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Being one of the most popular home decorating/reality/celebrity style shows out there, MTV Cribs has done something no other TV format has ever been able to do – it showed us that celebrities are just as messy and bad at decorating as we are! This show was meant to be an insight into the private lives to today’s most popular actors, actresses, musicians, athletes, dancers and everyone else who’s got their 15 minutes of fame, but became so much more. Conceived as a sort of a bridge between celebrities and fans, its creators never counted on the cultural impact it had on the perception of famous people and their taste. The way someone decorates their home shows you what kind of a person they are, and MTV Cribs portrays this excellently. And if you’re decorating your home, this is a great way to see what to do and, more importantly, what not to do, so here are some of the things this show can teach you about interior design.

Big houses are OK

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It’s clear why most people don’t like big houses: they’re hard to maintain, easy to get lost in and challenging to decorate – not to mention extremely expensive. Due to that, big houses were always a decorator’s worst nightmare and something many realtors recommend avoiding. But, MTV Cribs shattered this myth and showed us big houses can be just as comfortable and cozy as smaller ones. As long as you have a good interior decorator that could turn your huge rooms into comfy spaces, you’re good to go. Luckily for all those celebrities featured on the show, they were all able to afford such help – although not all of them managed to achieve coziness, of course – and showed us that big houses are quite all right after all.

Bold color choices

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Unlike most people who prefer simple color choices for their walls, celebrities prefer something flashier, bolder and more colorful. That’s why their homes are always painted in colors that make you dizzy or disoriented. These unusual and interesting shades such as pelt, tangerine, pink or Amazon moss aren’t something your Average Joe would choose for their rooms, but celebrities don’t have a problem with colors with names that are hard to spell. Finally, color combinations their interior designers choose can be transferred into your home as well, so pay attention to this when watching the show.

Comfy furniture

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Celebrities like living cozily and that’s why they always buy the most comfortable furniture available. And if you’re in the process of decorating your own home, this is exactly what you need. Comfy sofas, chairs and beds never go out of style and seeing something on MTV Cribs could easily inspire you to do the same. Additionally, check the arrangement of the furniture and you’ll be able to decorate your own living room in no time.

Kitsch

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This is the best word to describe some celebrities’ homes that are outrageously tasteless. When you take a look at the most famous episodes of this show, you’ll see how many celebrities have zero taste when it comes to home decorating – from their dozens of bedrooms they never use to the oversized indoor pools and exercising facilities that will forever remain intact. Not to mention their shiny decorations, golden furniture and valuable paintings they know nothing about. As soon as you see this, you’ll realize why you need to avoid it at all costs.

Overstuffed rooms

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The decorating philosophy of most celebrities can be explained in four words – the more the better. Being able to afford it, they have a tendency to overstuff their rooms and don’t worry about maneuvering space at all. Their living rooms are packed with too much furniture, their bedrooms stuffed with oversized beds and their bathrooms full of unnecessary decorations. The lesson here is simple – a decluttered home is a happy home and something you should strive for.

Other ideas

Some of the other negative interior decorating ideas shown on MTV Cribs include huge garages, poor color combinations, as well as inadequate use of space – just remember Mariah Carey’s huge walk-in closet or 50 Cent’s entertainment room/nightclub. These are all the elements you should avoid when decorating your home, but definitely take some of the aforementioned positive ideas into consideration.

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Some of the most popular interior design trends today revolve around a clever use of all things vintage and antique. What’s more, the newfound love for mixing and matching the old with the new allows for a lot more freedom in home décor as well as a unique and personal touch. In general, well matched antique bits and pieces can add dimension, texture and warmth to your home environment.

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Looking for antiques

You may get scared at the mention of the word “antique” and assume that just one piece can cost you an arm and a leg. Of course, that can be true – if you look for your furniture and décor at antique galleries and shops that deal with centuries old, extravagant pieces. However, antique nowadays refers to anything that simply doesn’t look modern and is reminiscent of the past decades. So, if you don’t want a Queen Anne’s cabinet for your bedroom, you can definitely find some great deals and vintage pieces at flea markets, thrift shops and even garage sales. This, however, means that the best finds will await you only if you take the trouble to patiently browse and look through all the offers that come your way.

