They shop, they drink, they dine, they kvetch. They turn otherwise ordinary rooms into polished interiors, and then ... they go shopping again. They are the stars of “Million Dollar Decorators,” the Bravo reality series that started its second season tonight, yanking back the curtain to see how four of Los Angeles’ biggest design personalities — Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Kathryn M. Ireland, Jeffrey Alan Marks and Mary McDonald — do their jobs.
The show, its colorful cast and guests such as Sharon Osbourne have made “Million Dollar Decorators” a guilty pleasure for design aficionados and looky-loos alike. Some, however, have found the spendy opulence — rugs that cost what most people spend on an entire room — out of step with the times.
How would the Million Dollar Decorators fare if they were plucked from high-priced antiques shops and decorator showrooms and set loose inside low-cost retailers instead? What would catch their eyes? And how would they use what they found?
Gamely, the four decorators — whose client lists include Ryan Murphy, Christina Aguilera, Steve Martin, Robert Zemeckis, Gillian Anderson, David Mamet and Elton John — accepted our challenge. Jeffrey Alan Marks and Mary McDonald, each known for their mix of classicism, Hollywood glamour and contemporary style, hit the Kmart on West 3rd Street in Los Angeles. There they found kitchen and dining wares by celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Paula Deen and Sandra Lee, plus home décor collections from TV stars Sofia Vergara and Jaclyn Smith. Both designers gravitated to items with classic looks and modern lines: monogrammed white towels, metal desk lamps and see-through plastic bathroom accessories in jewel tones.