4 Brilliant Design Tips from Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Own Home

May 1, 2020
California designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard opened up the doors of his 1920s Spanish-style abode in the Hollywood hills for a personal Schumacher tour. Designed with his signature boho-meets-Moroccan-glam flair, the home is brimming with all sorts of decorating tips and tricks we can’t wait to try.
Here, a few of our favorites.


Don't Overlook the Lampshades!

In his soothing dusty rose-colored guest suite, Bullard replaced standard lampshades with a pair crafted out of an embroidered fabric. “Not only does it diffuse the white light so beautifully, but it adds a bit of texture and makes the whole space feel much more original,” he notes. “I find the lampshade is the one element a lot of people forget about, but why not make a design statement out of it?”
Schumacher’s Toledo fabric on the lampshade adds a bohemian vibe to the guest room.

Every Bit Counts

When it came to whipping up the sumptuous scheme for his exotic yet cozy screening room, Bullard fashioned his own architectural trim out of fabric remnants from the space’s seating. “I covered the sofa in this lush pink striped ikat and then cut the excess into bands to border the room, while the black-and-white fabric was upholstered onto the walls and ceiling to create this wonderful tented look,” he explains. “It’s one of my favorite parts of the house because it has such fantasy to it!”
The pink and charcoal palette in Bullard’s Moroccan-inspired screening room is as chic as it is unexpected. The sofa is upholstered in Cusco Ikat and the walls and ceiling in Mariam Ikat, both by Schumacher; the abaca rug is by Timothy Whealon for Patterson Flynn Martin.Kate Jones
A view of the tented ceiling Bullard created by juxtaposing two different fabrics in a variety of ways. The pink trim is Cusco Ikat by Schumacher.Kate Jones

It's All About the Mix

For his dining room, Bullard chose a subtler palette with plenty of interest, but didn’t sacrifice any luxe layering. “Rather than making the curtains blend in with the room, I added two different colored bands of plain linen—one a teal green and one a forest green—to the textured cotton,” he says. He especially loves the dominant, snow-hued fabric for the wonderful thread details that pop out across it. “The mix of a texture and a plain gives seemingly ordinary curtains some real magic.”
Bullard combined Teton with two stripes of green linens, both by Schumacher.
Sumptuous leather chairs sit atop Timothy Whealon’s La Dolce Vita hand-knotted wool rug for Patterson Flynn Martin.

Use Trim to Kick Your Pillows Up a Notch

In the living room, Bullard added tribal-inspired fringe to fuzzy pre-made Moroccan pillows to heighten their visual interest alongside the emerald-hued sofas. “They all looked way too similar,” he notes. “Plus, they now feel much more in sync with the rest of the space.”
The sofa is upholstered in V Step by Miles Redd and the white pillow in the middle is trimmed in Macarana Pom, both by Schumacher.Kate Jones

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