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Oct 24, 2011


Award winning interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard is widely known for his glamorous and worldly home interiors for clients such as Cher, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Eva Mendes and Ozzy Osbourne. His illustrious career also includes designing commercial projects such as the Colony Palms Hotel Group and the executive suites for Paramount and Warner Bros Studios.

Bullard was profiled in the January 2010 issue of Architectural Digest as one of the top interior designers in the world. Late last year, he also received the prestigious Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award. Recently, Bullard appeared on Bravo TV's Million Dollar Decorators and published his first personal book, Live, Love & Decorate.

Home Rejuvenation has the pleasure to speak to the man himself about his fascination with the industry, lifestyle and of course, interior decor.

What drew you to the architectural and design industry? is that original fascination still alive within you today?

I was drawn to design from an early age , apparently my mother tells me I used to scribble the shape of houses on a chalk board and play with the rearranging the furniture in my sisters doll houses from the age of 3 ! .... My passion developed as I grew older and visited the great houses and museums of Europe eventually culminating in my love of all the decorative arts and finally filtering this knowledge into a full fledged design business 18 years ago.

I am still fascinated by all things decorative and literally live and breath my industry. I am as passionate today as I was the day I started , actually probably more so.

Tell us about your typical day (at work and at home).

My day starts usually with about 50 emails from around the world which I will try to answer as I sip my coffee first thing in the morning. As I am working in 4 different countries currently I have to juggle all sorts of time zones. I usually make my way to my office first for an hour or so to go over the days tasks and then my appointments start. Either client meetings , vendor appointments or site visits. We line 3 or four of these up , depending on where in the city they are. I try to be back at my office by 4 pm to re group with my staff and look at what we have to do , what needs immediate attention and how our delivery schedules are going. I also may meet re new furniture or fabric designs and review whatever needs my attention from my various licensing partners.

We usually close around 6pm , sometimes I will stay later to review accounts and important client needs.

Finally once home I will work out in my gym for 45 minutes and get ready for either a client dinner or meeting friends , or the thing I love the most these days with my busy schedule , to stay home and have dinner and a movie in my mini screening room set up. That to me is the ultimate relaxation and leaves me refreshed and inspired to re start up my new day !

In your opinion, what are the key challenges in designing a residence?

The key challenges to designing a residence is really to get an understanding of your clients needs and decorative desires. Its vital to me that my clients homes are a representation of their personal taste and style. I decorate for them and not to infuse my style on them , I want the interiors to sing their personality and be completely custom to each person or family. This can take time and trust to become so acquainted to each persons taste and translate it for them.

Tell us about your own home.

My personal home is a Mediterranean villa built in 1923 by Rudolph Valentino , later becoming home to Gloria Swanson and William Faulkner. Because of the history and design style of the architecture I have decorated it to look how I believe it would have in its original days. I have used lath and plaster on the walls as they did in the 1920's. Wonderful stencils in between the beams , rich , full draperies , fine 18th century Italian and Portuguese furniture , but of course it has my personal twist of lots of colorful fabrics and contemporary art and photography.

The floors were reclaimed from an old barn so they retained their original patina and all the houses hardware was reconditioned and restored. I historically restored the residence as much as I possibly could and have taken great pride in retaining as many original features as possible.

As an architect/ designer, what do you think defines an inviting home?

An inviting home is one that is made comfortable and warm. Modern luxury I believe is comfort and because of that I think all furnishings should be deep and lounge-like, nothing should look uncomfortable or appear too precious that your guests are afraid to sit down. I think lighting plays a great part in this also. Always have lights on dimmer switches to create atmosphere and use lamps for ambient lighting wherever possible. It is vital to an inviting home not to clutter the space. Let your possessions breath and thus become more special and attractive. Also never save anything for best , use everything you love , every day , as today is your Best . Live , love and decorate !

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nanonain said...

Bullard's work is always fresh and exciting!:)

HINDI SMS said...

yes it should be , work always fresh

Dimitri said...

I'm not a fan of his, never liked his work.

andrei said...

He has a special way to design houses. I find it unique and complex maybe till sophisticated and I like it this way.