Monday, March 21, 2011

A Look Inside Christina Aguilera's House

A Look Inside Christina Aguilera's House

Christina Aguilera put her Beverly Hills house on the market for $13.5 million. But don't be fooled by the price tag -- there are lots of budget decorating ideas inside. 

Moving right along: Christina Aguilera just finalized her divorce from husband of five years, Jordan Bratman, and now she's putting her 6 bedroom, 9 bathroom, 10,000-square-foot house on the market. The couple bought the home from Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne in 2008 for $11 million.

We can't imagine that this home will be easy to leave with its stone flooring, grand entryway (shown above), super-Christina decor and fun extras. Think: Beauty salon, gift wrapping area, guesthouse with recording studio, game room and pool with water slide and grotto spa.

While most of the home is pretty over-the-top, there are many easy decorating tips to steal. Here are our faves:

Cheap Chic Idea #1: Play with wallpaper.
You don't have to commit to wallpapering all of the walls in a room. Aguilera used a wallcovering to fill a few rectangular panels of her master bedroom, and we think it's beautiful ("no matter what they say.") You'll save money since you don't have to buy enough to cover the room, plus it helps break up a big wall that might otherwise feel like a giant block of color.

Cheap Chic Idea #2: Pay attention to vignettes.
When decorating your home, visually break a room into sections. Decide what you want to see when you first step inside. Is there an eye-catching piece of decor you can put in a corner to brighten it up? Paying attention to small details can make a home feel pulled together and finished. Case in point: Aguilera's reflective planter (above left) adds shine to a corner that might have felt stark, while a high back chair positioned below a climbing light fixture draws the eye up.

Cheap Chic Idea #3: Take a risk.
This room is full of them: The zebra, the metallic chairs -- even the dark gray curtains. But magically, it all comes together through the power of well-executed risks. "We don't really know what our capacities are until we tease them out of their usual circumstances," designer Petia Morozov told us recently. "I consider every design project an opportunity to give new shape to our daily habits, whether they're how we eat or shop or sleep or mingle."

Cheap Chic Idea #4: Mix and match dining chairs.
Think you have to go out and buy a slick new set of matching dining chairs when re-decorating? Think again. Some of the most beautifully-designed dining rooms have a set of mismatched chairs around the table. If you find a side chair that you love, but it doesn't match the rest of your chairs, try it out anyway. Different style chairs add interest, like the velvety antique chair at the head of Aguilera's table.

Cheap Chic Idea #5: You can never have enough throw pillows.
Imagine this same outdoor sectional without the pillows. Boring, right? When any chair or couch begins to feel tired, spruce it up with a gaggle of colorful throw pillows. Add a few contrasting Moroccan poufs on the floor, and your room will feel cheery -- and super comfy -- again.

Cheap Chic Idea #6: Consider a modern nursery.
You can tell that Aguilera had fun decorating her 3-year-old son Max Liron Bratman's nursery. While some of the decor is over the top (that oversize moon might scare some kids), we appreciate Aguilera's restraint when it comes to choosing a crib. The clean-lined white and wood one she selected is a modern take on the traditional heavy dark wood cribs popular today. Remember, mamas: Sometimes less is more.

Cheap Chic Ideas #7: Use your coffee table for color. 
While Aguilera's kitchen's sitting area features a yellow lacquered coffee table, you can make your neutral living room pop by painting yours a fun color. Consider turquoise or poppypink (yes, pink!), or Yves Klein Blue.

Cheap Chic Idea #8: Choose a grand front door.
So what if you don't live in a luxe estate -- you should still think big when it comes to your front door. It's the first thing people see when they walk up to your home. Try painting your doorboost your front door's curb appeal, or just consider the impact of your door's color.

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