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Martyn Lawrence Bullard brings Morocco-a-go-go to Hollywood at Home

April 13, 2010 |  7:52 am

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Interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who brought a contemporary Casablanca vibe to the Colony Palms hotel, created this groovy vignette in the main room at Hollywood at Home. The store recently moved from Almont Drive in West Hollywood to a more prominent spot on La Cienaga Boulevard, and Bullard's installation -- visible from the street and invitingly lighted at night -- is a dramatic eye-catcher.

The designer puts a 1960s Mod spin on Moroccan furniture and textiles, which haven't really gone out of style in Southern California's Mediterranean and modern homes. It's a look that doesn't appear too hippie-ish or Hollywood Regency-with-a-fez. In fact, it reminded me of the Julianne Moore's bedroom set in "A Single Man." 

Working with a warm and limited color palette of browns and red, Bullard used three of his pricey printed linen designs to illustrate how patterns of different scales can work together harmoniously. 

The wall is draped with the bold yet simple zig-zag pattern, Majorelle. A sunburst pattern Marrakesh appears on the ceiling and canopy on the daybed. Senja, a more intricate paisley that almost reads as a neutral, is used on the bed and chair cushions. With the white rugs, the subtle print helps to ground the room. The furniture is a mixture of Bullard designs and Moroccan antique tables from Hollywood at Home. 

None of the merchandise could be called affordable -- the pillows on the bed start at $312.50 each -- but the room is an inspiration for anyone who has ever grappled with mixing patterns. 

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credit: Shannon Donnelly

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