Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Million Dollar Decorators: My Take Episode 3

As a second reminder, this is clearly my opinion, and any other opinion stated on this blog in comments or by me are quoted as opinion, and not fact. I do not know these designers, nor the editors of BRAVO who are creating the story we are all enjoying.

So before the show aired tonight, I hopped on over to The Skirted Roundtable and listened to the ladies (Megan, Joni, and Linda) give their opinions on the series. It's a great session, so if you have 30-minutes, I hope you get over to listen. Until you do, here's what I found most interesting:

Beautiful Megan, who lives in LA, said she was in the studio of Nathan Turner, when his assistant said that the show had been so hectic, because they were juggling real clients, and the "clients" for the show. Interesting, right? She also said that she believed that Martyn's drama over Sharon Osbourne's apartment was completely fake (which I agree with) and that she also had been around my favorite on the show (Mary McDonald) and she said that Mary is funny, like humorous funny, and incredibly easy to warm up to - which is not really the way that she comes off on the show. Living in Los Angeles, Megan (who has PERFECT eyebrows BTW) Megan has some bright insight to these designers and their somewhat real-life persona's.

Given that post, and all of the comments around blogland, a lot of you are watching ... and a lot of you are talking! So onto my thoughts on tonight's episode:

Shannon Factor, wife of MaxFactor heir, hires Kathryn Ireland to design (or I should say rearrange) her home. Can you say hoarder? The house is quite beautiful, traditional, and quite a challenge for Ireland. As the furniture keeps coming in, you can see Kathryn's migraine swelling. But I have to say, given the client, the stuff, and the attitude: Ireland came through beautifully for the Factors. Especially given the befores from the prior owner ... check it out: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/532-Spoleto-Dr-Pacific-Palisades-CA-90272/2138629318_zpid/#1

Martyn (who, really?? drinks wheat grass shakes in a robe every morning?) heads to Mexico to "train" the house staff of porno king Joe Francis just how the house should be kept. So off to Punta Mita Mr. Diva goes ... proclaiming "we are going to need a lot of mah-ga-rita's to get through this!" Given that he designed everything for Joe before Francis went to jail, 5-years ago, he probably had a good idea of how this was gonna go down. But before we get into that drama ... let's take a look at what is actually fantastic work by MLB:


These photos of Joe Francis's home have been online for quite a while - and show Bullard's design from more than 5-years ago. In fact, I remember when Discovery Channel chronicled Bullard's drama in designing the property on their unfortunately short-lived show: Material World.

Then beautiful Jeffrey and boyfriend Ross ask: "Who want's to hire a fatty? Really?" Well, JEFFREY! Let me point you to my clients! LOL! Anyway - hottie mc hottie pants is designing the shower of an LA gym, which he claimed he could do in 5-days ... with $20,000. Now weren't we just talking to him about doing something on a more realistic budget? Perhaps, we should have included, a realistic deadline. Course, he doesn't really "do" anything, except complain about the drain and fluff the towels.

Sweet, sweet Mary gets into her book (which she calls her first) in this episode. I actually own the book, and I absolutely love!

So, ultimately - lots of rooms this episode, so much better than last week. I was impressed with Kathryn's restyling, Martyn's way of teaching the Francis staff (well, they're not staff now - they've all been fired since the shoot in October), and JAM's gratuitous showing off. Good for you, fitty!

TUESDAY: Inspiring Spaces by Betty Burgess

Hi again blog friends! It's Tuesday, so you know what that means! Today I had to share the very few but ultra inspiring pictures of spaces created by Atlanta designer, Betty Burgess. One of the reasons I have so few inspiration photos is the same reason I don't have much information on anonymous Burgess: She doesn't have a website! I know - we're shaking our heads in amazement right? When everyone you know has a blog or a www. it's hard to believe that such a talented designer wouldn't want her portfolio available for everyone to drool over.

Still, we know she's from Atlanta, amazingly gifted, and responsible for creating beautiful spaces like these: (enjoy!)