23 November 2011

Need a Break From Turkey?

 

Here’s something you can do if you find yourself needing a little break from turkey and family!  We recently interviewed L.A. interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard on The Skirted Roundtable and the show is now up on the web site to listen to.    Martyn just completed his stint on the television series “Million Dollar Decorators” –  the design show on Bravo that was a runaway success.   According to Martyn, he has received many offers for advertising promotions and design jobs that came directly from the Bravo show.  Most exciting, he is now the face of Jaguar – they even sent him a brand new car!   You have to listen to him explain how they first sent him a color he didn’t like and had to refuse it.  Only Martyn.   While Bravo hasn’t yet confirmed it, The Hollywood Reporter is saying the series will be back for a second time – with all the same designers.  I hope so!  The show was probably my all time favorite TV series after  Thirtysomething (I am really aging myself here) and my 2nd favorite right now would have to be Hoarders, shudders. 

 

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Linda, Megan and I were surprised at how easy it was to convince Martyn to sit for an interview, he was a true gentleman and didn’t make us beg, though we were prepared to.   This was one interview that I was nervous about.   “Darling,” I really was!   But, Martyn put us all at ease with his over the top personality and great sense of humor.  He is quite the charmer!!!     The man with the velvet voice tells us all about how he got where he is today –which is at the very top of design – and spills the beans on lots of Million Dollar Decorators gossip.  

So, this weekend, when you have had it up to here with leftovers, walk away from the table and give a listen to The Skirted Roundtable.  It’s a very special hour.  As usual, please forgive my horribly nasal, whiny, obnoxious voice.   And if I say “I believe it!!” one time, I said it a million.  What can I say?   I’m not a professional radio personality! 

 

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Martyn has just written a book, Live Love & Decorate, a beautiful pictorial resume that shows some of his most popular jobs.    Several of the houses are homes to the most famous people there are – Elton John, Cheryl Tiegs, Cher, Kid Rock and Ozzie Osbourne – to name a few.   Wow.    One of my favorite houses featured is Damon Dash’s – a “rap mogul.”   The house is very far away from  what one thinks of as rap – there is no black leather or flashy décor, instead it’s a beautiful nod to Morocco.   It’s hard to believe the house is in L.A. and is not some Riad located deep in the Medina. 

 

 

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Damon Dash’s house features Moroccan elements throughout.  Bullard said he used every Moorish trick he knew to design Dash’s house: tented ceilings, striped walls, lanterns, and antiques from Tangier.  Suzani fabrics are everywhere.  Here, the columns in the stair hall are painted to resemble antique tiles.

 

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The entry hall is tented in muslin with a large, antique Moroccan lantern hanging from it. 

 

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Mashrabiya screens were used to make a banquette that sits in front of the  double stairwell.  To the right is the living room and straight ahead is the dining room.

 

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In the living room, Martyn used a printed Robert Kime fabric on the sofa.  The edge of the fabric was used as trim on the sofa and on the curtains.   The antique table was from Fez.  Past the painted columns is the stair hall and to the left of it is the entry hall.

 

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In the living room antique doors are used as works of art. 

 

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Red decorative iron straps were added to the fireplace in the living room.

 

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The Robert Kime fabric was also used as the inspiration for the stenciled pattern that is found on the hall walls and in the dining room.  The decorative painter took over a month to complete the job.

 

 

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The dining room has a fireplace and stenciled walls in the Robert Kime fabric pattern. 

 

 

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On one wall in the dining room, Martyn placed an antiqued mirror with hanging lanterns above a built in console.

 

 

 

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In the media room,  you can see Martyn painted the wall a warm orange beneath the chair rail.  This is a decorating trick he often0 uses to introduce color to a room – which is also a great way to get fabulous design without a high cost.  He used the same exact two colors on the curtains so they blend into the walls.  

 

 

 

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The bed was inspired by one Martyn had seen in a Riad in Morocco.  He bought the antique suzanis in Ishmir. Note, here the walls are painted green beneath the chair rail – paired with a black ribbon of color.

 

 

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Finally, the open air porch features a day bed with Moroccan design elements and suzanis paired with pillows in ticking fabrics. 

 

To listen to the interview with Martyn Lawrence Bullard, please go HERE.

