Live Like a Celebrity: Christian Audigier
Take a peek at this French fashion designer's flashy living room and learn how to copy the look in your own home.country when Ashton Kutcher, Pharrell Williams and other celebrities rocked the look. Audigier left Von Dutch in 2004 to start the Ed Hardy clothing line, inspired by the work of American tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy. Since then, the brand's colorful, rhinestone-studded T-shirts, hoodies and caps have been sported by Madonna, Britney Spears, Sylvester Stallone, Jon Gosselin and other stars.
While more understated than some of his fashions, the French designer's Mediterranean-style mansion in Los Angeles is heavy on color and flash. The eclectic living room blends traditional elements -- like a rustic wood table and an elegant fireplace -- with whimsical accessories and bold splashes of color. Want your living room to resemble this fashion mogul's? Then don your trucker hat and tattoo-printed tee and tackle these updates:
Installing molding and trim is a great way to add a formal, decorative touch to plain walls. To draw the eye up, add crown molding where your ceilings and walls meet. Be sure to pick molding that's appropriate for your space: Large, ornate crowns are great for spacious rooms with high ceilings, while clean, simple profiles are a good fit for smaller spaces.
Chair rail is another attractive architectural detail that adds both form and function. Not only does it save your walls from damage, but it also gives your home an elegant appearance.
Faux-fur pillows and throws draped over a sofa instantly add texture and warmth to a living room. If you're not a fan of fur, fleece and microfiber are just as inviting. In this room, the neutral colors of the throws tone down the rest of the room.
When designing a room, it's important to address the entire space -- and that includes the ceilings. If your living room is lacking a little something, an unexpected ceiling treatment could be just the lift it needs. Try installing molding on your ceiling in an interesting pattern. For extra impact, paint the molding a contrasting color from the rest of your ceiling. If you have a chandelier or other hanging light fixture, accentuate it with a ceiling medallion. Other out-of-the-ordinary ceiling options include tin tiles and embossed wallpaper.
Don't be afraid to think outside the box when accentuating your fireplace. We've all seen a mirror or a framed piece of art above the mantel; instead, find a large object that really makes a statement, like a metal wall hanging, a vintage sign or a family crest. Once you've picked a focal piece, surround it with interesting vignettes. In this room, stacks of books and a small statue add additional visual interest without overwhelming the large, pink crown.
Hot-pink couches really make this room pop. If you want to add color to your living room but find fluorescent-hued furniture daunting, keep your large pieces neutral and inject color with throw pillows, vases and other accessories. When you're ready for a new palette, you can easily switch out your accessories without having to buy all new furniture.