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Matching the furniture

When it comes to vintage/antique furniture pieces, as mentioned, the hottest trend nowadays is to match them with the modern ones. For example, vintage chairs can look absolutely stunning when matched with a modern dining table or a coffee table. The same effect can be achieved with antique tables and modern sofas and chairs. This balance is necessary if you don’t want to overstep the line and end up with a kitsch and gaudy look that doesn’t feel pleasant. Moreover, matching the old and the new in your bedroom can be effectively achieved if you stick to the color pattern. In case you have an antique desk or a wardrobe, make sure that the nightstands and bed have the same shade of wood. If only one furniture piece in your entire room is antique, introduce vintage-inspired wall décor, such as large paintings, to add some harmony to the whole look.

When it comes to vintage/antique furniture pieces, as mentioned, the hottest trend nowadays is to match them with the modern ones. For example, vintage chairs can look absolutely stunning when matched with a modern dining table or a coffee table. The same effect can be achieved with antique tables and modern sofas and chairs. This balance is necessary if you don’t want to overstep the line and end up with a kitsch and gaudy look that doesn’t feel pleasant. Moreover, matching the old and the new in your bedroom can be effectively achieved if you stick to the color pattern. In case you have an antique desk or a wardrobe, make sure that the nightstands and bed have the same shade of wood. If only one furniture piece in your entire room is antique, introduce vintage-inspired wall décor, such as large paintings, to add some harmony to the whole look.

Introduce little details

Mixing and matching your furniture and other larger objects is a tad easier compared to the smaller decorative bits and pieces. In general, you have a better grasp of what furniture layout fits your taste and achieves a good balance. On the other hand, it’s fairly simple to get overwhelmed with antique decorative details. You should be very careful not to overstuff your personal environment with these because you will only create clutter, and there are no benefits to living in a cluttered space. What’s more, too much antique clutter can again look really distasteful when paired with the rest of your furniture. In that respect, use these decorative details as statement pieces. A vintage tea set, intricate statue or some other figurine, a music box, a vintage mirror, etc., can all look absolutely stunning if they are the main display piece in your room. Of course, other sleeker and more modern details can match these nicely if you keep your decorating task minimal.

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What about kitchens and bathrooms?

For some people, it’s relatively easy to work with this interesting interior style when it comes to their living room and bedroom. However, kitchen and bathroom can prove to be a bit of a challenge. Don’t feel pressured into piling up antique décor in these two rooms. Your kitchen can look amazing with all of your modern elements if you just add a set of antique pictures or even a tapestry. Furthermore, you can always use decorative plates and pots for pops of antique décor, as well as create your own backsplash with vintage-inspired vinyl wallpaper. Similarly, dark timber in your bathroom can make a huge difference. Free standing tubs can look great, but if you don’t want to invest in renovation, feel free to mix the wooden elements with antique gold details. Thanks to the waterproof metallic spray paints, you can transform any surface you want.

There are plenty of other interesting details that you can add to your mix of modern and antique home interior. Rugs, cushions, curtains, antique-looking frames, and lighting shades are just some of them. Still, as mentioned before, you have to make sure that the antique bits and pieces don’t overshadow the modern ones and vice versa. Always strive for balance and harmony as you keep the desired impact in mind.

Although decorating with nice, soft and natural colors is always the safest and probably the chicest way to go, sometimes you just want to spice things up a little bit, right? But, some people are usually afraid of going bold. Don’t be. Here is how you can easily incorporate bright, bold and strong colors into your neutral space without making everything tacky. The safest and probably the best option is to start slowly by adding various accessories. Here are some you could consider.

Rug

Rugs are the best and coolest accessories for every room. Besides screaming style, they also provide you with a warm fuzzy place for your feet, which makes buying a rug a total win-win scenario. Oh, and let’s not forget about their special role: hiding floor flaws.
If you want to spice things up a little bit in your neutral light space with light floors, opt for an area rug in a bold color such as red, orange, royal blue or purple. If your floor is dark, get a lighter shade such as champagne white or Pantone Greenery shade.

