If you’re into all the Bravo shows that take you deep inside the lives of the outrageously rich, there’s a new show you’ll want to be on the lookout for. “Million Dollar Decorators” debuts on May 31 and features five award winning interior designers working in the cut throat world of high-end style for the home. In a recent conference call interview we spoke with three of the stars of the show — Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Jeffrey Alan Marks and Kathryn Ireland — about their personal styles, their tips for low budget projects and their worst design disasters.
On Their Personal Styles
Jeffrey: “I would say traditional with a comfortable edge. Personalized comfort is very important to me and to give them the sophisticated look that maybe they want but take it down a notch and have great personalized comfort.”
Martyn: “My interiors are exuberant. They are absolutely eclectic because one of the things I live from is the saying of the great Oscar Wilde is that ‘All beautiful things belong to the same age,’ which [I] interpret in my design by using things from every culture and every period. And if they’re beautiful, I mix them all together to create a very individual environment for my clients. And my main thing is that I believe that modern luxury is comfort.”
Kathryn: “We’re all very much on the same page. I think I’m a little bit more English country meets California coastline. My big thing is I have three boys, a mass of animals and it’s all about family, lifestyle, living, comfort and making sure that nothing is too precious. I’m the undecorated look in a way I suppose. I like to create homes and I like houses to look like their owners. They really are for the people that live there.”
On The Biggest Job Disasters
Martyn: “I had a job I did in Mexico… for the crazy adult industry mogul, Joe Francis, who owns Girls Gone Wild and Guys Gone Wild. And I had most of the furniture made in either in Indonesia or in the U.S. and [had it] all shipped to L.A. and it was all taken in lorries down to Mexico. And I had one of the lorries hijacked in Mexico… I ended up having to do an unbelievable gangster like deal where I exchanged money with the hijackers to get my van of furniture back… That was the scariest thing that I’ve ever had to do.”
Jeffrey: “I’ve done the parent’s house to that person and they were equally as much drama in a very different way but yes, very interesting family… You learn from your intuition not to take on those clients anymore. I’ve been doing this for 20 years now and I think that you learn pretty quickly in the first couple of meetings that it’s bad news if the client’s not reacting correctly.”
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Tune in to the “Million Dollar Decorators” to catch all the divas and drama starting Tuesday, May 31 at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. Central on Bravo.
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