Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Million Dollar Decorators: My Take

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't yet watched the show, take a break, watch it, then come back. Otherwise ... I just finished watching the show, and I have to say, I feel normal! Don't you? As much as I adore the work of these 5 glorious designers, their larger than life personalities (perfect for reality television) is at points a little unbelievable.

We start out with Mary. Sweet, sweet Mary, who I love even more than I did before. She's self diagnosed as "kooky", loves glamorous design (or rather finds that it loves her) and turns out is the pied piper of the gays ... so why wouldn't I still be in love? This episode chronicles the design of Luxe Hotel Baron Efrem Harkham and his (now ex)wife Kendra. Turns out, the house was put on the market for $9.2M way back in August of last year, before it sold for $7.73M just 5-months ago. I guess it's easy to see why they throw around the idea of million dollar budgets, or heck, no budget at all. That particular house shows up in Mary's new book: The Allure of Style. I own the book, and I have to tell you - it's a must have! Wanna see more of the house in this episode??

Suffice it to say, she's probably my favorite ... always was, and still is. I can't wait to see what else manifests itself in her world throughout the series. Now, for quick thoughts on the others:

Martyn Lawrence Bullard: Ummm ... you know, I had the same feeling about him when he was on Discovery's "Material World". I simply can't relate to him ... and I'm wondering if that accent is real!?

Kathryn Ireland: Honey, I wouldn't get out of bed for less than $1M, either. If you can still pay the bills, however, with a standard that high - well congratulations! Gorgeous, colorful interiors that match her equally colorful personality ... she reminds me so much of my mother I can hardly stand it!

Jeffrey Alan Marks: So cute. Really. It's too bad we didn't get to see more of his designs in this episode, but don't worry - I've got my feelers out ... we'll see more of him soon.

Nathan Turner: what can I say really!? I think there are a lot of people that would say he and I have a lot (personality speaking) in common. I think he's sweet, and vibrant, and someone people naturally would gravitate to! His store is stunning, thought out of my budget, and having reviewed his designs already - I find him vastly talented. I know he's sure to please this season!

So, what were your thoughts? Are you setting your DVR to record the entire season? Would you like to see recaps each Wednesday on Color Outside the Lines? Let me know, and we'll talk soon!