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When you add a group of like-colored elements, it gives the room a huge impact. For example, you can add some bar chairs in the same color, a set of cobalt vases or something like that.

Painting

Paintings are a perfect choice for those who like their furniture and accessories minimalistic, but still want to add some color. Add artwork and photographs to your space. This especially goes for that all-white places, because the paintings will instantly give it that gallery-like impression and a perfect impact.

Pillows

They are giving you the best of both worlds, for sure. First of all, if you choose your pillow set correctly, the entire room will seem way more elegant, and second, they are providing you with comfort. Make sure that they’re soft enough as well as big enough. The perfect choice would be those fluffy down-filled 22-inch ones because, the larger they are, the better they look.

How to?

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80/20 rule

Basically, the 80 is for neutral, while 20 is for bold colors. It means that you actually don’t have to add that much in order to create an impact. If you don’t think it is enough, just remember the red lipstick. You know how small our lips are when it comes to our body proportions, right? Yet, our entire look changes once we change the color of our lipstick.

Warm vs. Cool

Before doing anything, you have to determine: do you like cool colors (blue, purple, green, grey etc.) better or the warm ones (reds, yellows, oranges etc.)? Once you do this, make sure you’re using them separately. Keep things simple all the time. Mixing cool colors with warm ones can go wrong in no time, and it is extremely complicated. You don’t need that much stress in your life.

Darks and lights

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While light colors open up the space, dark ones are making it appear much smaller. The key is in making a balance which will “deceive” our eyes. Vary the use of strong and dark colors from room to room to make a nice contrast between them. Also, make sure that your space itself has a great lighting. Not only light opens up the rooms, but it also makes every color seem a lot stronger and nicer.

Painting walls – yes or no?

First of all, you should know that painting walls is an exhausting and expensive process. Not to mention that painting every single wall is going to end up looking awful and make the space look smaller, and believe it or not – dirty. Instead, paint just one accent wall with a bold color of your choice. It is going to be far more effective.
That would be it. We hope our advice helped, and that you will have fun while decorating.

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World-renowned decorator, Eddie Ross, did not start his career as an interior designer. In fact, he is a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America and a former food editor, and he discovered his love and talent as a design director on a culinary TV shows. As strange as it seems, his passions merged perfectly: food and decorating, and he had gigs for Calico Corners, Ralph Lauren, and Bloomingdales (just to name a few). As if that is not enough, he also published a book where he reveals some of his time-saving tips and real-life shortcuts for decorating.

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He is open and friendly

Eddie Ross is not your typical celebrity who will hide from the eyes of public and keeps his professional secrets. He talks openly about what inspires him, what he sees as passing trends, and what he couldn’t live without (it’s vintage mahogany pharmaceutical cabinet he inherited from his grandfather). He is active on Instagram and loves browsing vintage magazines and visiting flea markets when he feels like he needs more inspiration. He also admits his mistakes: one time he painted his apartment which was going to be in a magazine, but when he got up in the morning the colour was terrible. Instead of despairing, he changed the art and the furniture a bit and just went with the flow.

He loves flea markets

One of the things that make him so interesting to the wide public is his open love of flea markets and thrift shops. Decorating a room is not something you do once and never again: the room design should be changed often, and that is not something you can afford if you only buy high-end furniture and pieces. By choosing to buy things which are not expensive, you can move them around and replace them without feeling guilty. Having expensive lamps and couch may be eye-catching, but if you add colourful cushions with bold prints (think leopard, you can find a cheap material quite easily) you will get a wonderfully bright combination everyone will notice.

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He improvises a lot

He is very honest about who he is, and that is one of the things that got him out of the Top Design show. He is traditionalist in some ways, but loves experimenting and improvising in others – He had a blue-ivory-and-gold Christmas instead of traditional red-and-green one and people loved it. He also said you shouldn’t get a Christmas tree that is so big that you have to rearrange the furniture completely so it would fit in the living room.

Being innovative and creative as he is, Eddie says that he loves constant changes and new discoveries. It is his advice to always improvise and channel your creativity so you can find as many solutions for a decorating ‘problem’ as you can. Always try to give new life to old things and you will love how different a room can look with tiniest changes.

