Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Million Dollar Decorators: My Take on Episode 2

Jeffrey Alan Marks worked on his LaJolla install.  Furniture alone totalled $3-million, and that gave me pause. I'm not suggesting that he's not talented (we all know he's beautiful), but wouldn't we all be able to put a beautiful room together if we had $3-million to shop around the globe with? What's worse? They (perhaps through the creative drama building editing) had nothing done with just 72-hours until they turned the house over! Oh, and yes - they'd been shopping for 3-years!? Even down to the last minute they were missing furniture. So I nearly clapped when his partner Ross said: "You can't work on a house for three year's and not have a bed show up!" You're right, it would make you look like an idiot! But luckily it showed up, and the house really looked beautiful.

I'm sure that the 7-bedroom, 10-bathroom house had quite a bit of square footage to furnish - but $3-million?

Then, Nathan worked on a patio for his client Melissa. The house was in Laguna Beach with this fantastic view, and given the interior of her home, the space outside (I thought) was actually quite befitting. The antique terra cotta tile floor was stunning! But when he said that she probably spent $100,000 - I nearly spat diet coke across the room! It was beautiful, but that's a lot of buck ... for (I'm sorry Nathan, I love you) not a lotta bang. Perhaps it was the camera, the angle, the light - there's 1,000 factors! And I looked high and low for a portfolio image to see if I was wrong ... but, none to be found.

Martyn's a choc-o-holic! Go figure!

Mary worked on the guest house I showed you last week. But I lvoed that she hung out with Dan Marty at Maison Au Naturel ... course he watched her like a hawk! Did you notice? She's just like me (I can tell that because I've seen 2-hours of snippets of her edited personality) and she touches everything she sees! At prices like Dan's - I think I'd be ready to catch a falling Ostrich egg at any time!

Suffice it to say ... I don't know that I loved the show this week. The best part was Jeffrey pushing Ross into the pool. Your thoughts?


  1. One minute I am completely amused...the next appauled! At any rate it is an amusing hour of entertainment ;o)

  2. the whole time I was watching I was wondering "wonder what Artie is thinking?!" I didn't love it either. wanted to. but didn't. but, I'll keep watching. hey, it's the only design show we've got;)


  3. I love the show ,however, it can be ridiculous at times. The budgets are insane. Mary is my favorite kook. She makes no apologies for what she spends and it always looks good. I would fire that assistant that insists on doing things her way...she is not the designer! Kathryn is a bit too scattered for me and all the guys are in love with themselves!

  4. lol.... It was strange and only "tv drama" appropriate - 3 YEARS - not weeks, not months - YEARS???? And the hoeowner walks in to bla-nothingness? Blew my mind! I wonder if there was a typo somewhere - it still doesn't make any sense - 3 YEARS...

    Anyhoo... LOVE the show! Faves are Mary and Martin! Please pass the chocolates dah-ling... =)

    MISS YOU and your vignette Fridays!! xo Lynda

  5. I thought exactly as you noted...anyone can make a space look good for 3mil. Let him try to make a fabulous room on $10K or less (which is usually what I have to work with!). I love that this week we could see some of the clients being crazy instead of just the designers....certainly more real! I am unabashedly addicted.

  6. I gotta agree with you...I didn't like it much either...actually it was somewhat boring...and too staged...

  7. humm I guess some people have different taste.
    What not to love?

    It has class, good design. I just love it.

    Keep on the good work.

    I love to decorate, but unfortunately I have small budget, but I'm happye with what I have.