Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Martyn discusses Jeffrey and Ross' coffee table debacle and explains how to avoid it.

on Jul 12, 20110

Jeffrey and Ross however make a very expensive mistake for themselves when they become emotionally attached to a John Dickinson vintage table that they want for their own home. The table, a fine specimen of Dickinson's work, seems in great demand and they end up in a battle to prize it back from a buyer, who beats them to the purchase at the San Francisco antiques show. Once home with their prized piece however, Jeffrey finds the table scale is far from what he had imagined for the space, and finally after many permutations, ends up re-purposing it to become a side table, which is what it was originally designed as. Yes, an expensive side table, an expensive mistake too, but fortunately it's a great piece that I'm sure will end up as an investment some day. 

The lesson to learn here is always do a room plan, scale it out, and roughly draw in the furniture pieces you have in that space currently. Then you can clearly see the size you need to fill in with a desk, bookcase, or coffee table as in Jeffrey's case. If you take this plan with you when shopping, you can instantly tell if a piece is too big, too small, or actually perfect. A good designer's first talent (hopefully) is an understanding of space and scale. 

So my delicious ones, learn from my tip, avoid your own expensive mistakes, and as always -- live, love, and decorate!

X MLB  

 

20 comments
instapop.com
instapop.com

I love Martyn. He has all the sparkle in the world. He can pull a beautiful room out of his a**. Martyn makes it look easy. Bravo is lucky to have him;)

sydney626
sydney626

Does anyone have any idea where I might be able to find the fabric for the curtains he used in the hotel? They are perfection!!!

Maca
Maca

I love you... you are the best part of the show.

Warene Fletcher
Warene Fletcher

Martyn..........please show us your whole house! Only saw a little bit as you bid farewell to your sweet little doggie. Is his/her name DELICIOUS???? Say Hi to KI, my second favorate!!

Susie Q.
Susie Q.

You and KI are my favs - SO TALENTED!!!!! I love your demeanor - so kind.....and funny! And yes you DID do a great job DESIGNING The Colony!!!! I am going to miss the show sooooooooooo much!

lorraine73
lorraine73

@queenofshades: How wrong you are that "most architects know very little about interior design". Who are these architects you know who are design-ignorant? I know many architects who have fabulous design sense. One of the most famous American architects (not that I knew him) is Frank Lloyd Wright. His building designs sometimes included designing furniture and even china patterns for a space. Those designs still hold up and influence furniture, fixtures and fabric designs of today. What did he think of interior designers? (Not that I agree completely) - He called them "interior destroyers".

tammy23
tammy23

Love, Love, Love, MLB!!!! My husband and I tune in every week just to see you. You're not only incredibly talented, but you're an amazing human being. I'm saying this because you're so kind and gracious to everyone you meet - from the chauffeur in Mexico to your millionaire client in New York. We're in love with MLB!! Bravo needs to give you your own show!

Mrsluckycat
Mrsluckycat

Love the ethnic, eclectic suite redo Martyn. The rooms are homey, fun, rich, yet so comfortable-casually chic. I adore you...please come back soon. Can't believe the season is almost over..) :

queenofshades
queenofshades

@ Lorraine73..When an interior designer states that they designed a hotel or a house or a room, most everyone knows that they are talking about the interior and not the actual building. Alternatively, most architects know very little about interior design which is an art unto itself. Great interior design enhances the architecture and many times corrects the faux pas in architectural structures that make no living sense. The architect and the designer need to respect each other as their successful marriage of talents is what awes people out of mediocrity in living.

Mary Podgurski
Mary Podgurski

I jadore that you all get along so well it appears and the dynamic between you and Kathryn is priceless! You are brilliant beyond and have a fantastic energy, Many blessings and come back soon!

cindy8w
cindy8w

You make me laugh out loud darling. Your "quintessential" idea of a room that exudes "sex" is interesting.

Bubblin' Crude
Bubblin' Crude

I LOVE having you in my living room every week, Martyn! Don't go away! When does the next season start?

HOUSEandGARDEN
HOUSEandGARDEN

MLB...you re the MOST entertaining person on this show. I could listen to you endlessly. Your design of the suite looked beautiful, and your scenes with Kathryn are fantastic. Loved how you finally found her fast asleep...Congratulations on another successful design, and thank you for sharing your fab style with us. You must come back for another season. You are divine!

lorraine73
lorraine73

Please stop saying things like "I designed this hotel". No you didn't. An architect (or more likely, a team of architects) designed the hotel. You decorate interiors. That means that you don't decide on the siting, the roof pitch, the finish materials or the floor plan, the reflected ceiling plan, or any of the other things that go into building design. You decide what furniture goes into the space. If you had to go through the licensing exam to become an architect, you'd realize what a slap in the face it is to architects for NON building designers to constantly lay claim to designing buildings.

Patty Apple
Patty Apple

Martyn - How I Love! Love! Love You! I love how you walk into a room and make the magic happen! You need your own show! Thanks for great design and personality! Blessings!!!

Viewer525
Viewer525

Love you - love your designs.. would love it if you put together a where to shop for us Angelenos and those who are visiting...

Julie Smith
Julie Smith

For heaven's sakes.....that is probably the BEST Comfort Inn in the country!! Go visit one in LA! I bet you will find much worse.

NC does offer the finest in hotels...including the Ritz Carlton. Better make reservations ahead of time in the future.

P.S. I loved you until I saw your comments! Very judgmental indeed! I expected more from you!

Kim Hinnkle
Kim Hinnkle

LOVE YOU!! You and Kathryn are such fun together!! Love the room you created for a buget of 50K. Beatilfully done!! Love the curtains, they were my fav.

Viewer1271
Viewer1271

I LOVE LOVE LOVE U ! u r the best designer on the show, if it wasn't for u I wouldn't watch it. leila- xox