Whether you love them or feel lukewarm, the Kardashian/Jenner family most certainly loom large as figureheads of the cultural zeitgeist.
For design inspiration, their palatial homes are hard to ignore. The superstar family’s deep pockets and obsession with style make their various Californian pads paeans to absolute luxury.
There is one name in interior design that the Kardashians trust more than any other. It’s none other than LA-based Englishman Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who was last seen on Australian shores signing scores of books at the 2018 Decor + Design show, as the keynote for the Australian House & Garden International Seminar Series
Bullard is noted for his celebrity clients, working with everyone from Christina Aguilera and Eva Mendes to Patti LaBelle and Edward Norton. While he tailors his work to his diverse clients’ briefs and personalities, his interiors are renowned for always being both comfortable and luxurious.
Yet it is perhaps his work for “the K-Jays” that has received most coverage; he has now designed for Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, the two younger Jenner sisters, Kendall and Kylie, plus the family matriarch Kris Jenner. While they can handily all be filed under K alphabetically, their personal styles diverge. As Bullard told Vogue Australia:
“Interior design is such a personal business, and when you do it for almost a complete family unit, it has been a really cool experience seeing the different personalities cross over with family traditions and similarities.”
While Kris Jenner favours classic design, her youngest daughter Kylie has taken a more whimsical approach. Kylie’s new home, designed in collaboration with Bullard, is the latest cover story for Architectural Digest, breaking all sales records for the magazine in the process (as a side note, Kylie’s fabulous frou-frou dress on the cover is Marc Jacobs). The aesthetic is playful and maximalist, incorporating a very impressive art collection.
At the tender age of 21 – and a new mother – Kylie was ready for her first ‘proper home’. With a make-up empire that Forbes has valued at approximately $800 million, it was unlikely that it was going to be a simple affair.
“Kylie is the ultimate celebrity, the ultimate influencer,” Bullard tells Architectural Digest. While she may be powerful and a serious businesswoman, it’s reassuring that she was looking for a “fresh, fun vibe” and wanted to incorporate a lot of pink, a colour that she loves. Bullard added a layer of “sumptuousness,” weaving in velvet, silk, alpaca, and shearling to give it a grown-up, luxurious feel.
The house is a stunning collection of sparkling, plush rooms, accented with gold-leaf ceilings, suede ottomans, and custom neon signs.
It also features a customised “Glam Room”, sure to make her peers green with envy. Kylie personally collaborated on the room and her closets, down to the size of each drawer. As she tells AD, “I spend a lot of time in those rooms, so we had to make sure they were perfect.”
Take a tour of Kylie Jenner’s neon-pop home at Architectural Digest. Then watch our interview with Martyn Lawrence Bullard at the 2018 Decor + Design show below.
The 2019 AH&G International Seminar Series will once again feature a glamorous array of taste makers and design masters. Like to be notified when the program is released? Register now to attend Decor + Design, Australia’s No.1 Interiors Event, 18 – 21 July in Melbourne.