 

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Martyn’s new book, Live, Love & Decorate is available on Amazon HERE

 

 

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I would like to take this time to wish you and yours a most happy Thanksgiving!   As always this is a time to reflect upon what we are thankful for in our lives.  I am most thankful for my family – my own and my extended one.  I am thankful for my daughter’s happiness and good health and the addition of the sweetest and most beautiful little puppy to our lives!   I’m thankful for my husband’s love and support.  And, I’m thankful for you, the reader, who has welcomed me into your lives with all your comments and emails!!!

 

 

47 comments:

  1. I am sure lots of readers will want to decompress after the dishes are done. This is great I have loved Moroccan style for may years and I'll be putting Martyn's book on my Christmas wishlist.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. So beautiful! Moroccan design is so colorful and effortless. With the amount of color you think it would clash but it works perfectly.

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  3. I send you Best Thanksgiving Wishes from My Blog to Yours. Richard from My Old History House. Happy! Happy!

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  4. I'll definitelycome back to read more when I have time but I just wanted to chuckle about Thirtysomething. I used to love that show but I thought old people were really screwed up. Now I wish I were a screwed up 30-something.

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  5. That looks amazing, like the myth of Scheherazade...
    I would feel like being a princess in such a home interior!

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  6. I can't wait to hear your interview but am going to save it for tomorrow night when I have a little more time alone.

    Elizabeth and Lucy look wonderful!
    I hope you and your family have the Happiest of Thanksgiving!

    (P.S. I LOVED THIRTYSOMETHING!)

    Hugs!
    Debra

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you,dear Joni, Mr. Slipper Socks, the lovely Elizabeth, and darling Lucy.

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  8. happy Thanksgiving! Love the color of this post!

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  9. Blogland would be a bore without you! Happy Thanksgiving... you are a blessing and inspiration!
    Lee

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  10. I want to kiss that puppy right on the nose!

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  11. Can't wait to listen to the interview. It will be the perfect entertainment for a very long walk over the weekend post feast.

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  12. How I've missed the beauty on your blog! I've had my head buried in Christmas card designs all fall, but am thankful for SO MUCH as I take a break tonight and tomorrow.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Joni! Great photo of your daughter and puppy...Christmas card worthy! ;)

    xo,
    Linsey

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  13. Joni
    After reading your blog regularly for so long I love to hear your voice on the SRT. I'm an Aussie and we're used to nasal tones down here : )

    I admire Martyn's bravado - completely over the top.

    Cherill W
    Adelaide, South Australia

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  14. Wishing you and your lovely family a Happy Thanksgiving.

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  15. LOVE the picture of Elisabeth and the new puppy!! Thank YOU for all of your wonderful blog posts. Your's is still my favorite blog! As for Martyn... he gives me the creeps. Too much for my taste (yuk)!

    Kat

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  16. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loving family. Elisabeth is beautiful, and the little puppy is just precious. Now I am off to listen to the interview.
    Best...Victoria

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  17. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Joni!
    Your daughter looks gorgeous! What a beautiful picture of her and your sweet puppy!
    xx
    Greet

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  18. I am so thankful for your wonderful blog! I love Martyn from MDD and am excited to hear that the show might have a second season. Thanks for sharing the Moroccan inspired interior from his new book. Can't wait to hear the interview!! Also, thanks for sharing the wonderful photo of Elizabeth and the new puppy--absolutely precious!! Do not apologize for your voice--it is your voice, your opinions, your sense of humor and your taste that together make your blog so addictive to me!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  19. wishing you a splendid Thanksgiving with your loved ones. You have a beautiful daughter and a cute puppy. Thanks for always posting wonderful stories & pictures.

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  20. Happy Thanksgiving Joni-! I'm so thankful I found YOU! Million Dollar Decorators was my fav show too - I'm glad it's continuing. Amazing photo of your lovely daughter & that sweet adorable puppy!

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  21. My favorite blog....I never miss reading it asap. Love your comments. That makes it special.
    Thanks for providing us with wonderful pictures and commentary.
    Regards to you and your family.

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  22. Thank you so much for this episode! As I work in the kitchen, its just what I need to tune out the parade. I love Martyn Lawrence Bullard. I have seen his work at several showcase houses and love the wonderful ethnic touches. He will have a room at the Greystone Manor in Beverly Hills this December. My friend's husband has worked for him several times and only knew who he was because of Million Dollar Decorators (Martyn told him to watch). He raves about how nice he is and loves to work for him. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  23. Joni, I'm thankful for all the time and energy you put into your wonderful blog, and I'm also grateful for The Skirted Roundtable!!!

