Funny lady Kathleen Madigan seriously knows good style—just check out her West Hollywood home. Interesting accessories and design touches give it character, and those are quite easy to adapt for your own home. Read on for style tips.

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Quirky coffee table
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Vintage contrast: Madigan’s modern living room has a few fun surprises that make it feel cozy, and her design secret is to use vintage-inspired pieces to offset her contemporary furniture. Her coffee table is a great example; its curved metal base provides a more traditional contrast to the clean lines of her other pieces. This “Audrey” table gives the same eclectic feel, for under $500.

Oversize lighting
oversize lighting


Oversize lighting: Large, dramatic lighting has become a staple for designers in recent years, particularly over kitchen islands and bathtubs. While Madigan’s is a beautiful statement piece, this look doesn’t have to come with a statement price. Here’s a similar style for around $10 from Ikea.

Kitchen ventilation
Kitchen ventilation

Glass hood: Glass has become increasingly popular in modern kitchens, from countertops to cabinets, and even hoods. Madigan’s contemporary kitchen features a hood that doesn’t have to break the glass ceiling of your budget. Here’s a cool design for less than $300 on

Grasscloth on wall
Grasscloth on walls

Textured walls: Madigan’s grasscloth focal wall gives a beautiful background color and texture, adding warmth to her contemporary space. While wallpaper can be expensive to purchase and to install, a fun designer tip is to use textured paint instead. Using a base coat and a faux glaze, it’s easy to create a strie wall that looks like grasscloth, but for less than $100. Here are some great products and ideas from Valspar to get you started.

Retro tile

Retro tile: Everything old is new again, especially in tile! Madigan’s bathroom features a white penny tile that was very popular in the mid-20th century, and it has seen a resurgence in recent years. But this retro style can still have a retro price—here’s a similar tile from American Fast Floors for less than $4 per square foot.