Last night was the premiere of Million Dollar Decorators, which follows five top-tier LA decorators as they design the homes of the rich and famous. You've probably heard of the decorators, all of whom are featured regularly in shelter magazines and blogs: Mary McDonald, Kathryn Ireland, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Nathan Turner. The personalities are huge, the egos are huger, and the budgets are basically irrelevant in their enormity. What did you think, hilarious window onto the world of dream budgets and decorating divas, or depressing caricature that reveals too little of the process and profession of design?
I am on the fence. Watching last night, I kept cringing, lamenting the possibility of the design profession being sullied by these over the top characterizations of decorators who seem to think that the price they command is commensurate with their importance. But over the course of the show I found myself softening. The personalities are certainly outrageous, but I they are also mostly self-aware — they take themselves very seriously as professionals, and every design decision is obviously life-or-death, but otherwise, they have a sense of humor about themselves that is pretty appealing. Plus, there promises to be more insight into the design process as well as some seriously hot real estate porn in future episodes.
My favorite and/or most horrified moments included the following:
In the end, I kind of can't wait for next week.
What do you think? Will you be watching?
MORE INFO: Million Dollar Decorators | Bravo