“Million dollar” decorating ideas: how to bring high-end style into your home


By Sara Wardrip

Fans of the Bravo TV series “Million Dollar Decorators” will be familiar with the show’s premise, in which five top-notch

interior designers

share inside tips while vying for the patronage of Southern California’s wealthiest and most demanding tastemakers. From Hollywood to La Jolla, celebrity designers like Kathryn Ireland, Jeffrey Allen Marks and Mary McDonald share their secrets and strive to keep their clients happy. And while the luxurious homes they frequent may seem far out of reach for the average San Diego homeowner, DIY decorators and design enthusiasts can get an edge on their own projects with the help of designer-recommended resources and guidance from local professionals.

Experienced dealers and decorators understand that, when it comes to designing the home of your dreams, it only takes the careful incorporation of a few fresh, unique pieces and structural elements to make a statement. Antiques are a prime example of this design tenet: and regardless of your decorative aesthetic, the beauty of antiques is that you don’t need to fill your entire house with them in order to evoke the feel of the period. A few signature pieces are all it takes to lend old-world elegance or rustic continental charm to any room in the house: and an experienced, trustworthy dealer is every decorator’s best ally in the search for that elusive, perfect touch to complete your living space.

Authentic pieces straight from the source at San Diego’s premier antiques warehouse

Originally established in 1998,

C’est La Vie Antiques

is founded on the principle of trust and reliability for beautiful, authentic décor pieces sourced directly and consistently from the artistic troves of Italy, France and Sweden. Over the years, C’est La Vie has developed strong ties with the nation’s leading interior decorators, designers, dealers and tastemakers – including customer Kathryn Ireland. As a

featured dealer

in recent issues of both Veranda and El Décor magazines, both of which highlight pieces offered for sale at our Encinitas warehouse, C’est La Vie currently stands among the top sources for high quality antiques in the country – and as a retail destination for the most discerning decorators in the business.

This week, we’re happy to announce our new collaboration with the prestigious and invitation-only online marketplace at

  1. In addition, customers can now peruse a virtual gallery of our warehouse offerings and even make purchases by visiting our freshly revamped website at

  1. To learn more about our collection, visit us online -- or stop by our beautiful retail location situated just north of San Diego is scenic Encinitas to see our latest acquisitions in person.