Apartment Therapy Interview...Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Part 1

Apartment Therapy Interview...Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Part 1

Rebecca Orlov
May 12, 2009

Home design lovers are in store for a fun little interview with the very talented Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. With a well-deserved spot as one of the top designers around, Martyn has an eye for eclectic design mixed with traditional, contemporary pieces. He creates dimensional balance in homes around the world. Apartment Therapy had the pleasure of chatting with Martyn and he shed some light on his signature style, design in his own home and what he feels are common design mistakes and tips for improving them. After the jump check out part 1 of the interview.

We often talk about what makes things make a house a home at Apartment Therapy. What makes your house a home?
Martyn: Comfort is the key to a home. Deep seats, down sofas, cashmere throw blankets, crisp white Frette sheets, lots of pillows, my line of Signature Extraordinaire fragrance candles and, of course, laughter.

What is your signature style and how do you incorporate it into your designs?
Martyn: I customize my interiors specially for all my clients specific needs but I do have a sort of signature which I always love to add a little Moorish element, it's my passion for anything Orientalist.

What are the most common design mistakes you see and what tips would you offer to improve them?
Martyn: I think that to over accessorize is one of the most common design mistakes - learn to edit. Just keep your most beautiful things, objects you love and that are special to you. Hide those ugly house warming gifts. And Aunt Lilly's Christmas gift - don't just decorate around them, remove them. Let the loved objects breathe and create groupings of same type objects for impact. As Coco Chanel once said, "always take one thing off before you leave the house". The same goes for your interior, less is usually a lot more!

Thanks, Martyn!

Click here to learn more about Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Design. Check back tomorrow for part 2 of our interview with the lovely Martyn and discover his best tips for designing on a budget, ideas for creating timeless design and global influences.

Images: Tim Street-Porter

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