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15 Ways To Pretend You Live On Sunset Boulevard

You don't have to actually live on Sunset Boulevard in order to be stylish and swanky. Here are some things you'll need in order to live like a king or queen, and for more insight into Hollywood glamor, check out season of "Shahs Of Sunset," Sundays at 10/9c on Bravo.

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1. Trade In Your Sheep Slippers For Classy Ones


You're too old and too classy to be wearing those slide on Uggs anymore. To best keep your toes warm without sacrificing style, get your hands on some flats with sassy embroidery.

2. Monogram Everything

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Shirts, pajamas, napkins, towels, tote bags, blankets, pillow cases — all good things to put your initials on. Think of it as a posh way to claim something as yours.

3. Get A Piano

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A mansion on Sunset Boulevard isn't complete without a beautiful piano, but not everyone has enough money or space for one in the living room. However, you can still get experience the instrument's glamor by buying a broken one and using the body as a bookshelf.

4. Build A Firepit

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If your house didn't come with a glorious fireplace, a firepit is a wonderful alternative. They're relatively easy to build, and are perfect for throwing outdoor parties at night.

5. Trade In Your Old Doorknobs For Some Older Ones

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Most of us don't spend too much time thinking about doorknobs, but they actually play a crucial part in the style of a home. So to add some aristocracy to your own place, consider swapping out your old doorknobs with some even older (but more regal) ones.

6. Make Your Own Headboard

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Sure, a bed has to be comfortable, but it also has to look good (as in, other people should want to get in it with you). Headboards give a bedroom a sophisticated feel, and since they can be built in about a week, it's about time your sleeping quarters entered adulthood.

7. Assemble Your Own Water Fountain

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If you're wealthy, one of the only reasons to have a garden is so you can put an extraordinary water fountain in the center of it. But since most people don't have the funds to commission a life-size sculpture of a Greek god, another way to bring peace to your life is to make your own fountain by using garden accessories you already have.

8. Put A "Wine Cellar" In Your Kitchen

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One of the best parts of a decadent mansion is the wine cellar, but those cost thousands upon thousands of dollars to build and stock. But luckily for all of us, it doesn't cost very much to install a mini one under an unused kitchen cabinet.

9. Invest In A "Rainfall Shower Head"


Bathrooms in California are usually pretty spectacular because they're either made out of marble or have huge bank vault-sized showers. But since it's probably not worth having your entire bathroom remodeled, an easy way to make your bathroom more elegant is to swap out your old shower head for one that is designed to mimic the way rain falls.

10. Stock Up On Costume Jewelry

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The ladies of Sunset Boulevard are known for spending a fortune on their stunningly large jewelry. But we bet that if you check out your local vintage jewelry shop, you'll find some costume pieces that will stand out just as much.

11. Paint Old Frames Gold

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Most Beverly Hills mansions have at least one huge oil painting hanging in them. And not surprisingly, the frames and the art are both quite pricey. But you can instantly make a space more luxurious feeling if you take some old picture frames, paint them gold, and then mount them somewhat randomly.

12. Upgrade Your Living Room With A Chandelier

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An exquisite chandelier is considered a must-have in California dining rooms, and it's not hard to understand why. But contrary to popular belief, beautiful light fixtures don't have to cost an arm and a leg. A simple way to romanticize your eating space is to buy the chandelier skeleton vintage, and then decorate it with ornaments as you see fit.

13. Spoil Your Pet

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Pets are a status symbol these days, and the folks of Sunset Boulevard are known to go above and beyond to pamper their furry friends. And since you probably think the world of your own cat or dog, it's about time you considered how your image would benefit from splurging on accessories for them.

14. Paint A Mural

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Lots of homeowners in Beverly Hills commission artists to paint ornate murals in their homes (like on their staircases or around their indoor pools). But if you're particularly artistic, don't be afraid to pick a wall and go nuts.

15. Take Your Home Theater Up A Notch

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Most A-listers have their own private movie theaters built in to their homes. But if you're just as big a movie buff as any actor in Hollywood, a good way to take your home entertainment center to the next level is to get yourself a projector and screen movies on an empty wall (or on a screen in your backyard, as seen above).

Inspired By "Shahs Of Sunset"

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For more tips on leading a luxe life, catch the season 2 premiere of "Shahs Of Sunset" on Sunday, December 2nd, at 10/9c on Bravo.