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Speaking Kathryn's Language

Kathryn shares her dramas on the install and her thoughts on Mary and Martyn's conflict.

By Kathryn Ireland

I actually can cook! So my morning didn't start off so great and my eggs a la Aga turned into a Benihana extravaganza. The boys will have to look after Jacqueline while I go to Ojai to install the Wallace Neff house I am working on.

During this episode, I shop for antiques at the amazing shops Los Angeles has to offer -- one of my favorites being Galerie Half. Cameron and Cliff have a great eye and understand and appreciate the sophistication of furniture of a "Certain Age." My client not being in the states while all this work was going on leaves many of the details to her right hands. Carl Perkins and his business partner Jamie Styler have a concierge company -- Quo Vadis, (such a good name). Between them they manage properties for their foreign clients and as both are fellow Brits we speak the same language -- well almost.

Jacqueline somehow manages to break her ankle, which is fun for neither of us. She is bedridden for most of the series and becomes more and more demanding. But she is family, so I know the boys will look after her and make sure she is fed and watered.

The Ojai install doesn't run as smoothly as hoped. The master bedroom bed has issues, one of the trucks, with of course the key pieces arrives last instead of first. My clients arrival delay is a huge relief and giving me and my brother/project manager Robert and my right hand Jen time to fix a few things.

Enough of me. . .my fellow decorators are hard at it. Ross oversees the redesign of Amber Valletta's lovely house, which is actually not far from mine and which I in fact nearly bought many years ago. Jeffrey has other more important things to do! I'm looking forward to what Ross does to this space. I know that color is key and keeping Amber's husband happy is a number one priority.

Martyn and Mary prepare for their travels to India where they are together going to design a "holiday array" to sell on line. The drama is limited to Mary not being happy with her initial presentation and wanting to make sure her table top voice is heard.

It was a fun episode and if I may say so myself, I look rather chic and well put-together when shopping for rugs. . .

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