Gina is my incredibly stylish, cultured, globe-trotting Greek friend who has called London home her entire life. We all know how much real work goes into com posing spectacular environments; the trick is making it look easy and effortless. And this is perhaps Gina’s greatest strength. Whether she’s browsing 1stdibs or eBay, or trekking around Alfie’s Market in North London, she has a talent for discovering exquisite pieces. I don’t know anyone with better “sourcing” karma than Gina. It helps that she has an eye for excellence and an innate drift towards anything chic, whether old, new, or recycled. She is also a meticulous overseer with complete command of her vision.
At her residence in Notting Hill, a beautiful six-story house in one of the most coveted neighborhoods in London, she served as architect, interior designer, and project manager. The house opens onto beautiful communal gardens. Though the trendiest, most au courant shops and restaurants in London are a mere stone’s throw away, when you gaze out the back of Gina’s house toward the gardens, you can easily imagine being in the pastoral English countryside. Being with Gina is like being with me! She’s brilliant at preplanning, organizing, anticipating logistical problems and beating them to the punch.
» Paint color of living room walls
» Red stripe of fabric on leading edges of the curtains
» Juxtaposition of modern and antiques
» Picasso next to Freud
» Bedroom opening onto the bathroom (pocket doors)
» Window treatments when necessary
» Minimal decorating
Jeffrey Alan Marks epitomizes fresh, spirited, timeless design. A trendsetter for over two decades, he is known internationally for designing and sourcing exclusive and unique elements from around the globe. Set against his own rigorous standards of comfort and livability, Marks’ unique eye for combining subdued traditional elegance with contemporary edgy accents has earned him recognition as one of today’s most influential and important American designers. His firm designs exquisite interiors for the most discerning clientele at the highest end of the luxury market.
The Meaning of Home, Jeffrey Alan Marks’ first coffee table book, showcases fifteen of his firms’ projects, from Malibu beach houses to London townhouses. His innate good humor and renowned esthetic is on display in Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, viewed in more than twenty-five countries. Jeffrey Alan Marks’ projects include celebrity clients and business luminaries as well as iconic commercial interiors including, Tavern Restaurant in Brentwood, The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica and Belcampo Lodge Belize. Marks’ inspired furniture designs and lighting can be found at Palecek and A. Rudin Furniture. He is presently at work on a collection of select fabrics to be carried by luxury fabric purveyor Kravet.
Jeffrey’s designs continue to be featured in major publications including, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Town Country and Wall Street Journal magazine.
Arriving at Elway Hall, Barry Dixon’s magnificent estate in Virginia, one always feels transported to another time and place. With his movie-star good looks, Southern charm, and extraordinary eye for detail, Barry is as unique and unforgettable as his home.
He is that rare breed of decorator that has elevated interior design to a high art form. His ability to layer is what inspires. His collections are immense, from antique china to out-of-print books. The level of detail in his home is beyond description, right down to the flowers he handpicks from his own cutting garden and places beside each guest’s bed.
» Layering, layering, and more layering
» Every object relates to its setting
» Kitchen table inspired by a Lutyens design at Castle Drogo, Devon
» Entire walls of books
» Each room tells a story and is unique
» Bold use of one fabric throughout a room
» Use of curtains as wall-dividers
» Placing a bed in the center of the room, à la David Hicks
» Cutout “window” in bed headboard to let in light
» Bespoke William Morris wallpaper in modernized, custom colors
Martyn Lawrence Bullard is a multi-award winning Los Angeles-based interior designer renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and inviting interiors. Martyn has been consistently named as one of the world’s top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest, featured permanently in Elle Décor’s A-List, and named one of the top 25 designers by The Hollywood Reporter. A popular television personality, Martyn starred in the hit Bravo series, Million Dollar Decorators and hosted Channel 4’s Hollywood Me in the UK, along with a multitude of design television programs spanning over 65 countries.
Martyn’s A-list clientele include Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Ellen Pompeo, and Eva Mendes, to name a few. Beyond his exquisite residential portfolio, Martyn has also overseen the design of several premier hospitality properties around the world including the iconic Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, Chateau Gütsch in Lucerne, Switzerland, and Chef Rick Bayless’s flagship Red O restaurant; he is currently overseeing hotel designs in Santa Barbara, Istanbul, and Miami Beach, along with the Four Seasons Residences in Los Angeles.
» A riot of cultures—Indian, Mexican, Moroccan and European
» Large patterns with small prints
» Religious art
» Use of black white—nobody does it better!
» Preference for candlelight
» Pair of oversized mirrors from Martyn’s collection
» European-height dining table with large armchairs
» Candlesticks repurposed as lamps