Stars in His Eyes

He’s one of the world’s top in­te­rior de­sign­ers and cuts a sar­to­rial fig­ure in a re­al­ity TV show. Lon­don-born Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard tells Leanne Mi­randilla about at­tain­ing celebrity sta­tus—and deal­ing with celebrity drama

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t’s only in­te­rior de­signer and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard’s first day in Hong Kong and he’s al­ready em­broiled in a celebrity drama de­spite be­ing an ocean away from Hol­ly­wood. He sweeps up to our ta­ble at Café Gray Deluxe, hav­ing just taken a call from his Los An­ge­les of­fice. A celebrity client, Khloé Kar­dashian, had been fol­lowed to his of­fice by a pack of pa­parazzi bay­ing for a com­ment about Cait­lyn Jen­ner’s com­ing out. Un­able to leave via the main en­trance, the intrepid Kar­dashian tried to es­cape through a bath­room win­dow—only to get stuck. The call Bullard had re­ceived was from the lo­cal fire sta­tion seek­ing per­mis­sion to break his client out of the win­dow.

Lon­don-born Bullard, who is cur­rently work­ing on the Los An­ge­les home Kar­dashian bought from Justin Bieber ear­lier this year, is un­ruf­fled by the in­ci­dent. Con­sid­er­ing that he counts El­ton John, Kid Rock, Felic­ity Huffman and the Olsen twins among his clien­tele, and that he’s one of the stars of the re­al­ity TV show Mil­lion Dol­lar Dec­o­ra­tors, such dra­mas must be old hat for him.

Bullard has a long as­so­ci­a­tion with celebri­ties—he got his start in in­te­rior de­sign with show-busi­ness clients, an im­pres­sive feat, given that in­te­rior de­sign wasn’t the ca­reer he’d imag­ined for him­self. Bullard had ini­tially trav­elled to Hol­ly­wood as an as­pir­ing ac­tor. Af­ter land­ing a part in the 1998 film I Woke Up Early the Day I Died, he be­friended one of the pro­duc­ers, and in­vited the ex­ec­u­tive and his girl­friend over for din­ner one night. The pro­ducer was so im­pressed with Bullard’s home decor that he asked him to de­sign his of­fices.

“I did it for fun and be­cause I thought I’d get another movie,” Bullard re­calls. “But

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