3 Affordable Ways Sutton Foster Dramatically Updated Her Home With Decor
When Sutton Foster, Tony Award-winning actress, star of the hit show Younger, and a recent cast addition to the Gilmore Girls revival, wanted to refresh her apartment, she turned to the mecca of stylish, affordable decor: HomeGoods.
The state of Sutton's apartment was cheerful but in need of some refinement. "Our decor in this apartment was inspired by the view — we have this incredible view of the Hudson with big, sweeping windows that let in a lot of light. Because the apartment is so bright, my husband and I felt like it could handle a lot of colour — and we love colour!" Sutton said.
Mike Harrison, artist, designer, and Broadway's beloved dressing room decorator, stepped in to help Sutton pick and style the perfect pieces. "Simply swapping out key pieces in your decor can create a huge transformation. You just have to be smart on what changes will give you the biggest bang for your buck," Mike told us.
Check out Mike's top three ways to make a dramatic design change with affordable decor, and then see how he applied them to Sutton's apartment.
1. Focus on accessories that support the mood and colour story rather than the furniture.
He explained, "For example, a neutral sofa takes on a new life when you swap out the monochromatic pillows and infuse a pop of colour and different textures with a new throw pillow or two — HomeGoods has tons of stylish options that are much more affordable if you're watching your budget!"
2. Use lighting to affect on the overall feeling of a room.
"Don't focus on the side table, but rather swap out the lamp that sits on the table," Mike said. "If you want a warmer space, then you could even just swap out the shade. You would be surprised how even changing the lampshade to a darker or lighter colour can transform the vibe of your space."
3. Rearrange a bookshelf in your space.
Mike said this is one of his favourite transformations in part because it costs nothing to do and makes a big impact. To do it, he advised, "Add in some personal treasures and objects that make the space feel more like you. Just moving around your pre-existing pieces and creating new vignettes of books and objects can shift the way you look at that shelf and add some life to a stale scene. Who doesn't love a free upgrade?!"