This morning, I had the pleasure of attending a press breakfast at High Point Market featuring keynote speaker Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, whom we've featured several times on the site for his decor work, fabulous role on Million Dollar Decorators, and new book Live, Love & Decorate.
This morning, Martyn told some fantastic decorating stories about some of his celebrity clients, including Ozzy Osbourne, Cher, and Kid Rock. Curious about the inner decorating lives of Martyn's star clientele? Here were some of my favorite stories.
- Cheryl Tiegs's '50s bungalow had eight-feet-tall ceilings until Martyn transformed them into sweeping 26-feet-tall ceilings.
- Cheryl Tiegs's fireplace is actually made from architectural salvage from a New York building — complete with gargoyles.
- Martyn noted that if Cher wasn't an actress, she'd be an interior designer.
- Cher's design directive for Martyn when designing her apartment was the following: "I want to be the first wife of the maharaja."
- Martyn described client Joe Francis's business as "unusual." (Joe is the man behind the Girls Gone Wild videos.)
- When decorating Joe Francis's home in Mexico, a truck full of furniture was "kidnapped" and held for ransom, and Martyn had to bring a suitcase full of money to recover it.
Keep reading for more stories about Martyn's decorating adventures.
- Ozzy Osbourne sleeps in a bed with a lavender upholstered headboard and silver canopy. (His wife, Sharon, picked it out.)
- Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have a great collection of impressionist artwork.
- Ellen Pompeo wanted a light, airy home with a bit of a midcentury vibe for her house — which is three doors down from Martyn's home.
- Kid Rock's dining table is made from sections of a French winery's floor.
- Martyn decorated Kid Rock's beautiful house to have a masculine Indonesian feel that felt as if you were on vacation or safari.
- Cher's bed in her main home was purchased by Martyn at an MGM auction. It was featured in many movies, but it was first built for Rudolph Valentino's second wife, Natacha Rambova.
- Martyn's own home had many Hollywood residents, including Gloria Swanson and William Faulkner.
Do you love these stories as much as I do? Then pick up a copy of new book Live, Love & Decorate, where Martyn shares these stories and many more!