Tete’ a tete with Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Martyn Lawrence BullardMartyn Lawrence Bullard is a multi-award-winning Los Angeles based interior designer, renowned for his broad range of styles. His work has appeared in over 4000 publications worldwide including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House & Garden, Vogue, House Beautiful, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and many more, along with 10 coffee table books that feature his projects. His clientele includes Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Cher, Tamara Mellon,Eva Mendes, Edward Norton, Christina Aguilera, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock to name a few. Martyn, who is consistently named one of the world’s top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest, featured permanently in Elle Décor’s A-List top 25 taste-makers in the world and most recently the Luxe Interiors + Design Gold List 2012, is definitely one of our favourite designers at StyleCity. We have featured Cheryl Tiegs home done by him as well as Kid Rocks and we religiously watch Million Dollar Decorators to catch up on his latest designs (also, his accent is drool-worthy). A chance to do an interview with someone whose Style inspires so much of mine and who I personally consider one of the most stylist Interior designers in current times was an absolute pleasure.Though hopefully the next interview is face to face and not via email. Actually, maybe it is safer online, I might not be able to form words if I actually do meet him.

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StyleCity- Define Style. What do you think makes a house/room stylish?
Martyn-A room is given style by allowing the owners personality to shine within it. The room should always be the backdrop to the owner, their stage set, a place that exhibits both character and energy. Style is the way we live, not the things we own.
StyleCity-What is the one detail that can add or retract from a room?
Martyn-Lighting is everything to a room. If badly lit, a room loses its luster, yet when lit well it will sparkle like a diamond.
StyleCity-What is the best way to add glamour to a space?
Martyn-For me art is the vital touch of glamour to a room. Art is very personal and as such gives an outsider a glimpse into its owner’s inner soul and tastes. While the owner will always feel enliven by his/her personal art collection. Art has nothing to do with the price, it is solely to do with the inner emotions the piece provokes.
StyleCity-What is your inspiration for your designs?
Martyn-My inspiration comes from all around me, every day I see, smell,touch something that will inspire me. Travel however is my biggest form of Inspiration. New countries, cultures , colors , tastes;They all become the threads I weave my decorative tapestry from. It is the most important thing to me to see the world and experience all the beauty that each new culture has to offer.
StyleCity-Any particular family of colours you tend to lean towards?
Martyn-My style is very eclectic so I like a lot of different colours. I tend to love vibrant colours.
StyleCity-How would you do up your own personal space?
Martyn-I decorated my own home to feel like I believe it would have in the 1920’s when it was built. I have 18th century Italian furniture mixed with vibrant colorful exotic fabrics and juxtaposed with a collection of contemporary and modern art works including Warhol and Basquiat and a fine collection of photography. My home is my experiment pad and as such I constantly change it , add new pieces and change the color palette. I always have a summer and winter look. That way my home always feels fresh to me.
StyleCity-Favourite interior/product designers?
Martyn-I admire the amazing work of David Collins. The fantasy of Tony Duquette , the modern glamour of kelly Wearstler , the exoticism of Jacques Garcia , the attention to detail of jacques Grange , the theatrics of Renzo Mongiardino , the color combinations of David Hicks and the english historically inspired interiors of Robert Kyme.
StyleCity-What era/year according to you was most inspiring for interiors/you would have liked to live in
Martyn-I would love to have lived in the 1920s, it was a very glamorous time.
StyleCity-What will be your luxurious buy for 2013?
Martyn-I always try to buy at least one good piece of art a year to add into my collection. Currently I am passionate about photography and have been collecting large-scale pieces. However I think my main luxury buy for 2013 will be a small beach house in Malibu, California. I’ve been looking forward to this one for quite some time
StyleCity-Any design Faux-Pas you would like to erase from your past?
Martyn-My whole career has been a learning curve so I have learnt from my mistakes and they have been good lessons for me to learnt.

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Dream Home: Kid Rock’s House by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Malibu CA

With clients such as Cher, Elton John and Ozzy to name a few, Martyn Lawrence- Bullard is a genius at creating masterpiece homes for world-famous musicians. Hidden completely from the street, this elegant three-level Malibu villa of Kid Rock is surrounded by palm trees and a lush plant filled courtyard. Kid Rock wanted to create a complete oasis, and Martin has taken inspiration from the tropics to create this warm, inviting space.
The main rooms are located in the ground floor which has stunning views of the green landscape. Here in the master bedroom is a grand four-poster bed with sumptuously draped white fabric hung high from the custom wood-paneled ceiling. This leads into a large living room adorned by stunning furniture chosen by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. This room combines Sitar’s with electric guitars, with the focal point being a grand piano gifted to Kid Rock by Elton John. Moving into the kitchen and dining room, the stainless steel appliances elegantly contrast with the natural wood found on the ceiling, floors and cupboards.
Upstairs is a recording studio where Rock could have late night jam sessions, while downstairs Lawrence-Bullard has added a screening room, gym, game room and four guest rooms for visitors. This is a perfect example of transforming a rock stars passions and desires into a dream retreat.

The front door entrance view which is surrounded by lush green plants and is almost hidden deep with the depths of the area.

Entrance has an Antique Indonesian carving used as the door,while
the Vintage Bison head is from Texas. The Buddha head is from Tara
home, Venice,California and the Black and white honed marble tiles are
from Exquisite surfaces, LA.


Hallway to Master Bedroom Suite has an Antique English bench with
Suzani covering by Nathan Turner. Framed Kid Rock portrait by Martyn
Lawrence-Bullard. On the bench is a Vintage Afghan tribal pillow from
Kathryn Ireland and the vintage Antlers are from Alfie’s, London.Master bed is “Harbour Island” custom-made by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard draped in white muslin. The rug is Vintage Tribal Kilim from Uzbekistan while the bed cover and pillows are Antique French textiles. Lamps are Hollywood at Home and Cowhide goat fur pillow is from Harrods, London.

The master bathroom has French limestone and queen marble detail with inserted Indonesian detail. The bamboo shades are from Interior Specialty and the Faux Ivory tusks from Williams Sonoma Home.The Master closet are Antique carved Indian doors while the 19th century Syrian folding chair is from Horseman Antiques, London.

Living room Art is by William Claxton and Frames are custom-made by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard home. The bench is from Brenda Antin, LA while the sofas are from Shabby Chic, LA.

Pair of antique club chairs by Jean de Merry and 19th century Indian “Sitars” from Charles Jacobson. Coffee table is custom red-painted “Indochine” by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Home. Sea Grass rug from Designer flooring and side table in an antique Indian table from Sotheby’s Auction, New York City. The Black Soap Stone Fireplace has Antique Indonesian architectural fragments from Opium imports, London.The Artwork above the fireplace is Elephant in Derol Museum. And it also showcases Kid Rock’s Guitar collection.


Dining Room Artwork is “Lais in Havana” by Michael Eastman. Wine table is French Antique from Dos Gallos, LA. Benches are custom-made by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Home. Fireplace is Antique Indonesian architectural fragment. While the wash basin is Vintage red Chinese used for fruit from Mecox Gardens, LA.Kitchen cabinets are Poliform, Stools are French antiques “jeweler’s” stools, light fixtures are Urban Archeology and Storage jars are from Zodiac.