Kathryn Ireland arrived in Los Angeles in 1986 and is considered one of the most influential interior and textile designers in the world. Her celebrity clientele includes Steve Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Mamet. She is the author of three books, including the recently released Summers in France. She is also well-known for her signature line of fabrics -- you can even see her fellow castmates frolicking in her showroom from time to time.
Kathryn Ireland: The client, the house, the location, where we are ... and serendipity is a factor. I might just have come back from India with a mood for the saffron yellow of turmeric or a psychedelic lack of restraint for vivid, saturated color.
Kathryn Ireland: Eclectic and comfortable with a dash of the unexpected, but always beautiful to look at.
Kathryn Ireland: David Mamet -- because he's unpretentious and doesn't need important things around him to make him feel important. He's a brilliant, down-to-earth man whose interests are comfort and family living, rather like my own.
Kathryn Ireland: Owen Wilson! Because he's so attractive -- his presentation of his personal style is casual and glamorous, the best combination.
Kathryn Ireland: All your soft furnishings -- sofas and chairs and beds -- that really serve as the backbone of your rooms should be where you spend your money, then you can build from there. Color is cheap.
Kathryn Ireland: I always say bad taste costs as much as good taste because you always have to change it. You can hold off on artwork and carpets, which are really the icing on the cake. You can buy prints and photographs rather than paintings, and with rugs you can do simple wool sisals instead of expensive oriental rugs. Keep the lead fabrics plain and splurge on expensive fabrics as accents -- a couple of yards of pillow fabric versus 25 yards for curtains. Put your money into throw pillows and splashes of color.
Kathryn Ireland: That kind of spec house look from the '80s that everybody was in love with -- granite countertops and excessive bad cabinetry. Generally, excessive cheapness when minimal good taste will do the job.
Kathryn Ireland: I believe the days of dominant trends are over. We live in a pluralistic culture now. And that's what I love about the show -- you'll see unique points of view from some very talented designers, and none of us follow routine. Some designers do the same thing and have a uniform, but not my fellow designers on MDD. Every job is different. That's why we do what we do.
Kathryn Ireland: I would have to say Martyn [Lawrence-Bullard] because he's bought fabrics from me forever, so I always feel there's a little bit of me in his work.
Kathryn Ireland: Life is competition, and even though we are all established in the design profession and theoretically past the competitive phase, there's still human nature and the unexpected circumstance.
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