Kathryn Ireland

Kathryn Ireland describes the cameraderie between the decorators, and her much-needed rest, courtesy of Martyn.

on Jul 12, 20110

As an overview, this episode really showcases the soft underbelly of camaraderie and goodwill that exists between professional rivals in the otherwise back-biting, competitive world of interior design. But on MDD this week, Mary helps Nathan, Martyn rescues me, and the great Suzanne Tucker saves the day for Jeffrey and Ross.

Nathan Turner, meanwhile, heads to the Elite Leather factory to inspect the manufactured prototype designs for his furniture line. Unfortunately, there has been a miscalculation in the dimensions for the bolsters on one of his sofas. Dubbed “Frankenstein arms,” Nathan’s Elite rep assures him the problem will be fixed in time for the furniture show in High Point, NC. Nathan is understandably concerned. The High Point event is the “high point” of every furniture designer’s year. What London’s Decorex is for fabrics and what ArtBasel means for modern and contemporary art, the High Point Market is the bi-annual furniture exhibition where American retailers buy inventory for the year. Mary joins Nathan for the journey to North Carolina where they check into their hotel and waste no time acting out their Scarlett and Ashley Gone with the Wind fantasies as they ascend the Comfort Inn staircase. (Come to think of it, Mary bares more than a passing resemblance to Scarlett O’Hara –- witty, resourceful, witchy, and beguiling.) When Nathan encounters his sofa at the Elite showroom at Market, the Frankenstein arms are gone and have been replaced with perfect round bolsters. Mary helps Nathan re-stage the presentation of his furnishings before the very important Bloomingdale's sales team arrives and it’s a huge success. Nathan loves it. Elite loves it.  Most critically, Bloomingdale’s loves it. Mary wasn’t in High Point to simply fluff and tease Nathan’s booth however –- she was also debuting her own fabulous lighting line.  Afterwards, Ashley and Scarlett celebrate at an authentic Southern diner. This is where Mary diverges from role model Scarlett O’Hara. Scarlett dug turnips out of the red clay with her bare hands and ate them raw before shaking her fist at the heavens. As God as my witness, Mary was positively squeamish about tasting a little ole hushpuppy.  

22 comments
RunnnerGuy38
RunnnerGuy38

Thank you to Bravo for giving us "Million Dollar Decorators." It has been almost 10 years since you've given us a show that we want to watch. "Boy meets Boy" was genius, and the original "Real Housewives of Orange County" was good. Those ladies (except Vicky) looked as though they were going to be a real life version of "Desperate Housewives;" most of them had husbands and children. They were real women with real problems. Yeah, it wasn't always smooth sailing, but they were an honest portrayal of families in the early 21st Century. Then Dr. Slade became Mr. Hyde, and the series degerated from "house wives" to spoiled petulant fame-seeking prostitutes. I haven't watched the "house wives" other than New Jersey, because, again, all of these women seemed real.

Nobody wants to watch Jeff Lewis. After he lost Dale and Ryan, there is no need to waste my time on that show.

Million Dollar Listing could be good. Thanks for getting rid of Chad; I don't want anyone handling business for me if he has never heard of "Dorian Grey."

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for giving us Kathryn, Martyn, and Jeff and Ross. They are real people, and they are so sympathetic. They really work for their clients, and they don't treat the television viewers as though we are stupid. (For your marketing department's demographics, I am a member of Mensa. I drive a Mercedes (just a small C class one), drink Ketel One Vodka, and have most of my clothes made for me by Armani.)

If I have to hear the "Countess" comment one more time on what is "classy," I'll puke. I know many people who have much finer pedigrees than hers, and they NEVER talk about it, and they certainly don't appear on television in blouses that are unbuttoned down to her knee caps.

Over the last few seasons Bravo TV had been declining into the last stop for M list celebrities before they shipped them to some sort of tent community in the desert. With "Million Dollar Decorators" and "Million Dollar Lisings (both LA and NYC), you should be getting a call any day now from Madonna on what she needs to do to "reinvent" herself.

Yes, I am one of the sucessful (totally closeted) young men in the middle of the country who doesn't really have the option of being open about his sexual orientation. Nobody ever just picks me out, and it would really harm my business if I were honest. (I did think that it was interesting that Madison was concerned that-if he lived life as an openly gay man in WEST HOLLYWOOD -that it might hurt his business.) Imagine my work environment.

As I said, I am a businessman, and you have ad time to sell for your shows. There are gay men and women who have money to spend with the companies brave enough to sponsor shows that depict us as we REALLY are. I know that it is another network, but I have no idea who watches RuPaul. I totally respect her right to be the person she wants to be, but I am not going to watch it; so I have no idea who her sponsors are.

