I blended Moorish details into my own Los Angeles Mediterranean-style villa, creating a romantic ambiance.
Moroccan design in West Hollywood…
The home, built in the 1920s, is filled with original details that I enhanced with Moroccan arches, Zelige Tile work, and dramatic painted ceilings.
However, to give the home an unexpected style, I blend mid-century furniture and carefully edited antiques from my personal collection to add to the world atmosphere.
AN A-LISTER TRANSFORMS A HOLLYWOOD LEGEND’S
HOUSE INTO HIS DREAM HOME WITH MOROCCAN DESIGN
Bullard’s newest residence has an equally storied past. Ike and Tina Turner once harmonized in its entryway, and in the 1960s its then-owners, young marrieds Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward, entertained a bohemian swirl of old and new Hollywood, rock royalty, and Hells Angels here, with a living room full of art by Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha.
“I always thought it was the perfect house,” says Bullard, who decorated the home for the first time in the early aughts, when it belonged to the original Daily Show host, Craig Kilborn. So two years ago, when it came on the market, he scooped it up for himself ahead of his pal, Melanie Griffith. “It wasn’t right for Melanie—it didn’t have a big enough closet at the time,” quips the star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, who fancies a bit of Gucci himself and has since added a closet room.
The airy interior is a showcase for the decorator’s signature “exotica,” with loads of Moroccan arches, marble floors, black-and-white tiles, sexy seating, warm leafy accents, cool brass, vintage photography, and Brit wit. “What I’ve done with this house is add a lot of mid-century things mixed with antiques,” says Bullard, who lives with his partner, producer Michael Green, and their wheaten terrier, Daisy.
“We had Brad [Southwick], my artist, on his back for three weeks painting the ceiling,” he says of the black-and-white trellis design in the living room, echoed in the graphic fireplace tile, green print on the MLB Atelier sofas, and ikat pillows. (“Martyn hires painters that look like Brad Pitt!” jokes his friend and client Ellen Pompeo, adding of his design approach, “He understands lifestyle.”)