Cast Blog: #MDD

Kathryn Swears (and She's Sorry)

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

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

North South Carolina

Kathryn Swears (and She's Sorry)

Kathryn shares why she didn't move to Ojai (it involves Reese Witherspoon) and apologizes for her language.

A lot has happened since Season 1. Oscar graduated and landed his first job as a production assistant working on Lincoln, the recently released and extraordinary Spielberg movie. Otis just started Loyola Marymount University, and Louis is at University of Arizona -- party college! Jacqueline continues to irritate me with her cleaning skills -- or lack of.

What better way to kick off Season 2, but with us ladies going on a wine tasting trip to San Ynez? I am working on a fantastic project in Ojai for an English client of mine. The property has an iconic house designed by the legendary architect Wallace Neff. I was drawn to Ojai some years ago when I bought and restored the Libby Ranch, but with my boys not wanting to leave Santa Monica I sold it on to Reese Witherspoon. This area is close to my heart.

There is something magical about the valley that is surrounded by the Topi Topi Mountains. With Jacqueline in tow, on our way to a long, overdue retreat we stop off to see how the project is progressing. My brother Robert is project managing the work and being his older sister I am constantly having to crack the whip. We are some months in, but with only six weeks left before my client arrives. The heat is on!

My client chose me as the interior designer because of the book I authored, Creating A Home, which documented the restoration of the Libby Ranch. Bought the book, then wanted to buy the house. At that point it wasn't for sale and it was by chance that she found this house. The bones were there, but in the '70s much of the original detailing had been removed and ghastly glass chandeliers installed. Not at all in keeping with the 1920s structure.

My favorite challenge in my profession is to restore life and soul to ailing buildings. My client was a dream to work with. Once she had approved the remodeling and design boards, she left my team and me alone. And being in England, she did leave us alone. The biggest part of the work was remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms. Updating plumbing can be challenging.

Jacqueline was not at all interested in seeing what I get up to during the day. She was desperate to get to the wineries. We tour a bunch of them. And wherever we go, Jacqueline finds attractive men. It was my first visit to Bacara, the extraordinary resort north of Santa Barbara over looking the ocean. I could have done with a few more days there, but as always my extremely busy life keeps me on the go: the fabric business -- we are now hand printing in-house, clients --  a bunch of new jobs on the horizon, and of course my boys!

Here's to a great long awaited Season 2. There's much drama and much decorating, but we all need a big smack on the bottom -- way too much swearing!!!

Mary McDonald on Jewels

Mary knows that the focus of this episode was her extensive jewelry collection.

This episode was clearly hinging upon my fabulous jewelry. . .obviously. . .

I know, I know I keep it all in those plastic trays? Wel. . .for now yes. I honestly have so much it needs to be color-coded and then put in drawers. This house doesn't really have room for all of my glamor. But BTW how can Lavin never had heard of Live Aid, even if he wasn't alive?

I need to overshadow my cast with this riveting episode about my personal jewels and stay silent regarding their stories -- except for Ross and Jeffrey who actually were made for Nantucket. Good job boys. See you both there this summer that's for sure.

X M

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