Live Like a Celebrity: Olivia Wilde
Take a peek inside the actress' spa-like bathroom and learn how to copy the look in your own home.Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds in films like Cowboys & Aliens, Tron: Legacy and The Change-Up. In 2011, Olivia left House to pursue more big-screen roles.
Let's hope Olivia has as much success as a film actress as she had as a home seller: Her Cape Cod-style home in Venice, Calif., sold for its $3.095 million asking price less than two months after she listed it in April 2011. Built in 1920, the renovated residence features bright, breezy interiors and inviting outdoor entertaining areas. Vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and crisp white walls extend throughout the home, including the beautiful master bath. Wish you could relax in this serene space? Follow these tips to recreate this bathroom in your own home.
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A staple of the spa-style bath, vessel sinks are decorative bowls that sit on top of the counter and serve as an eye-catching design element. Available in a wide range of materials, these stylish fixtures can range in price from $100 for a basic ceramic basin to $1,000 and up for carved stone or spun glass. A few tips for installing a vessel sink: Look for tall or wall-mounted faucet fixtures that will clear the top of the basin, and consider lowering your countertops to accommodate the height of the sink.
Open shelving creates the illusion of space and lends a clean, contemporary look to Olivia's bathroom. Big-box stores often sell floating shelves that are simple to install and easy on the wallet, making this an ideal DIY project. To complete the spa-like feel in your own bathroom, fill the shelving with neatly folded white towels, candles, bath oil beads and other pretty accessories.
From classic claw-foot styles to more modern varieties, freestanding bathtubs make a dramatic design statement. Often priced upwards of $1,000, these splurge-worthy soakers can be positioned away from the wall or even in the center of the room, where they serve as a stunning focal point. When installing a freestanding tub, keep maintenance in mind — you'll want the tub to be far enough away from a wall so you can easily clean around it.
Dark hardwood floors anchor this open and airy space. To achieve the look of hardwood without the steep cost, consider laminate flooring, which closely mimics the texture, color and graining of real woods. This durable material is also ideal for the bathroom, as it resists moisture and stains.
While clean lines and minimalist decor are conducive to a calming bathroom, you don't want your space to look too sterile. Incorporating one or two rustic or old-fashioned elements — whether it's a vintage mirror or weathered wood walls, as seen in Olivia's bathroom — will add instant texture and interest to the room. Scour antique and thrift shops for unique pieces, or embrace your crafty side and create a DIY reclaimed wood towel bar or antique mirror.