Jeffrey Alan Marks

Jeffrey explains why he changed the floors at Hungry Cat and shares his tails from the road.

on Jul 5, 2011

I've spent the last week in Aspen, Colorado, taking in all the town has to offer. Ross and I have hiked, biked, walked, shopped, dined, met up with old friends, and made some really great new ones. I even managed to fit in a little work. At every turn we have been met by people who want to tell us how much they love the show. We have met Kathryn fans, and Mary fans, and design fans, people that have no interest in design at all, wives and husbands, kids, and one lovely grandmother from Texas who was very concerned that Ross and I had broken up as a result of last weeks "war of the sconces," she was delighted to discover Ross was only buying a bottle of water from Peaches Corner Café and not gone all together. So I have to say to all the lovely people in Aspen for the 4th, thanks for being so hospitable.

On this week's episode of the show the Hungry Cat construction is progressing pretty well, but I felt very strongly that it was essential to the design scheme to rip out the old floors and replace them with what I felt was the right floor for the space. The "Frenchy" bistro tile was just wrong and did not make sense to the overall scheme. I think more often than not it is important to push to get your vision turned into a reality, the end result almost always is even better than what you imagine and that is a really satisfying.

What I liked most about this weeks show is that, to me, it shows all the cast members doing what they do best. Martyn and Kathryn are both so at home in their native England, they are so happy and relaxed (and they found some really beautiful things, which is always fun to watch). I want the sofa that Kathryn put on the landing in the country house and what a beautiful house it is. I’ve found myself in "that meeting" that Mary was in where you think to yourself, "Why did you call me?" The gym in the entry of the house would be a deal breaker for me too. Mary made the right decision not to take on the job. She knew she would not be able to do what she does best in that particular situation. As everyone in Aspen has said to me all week long "We love what you and your castmates do, so keep doing it because we want to see more."