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Katie Brown's West Hollywood workshop is a monument to home entertaining. Painted Halloween orange ("the color of the insane," Brown says, laughing), it is chock-full of high-powered kitchen gear—like an industrial fridge and a duo of food processors—and is elaborately organized, with storage bins labeled by project. "It's the war room," says Brown.
It's also where the popular TV personality (who hosted Lifetime's Next Door with Katie Brown) and author (of Katie Brown Entertains: 16 Menus, 16 Occasions, 16 Tables) cooks up her straightforward recipe ideas, decorating tips and gardening projects. "I do what's quick, easy and inexpensive." Such as? "I encourage people to cheat, like using Pillsbury dinner rolls in a recipe."
Though she's been called "the Martha Stewart for the meat loaf set"—and even has Katie Brown product lines in development—comparisons to the Duchess of Decorating bother her not at all. "If she's a wedding album," says the single Brown, who now lives in New York City with her dog Doris, "I'm a scrapbook. I think she's awesome."