Which Designer Owns This Garden?

Designer MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD was INSPIRED BY TRAVELLING when creating his colourful home and garden in LA …


Known for his celebrity clients such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ellen Pompeo and Kourtney Kardashian, and for creating interiors infusing Hollywood glamour with ethnic details, British interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard derives much of his inspiration from travelling.


His sophisticated interiors and gardens boast an adventurous use of colour and texture, as shown in his own home, Whitley Heights in Los Angeles which has an impressive heritage. Previous owners were Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson and William Faulkner.


He tells THE GLOSS, “In September 2003 I was on a shoot for Architectural Digest with Tim Street-Porter in Santa Fe, and he mentioned that the house across the street was about to go on the market. That was on a Saturday. By Monday I had flown back to LA, seen the house, fallen in love with it, and bought it. The house has one of those rare qualities that make people automatically comfortable. The odd-shaped rooms, curved walls, well-worn floors, and uneven plaster walls seem to transport you to a secret ancient villa in the Umbrian Hills or the old town of Seville.”


As for the garden, he says, “It was entirely my own inspiration. There was nothing there when I moved in except the walls and the plaque that was placed there by Rudolph Valentino in the 1920s. The look I was aiming for was a magical Moroccan garden in an Italian villa, hence the mixed styles.”


Penny McCormick

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