Martyn Lawrence Bullard is heralded as a consummate multi-hyphenate designer and tastemaker, widely acclaimed for his trademark glamour and exotic flair. As such, his talent has attracted the attention of Hollywood A-listers and glitterati, many of whom have invited him to curate their interiors. His client list includes Kendall Jenner, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian, Cher and Eva Mendes, just to name a few. For each of his clients, Martyn personalises their homes with intricate attention to detail using a broad range of styles. As we speak, he’s hard at work designing a new LA home for Kylie Jenner, a villa for Alessandra Ambrosio, a beach house for Ellen Pompeo and a Palm Beach estate for Tommy Hilfiger, on top of a large range of commercial projects. Seeing his creativity come to life in these spaces begs the question: what does his own home look like?
Confiding that he splits his time between his two abodes – a Hollywood Hills retreat and a mid-century masterpiece in the Southern California desert, it’s the latter we’re invited to explore. “My Palm Springs home is my personal sanctuary and it’s where I go to recharge,” the designer says. “The vicinity is so beautiful, as the weather is always so warm and inviting, and the local restaurants and vintage shopping are so good. It’s also amazing just to lie around and pamper myself while relaxing,” he says.
The direction of the aesthetic was to decorate in the style of the swinging 60’s and the disco 70’s
The living room is centered around a sunken seating pit whose coffee table doubles as a fire pit in the winter months
The screening room is lacquered in emerald green paint with swivel chairs designed by Martyn and covered in Dedar velvet
A bedroom is flanked by Karl Springer side tables, a stunning custom screen and a Jean Michel Basquiat mixed wth photography
The tropical vibed guest casita
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Photography by Tim Street-Porter