Name: Interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard Address: Palm Springs, California Home: A three-bedroom villa with screening room, pool and spa. The Vibe: A fun, relaxing weekend getaway.
“I discovered Palm Springs ten years ago, when I designed a small boutique hotel called Colony Palms. I was drawn to the desert terrain, the San Jacinto mountains which dominate the horizon and the cinematic history of the surroundings. My partner, Michael Greene, browsing property sites, came across a mid-century villa designed by the legendary James McNaughton, Hollywood set designer turned architect, who designed the house in 1964. We particularly liked the McNaughton style signatures, 24-foot arches and sunken sitting room among them. We are in an area known as Movie Colony in old Palm Springs and are conscious of the surrounding homes designed by Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, William Cody, Donald Wexler and John Lautner, for Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis, Cary Grant and Tony Curtis and others. I decided to decorate in the style of the swinging 1960s with a touch of disco. We went about collecting Italian, French and American furniture from the 1960s. Some of my favourite pieces include the Pierre Cardin barstools, and a vintage zebra rug, a gift from Cheryl Tiegs, and an iconic Brigitte Bardot image by Terry O’Neill. I complemented other furnishings by Vladimir Kagan, Willy Rizzo, Paul Evans, Milo Baughman, Angelo Mangiarotti, Karl Springer, and Charles Hollis Jones with new fabrics I designed. The finished villa is a bit mad but we love nothing more than holing up for the weekend with Daisy, our terrier and watching a stack of films in our cinema.” www.martynlawrencebullard.com
A corner of the living room continues the monochrome theme. “I love to use black as a highlight to a white room. Black skirting boards, crown moulding and ceiling mouldings perfectly frame a white room and create drama,” says Bullard.
The Casita guest room with Palm wallpaper by Schumacher. Paco Rabanne lamps sit on Vladimir Kagan side tables. The green velvet bench is by Karl Springer.
Terry O’Neill’s portrait of Brigitte Bardot hangs above a Kagan sofa found in a vintage store in Palm Springs. The zebra rug originally belonged to Andy Warhol. “We are always adding or subtracting something from the mix.”
White lacquer Aran Cucine cabinets reflected in the silver foil ceiling conceal Gaggenau appliances. The terrazzo floor has been restored to its original colour.
Cole & Sons geometric wallpaper and diamond dust pill cabinet prints are by Damien Hirst.
A view of the dining room with table by Paul Evans and Lucite chairs by Charles Hollis Jones. The pendant light is vintage Venini Murano. The screening room can be seen in the distance.
Photographs by Tim Street Porter
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