Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Los Angeles - Founder, Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design

What first sparked your interest in design? My mother told me I drew houses on a chalkboard when I was four and rearranged the furniture in my sister’s dollhouse constantly. I guess the decorating gene was just in me from the beginning.

How would you describe your aesthetic? Purely eclectic. I love all beautiful things, no matter what age or provenance, style or value. It’s all about a feeling and an emotion.

What design trend are you loving at the moment? Color is back along with bold pattern. It’s almost like fashion—think Gucci and its old-lady prints being mixed together into a new, fun, fabulous chic that’s fresh and full of life. That’s exactly what’s going on in the interior world, and I love it!

What design trend are you so over? I’m not a minimalist; I like interiors that scream comfort, that capture the owner’s soul and give a window into their soul. I hate when people follow a trend because they think it’s the way to be or to think. Be an individual; don’t follow trends, make them your own. Mold them to you and what makes you feel good. Always remember modern luxury is comfort.

What is a timeless design moment you think will never go out of style? The black-and-white floor, in all materials.

What is the best bang for the buck when it comes to making a big impact on a project? The best design dollar ever spent is on a dimmer switch. Lighting is everything, and the simple luxury of a dimmer changes the atmosphere and vibe of a space, instantly making it, and you, always look better.