Kathryn Ireland

Kathryn discusses her favorite parts of the show and what advice she wishes she took before filming.

on May 31, 20110

So finally the show is here!!! Decorating under the affluence!

If only I had taken Margaret Russell's (Editor-in-Chief Of Architectural Digest) advice and insisted on hair and makeup, not to mention losing 15 pounds before the show was taped instead of after, I would have no negative comments.

I love the show. Martyn was born for TV, the way he makes fun of himself but at the same time is highly professional and gets the job done. He and I go back many years; I'm a huge fan of his work. Nathan was a regular guest at The Libby Ranch in Ojai before selling to Reese Witherspoon. His genius as a cook is only surpassed by his extraordinary eye for antiques. And, as we are neighbors in our Almont Yard showrooms in West Hollywood, so I get sneak peaks at all of his new treasures. Jeffrey lives close to me in Santa Monica, and my Saturday bike ride takes me past Jeffrey and Ross's front door -- the perfect place to stop for a cup of coffee. Their house is ravishing, everything is always immaculately in place, despite the two labs bounding around -- it's the opposite of my house, with my one little Jack Russell. (Well, I suppose I do have three teenage boys.) Mary is hilarious, self-deprecating, and doesn't take herself so seriously, all the traits I love in a woman. It should also be said that she's perfectly turned out at all times.

I really enjoyed following my fellow cast members storylines. What I find most compelling about MDD is how the diversity to all our lives keeps the show moving really fast. Martyn's reference to his heavily Botoxed forehead and Mary's comment on her client's divorce, "I thought you were going to tell me something really bad had happened, like you lost all your money" still make me laugh. My own boys and Jacqueline never fail to amuse me, even as they are driving me nuts. If I could just teach them all to tidy up after themselves (and that includes Jacqueline!), life would be so much less stressful at home. But chaos is all that I know and, somehow, I thrive in it. Having had three boys in less than four years, I've certainly learned how to think fast on my feet. Although it seems as though my car is actually my office as I migrate daily between my warehouse and showroom, finding a way to work out of the house and being around for the boys is a top priority.

This docu-soap is well-shot and edited. Having worked in the film business before I became an interior designer, I can certainly appreciate what it takes to get anything on the screen. Rich Bye and his team have delivered a wildly entertaining show. If this is a preview of what's to come, I'm already hooked!

27 comments
hifromnyc
hifromnyc

I love this show and the people: fabulous, creative, humorous! I really enjoy listening to you. You're very engaging with a terrific personality and style!

Mimi
Mimi

LOVE the show. Think you, your family and of course, Jacqueline are fabulous! I also love your genius with color and design. Look forward to every show. Oh yes, I wish with all my heart that I had a home you could design, could afford you and, wish wish wish I had chosen design school.

Suzanne J. Bye
Suzanne J. Bye

Love, love, love this show. It's production values are fantastic and it takes me into a world I would never be a part of in my own life. It's totally sumptous for me. Love you Kathryn, and love the other decorators. What great characters and such talented people. Love this view of life and decorating.

rosebuddy
rosebuddy

Found your book, and I just love it!

Ursula b
Ursula b

Sensational tv. Can't wait for next week.! What size was that vintage bra? DoubleG?? Xo

Alex1974
Alex1974

Kathryn you are so fabulous! I love you on the show! And your housekeeper is a riot!

Alex1974
Alex1974

Kathryn you are so fabulous! I love you on the show! And your housekeeper is a riot!

so tired
so tired

You and the show are my new guilty pleasures and give me much to look forward. Thank you for being so hilariously sexy and interesting...

laustone
laustone

Yes, Bravo hit the bull's eye with this one. Glamour, fun, creativity. Interesting people doing interesting things. Love it.

frangie647
frangie647

You're so Charming! Please do not get a stylist ! I love that you're being yourself and not acting like a elitist pompous jerk like one of your peers. Thank you for that! I couldn't have watched the show and I have been looking forward to it. Can't wait to get to know you and your designs better! Best Wishes

Siri
Siri

Do not worry about hair and make-up etc. We love you exactly the way you are. It is so offputting to see "reality" television shows with "perfect" people who never have a bad-hair day and seem to have no facial movements. You are the star of this show, and it is because you appear totally genuine.

HOUSEandGARDEN
HOUSEandGARDEN

I LOVE LOVE YOUR HOUSE!! Just adore your House & Garden! I immediately went on to your web site and am now a true new fan of your work. I love India and France, and adore your line of textiles and patterns. They are sumptuous! Your personality is a breath of fresh air....oh, and so is Jacqueline's!!! She is a hoot!

joe t
joe t

u have a great spirt about yourself that comes across on TV,, and how u enjoy life! a great breath of fresh air for bravo,, to have a cast like this,,,

Lara in Texas
Lara in Texas

This show is my newest addiction! You are charismatic and energetic - everything I love in a favorite! I am a classy, cussing mother of teenagers just like you. I felt an instant connection. Congrats on the new show. I can't wait for next week!

B Norvell
B Norvell

Love the show, and love you too! Your family life is adorable. Your style is delicious. I love that each one of you is so different and so good at what you all do. I've been on your website today and enjoyed seeing all the beautiful patterns of fabric and wallpaper etc.

salona
salona

I absolutely love your style - the color, comfort and patterns are a dream to the eye. I want to see more!

Do you have any decorating tips for fans of your aesthetic?

rosebuddy
rosebuddy

Where would I find your book?

RF
RF

Hi Kathryn. I just wanted to let you know that I love your style and have for years. I never knew that you had three sons though and was excited to see them (and see them cook!) as I am now pregnant with my second son and always am looking for creative all boy families. You have a beautiful home and a gorgeous family.

ATLCPL
ATLCPL

We watched you last night and both fell in love with you! You are the brightest star in the designer sky as far as we are concerned. Your housekeeper reminds us of Rosairo on Will and Grace and your kids seem great! Looking forward to seeing much more of you!

MiaS
MiaS

Boy, am I glad that I stumbled upon this show. I LOVE IT! Can't wait for the next one.

Kathryn-glad you and your friends are doing this docu soap. It is terrific!

Sue in Seattle
Sue in Seattle

The best Bravo show ever! All the interesting and smart characters. And they're well-dressed -- did a Beverly Hills Housewife ever wear linen? It was such a relief from all the over-dressed, over-loud, under-brained Housewives. The finished houses and retail spaces made my mouth water. I hope Bravo does a Real Decorators show from every city!

smitten
smitten

i love you! i am now walking around my house in Alabama trying to talk like you with your wonderful accent and use of language! so much fun! love love love!

Trishagee
Trishagee

I completely enjoyed you on the show, everything about you, I also adore your family (I also have three boys so it's good to know that the craziness is not spared on me!) and Jaqueline!!! I think you need your own TV Show! I agree everyone seems so much fun, can't wait to see you next week! (sorry must leave now, off to order your book)

Sandi247
Sandi247

Love the Show and love your fabric!

Julie Cottrell
Julie Cottrell

Kathryn, I LOVE seeing you on tv! I bought your book a couple weeks ago because it was recommended to me since I am heading to the south of France in June (Mountbatten) and it was a surprise to me when I turned on Bravo and there you and your precious boys were! I LOVED your beautiful book!! I hope you will do another!

What a sweet spirit you have and I love, love, love your prints and style. You go girl! I am hooked on the show now, definitely!! I'll be watching because you're on!