Tips & Trends from Star Designers
updated 10/06/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/06/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT
INVEST IN THE CLASSICS
THE TALK SHOW HOST'S 5 PIECES YOU'LL KEEP FOREVER
1 An antique chest of drawers
"English, Swedish, wood or painted. It's a classic that never goes out of style."
2 Cotton napkins
"I love a crisp, white cloth napkin, and it's better for the environment."
3 A great mirror
"A gilded French mirror is a forever classic."
4 Sterling silver flatware
"I love the idea of using sterling silver every day."
5 A sofa with a clean line and a solid fabric
"It'll mix with modern, vintage and antiques."
The Nate Berkus Show airs weekdays. Check your local listings.
DVF DOES A HOTEL SUITE!
"The room was designed to look a little chaotic," she says of this guest room she designed for London's Claridge's Hotel.
Diane von Furstenberg
HOW TO DECORATE
THE FASHION DESIGNER TURNS HER ATTENTION TO INTERIORS
Go for function as well as fashion.
Your environment should fit your lifestyle. It has to make you feel cozy and happy.
Pick bold rugs.
Rugs tie a room together. If your rug is bold, your furniture can be neutral.
Let nature be your guide.
There are no more beautiful colors than in nature. A garden in black and white would be horrible.
Consider brown as an alternative to black.
I like black in a home. But brown is softer.
Purple can be a neutral.
It can be a great background color.
Don't fill your space with useless tchotchkes.
It will look too cluttered.
Know that a room is never done.
It's where you live. So there's always more!
Tips & Trends
WHAT PEOPLE WANT
THE REAL HOUSEWIFE AND OWNER OF N.Y.C.'S ZARIN FABRICS PICKS SOME OF HER FAVE TEXTILES FOR THE SEASON
"These flowers are endearing-especially with pink-but made very New York with black!"
2 PURPLE & METALLIC
"Plum is going to be hot for fall. I can see this as a duvet cover, and the metallics would go great with a mirrored bedroom set."
3 VERTICAL VINES
"More for a cooler climate, this linear pattern works for a window treatment."
4 3D-EFFECT WEAVE
"For a pillow, quilt or drape-this gold one gives great texture. It's terrific."
HGTV's Sandra Rinomato
THE PROPERTY VIRGINS HOST ON THE BIG THINGS HOME BUYERS DEMAND
1. Closet space: "I've seen people walk away from the perfect home because the closet was too small," she says.
2. Granite countertops: "There are so many wonderful products out there, but granite is the buzzword."
3. Move-in-Ready Condition: "Most people don't have the time or cash to renovate, so they just want to plop their furniture down and call it a day."
THE HOT LIST
THE DESIGNER AND STAR OF BRAVO'S FLIPPING OUT SHARES 3 BIG TRENDS
1 Knit pillows
"This Z Gallerie pillow offers a subtle geometric pattern, and the woven material adds texture that's great for fall or winter."
2 Wet bars
"They're back because people entertain at home so much."
"It's so hot right now. I have a seagrass color on my bedroom wall. It's soothing."
What's the wildest color you've ever painted a wall?
I had a milk-chocolate brown bedroom in my first apartment with milky white trim. I would like to revisit that color one day.
The Martha Stewart Show airs weekdays at 10 a.m. on the Hallmark Channel.
Tips & Trends
THE ILLUSIONIST EXPLAINS THE MAGIC OF WHIMSICAL WAY, A PATHWAY ON THE GROUNDS OF HIS LAS VEGAS ESTATE
After wowing crowds in his BeLIEve show at the Las Vegas Luxor 10 times a week, Angel retreats to Whimsical Way, with more than 50 sculptures. "This path allows me to think like a child again. I always wanted to be older, but now that I am, I realize that being a kid was the best time of my life."
UPGRADING YOUR SPACE
TIPS FROM THE RAPPER TURNED CONSTRUCTION BUFF WITH A SHOW ON THE DIY NETWORK
1 Redo the backsplash in the kitchen
"It's just a weekend job. Do it yourself with tiles or custom-made panels."
2 Use textured paints
"They have paint with real sand in it and Venetian paint patterns. There's so much. Get creative."
3 Don't do wallpapering yourself
"I can walk into any house and tell if a professional or a homeowner has done it."
4 Change the pulls on your drawers
"You can buy handles that look modern without breaking the bank."
WHY I LOVE MY FIREPLACE
"This is the fireplace at our beach house in Quogue, N.Y.," says the All My Children star, 63, who-along with husband Helmut Huber-handpicked the English tiles on the mantelpiece. So what's Lucci's fave fireside activity? "I love to put on Brazilian music and have a glass of champagne with friends."
What are you desperate to buy for your home?
"A grand piano"
"I'm in the market for a bed. I love antique designs, but I'm also all for cheating. I believe in a good knockoff"
"I would love one of the new 3-D HD TVs"
"I'd really love a new rug. I want something crazy that says, 'Wow, look at me' "