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Decorate your home like a star

“Today” contributor and In Style magazine’s Charla Krupp shares the shopping secrets of celebrity interior designers from the special home issue of the magazine.
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If you’re interested in spiffing up your place — and who isn’t — In Style magazine’s special issue on the home pulls back the curtains on celebrity homes and offers a look at the work of their interior designers. On NBC’s “Today” show, In Style’s Charla Krupp spills some of their secrets so you, too, can shop and decorate like a star. Read some of their secrets below.

Celebrities can spend wildly on their homes. How does this help people decorating on a budget? 
Celebrities love a bargain, too. In Style Home reveals that many of these fancy designers to the stars shop Target, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel and Ikea! Here we’re going to give all their best sources for accessories, lighting, sheets, even doorknobs. And our list comes without those designer bills! Let’s see what celebrities are buying to feather their nests:

The welcome mat is great place to start. For everyone looking for a unique and warm welcome, this bright, happy doormat says Home Sweet Home. It’s $37 from Zipper Art Form and Function in LA. Emily Procter of CSI Miami owns one. (Zipper, 323-951-9190).

Is this tablecloth burlap?
Sure is. It replaces a traditional fabric-skirted table that Tracy Bross’ Candice Bergen’s decorator, says can look fuddy duddy. Organic fabrics like burlap, jute, seagrass look hip. Love the jute fringe trim. It’s a great find from Ballard Designs catalogue, about $125 depending on the size. Call 800-367-2775 or We’re using it on our breakfast table, but you can add a glass tabletop for a side table in a formal living room. It also looks good with canvas furniture at a beach house.

Aand you have Gillian Anderson's flatware?
Gillian’s designer, Sasha Emerson, bought this stainless steel set for the X-Files star. You can see Gillian’s Moroccan-style London town house in the pages of In Style Home. Sasha prefers the clean Scandinavian design to frilly, old-fashioned patterns. This is called Magnum from the OK Gallery in LA (323-653-3501). $125 for a five-piece place setting, which is reasonable.

Our dishes are from Target?
It’s ironic that this find is from Washington, DC-based designer Darryl Carter because he decorates the homes of some of the richest powerbrokers in America. The price of this World View stoneware dinner set is unbeatable, $25 for two place settings. Darryl likes to mix the black and white. He says that Target is a place you’ll find great things for the home if you look carefully. His design rule: Heavily patterned pieces or anything that’s in the color du jour will look dated fast. Chose clean lines instead. These have a nice heavy weight to them, which is not always the case with inexpensive dishes. Call 800-800-8800 for stores or go to

How much is Debra Messing's cool mercury-glass lamp?
Only $150 at Show in LA. It’s a good price for a lamp that emits this much style! By Roost. Call 323-644-1960.

Here’s a tip from In Style Home: Michael Smith, who decorated three of Michelle Pfeiffer’s homes, says when it comes to lighting, most of us rely too much on overhead lighting. Create a balance a variety of light sources — table lamps, sconces and natural window light.

Here’s a $6 idea
Change the whole mood of a room with these decorative funky knobs from Anthropologie. Designer Thomas Beeton calls them the mood rings of style and says that Anthropologie’s collection of knobs and pulls is divine. They start at $6 each go to $14. Call 800-309-2500 for stores or

One important question: What's your thread count?
Sheets with 300 thread count are considered luxury but not luxury enough for those two hotties, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who sleep on 600 thread count sheets. (P.S.: The higher the thread count, the softer to the touch the fabric becomes.) New York designer DD Allen, who has bought sheets for Ben and Matt, recommends these sateen sheets by Foglia in yummy colors mango and cognac. At Nancy Koltis, 212-219-2271. Prices range from $172-245 for the flat; $138-230 for the fitted.

And from the Spiegel catalogue
Designer Eric Cohler says this wood ladder shelf from the Spiegel catalogue is so well designed that it practically becomes a piece of sculpture in the room…and it’s $129. Fill it with votive candles, books, frames or objects. Order it in black or white from

Other tips
Jeffrey Bilhuber, interior designer of Michael Douglas and David Bowie, offers this on how to spiff up a kitchen without spending thousands:

1. Consider doing without doors on your kitchen cabinets for an airy, modern farmhouse look. Paint the back of the cupboards a color that contrasts nicely with your dishes and glassware. Like robin’s egg backdrop for white dishes.

2. Put cork over your kitchen floor — feels good and the price is right.

3. My favorite is get rid of half the junk on your kitchen countertop. That costs nothing! Cuisinart, canisters, knives in butcher blocks, cutting boards should all be hidden from view. Taking your teakettle off your burners doesn’t mean you’ll never make tea.

To start the process, here’s another good tip: Buy two notebooks. In one, you’ll include pages torn from magazines — everything you love. It helps you define exactly the look you’re going for. In your second book, you’re going to staple all the business cards, bills, estimates, measurements related to your home project. Having everything in a book that you bring whenever you go shopping will save you time and stress.

Charla Krupp of In Style magazine has been a beauty and fashion contributor to “Today” going on eight years in a segment that’s followed her from In Style magazine to Glamour (as beauty director) to (as editor-in-chief and vice president) and back to In Style. She’s an award-winning journalist known for her accessible, “real woman’s” approach to fashion and beauty. For more information you can call 888-689-1643 or visit the In Style Web site at:, or pick up the latest issue of In Style magazine on newsstands now.