Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard

The Ideal Home and Garden - - Designer Speak -

First thing in the morn­ing...

7:45 am I wake up with an earl grey tea, fol­lowed by a brisk walk with my dog Daisy be­fore hit­ting the shower.

Field­ing calls from po­ten­tial clients con­cern­ing de­sign projects...

Drive to my fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­tur­ers to over­see new sam­ples and qual­ity con­trol. Con­tinue onto a client job site to re­view vi­sion boards and look at fab­ric swatches in the house for per­fect colour anal­y­sis in the homes nat­u­ral light.

Try­ing to fit ev­ery­thing in your small bag...

Meet my PR at Cic­cone’s restau­rant for a light lunch to dis­cuss up­com­ing events and ap­pear­ances. Go to my ate­lier and check on the shop, rear­range the win­dow dis­plays and re­view in­ven­tory. Go onto my of­fice to meet with my de­sign as­sis­tants to re­view each project, what cur­rent needs and de­ci­sions have to be made, look at tear sheets to ap­prove fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sory pur­chases. Yeah, not easy, but stitch­ing in ev­ery­thing to­gether is fun.

Tak­ing a mo­ment for your cof­fee break...

I try and man­age to squeeze time for a break. But, of­ten loose out on it.

Co­or­di­nat­ing pickup and de­liv­ery from whole­salers and de­sign show­rooms...

It’s the other way round. Ar­range a de­sign board to in­clude new finds and fur­ni­ture. Look at mar­ble sam­ples for a bath­room and re­view as­sorted stain sam­ples to pick cor­rect colour for a floor. A quick 30 minute end of the day meet­ing with my com­mer­cial de­part­ment to study the progress.

Sleep...

Home by 10 pm and play with my dog. A fi­nal check on the days emails and re­sponses - watch the day’s news on the tele­vi­sion, and fi­nally doze off by 12am.

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