Please, please, please give us more of Kathryn, Martyn, Jeffery (JAM-as Ross calls him) and Ross. Watching what they do for their clients is interesting, and the way that they interact with them is interesting, BUT the truth is that they just look good doing it on your network. And-one more request-offer Cheyenne Jackson a guest slot on "See what happens....." wearing nothing but a towel!!

Thank you again. What you bring into my home gives me hope for what my life could be if I work hard and become proficient enough at my profession (finance) that I am offered a high paying job in a very, very large city in the US.

Grace Elana
Grace Elana

Love, love MDD. I knew a show featuring such great talent would be visually amazing to watch, but what a nice surprise when everyone on MDD ends up being hilarious, haughty (in a good way) and real. You absolutely need to come back for many, many more episodes.

ROB IN ATLANTA
ROB IN ATLANTA

I love YOU! and the show, there has to be another season!! I'm not ready for it to end!

MB Housewife
MB Housewife

Love your show. I have gotten some great ideas! I can't wait until next season. Cheers!

ROBERT IN ATLANTA
ROBERT IN ATLANTA

Your presentation on outdoor living at Americasmart was wonderful. I am so glad I had the chance to meet you. I think you are so hilarious on the show, but you are even funnier in person, no to mention thinner. You looked great. Hopefully you will be doing many more seasons to come. Can't wait.

Dianne Petrina
Dianne Petrina

It was so nice meeting you last night! I rushed home to Orange County and went through your new book. How beautiful! If I was a millionaire, I'd live right next door to you! Can hardly wait till next season! Why aren't you in France now?

Warene Fletcher
Warene Fletcher

This is the only reality show with likable and truly talented people. Martyn is the sexiest man ever, no wonder you enjoy his company! My daughter told me about the show and I am ever grateful. Enjoy the summer and have a cocktail, or two, for me!

DivaDebbi
DivaDebbi

So sad the show ends next week. Hope beyond hope that Bravo will renew MDD.Kathryn you are divine! Shannon is a madwoman. You are a saint. I adore your relationship with Martyn. I think you are both brilliant beyond. The best thing about MDD is 1) that all of you are the real deal, at the top of your game, designing for big names and big money 2) the respect and commraderie that all of you have for eachother. Soooo refreshing after all the HHW nonsense, fighting and bankruptcies. Well done!!! All the best...

Gail M
Gail M

Oh yes please let this show go on and on. All the different characters are good. But love Martin and Kathryn.

anna hines
anna hines

Katherine i adore you! You are so real and quirky...I have two of your books and will get the book about your home in France next. I am so sad that the show is almost over...I name you Saint Katherine for putting up with Shannon!

Susie Q.
Susie Q.

Please please please do not end!!! I pray Bravo will give u and Martyn your own show - u 2 r the BEST!!!!!

M. Conte
M. Conte

Kathryn, I love love love your work. I'm ordering some of your textiles. I'll have to settle for a couple of pillows just to have a little Kathryn Ireland in my home.

silkgeisha
silkgeisha

Kathryn, you are my fav because you are not uppity - I hope MDD returns for the season 2 and of course you as well.

Viewerly
Viewerly

I would love to see more pictures of your beautiful house...down to the clutter on your bureau in your walk in closet! Your taste is beautiful; i can't wait to see the Factor house. I haven't been this inspired since i discovered mary emmerling.

HOUSEandGARDEN
HOUSEandGARDEN

Totally LOVE you, and the scenes with you and Martyn in Desert Palm were priceless! Love your style, textiles, your wit and beauty, your love of life...and your love of food and cocktails! You are divine! So sad the show will be over.

mont30
mont30

kathryn, you and Martyn are my favorites!

Jessica In Japan
Jessica In Japan

I love watching you more than anyone else on Bravo!!! I can't believe next week will be the season finale!! I am sad beyond words... oh what will I do. I guess wait for next season! Anyways just wanted to say you have been such a joy to watch.... If I were a millionaire you would be my decorator.

Dianne Petrina
Dianne Petrina

I can't believe the season is over already with next week! When does the new season start? That was way too short! Whatever am I going to do with the rest of summer without Kathryn?

hines057
hines057

Kathryn, please forgive me. I blogged on the first episode some not kind feelings bout you. I am sorry. You are the most down to earth, funny, unpretentious person on the show. You make it worth watching. Well Martyn also.

Scott P
Scott P

Kathryn,

What a joy you are to watch! Your talents are not tarnished by any attitude or pretense. So real. Thank you for sharing a bit of your life with the "us".

RealViewer
RealViewer

You are too too adorable! I must meet you before I leave this world....although, if I do get the chance, I most likely will forget my name and act silly. Miss Ireland.....I don't know what it is about you but your magic does not escape me. I can't stand it that next week's episode will be the last. Please tell me/us that we will see you again!