning non-functional, impractical, futuristic furniture is probably not a reality for you either. So while taking in inspiration from celebrity homes, remember that your home’s function is as shelter and a source of comfort, not necessarily a work of art in a museum. Rely on easy-to-clean appliances and surfaces, keep delicate and expensive elements like statues and glassware out of reach of children, and keep comfort in mind when choosing furniture. A home filled with children doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish though. Take Patrick Dempsey’s Malibu home where he lives with his three children, for example. Complete with all the appliances and surfaces necessary for a fully functioning kitchen, the space also includes a fun chalkboard wall to keep tasks in order and provide a safe place on which the kids can draw and be creative.
Make it Your Own
We discussed personalizing your space’s decor to reflect your unique style, but many celebrities take that extra creative step in making spaces their own by converting existing rooms to fit their needs. You don’t need to design your own blueprints to take a spare room and turn it into a stunning sanctuary or lounge. Zooey Deschanel, a musician-turned-actress, took her home’s study and spruced it into a Dorothy-inspired studio and creative space to play music. Think outside the box if you have extra space that could be used for an in-home office, guest bedroom, library, exercise/mediation room, game room, or anything else you’re particularly passionate about. The possibilities are endless! A little paint, a few carefully selected pieces, and a lot of imagination and inspiration go a long way to making any space a custom-built fun zone.