Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bravo's Million Dollar Designers

“This is Los Angeles where money and style are everything.” So sayeth interior designer Mary McDonald in the opening of Bravo’s newest reality series, Million Dollar Decorators. The show follows the professional and personal lives of five of L.A.'s top-tier interior designers, whose clients don't have budgets and who say things like “Sometimes I think my job is more important than the President of the United States.” Raina Cox of If the Lamp Shade Fits is here to take us through.


Martyn Lawrence-Bullard may be L.A.’s most celebrated decorator: creating the stylish interiors for Cher, Elton John, Aaron Sorkin, Diana Jenkins, Christina Aguilera, Vidal Sassoon, Damon Dash, Tamara Mellon of Jimmy Choo, Edward Norton – the list goes on and on. He also has his own line of furniture, fabrics, candles and rugs.




Los Angeles-based designer Mary McDonald is one of today’s most sought after designers and is consistently ranked one of House Beautiful “Top 100 Designers”. McDonald’s gorgeous interiors have captivated the design community and are featured in major national publications including Town & Country, Veranda, House Beautiful, Domino, House & Garden and International Vogue.

"Kathryn's look has been described as comfortable, bohemian, and family friendly with large doses of color and a lack of orthodoxy. Elle Decor dubbed it seat-of-the-pants chic. House & Garden included Ireland among "10 to Watch" architects and designers expected to influence 21st-century style. For the last decade, House Beautiful has named her one of the top 100 designers in the United States. Born in England, Kathryn was raised between her parents' homes in London and Scotland. She arrived in Los Angeles in 1986. Prior to launching her interior design business in the early 90's, Kathryn was an actress, clothing designer, and filmmaker.
The signature Kathryn M. Ireland look now extends from fabrics to furniture. Her fabric line was launched in 1997 and is distributed in her showrooms in Los Angeles and London, as well as selected showrooms around the world."




"A fourth-generation Californian, Nathan Turner grew up in San Francisco bay area, surrounded by a large extended family. Deeply rooted in California heritage, He spent many weekends at the family ranch in Northern California, where they would ride horses, raise cattle and cook scrumptious meals. Indeed, home is where Nathan’s taste for adventure was born, and something he expresses through his travels and eclectic lifestyle.
Nathan attended St. Mary’s College of California where he graduated with a degree in business. He then lived abroad in France and Italy, where he studied the area’s language, art history, and honed his culinary skills.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, Nathan successfully merged his greatest passions - design, travel and food - into his eponymous shop. Located on North Almont Drive in Los Angeles, Nathan’s store has become an expression of his years traveling, a faithful source for the country’s leading interior designers, as well as some of the most stylish individuals from coast to coast. An avid cook, Nathan equipped his store with a full kitchen so that he could host intimate dinners and parties on site."




Jeffrey Alan Marks believes the design process should be fun and creative much like his designs and personal style, which blends California ease with English formality. Having lived in Paris and Milan for many years where he worked as a model and then in design, his work also draws cues from Italian and French methods.  Marks studied design at the prestigious Inchbald School of Design in England.

Marks’s colorful, laid back design style translates to the atmosphere at his firm, JAM Inc, which he started 15 years ago.  Based in Santa Monica, the firm designs and develops luxury homes in America and the United Kingdom and develops commercial projects including restaurants and retail stores such as Tavern restaurant in Brentwood and The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica.

Being viewed among the key players in the Los Angeles Design Community, Marks is included in the Designers Circle in the San Francisco Antique Show and on the host Committee of the Los Angeles Antiques Show.  He is listed among House Beautiful's Top 100 Designer list and is featured in major magazines, including Elle Decor, German Architectural Digest and the British In Style Home.  His line of custom furniture is sold through A. Rudin Showrooms across America while a new custom lighting line is in the works along with a coffee table book that is slated for release in early 2012.

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