Martyn Lawrence Bullard pulls out all the stops in designing a dream home for Grey’s Anatomy’s leading lady Ellen Pompeo
Dealing with a celebrity client list sounds like a dream come true for an interior designer, but the truth is that it is undoubtedly a huge challenge. Celebrities, after all, are already treated like royalty wherever they go, and can afford pretty much the best of everything. How then, to make them feel even more special? This was what ‘interior designer to the stars’ Martyn Lawrence Bullard – one of the judges for the Perspective Awards 2012, and whose work on Cher’s apartment was featured in our July 2012 issue – set out to achieve for Ellen Pompeo, best known as Dr Meredith Grey on the hit TV drama, Grey’s Anatomy.
Located in California, the front terrace of Pompeo’s house looks over the hills of Hollywood and architecturally, is of the Spanish Revival style – an original gunite wall treatment in the rear garden dates from 1923. Inside, an eclectic décor sees vintage, ethnic, contemporary and bespoke themes and items co-exist harmoniously.
In the living room, for example, are four Fatima mirrors designed by Bullard, while a photograph by Nick Brandt rests next to the fireplace, and an 18th century Italian ebony chair sits on the other side. Crowning the space is a rare white Picasso ceramic candelabra. “The 22ft ceilings of the living room allowed me to keep the furnishings simple, as the room has all the drama,” says Bullard. “The floor is covered in a 1930s Afghan wool dhurrie rug while the windows have off white Rogers & Goffigan linen drapery. The Moroccan-style sofa was designed especially for the room. The silver tray tables are from Caravane Chambre 19 in Paris, while the 1950s Osvaldo Borsani lacquered goatskin table came from a vintage store, Fat Chance, in Los Angeles.”
The designer originally custom-created the Bugatti-style mirror in the dining room for another celebrity client, Cher, “but it found the perfect home in this room,” he says.