Cast Blog: #MDD

By the Books

An 'I Love Mary' Episode

Mary McDonald on Jewels

A Bravo Special in the Making

Jeffrey Looks Back on Season Two

Martyn Wraps Up the Season

Martyn on the Perfect Pub

Lindsay Lohan is a Dream Client

2013: The Year of JAM's Collaborations

Lindsay Lohan on 'Million Dollar Decorators'

Outfits Make the Episode

Exuding the Elegance of the Era

Publication vs. Posterity

This Old (Huge Mansion) House

Single and Awkwardly Embracing It

Stacey Dash Is Fabulous

Grey Days

Martyn and Stacey Dash Get Creative

Mary, Monika, and No Sense of Humor

The Joy of Collaboration

Pillow Fights and Granny Chairs For Ross

Martyn and Michael

Martyn's Not My Frenemy

Jeffrey Alan Marks: Master Chef

Kathryn Does Dallas

Martyn, Mary, and India Inspiration

Speaking Kathryn's Language

On an Eye Roll

Dropping Jeffrey's Type-A Personality

As the Botox Brow Strains

Kathryn Swears (and She's Sorry)

Chewbacca Versus Monty

Tamara Mellon's Sex Pit

JAM's Favorite Projects

Only Good Clients

Just Say No

In a Blink

Live, Love, and Decorate

The End of the Road

Making Frankenstein

A Little R&R

By the Books

Jeffrey shares advice on how to break into design and what he learned in this episode.

I have been approached by a large number of people since the show started that ask me the same question, "If I want to become a decorator what should I do?" My answer is "Go to school." The Interior Design industry is overrun with people with no formal training that call themselves designers. The result is a world of of weak design by people who don’t know Willy Rizzo from Wile E. Coyote. While I don't believe you can teach good taste, knowing the history of design, art, and architecture are essential if you plan on becoming a really great decorator. And that is only the beginning. Anybody watching the show will know by now that the job is far more difficult than one would believe it to be, and if you don't know your way around an architectural plan it does not end well. Even I, with a solid design and architecture education, have difficulty dealing with hurdles that come my way from time to time. I really can't stress enough the value of a good foundation when considering a career in design.

The idea of getting an education in what ever you aim to do in life is a lesson I should have taken to heart before I began shooting MDD. I should have studied Reality TV in greater depth. Having watched this week's episode I feel like I should have drowned myself in the bathtub for being such an ass! It's not a pretty thing watching that unpleasant fight with Ross and all of the ensuing drama. I don't enjoy any kind of conflict, I like a peaceful environment where I can design beautiful projects for really nice people that appreciate good design. Let's face it, the road to a good end product is paved with obstacles and from time to time it gets ugly and it really got ugly in this episode for Ross and I. Kathryn, too, is dealing with the unattractive side of the industry. Her job in Malibu is getting sour fast, and it does not seem like it's about to get better any time soon.

I think the best way to judge a decorator is to look at their own home. It is the truest expression of their aesthetic because they are doing exactly what they want to do in their own environment. Looking at my bathroom in this week's episode I can't help but think to myself how pretty it is. It so clearly speaks my design language. It is exactly the way I want it to look, and it represents the kind of work I like to do. So I would hope that my clients would love my house as much as I do. When looking for a decorator it is vital to find someone who's work speaks to you, because the reality of the decorating business is that the decorator is always going to want to put their specific stamp on the job and that every client wants to do the same. The closer you can get to a unified vision at the onset the more likely you are to have a successful partnership on a project and the less likely you are to have difficulty along the way.

Ross and I are off to Aspen for the 4th of July. Happy trails to you!