Repeatedly named one of the world’s Top 100 Designers by Architectural Digest, Los Angeles-based designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard has designed homes for Hollywood notables including Sir Elton John, Cher, and Eva Mendes. Oh, and you may know him from Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators. Known for a broad range of styles and eclectic, sophisticated and inviting interiors, Martyn recently released a new line of fabrics. The Topkapi Collection is a cohesive grouping of bold Middle Eastern influenced patterns inspired by the stunning architecture and interior of the Topkapi Palace. We knew we needed to send Martyn our #5MinutesWith questionnaire to learn more about his inspiration. Plus, see some of our favorites from the collection in the slideshow!
MY LIGHTBULB MOMENT:
When I realized that decorating could actually be a business and not just my obsession!
I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
I have a morning cuddle in my bed with my baby girl… Daisy, the most beautiful wheaten terrier!
Happiness and contentment, looking forward to your day because you love what you do, and always looking forward with intrigue and excitement.
YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
A watch, even though I actually tell time with my iPhone. I love watches and feel naked without one.
MY DREAM COLLABORATION:
Would be with the late Renzo Mongiardino, he was a master decorator with the most remarkable passion for theatrics. Of today’s decorators, it would be Jacques Grange. His eye for the rare and exquisite is so finely tuned and precisely refined.
THE ONLY PLACE BETTER THAN LOS ANEGELS:
Would have to be Ballyfin Demesne in County Laois, Ireland. This magnificent country estate, once home to the Dukes of Wellington, is now an expertly run hotel of the very finest standard. The idea of living in such old school splendor thrills me to no end. Downton Abbey is relived in every last delicious detail!
WHEN I FEEL UNISPIRED:
In dark, drab, winter days when it’s drizzling rain; I need the sun and light to spark my imagination and fuel my creativity.
ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
Get the best accountants you can find to run your business. Understanding finances and how to plan for your fiscal year as well as your future is vital to a business and your mental well-being. It’s all about the accountant and accounting!
IN 5 YEARS, FIND ME:
Living between LA, London and some very remote spot where no one can find me! I love and thrive on city life, along with living bicontinental and the thrill that all that has to offer. On the other hand, I do need a little hide out where no one can find me and I recharge my batteries every so often, to rejuvenate my soul and refill my creative juices. I look forward to finding that spot; the 5 year plan!
ABOVE ALL ELSE:
I believe in my motto, “live, love, and decorate”. Live every day as if it’s your last, love with a passion as deep as the ocean, and decorate with total abandon.