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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 9.4.2011 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836765
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 8.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Million Dollar Decoratorscostar showcases his signature exotic style. Peek inside the houses of Bullard’s celebrity clients—Cher, Elton John, Cheryl Tiegs, and Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, among others—and see his equally glamorous Hollywood Hills residence, whose earlier occupants included Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson." ~Architectural Digest

"Live, Love & Decorate by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard and Tim Street Porter boasts a forward by Sir Elton John, one of Lawrence-Bullard's top clients. The book demonstrates the designer's mastery of dramatic environments and a balance of the contemporary with the traditional, the occidental with the ethnic." ~Editor at Large

About the Author

Dubbed the “Designer to the Stars,” Martyn Lawrence Bullard has received multiple honors including AD 100 and International Designer of the Year in 2010. In 2011 he will star in the television show Million Dollar Decorators and launch his Schumacher indoor/outdoor fabric line. Sir Elton John is an Oscar-winning English singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist. Tim Street-Porter is the author and photographer of many books, including Litchfield Style and the Rooms to Inspire series.

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I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys self decorating.
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I ordered this book for my sister in law and was very happy with the book.
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I love to read decorating books and this one does not disappoint!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Assunta Sciarretta VINE VOICE on October 15, 2011
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Sexy and lush are the words to describe Martyn Lawrence Bullard's interiors! One needn't have watched this superstar designer on Bravo's "Million Dollar Decorators" to appreciate this wonderful book. It oozes both the sensuality and the comfort of Bullard's designs. Almost every page features glossy color pictures of interiors Bullard has designed for his celebrity clients who include Cheryl Tiegs, Cher, Elton John, Kid Rock, Ellen Pompeo and Tamara Mellon (the force at Jimmy Choo). Bullard's palettes range from textured neutrals to sumptuous layers of rich color. The fabulous photographs allow the reader to see all the clever details of the rooms. What makes the designs of this books so accessible, though, is the fact that although the properties are some of the nicest in the world, the scale of most of the rooms are similar to those in many regular people's homes. Thus, the design techniques are not just eye candy but rather, inspiration for everyone.
There is a nice range of styles - very modern to Spanish-style hacienda to Pacific island, Malibu ranch to urban luxe, manly rustic to feminine glamour. This is a must-have design book for every shelf! I'm going to drift off to sleep tonight fantasizing about what it would be like to have Bullard design the interiors of my home. . .
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jay on November 26, 2011
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The Best Coffee table book that I have ever purchased. Just a piece of ART!! LOVE IT!! I really want to see more work by this decorator He is my Favorite!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Keefer TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 4, 2012
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It's obvious that Martyn Lawrence-Bullard decorates with gusto and passion. He opens this book with the following: "Interior design is my life. I live it and breathe it and wake up feeling lucky to be doing something I love. But the story of how I got here is amazing. I call it my Hollywood tale in reverse."

That's what I loved about this book. They say that truth is stranger than fiction; it's also more interesting. And interesting is the word to describe Lawrence-Bullard's path--his Hollywood tale in reverse--to design and decor. Fortunately he had an astute and supportive father who used to take him early Saturday mornings to rent a stall at the Greenwich Antiques Market in South London. Lawrence-Bullard recalls how he used to buy items from the other vendors with his pocket money and then display them on draped cloths and boxes. In this hands-on way, he learned what was popular and about his items history. By the age of 16, he had a following of dealers and collectors.

However, design was always the default career. Lawrence-Bullard really wanted to act, so this book tells how he used the proceeds from his "hobby" to fund his acting classes, first in London, then in Hollywood. It's always fascinating to see the circuitous path we take to find our true love. What's especially intriguing about Bullard's path is that he is able to combine his talent for design AND his love of theater in his design show MILLION DOLLAR DECORATORS which will again reappear fall of 2012 I heard.

Bullard's interiors are dramatic. They combine his international background living in England in which English design as a trading nation enfolded layers of design from around its empire and trading partners into its design sensibility. But Bullard also marries this with a California vibe.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jrmovies on December 31, 2011
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I was fortunate enough to have met Martyn Lawrence Bullard for a book signing. Besides being one of the most talented interior decorator in the world, Martyn is also one of the nicest people I have ever met. This gentleman has class beyond the meaning of class. Can't say enough about how nice he is.

After falling in love with his character from Million Dollar Decorators, I have been following him ever since. He is such a funny and interesting person, never a dull moment in his life (it seems).

About the book... it is very lovely, full of very high quality images from different houses Martyn has decorated. It showcases some of the best work he's done for a few of his well known clients (celebrity homes). If you want inspiration, or simply enjoy beautiful interiors, look no further for amazing stuff! I am hoping Martyn will one day write a book about his personal life, it would be very interesting to hear his stories.

Highly recommend buying this book! And, if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet the man himself, take it and hold onto it for as long as you can ~ a must for every MLB fan out there!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Hubbard on November 25, 2011
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This is a nice coffee table book with lots of pretty pictures. I was a little disappointed though. I recognized at least two of the interiors from home magazines, so they were not new to me. I also didn't find the other homes as compelling as the room used for the cover photo. On the other hand, MLB is an incredibly talented designer and I did learn a lot from studying some of the pictures.
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By Ellen Nabicht on June 19, 2014
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I ordered this book for my sister in law and was very happy with the book. It's a great size and she loved the present.
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By S. Fishburn VINE VOICE on December 27, 2013
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Live, Love, & Decorate is filled with fantastic photographs to inspire. While most of us will never live in such fantastic, glamorous, and yes, slightly over the top, homes, it's still fun to peruse how the other half lives. And a creative homemaker can always glean ideas from EVERYwhere.
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