A Brush with Celebrity

By complete coincidence, my New York City trip coincided with the Fall Market at the D & D Building. I had planned on spending an afternoon checking out the designer-only showrooms hoping to find some special pieces and products to use for my projects and I couldn’t believe my luck when I stumbled upon this incredible event! I decided to take full advantage of my timing and I attended several of the seminars featuring leading interior designers, many of whom I have admired for years. Suddenly, by accident, I was among interior design royalty, and they were there to share their experiences and insight. It was too good to be true!

martyn lawrence bullardSchumacher Fabrics from the Martyn Lawrence Bullard Collection

One of the most enjoyable presentations I attended was at the Schumacher showroom. I listened from the edge of my seat as Martyn Lawrence Bullard described his collaboration with Schumacher on his new line of fabrics. After seeing these colorful textiles at my local showroom a couple of weeks prior, I had fallen in love with his irreverent use of colour and bohemian patterns so I was dying to hear more of the story behind his journey to the collection. Plus, I am a fan of Bravo’s hit television series, Million Dollar Decorators, on which Martyn is one of the stars. (By the way, you must see the show. It is highly entertaining!)

pic with MLB

Martyn was absolutely delightful, charming and friendly. And, he made some lasting impressions on me. He spoke of his extensive travels and about the romance and excitement of finding special pieces. His passion for fabric is evident and I found it very motivating to hear about his experiences, especially since I am a lover of fabric as well and dream of designing my own textile line one day. After the presentation, Martyn signed copies of his new book, Live, Love & Decorate, which highlights his signature style and the many celebrity clients he has decorated for over the years. I got myself a signed copy and he was kind enough to pose for a photo (above). Meeting this rock star designer in real life was one of the highlights of my trip, and something I won’t soon forget! Thanks so much to Schumacher for an incredible event and to Martyn for an afternoon of inspiration.



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5 Comments on A Brush with Celebrity

  1. Kim Sheppard
    October 19, 2011 at 8:30 am (8 years ago)

    How cool is that?!!

  2. Anita@dasaninteriors.com
    October 19, 2011 at 11:01 am (8 years ago)

    Ha ha…oh my gosh Jacqueline so awesome! I find him inspiring simply because he loves what he does!And the show is a hoot!

  3. Janice
    October 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm (8 years ago)

    I can’t wait to hear all about it -sounds amazing!

  4. Nyla
    October 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm (8 years ago)

    Only in New York, huh?! This is awesome Jacqueline. I am thrilled to hear that you were able to partake in such an event only to meet someone that you admire too. There is something about those moments that give us a push to the next level, inspire creativity and confirm our love for our work. I can’t wait to hear more about it. Coffee soon, ok?

  5. LeAnne
    November 19, 2011 at 7:32 am (8 years ago)

    What a truly amazing moment… captured on film too! Life is grand, no?

    And I know its about you and Martin… but I love your bag! It’s fantastic!

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