Million Dollar Decorators Airs In Italy

The Bravo show recently started playing in Italy on SKY Cable, channel 124 on Thursday nights.

I read about the show before it premiered in the States. Many wondered if a show with decorating budgets in the millions would appeal to the public during a recession.

I think they picked a great “cast.”  Some of the decorators’ comments had me on the floor.

“Decorating is totally delicious.”  I agree Mr. Bullard.

“Sometimes, I think my job is more important than the President of the United States.”  “That goes without saying.”  I can’t figure out if Jeffrey Alan Marks is just playing to the camera. (A friend who’s a set designer said he is.  She adores him and said he’s very talented).

“I have clients all over the world and I don’t get out of bed for less than a million dollars.”  Do your thing Ms. Ireland.

All reality shows have a villain, but this one (so far) doesn’t seem to have one.  The designers all know each other.   Some are closer than others, but it’s nice to see a lack of back stabbing in such a competitive field.

A few of the clients don’t come across as well.  Like the one woman who said upon meeting Kathryn that she had a MBA and a law degree so how hard could interior design be?  She quickly changed her mind after spending over $500,000 shopping in Europe only to realize she had no idea where to put anything.

Bullard client Joe Francis, the CEO of that wonderful contribution to society “Girls Gone Wild”, has a 13 million dollar estate in Mexico. The way he spoke to his household staff was out of control.  Perhaps he forgot the cameras were rolling?  Did he think was okay to use that tone because they’re Mexican?  I had some L.A. flashbacks listening to him treat people like dirt.  Like the Countess from RHONYC said, “Money can’t buy you class.”

What do you think of Million Dollar Decorators?

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8 comments
  1. deannamarie said:

    OK…this made me want to see more. Too bad it’s not in the US yet.

    • Deannamarie, it might be in re-runs on the BRAVO cable channel. It’s an American show that premiere on BRAVO late last year.

      Also, check Bravo’s website. Since you live in the States you would be able to see any episodes they have put online.

  2. deannamarie said:

    Wow. You were totally correct. The eps are the Website. I don’t remember ever seeing promos for this show. Thx! Also, are you going to share photos of your decor work?

    • You’re welcome!

      Yes, I look forward to the day when I can share photos of my work.

  3. Oh yes! This show. I learned a lot more about handling clients and how important it is to have a great team behind you. Even if you’re not at that level yet, every detail must be attended to with a surgeon’s precision. Beyond the over the top comments and behavior, it’s a good show for learning about the business-side of decorating. I attend and work with Maison et Objet here in Paris and I love meeting new designers, companies, learning about trends: Opportunities for growth. Congratulations on attending your first Salone in Milan! Ciao!

    • Grazie. I agree with you. While these designers work with very high budgets, there is a lot to learn from the show.

      On one episode Mary McDonald passed on a job with a 1-1.5 million dollar budget because she knew in her gut that she and the client had completely different aesthetics. Some other designers would have taken the gig in order to get paid, but what would the home look like? It’s hard to be creative when you hate what you’re working on.

  4. I just found this post of yours! I love this sort of “garbage” entertainment. Glad to hear I will be able to find it when we get Sky..soon…

  5. Grazie Dio for SKY cable. There is some great progamming on it and I’m able to keep up with most of my favorite shows from the States and the UK.

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