Los Angeles interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, internationally renowned interior designer and star of the reality show Million Dollar Decorators, recently turned his hands to creating a dollhouse, in collaboration with his fellow interior designer from the TV show, award winning designer Mary McDonald. Using fabric designs from the Schumacher Collections from both designers, the pair joined forces to create a fantasy dollhouse to raise money for the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute at the Mattel Children’s Hospital. The dollhouse, created by Bullard and McDonald, along with dollhouses from eighteen other top designers was sold at the Los Angeles Kaleidoscope Ball.
This is the first entry into dollhouse creation for either designer. Martyn Lawrence Bullard is a highly experienced and sought after interior designer whose clients include Cher, Christina Aguilera, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Tamara Mellon, Kid Rock, Sir Elton John, Ellen Pompeo, Patti La Belle, Cheryl Tiegs and Eva Mendes. His commercial work includes designing the interior of the Colony Palms Hotel Group, the Swiss Chateau Gutsch Hotel, the Purple Palm Restaurant, suites for the Paramount and Warner Brothers Studios and a luxury emporium in Beverly Hills the Shizue. In addition to interior design, he has also developed individual product lines such as a line of furniture, a collection of rugs for The Rug Company and now a line of fabrics for Schumacher that are both eco friendly and elegant. Bullard’s interior design work has appeared in more than 4000 magazines, and in more than twenty books on design. He is also the author of his own book called Live, Love & Decorate.
Mary McDonald is also Los Angeles based and is the winner of the Stars of Design Award, and was named by House Beautiful as a top 100 Designer and a top 25 designer by Veranda Magazine. Her designs have appeared in many publications including Veranda, House Beautiful, Town & Country, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and Vogue. She has created a line of lighting for Robert Abbey in addition to her line of fabrics for Schumacher. Her commercial design projects include the Luxe Hotel in Bel Air, and the Soho boutique Monika Chiang.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard was responsible for the first floor of the Georgian style dollhouse while Mary McDonald designed the lower level. Both featured their fabric lines from Schumacher. The entrance foyer of the dollhouse features walls covered in the pattern Chinois Palais, while the tiny settee was upholstered using the fabric called Vanderbilt Velvet. The dining room also features fabric walls using the Garden of Persia pattern while the curtains and floors are covered in a delightful chevron pattern called Firenze. In the living room the designer used the pattern Don’t Fret on the walls and the drapery was from the Chinois Palais pattern used in the foyer. Upstairs Martyn utilized several of his fabric designs with an emphasis on his chevron creation. The gilded bedroom complete with red end tables and canopy bed uses his Mughal leaf pattern while the guest bedroom features a bold graphic black and white design.
The Designer Dollhouse by Bullard and McDonald auctioned off at the Kaleidoscope Ball contributed to the more than $1.8 million that was raised for the Children’s Hospital.