Million Dollar Decorators: Martyn Lawrence Bullard

By Megan Buerger
There's a moment during the finale of last season's Million Dollar Decorators when designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard describes his sister's pub he decorated in their hometown of Chislehurst, England as having "modern glamour as its essence."

These are the moments Bullard fans live for. Beloved for his extravagant disposition and signature catchphrase -- everything is "delicious," from silk draperies to stiff cocktails -- the Bravo star is a highness of Hollywood and boasts a client list that includes Cher and Elton John. His stories are even richer than his designs. ("Cher's houses are like stage sets. They're just mad," he says. "For her pied-à-terre, she told me she wanted to feel like the first wife of a maharaja.")

Bullard moved to Los Angeles in his early 20s to become an actor and wound up playing a gigolo opposite Eartha Kitt in a film called I Woke Up Early the Day I Died. "It was total madness," he says, "but this is how my life tends to go: a series of moments where I'm thinking, 'How the hell did I end up here?'"

He began hosting dinner parties at his Hollywood home that he says he "decorated from flea markets on a dime." It wasn't long before people began asking him to decorate their offices and residences. Then, the Bel Air bungalow he designed for supermodel Cheryl Tiegs landed in nearly every major design magazine. And the rest is history. Delicious history.

Now 45, the success of Million Dollar Decorators has helped turn Bullard from a designer into a brand. He's launching his own clothing line in the fall -- called MLB -- that will reflect his personal style: tailored English gentleman with a little rock 'n' roll.

As for the Bravo series, Bullard has only one regret: "I now know I need to get on a diet for next season, but that's life."


Martyn Lawrence Bullard answers our TV survey:

What's the movie that no matter what time it is, or what you're doing, you'll watch if it's on TV?
Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell. It's an interior design frenzy with hilarious one liners and high-camp sets.

What is your "guilty pleasure" TV show?
Shahs of Sunset and Downton Abbey

Do people come up to you to talk about your show? What do they say?
Design fans are amazing and approach me all the time with their questions and ideas. It's really flattering and usually great fun. Lots of guys want to take pictures with me to show their girlfriends who make them watch the show.

Suit jacket by H&M, shirt by Brooks Brothers, scarf by Paul Smith and chain by Cartier.

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