Absolutely Fabulous: Five Ways To Accessorize Your Home Like A Celebrity
Here’s how to bring their outrageous home decor moves into your 1-bedroom rental apartment.
And you thought your man cave with a home gym or dedicated shoe closet was livin’ large. When it comes to real estate, celebrities orbit the world a little differently. Even if you don’t have the bulging bank accounts of the everyday A-lister you can still fake it ’til you make. Here’s how to bring their outrageous home decor moves into your 1-bedroom rental apartment on top of the local Chinese restaurant.
Security Isn’t Just For The Stars
Remember the Jodie Foster/Forest Whitaker film from 2002, Panic Room? Didn’t you just wish you had a secret compartment in your house like that where you close off the world? The reality is, for most New Yorker’s, a panic room is the size of their entire apartment. But the concept of safety is one we could all adhere to. Assuming you’ve got a steel door and dead bolt lock, home security system and window guards, how about installing an exterior doorbell that allows you to see who’s trying to get in your house from your phone? Also, as boring as it may seem, if you’re living in NYC, you need renter’s insurance. According to studies, 60 percent of adults aged 23-29 don’t have renter’s insurance.
Get Paid To Be Nosey
Recently Brooklyn Heights stopped its brownstone house tours because it was afraid of people snapping private property with cell phones. However, that doesn’t stop surreptitious snapping at open houses. Needless to say a realtor will act as a gate keeper for a celeb home. If you’re not Leo Di Caprio or Scarlett Johansson, expect a deluge of paperwork to verify you have the funds and credentials and not just being nosey. However, there is a way to be officially nosey and get away with it. Celebs generally don’t traipse around looking at 20 homes to narrow it down to the one they like. They have other people look at them. If you’re intent on getting on the inside of the kind of homes a star will buy, work for their organization, picking out property and reporting back Celeb-In-Chief. Then, go home and copy what you see.
Home-Brew Honey: Let The Concept Stick
Celebrity realtor to the stars, Dolly Lenz, recently said that one of her clients requested the viability of putting a beehive on the roof because raw honey is good for allergies. However, if you cannot afford a professional bee-keeper there’s a much simpler way to cultivate your own honey. A new invention called HoneyFlow takes out all the hard work from extracting honey from hives. It’s basically a one-man operation, that releases honey by pulling lever. No smoking or protective suits required. You can stick it on a roof or balcony and enjoy allergy fighting goodness all year round. Just like the celebs.
Put Your Trust In Trusts
Many celebrities will hide their ownership of a property by having it placed in a company name. Much easier to do if you have purchased the house all cash as many do. If you don’t have a mortgage on your house, putting it in an LLC or a trust may not be a bad move, especially if you have kids. By including them in the trust they will not have to pay inheritance tax when you pass away which can be as much as 40 percent. Trusts are how celebs keep their cash in the family. You can do the same.
Rock The House
You don’t have to be Bruce Springsteen to enjoy making music at home. But if space is limited and you don’t want your two-year old’s temper tantrums winding up on your heartfelt acoustic ballad, you may wish you had a dedicated soundproof studio. Construction, though it costly and often implausible. That’s where Whisper Rooms come in. They’re basically the Ikea version of a recording studio but without the Swedish meatballs and kiddie play area. Completely portable and collapsible sound booths with soundproofing, mic jacks and air ventilation, these customizable rooms make home recording, even in the heart of the city, a silent affair.
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