My Favorites: Million Dollar Decorators

million dollar decorators picture show
I must admit, I really enjoyed watching the first season of Million Dollar Decorators. It was so fascinating and downright entertaining to see high-end interior designers, Mary McDonald, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn M. Ireland, Jeffrey Alan Marks and Nathan Turner at work with their elite clientele and sky’s the limit budgets. It was most interesting to see how they approached and executed their design projects.

In addition to the show and very successful interior design careers, the Million Dollar Decorators  each have product lines that range from fabrics to lighting. Although not easy to do, I have picked my favorite piece from each of their collections:
Mary McDonald orange and blue drapes zebra bench
It took a few episodes, but I grew fond of Mary McDonald’s tell it like it is attitude and her darling pug pups. I have always admired her work. When it comes to design, Mary knows what she wants and how to achieve it. Her take charge attitude might ruffle some feathers, but the results speak for themselves.  Mary’s signature look is sensational and sets her apart from the rest. House Beautiful says “her work is timeless and glamorous all spun together with a keen fashion sense…. she’s a fearless, exuberant accessorizer.”
mary mcdonald lighting lamp collection
Mary is currently launching her first lighting collaboration with Robert Abbey. The  elegant collection is classically inspired, yet has a wonderful dose of Mary’s modern sensibility. These are not your grandmother’s lamps! My favorite is the Ondine Brass Finish Table Lamp {seen above with a red shade}.
million dollar decorator kathryn ireland living room
I loved Kathryn M. Ireland’s free spirit and dry humor on the show. Who will ever forget her French maid, Jacqueline finishing off the bottle of champagne?

Kathryn might not come across as the most organized person, but she is a true artist with an amazing ability to mix patterns and colors.Her designs are inviting, bohemian and colorful. Elle Decor calls her style “seat-of-the-pants chic” and if you watched the show, you would agree.
kathryn m ireland pillows

The signature Kathryn M. Ireland is evident in her home collections that extend from fabrics to furniture. Her fabric line, launched in 1997 is most sought after and her pillows are my favorite.

Before watching the show, I only knew Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s work through printed pictures. I loved watching him in action. His bold presence was well noted and I loved seeing him working onsite with clients and staff. He knows how to get the result he visions without being overly pushy.
million dollar decorator martyn lawrence fabrics
Just released last month, Martyn’s fabric collection with Schumacher is simply “delicious.” The luxurious collection of prints and wovens were inspired by his exotic travels around the globe. It is hard to narrow down just one fabric that is my favorite, but the Adras Ikat PrintSikar Embroidery and Sinhala Linen Print top the list.
nathan turner living room design blue ceiling
Northern California raised, Nathan Turner ’s renowned store on North Almont Drive in Los Angeles first put him on the map {find some of the store’s items for sale on 1st Dibs}. But after watching Million Dollar Decorators, I think the sky is the limit for Nathan. Seeing him work out the details of a sofa that needed some major tweak and was to be launched in days at North Point was amazing. He might have been sweating bullets off camera, but handled the situation beautifully on.
million dollar decorator nathan turner sofa furniture
My favorite piece from Nathan’s furniture collection with Elite Leather is the Matthews sofa. It has a timeless appeal that would look amazing in any space.
Jeffrey Alan Marks Kitchen Design
To my surprise Jeffrey Alan Marks came across like the air-head of the bunch. His partner Ross kept him organized and projects on track. Regardless of Jeffrey’s work style, his work is outstanding. His focus on classic lines and proportion can be found throughout his stunning portfolio.

jeffrey alan marks barstool furniture

Jeffrey’s JAM Studio is a collection of his favorite home décor items – some of which he designed himself. One such piece is the JAM barstool. Again, it’s got Jeffrey’s flair for classic lines and proportion – I love everything about it!

And guess what? This week I am attending an event at the SFDC and one of the Million Dollar Decorators will be there. Can you guess who?
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10 Responses to My Favorites: Million Dollar Decorators

  1. Arianna Belle {Organized Interiors} September 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Great post! Love Kathryn's colorful bohemian fabric line too!

  2. Michaela September 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Totally loved this post! We share our love for the show. How fun it was to meet our fave (:

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  4. Ideezine September 14, 2011 at 1:01 am #


    Great concept for a show. Helps future designers know that it's not just what you learn about design it's how you solve situations with people. Conflict resolution 101 and personalities. I think Mary McDonald will be the designer present. Sounds like fun!


  5. Stacy Curran September 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    It IS hard to pick favorite rooms, isn't it? I liked almost every room i saw this season

  6. Melissa at HOUSEography September 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    Mary was my favorite designer but I liked to watch and see what the others did. Agree about the drama but that's what made it all tick!

  7. CDS September 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    I never got into that show but I do like their work.

  8. Janell @ Isabella and Max September 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    Never caught the show! Need to remember to TiVo things so I don't miss…now who will you be meeting?! Have fun, Janell

  9. Erica M. September 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    I think the show concentrated too much on the drama as well, but I am a sucker for that sort of stuff and I looove Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. So I was sold on the show!

  10. Fiona September 12, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    I haven't watched in a while (they lost me) but I felt like it focused too little on the decorating, and too much on the incredibly egotistical personalities. Loved Mary McDonald before this show; now I think she's incredibly talented, but a horrible person.