Creating a decor around a single piece you love can make your life easier. You don’t have to think of a certain decor style, and rampage through furniture stores and flea markets to find every single piece that fits. Do it in reverse, find something you would just love to have as a regular addition to your interiors. Then, hunt down the matching items.

The Right Coffee Table

In order to deliver an excellent example of what we are referring to, we teamed up with Chairish (we just love the name of their website). We consulted with them and made a stlyeboard that uses one of their coffee tables as the star item. Everything else was easy-peasy. The coffee table in question is Large Gold Finish Iron and Glass Top Coffee Table. Check out the styleboard below.

Coffee table stylebeoard

We aimed at merging the metal decor with a touch of Bohemian spirit (just look at the carpet). 🙂

Surrounding Elements & Coffee Table Accessories

The rest of this setup includes other products from their amazing shop:

  • Starburst Chandelier
  • Royal Metal Art Deco Style Red Vinyl Sofa
  • Mid-Century Modern Brass Sculpture Sands Casino
  • 60s Gilt Metal & Glass Rolling Cart
  • Vintage Pink Turkish Kilim Rug

We hope you enjoyed this lovely styleboard and be sure to check out Chairish!

Living in Australia ensures social security, economic prosperity and a relaxed lifestyle. On top of that, being exposed to trends that dominate the Australian real estate market gives you a chance to grasp some of the most beautiful interior design solutions in the world. Since our continent-country is mostly situated on the coast, it is no wonder that most Australian homes are decorated in accordance in a laid-back, beachy way.

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Let the sunshine in

If you want your place to look like an average Australian beach home, one of the key features is to let the sunshine in. There is nothing more typical for a beach-oriented Aussie home than soft, light, white curtains. They prevent your home from excessive exposure to the sun, while still keeping it light and warm at the same time. After all, Australia is among the countries that receive a lot of sunlight, which should be used, but in a careful way.

In addition, if you live in a warmer climate, adding nicely varnished shutters is a great contrast to washed-grey or white curtains. Together they make a perfect combination for every home whose owner wants it to look like a beach house in Melbourne.

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Beach in colors

One of the most effective ways to evoke an Australian beach in your home is to enrich it with some typical beachy colors. Probably the first thing that depicts a typical beach near Sydeny or Brisbane is that gold-like sand. That can be the color of your furniture covers. When you lounge on your sofa, you will have a feeling that you are lying on Bondi Beach. Moreover, you walls should be painted in vanilla and peachy shades. Also, going for gentle vintage azure blue tones in your kitchen could is a great choice, too.

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When it comes to wooden furniture items, they should definitely be whitewashed. This color reflects the sun, preserving the furniture from ruin. Check some creative ideas for whitewashed, Australian-style beach furniture on Pinterest.

Accessories for sea feeling

If you want to make your home look like one of those beach bars near Sunshine Coast, you have to equip it with proper accessories. First of all, the materials you choose for your home accessories play an important role. You can’t miss with placemats or terrace chairs made from cane or bamboo. You just have to install a surfboard somewhere in your living room. It is one of the trademarks of Australian beaches.

Also, you can decorate your walls with some beautiful paintings or photos of Australian beaches. For example, printing a photo of an Australian beach in high resolution on a vintage paper could give that rustic, beachy look to your living room. Have a look at a gallery of photos with beaches selected by the Guardian. However, go easy on seashells and similar features. They are common-place decorations, which is why they should be avoided.

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Plants for tropical heaven

What makes you aware that you are on an Australian beach is definitely those large tropical plants that are usually lined along beaches and placed in beach cafes. That is why you should go for a small palm tree or other similar tropical plants to make your living space look like a beach home. Moreover, you can also put the plant pots in open-weave baskets, which will perfectly match other beach-like accessories. But first check what tropical plants can live indoors.

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Decorating your home so as to make it radiate positive beach vibes is neither expensive nor demanding. It just takes some time and creativity. We have offered some ideas that can give every home a nice touch of beach homes Down Under.