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The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Influential Interior Designers in L.A.

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    Kathryn M. Ireland - P 2012
    Kathryn M. Ireland
    Clients: Steve Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Robert Zemeckis.

    It’s tragic Bravo turned it into people screaming at each other,” says Ireland of the first season of Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, which brought the designer’s wit and knack for everyday elegance, known to clients from David Mamet to Fran Drescher, to masses yearning for a glimpse of celebrity home style. “But in season two, we all know what we’re doing, and it’s fun — I [am working on] a fantastic Wallace Neff house.” The England-born Ireland’s C.V. — before starting her design career in 1993 she was an actress, publicist and producer, among other endeavors — colors her work with real-world practicality. “I hate things that don’t have a purpose,” says Ireland, whose THR showroom was inspired by Berenice Bejo.

    She explains: “After all that black and white in The Artist, I think she’d want a colorful family room in a South of France summer house.” Her clientele is devoted to Ireland’s low-drama blend of European traditional and California casual. Mamet and wife Rebecca Pidgeon hired her to do their Santa Monica house after staying in Ireland’s summer home in France. Says Ireland, whose fourth book, Timeless Interiors, was just published: “Bob Zemeckis, Steve Martin, they want to go into welcoming houses and put their feet up.”

    Can’t live without: “My AGA Total Control oven. It’s brilliant.”

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