Neil Patrick Harris is a successful actor. For decades, he’s starred in hits from 1989’s “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” to CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” and Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” He even snagged a Tony in 2014 for his performance in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” All that fame comes with a fortune too — he raked in $18 million in 2014, according to Forbes.
But there is one surprising aspect of life that Harris is frugal about: home decor.
“I refuse to spend a lot of money on furniture or on home furnishings,” Harris tells CNBC Make It, while co-hosting a Capital One Savor credit card launch even in Manhattan, New York on Sept. 13 with his husband, celebrity chef David Burtka.
“We have dogs and children…so as much as I appreciate that rug is really interesting and nice, I know that dogs will inevitably soil it and that children will spill on it,” says Harris, who is dad with Burtka to 7-year-old twins Gideon and Harper.
It’s “going to get beaten up,” Harris adds. “Like a coffee table; it’s going to get rings of water on it no matter how hard you try. So why not get the coffee table from Overstock.com?”
Burtka interjects to clarify.
“We have mix and match. Like we don’t furnish our house with all Overstock.com, but different pieces,” Burtka says. (According to Overstock.com, the couple have no affiliation with the brand but is happy they are fans, a spokesperson tells CNBC Make It.)
“One hundred percent,” Harris says. “But I just don’t understand the logic of filling your house with furniture that’s super antique and expensive, because I’ve never known anyone that then resells their armoire, unless they’re like really down on their luck.”
To be fair, antiques, including armiores, can sell for thousands of dollars on the secondary market. And if Harris and Burtka are shopping on Overstock, they are definitely mixing it with high-end; in 2015, the pair gave Architectural Digest a look inside their townhouse in Harlem in Manhattan, New York, which featured leather sofas, Jonathan Adler light fixtures (which can run from hundreds to more than $1,000), an Annie Lapin painting (an artist whose works can sell for tens of thousands of dollars) and a high end kitchen (though Burtka is a professionally trained chef).