I am sad it is over so soon!! Season 2 of Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators went by WAY too fast. I certainly hope it was successful enough to bring about a Season 3! I just cannot get enough of these quirky, charismatic, and beyond-talented designers: Jeffrey Alan Marks, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn Ireland, and Mary McDonald (see prior post for designer aesthetic and personality review...)
What was particularly interesting about this season was watching two of them (McDonald and Bullard) revamp the decor of their own homes. Bullard took his color palette down several notches, focusing instead on a more subdued range of colors, amping up the textures and patterns instead. McDonald continued to inject her typically bold pops of colors, but completely changed the look of her home.
Attached below are some of my favorite photos from Season 2. Photos obtained from various sources including Bravo website, Elle Decor, Luxe magazine, and Cote De Texas blog...
|Beautiful mirrors, antique Indian chandelier and mixed use of fabrics for the chairs...|
|Again, you can see the Indian and Moroccan influences in the intricate rug (tile-look design), chairs, lanterns, and ceiling design.|
|Luxurious master bedroom with fur throws, rich reds, Ikat lampshades and pillows, and ornate bed frame, which Bullard designed himself...|
|Absolutely LOVED his dressing room, his own line of fabric/wallpaper used on walls and window treatments...love this deep, rich red and how about those gorgeous light fixtures (Restoration Hardware, I believe?)|
|Love this lively little nook, with vivid graphic black and white patterns against the traditional (original to the 1920's house) terracotta tile floor....|
|Bullard's kitchen with several original elements preserved including terracotta tile floor (love this Old World feel), stove originally installed by Gloria Swanson.|
The MDD designers were all invited to design various rooms for the preservation of historic mansion Greystone Manor for the Maison de Luxe showhouse....
|Again, these photos do not do the master reveal justice, much more beautiful when filmed on the Bravo show...interesting the way he incorporated soft, lavender colors against the black, grey, and cream color scheme...|
Now, onto the quirky and lovable Kathryn Ireland...
|Ireland's kitchen design of Ojai client's home, love exposed shelving and the rustic farm table, she seems to incorporate these into many of her designs....|
|Ireland designed the "children's kitchen" of the Greystone Manor show house...she incorporated her fun, colorful, Suzanni and large check fabrics to cheer up this previously drab space.|
|Ireland photographed in her master bedroom in this cozy, canopy bed made with her beautiful, feminine fabrics...|
|Lucky Lindsay Lohan reportedly wanted a bedroom "just like Kathryn's" (as shown above)....as such, she was treated to Ireland's "French and feminine" design treatment of her new cottage-style Beverly Hills home....|
Now, onto designer Jeffrey Alan Marks....
|Marks gave the reigns to his partner (model-turned-designer-in-training?), Ross, to design close friend, model/actress, Amber Valetta's master bedroom....He used a very loud hand-painted hot pink and white abstract design wallpaper for the ceiling and coordinating Phillip Jeffreys hot pink grass cloth for the walls. While I loved the grass cloth walls, I think the rest of the room needed to be tempered a bit more to balance its bold color...I was not a big fan of the loud ceiling, nor was Valetta's husband, evidently. I fear the couple will tire of this design, particularly since they have to look at it every time they are lying in their bed! Perhaps better suited for a smaller room, such as a bathroom.|
|Mark's largest project on the show, the La Jolla home...again, the show's video coverage of this room trumps the photograph. Love the soothing warm taupe palette used throughout this large room with pops of bold colors and lots of feminine accents. Also, love the white chandelier and how it pops against the taupe ceiling...|
|He fabric covered the wall of this little inset nook to create a cozy feel for the otherwise expansive master bedroom...beautiful result! Love the regal, rich, purple colors used against the graphic neutral patterned nook wall.|
|This is my favorite room of the La Jolla home...how ADORABLE is this little girls' room? Love the soft pinks and greens and the graceful, feminine lines of the canopy beds. If you look closely, you can see the darling little pink cowboy boots at the foot of each bed!|
|Nantucket beach house Jeffrey Alan Marks and Ross designed together...the restriction set forth by client: All pieces must come from catalog sources (how pedestrian)! Marks was initially appalled by this requirement since he typically custom designs all furniture used in his homes...but I think he pulled it off quite successfully! I particularly LOVE the blue and white chevron fabric used on the chairs around the round glass table....|
Now, onto Mary's beautiful home re-design...
|Mary, in front of her home...|
|Her lovely outdoor patio, with soothing blues, blue and white Chinoiserie porcelain vases...|
|McDonald's redesign of her own home...LOVE her use of bold apple greens and whites/creams. This has always been a favorite color of mine (used for my bridesmaid dresses in our wedding and recent painting of our master bedroom)|
|McDonald re-purposed her dining room into an office/study. Love her beautiful, ornate gilded desk, but curious about the strange (too-realistic and frankly, scary looking) bust...|
|Her little kitchen nook redesigned...Love the fresh and clean apple green and white palette and Ikat pattern.|
|I love how she kept her black and white painted floors in her kitchen re-do....provides a great backdrop for her apple green chairs and wallpaper..|
|For her master bedroom, McDonald initially planned to use a grey color scheme and gave her hardwoods her signature treatment: painted in a large-scale bold graphic pattern...but then, during a trip to NYC, she discovered the beautiful hand-painted Gracie wallpaper in conflicting robins egg-ish green/blue tones, so she had to re-do her floors with wall-to-wall carpeting, yikes!|
|Despite this glitch in floor design, I LOVED the final outcome of her master. The colors and wallpaper design are so soft, feminine, and peaceful. Love the pops of light pink as well (lamp shades, pillows, flowers)|
|Beautiful detail of her chinoiserie bed...|
|Love her beautiful grey and white master bath. Traditional marble counter tops and polished chrome faucets coordinate seamlessly with more modern grey and white chevron patterned floor.|
|McDonald's final hall design for the Greystone Manor show house. I love the way the black and white checkerboard patterned marble floor (masculine, graphic) plays against the patterns in her blue and white porcelain chinoiserie vases (feminine, organic)|
|I also love the way she incorporated more modern, contemporary artwork into this traditional space. The blue and orange abstract painting here is a fabulous backdrop to her chinoiserie vases...|