Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hooray! Bravo's MDD is BACK!

Another Bravo guilty-pleasure show has returned! Million Dollar Decorators has returned for its second season just this past week.

The show features premiere Los Angeles interior designers, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn Ireland, and Mary McDonald.  Of course they all possess very dynamic, quirky, and egocentric personalities that most highly creative types tend to have.  Mix these crazy personalities with the equally crazy clients they represent, and it equals a high degree of entertaining TV drama (it is Bravo, after all, what do you expect!?)

Since I have a love for all things related to interior design, naturally, this show is an easy fit for me.  It is so much fun to observe their varying, unique, and distinctive styles and to hear them discuss their design background and inspiration.  They are all so creative and genius in their own ways, and their projects most often revolve around highly UN-anticipated obstacles, challenges, and dramas....which make it really interesting to see how they persevere.

Attached are some examples of their work:

Mary McDonald...

DESIGN AESTHETIC: sophisticated, chic, always a strong graphic, often a large-scale painted wood floor, with pops of bold color.  High glamour, metallics, animal prints, black & white, etc....Though, she has designed some beautiful, peaceful, neutral rooms as well....She does both masculine and feminine vibes very well.

PERSONALITY: egomaniac, a bit pretentious, highly opinionated, decisive, blunt, but softens with occasional self-deprecation...

Kathryn Ireland:

DESIGN AESTHETIC: from France originally, she has a flair for beautiful, colorful textiles..Suzanni's, paisley's, florals, (has her own textile line)...lots of French country influences, farmhouse-chic, eclectic mix of European styles. Traditional vibes mixed with more modern, bold colors and patterns....

PERSONALITY: free-spirited, quirky, authentic, a bit nutty-yet-charming, self-confident, HILARIOUS, quick-witted, always having a drama with her housekeeper, Jacqueline, the fellow wine-drinker...

Martyn Lawrence Bullard:

DESIGN AESTHETIC: jet-setter, edgy, occasional rock-and-roll vibe, international influences, perhaps largest versatility in adapting to design styles of his clients (more than other designers), lots of bold color, graphic textiles, wallpapers, animal prints, LOTS of texture, often masculine vibe...

PERSONALITY: highly eccentric, HILARIOUS, most egotistical of the group, flamboyant, dramatic, and perhaps my favorite attribute: chocoholic (I hear you, Mister!)

Jeffrey Alan Marks:

DESIGN AESTHETIC: classic, cool, hip, beachy vibe, clean lines, soft palettes, can sway more modern OR more pottery barn-ish...

PERSONALITY: the least dynamic of the group, reserved, but sophisticated, relationship drama usually centers around spats with his partner (is he a model or interior designer or both!?)

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