stars on Martyn Lawrence-BullardMillion Dollar Decorators, the Bravo reality series that started its second season. He hopped aboard the Dunkin’ Donuts Studio on the Run to talk about the show, which also stars Kathryn M. Ireland, Jeffrey Alan Marks and Mary McDonald, and decorating on the cheap.
British-born designers Martyn Lawrence-Bullard and Kathryn Ireland are known for layered interiors with a worldly Bohemian spirit. Ireland, who takes inspiration from French provincial and English country homes, and Lawrence-Bullard, who celebrates the styles of the Mediterranean, Morocco and India, visited Marshalls at the Beverly Connection shopping center in L.A.
With its rotating inventory of designer goods, many marked down 50%, the store had well-known brands including Le Creuset cookware and Ralph Lauren crystal and linens. Both designers found items that expressed their sensibility, and they gave thumbs-up to woven stools, embroidered paisley pillows and patterned china.
“You could go to one of the major department stores and spend hundreds of dollars more for the same things,” said Lawrence-Bullard, who was inspired to create a holiday table setting that could work year-round. “To me, real style is being able to mix high and low.”