Nestled in the hills of one of California’s most prestigious neighborhoods, Martyn Lawrence- Bullard has designed a sensational Bali-inspired sanctuary abounding with charm for the lovely Cheryl Tiegs. An irrefutable icon of the 1970’s, Tiegs’ modeling career launched her from modest Midwest beginnings to full fledged stardom.By the age of 17, she had graced the cover of every major fashion magazine worldwide; however it was her infamous Sports Illustrated covers that propelled her from the status of model to one of legend. Yet, Tiegs is a woman who is often shy about personal matters, so it was an obvious decision to put her good friend and confidante Martyn Lawrence-Bullard up to the task of orchestrating a space that was elegant yet comforting and a place where her history, family life and travels could surround her. As you walk through a snug, dimly lit foyer into the expansive and breezy central area, which is anchored by four exquisite 28 feet high pillars, you feel the airy lightness of the home.
The pool area contains a colonial armchair in teakwood from Martyn Lawrence Bullard s outdoor collection, a Bodrum striped pillow from Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design and an antique Indonesian drum that is used as a side table The pool area contains a colonial armchair in teakwood from Martyn Lawrence Bullard s outdoor collection, a Bodrum striped pillow from Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design and an antique Indonesian drum that is used as a side table.This living room planter started life as a 19th century copper vat that was originally used to dye traditional fabrics. It is offset by a Javanese teakwood panel that was once part of a palace and a polychromed Indian chair from 1820. The latter is upholstered in salmon raw silk from Bergamo Fabrics ROOM TO DREAM. The bar houses an antique crystal decanter with green glass snake detail, a silver teapot with an elephant top that was once owned by Karen Blixen and glasses from William Yoeward Distressed wooden accents create a feeling of warmth A 19th century stone Buddha head guards the garden.
The master bedroom is anchored around a “Colonial” half tester bed by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Home. It sits alongside an antique Bavarian trunk, Deborah Sharpe linen, silk voile bed hangings from Schumacher, Vintage Turkish pillow by Peter Dunham and silver wall sconces by Vaughan. The fire surround was once the window surround of the Bank of New York, circa 1890. On the wall behind it is a Cheryl Tiegs silk screen by Andy Warhol. The walls themselves have been custom painted by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard.The master bathroom s walls are dressed with Kumante tribal drawings. It also houses a Ming dynasty cabinet by Charles Jacobson, a Persian prayer rug dating to 1910 from Amadi Rug Co. and vintage African books from the 1920s.The powder room is lined with red rice paper wall panels from Caba Papers, which beautifully offset three late 19th century French faux bamboo mirrors from Paris’ Marche aux Puces. Underneath sits a custom made faux bamboo wash stand by Martyn Lawrence- Bullard Home, which is accented with Julia taps from Waterworks.A portrait of Peter Beard, circa 1970, draws all eyes in the living room, which is partitioned by an 18th century gold leaf Japanese screen from NYC’s Chinese
Porcelain Co. In front of this sits the Lawrence English club sofa by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, which is covered in Royal Blue mohair by Cowtan & Tout. It is accompanied by a Rose Tarlow coffee table, yellow zebra fabric pillows by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Fabric and Edwardian library chairs covered in Silk Suzani by Donghia.
The dining room is anchored around a teakwood dining table, circa 1880,from Java that was once part of the Governor’s Palace. It is ringed by British Colonial cane back dining chairs from NYC s British Khaki and bordered by a Regency English mahogany screen from London’s Carlton Hobbs. On the floor sits a Ziegler Mahal rug, circa 1890, from Mansour Rugs, while the walls are lit by Indian antique Hindi lanterns from London’s Guinevere Antiques.The table is dressed with Baccarat crystal glasses, a Wedgwood dinner service and 18th century Indo Dutch candle sticks from Lynda Horn. Bullard’s choice of mixing cheerful cerulean ikat-covered chairs with a striking yet cozy cobalt-blue mohair sofa, all resting peacefully below the soaring vaulted ceilings, allows for total surrender into serenity. Familyphotographs punctuate the fireplace mantle and stunning collages by ex-husband and world renowned artist Peter Beard are sprinkled throughout the home. In each room,Zack has custom painted a tattoo on the ceiling overlooking an Edelman leather bed, a Stark Zebra carpet and red painted paneling from Benjamin Moore. Warm yellow lighting reflects off the gold details to create a soothing glow in the bathroom.The layered colonial aura is magnified by the careful placement of Tiegs’ exotic keepsakes and stunning collection of artworks.
The Regency table is covered in a tile from the ancient ruins of Pompeii. It is topped by a reverse glass Empress painting from the 1880s and a Chinese silver fish sculpture by Buccellati The family room is anchored by a Tonsu Cabinet in Elm wood from Charles Jacobson, a Louis IXV fruit wood Bergere chair covered in Zebra hide from Innovation Leather and a Chinese water colour on rice paper from Connoisseurs Antiques; all pieces date from the 18th century.The kitchen ceiling is panelled in tin by the LA Architectural Salvage Co. Underneath it sit custom faux bamboo bar stools from Martyn-Lawrence Bullard Home, a Farmhouse sink and faucets by Waterworks, Viking range and cooker, an antique Chinese bowl from 19th Century Export and a vase by the Chinese Porcelain Company.An antique room panel from Indonesia s Primary Source is used as a divider in the living room. It overlooks English library chairs from London s Horseman Antiques, which have been covered in Silk Suzani by Donghia. Besides them sits a coffee table from Rose Tarlow Home and an antique Indonesian dye vat in copper from Charles Jacobson. The floor is overlaid by a Zigeler Mahal Rug, circa 1900, from Aga John Carpets.
Excerpted from Casaviva India, October 2011