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On this week’s Million Dollar Decorator, Martyn Lawrence Bullard went to England to shop for a “Designer Curated Sale” for online retailer Open Sky. If you haven’t heard about Open Sky, its concept is they get celebrities to pick out their favorite items, and then Open Sky sells them online for a discounted price. These are high-end items, any of which would not be available to the general public.
Today’s Save or Splurge item was not featured during Million Dollar Decorators, but since his shopping trip was, and the the throw is on the Open Sky website, you know Bullard picked it out. It is a black rabbit throw and its discounted Open Sky price is $2395. He is quoted “Pillows and throws are among the easiest ways to instantly change the feel of any room.” He is correct, but I am morally opposed to using real animal pelts. I’m sure PETA would protest, too.
If you want the elegant look of a fur throw, you can find cheap faux fur throws at shops like Target for under $25, but they won’t be as rich looking as this one which costs $209. Even though you can find it cheaper, sometimes you just need to invest in a higher quality product. This throw is timeless and can last for your lifetime.
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BravoTv‘s Million Dollar Decorator has a fabulous interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. This week he decorated Daisy Fuentes living room and included an amazing wall of mirrors that was truly a work of art, and had an equally amazing price of $15,000!
If you are handy with a screwdriver, a can of spray paint, and a caulking gun, you can recreate the wall display for under $150! Before you go shopping, determine the exact size display to fit your space. Daisy Fuentes‘ wall was huge, so you will probably want to reduce the size a bit. Draw a grid the size of your desired piece to determine how many vertical and horizontal pieces you need to span that distance, spacing them 12″ apart. You can alter the spacing if it help make the math easier. Once you have figured out how many pieces you need and their length, it is time to go shopping.
Go to a home improvement store that stocks narrow boards (1 x 2’s or lattice strips would work well) and ask an employee to cut them to your predetermined lengths. Also purchase some wood screws to screw the wood strips together, the spray paint color of your choice, mirror tiles, a glass cutter, and a tube of mirror adhesive.
When you get home, lay out the wood pieces in the desired grid size and screw them together where they intersect. Now you can spray paint the grid. Allow the spray paint to dry 24hrs before proceeding. Use the glass cutters to vary the sizes of the mirror tiles. When you have a pleasing arrangement, use the mirror adhesive to attach a mirror at every intersection, covering the screw. Allow adhesive to dry and it is ready to hang! If you are intimidated about cutting the mirror pieces, you can go to a glass shop and order mirrors cut to any size you want.
If this process still seems above your skill set but you still want an interesting mirror look, purchase a mirror made of lots of smaller mirrors. This will give movement and interest, but be much easier to accomplish. Here are two ideas to get you started. The one on the left is $400 and the one on the right is $271.
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A good lighting plan includes ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Since everyone knows we all look better in candle light, why not include some for your lighting and decor needs? Today’s Save or Splurge features a beautiful candle sconce from Horchow. These would look beautiful in a living room, dining room, or even the foyer. I tend to use them in pairs on either side of a mirror or piece of art. It gives the entire wall decor more presence. Since the Horchow sconce retails for $395, buying two of them might be difficult. Of course, The Design Diva has found a more affordable option so you can cover your entire wall with sconces for what you’d pay for one of the other ones. This option can be purchased from Kirkland’s for a paltry $29.99. Now that is what I call Sensibly Chic!
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