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  24. Joni, I'm thankful for all the time and energy you put into your wonderful blog, and I'm also grateful for The Skirted Roundtable!!!

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  25. What a gorgeous and unique decorating job! Thanks for showing it to us, and wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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  26. Joni-
    I am in love with Martyn, and I can't wait to watch.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Your daughter is beautiful and the dog is precious! My daughter has been begging for this doggie for two years. Let me know how much they shed, please.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  27. Joni,
    I didn't know you loved Hoarders! I am totally addicted too. I think seeing how really bad some people live make us feel better about our own "messes".

    Anyway, I have a special connection to Hoarders. When we were moving back to SLC from Denver a few years ago, we just HAD to be back in our old neighborhood. The only house available just happened to be "The Hoarder House". I hand't seen the TV series yet, but I knew what hoarders lived like. I never saw the home with the stuff in it, (which may have changed my mind), because the owner's family had spent SIX MONTHS cleaning it out before we walked through. I am an experienced remodeler, and knew that if the price was right, I could make it exactly what I wanted. Not a project for the faint of heart though.....

    I am going to have to send you some pictures for your readers house series. There are some serious before and afters. By the way, my husband still can't watch the show. He just can't think that our house used to be like that and still live here happily.

    Definitely lots to be thankful for! Enjoy your day.

    Christine
    href="http://yellowdogdesign.blogspot.com/" target="">Yellow Dog Design

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  28. I don't comment often, but how could I not thank you for this wonderful blog, on this, the day of giving thanks?
    Blessings of the day to you and your lovely family,
    dawne

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  29. Hi Joni!

    Just visiting all my favorite bloggers to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season. Thank you for creating and continuing to maintain this beautiful and informative blog. You've definitely changed my perception of Texas!

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  30. To Joni on Thanksgiving with gratitude for all of the wonderful armchair tours you have taken me on, and especially for your Houston take on things.

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  31. Darling photo of your daughter and pooch. Happy Thanksgiving, Joni. So grateful for all you do for our entertainment, creativity and education.

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  32. Absolutely stunning work!

    And as a decorative artist/painter myself, thank you for mentioning the use of such an artist in this home and the amount of time spent to accomplish such lovely work. This artist truly did a spectacular job!


    Tamra
    The Gilded Barn

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  33. Thank you for this charming blog which is so entertaining. I am thankful that your "blog list" is discerning and has standards.

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  34. What a beautiful shot of your daughter and adorable little pooch!! Can't wait to hear the interview. I ran into Martyn (practically literally) the other day at Barney's as I got off the elevator and he was getting in. I was like a deer in the headlights, trying to signal my friend to notice him. She didn't notice me but he did and I had to laugh and apologize - he was of course totally gracious!! I must admit he is even better looking in person - I know - hard to imagine!!

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  35. I am very excited to hear that the show will return. It was nice to see high-end design represented on TV instead of $ make-overs.

    I love Martyn's flair for the exotic, right up my alley.

    Cheers,

    Claudia

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  36. I love Martyn Lawrence Bullard's work. He is truly talented. He was my favorite on MDD. Can't wait to hear the interview. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    I remember Thirtysomething...I had my own little toddlers in tow then and I really identified with those characters!

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  37. Thank you for this wonderful blog!
    It is my favorite and you are so talented. You need to write a book.
    I am thankful to have your blog to read!! Have a wonderful holiday season!
    Barbara

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  38. A Belated Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Joni.

    I look froward to listening to the interview.This home is fabulous!!

    Thank you so much for your get well wishes. I am getting better and better every day!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  39. Just ordered Martyn's book! The photo of Elizabeth and puppy is priceless. Guess you're back to "puppy puddles" training! Always wishing you all the best Joni - countless are the hours that your blog as "made my day". Hugs.

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  41. I hope you had the most wonderful Thanksgiving, Joni. Love the mirrored wall with the sconces, and the bed. sigh. dreamy.

    I am thankful for YOU....and your wonderful, inspiring ideas and blog. xoxo Lidy

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  42. As always I appreciate and am thankful for your posts.

    The last picture with your daughter and the puppy is just ADORABLE!!!

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  43. That was a long post, a lot of time and effort. Enjoyed it.
    I like the way you compared yourself with the guys..You should get some jobs from this post. May you and family have a wonderful Christmas .
    yvon
    How is your darling Daughter doing in Fl.?

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