The season kicks off with a bang! Full on decorating dilemmas, untold glamor, and of course hysterical situations!
I have a big story in Episode 1 where I revisit my long time client and friend Tamara Mellon. Having recently sold the company she founded, Jimmy Choo, for $850 million Tamara has decided to finish off her apartment with a glamorous or as I like to put it "legendary" dining room and treat her daughter Minty Mellon to a new teenage bedroom!
Of course with Tamara being such a style maven it is essential I design for her a full on sex pit of a dining room that will wow even the most distinguished guests.
You followed our journey through the conception of the designs, the inspirations, the shopping in specialist stores for amazing vintage furniture, and, of course, the much anticipated client reveal!
Along the way however we encountered some major dramas -- a 3000 pound marble and granite custom table bound in bronze that just won't fit into the elevator! A team that just didn't know how to keep to a schedule, and a dastardly manufacturer who runs off with my custom designed fireplace!
YOU are bigger than life and clients are along for the ride! I enjoyed you in this episode. Wish I could work with you or hire you!!
Does anyone have any common sense in the interior design on this show? Or is the purpose just to show how extravagant and tasteless the rich can be? That dining room is garish, out of proportion, poorly planned. Who wants to eat surrounded by red shiny painted walls and black patent leather? It is a joke. I do like that the show actually admitted that someone ripped off the fireplace, and that Martyn covered up the hole in the wall with an ugly gold console. Little minty's room reminds me of those cheap bunk beds with the desk under. Not an original design, and who puts two straight chairs in a child's room with a gold poof in between? The kid needs a comfy reading spot, give her a beanbag, for heaven's sake. This segment was horrible, crass and fake. But what else should one expect from "reality tv."
I love this show. I enjoy watching you guys in action, sharing how you get from A to Z is just crazy. But I have to say, it bothers me a little bit that all of you can't decorate on a budget less than a million dollars?. Some would say anyone can decorate when you can spend that kind of money...just saying. I would like to see what y'all can do on a very tight budget. BTW - you and I share the same last name. Bullard, is not a common last name. See you next week.
Did the Mellon apartment require any reinforcements to the floor to support the very heavy table? I had nightmares about the damange that could be done in that building!
Martyn, After catching a show last season I was hooked!! Actually found myself looking forward to season 2. You have inspired me to push myself, staged a friends home in a "chic" sort of way...they had an offer they accepted in 2weeks... If I lived in New York, I would work for free! If you come to Boston, I would work for free!! Enjoy your show!
Your "cheap bunk bed" criticism is followed by a suggestion to put a BEANBAG in a $30mil home! Also, many would love red lacquer walls in a dining room, even if you are not one of them. There is a reason the show is called "Million dollar decorators" and NOT "Designing for the masses"