Dream Home: Ellen Pompeo’s home by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

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The 22-foot ceilings of the living room allowed Martyn Lawrence to keep the furnishings simple, as the room had all the drama. The floor is covered in a 1930s Afghan wool dhurrie rug while the windows have off white Rogers & Goffigan linen drapery. The Moroccan style sofa was designed specially for the room. The silver tray tables are from Caravane Chambre 19 in Paris, while the 1950s Osvaldo Borsani lacquered goatskin table came from a vintage store, Fat Chance, in Los Angeles. In the living room the ceiling height is accentuated by using a custom Mousharabi screen mirror made for the space. The wall lights are Spanish from the 1920s while the Edwardian club chairs were upholstered in a nubby linen from Schumacher. The side table is ancient petrified wood from ABC Home, New York. Above the living room fireplace sit four Fatima mirrors by Martyn Lawrence Bullard. A photograph by Nick Brandt rests next to the fireplace, while an 18th century Italian ebony chair sits on the other side. The tray table from Caravane Chambre 19 in Paris is glamorized by a rare white Picasso ceramic candelabra.

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The “Bugatti” style mirror used in the Dining Room was originally designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Cher, but found the perfect home in this room. The antique Italian farm table provides a rustic feeling, while the three hanging fixtures from Caravane Chambre 19 in Paris add a Moroccan flavor. The candlestick is 18th century Turkish and was found in the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul.

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The pared-back kitchen was designed for Ellen to cook her favorite Italian style food in. The floor is covered in reclaimed antique French terracotta tile while the cabinets and Viking cooker are all stainless steel. The Viking fridge is balanced by a spectacular Salgado photograph of an Indian train station. This photo is said to have inspired the final scene of the movie Slum Dog Millionaire.

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The wall behind the bed is hung with an early 20th century Egyptian tapestry that creates an exotic flavor. The bedding is by Calvin Klein, while the antique Moroccan embroidered pillows are from Pat McGann in Los Angeles. The grey lacquer side tables are vintage Edward Wormley and the lamps are from the 1940s. The rug is vintage Afghani from Amadi Carpets. A bathtub from Waterworks sits on antique French terracotta tile. The ladder is 19th century Chinese and is to hold towels. The teak étagère is also from Waterworks while the zinc “garden stool” is used as a side table and came from American Rag et Cie, Los Angeles.

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The outdoor porch is screened off for shade while using Sunbrella white outdoor fabric curtains. The tray table is circa 1950s from Hollywood at Home. The pillows are covered in Marrakesh fabric, Baltic color, from Martyn Lawrence Bullard Fabric.

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To add an exotic touch to the pool, a Jaipur sofa in teak from the Martyn Lawrence Bullard Home collection was placed at the end of the pool. The pillows are covered in Perennials outdoor fabrics. Cypress trees provide privacy and shade in the hot summer.

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:Cheryl Tiegs Bali inspired sanctuary by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

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