HGTV Obsessed Episode 15: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

This week Marianne welcomes Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen of HGTV’s new show My Lottery Dream Home International. Then Jane Perrone — host of the On The Ledge podcast — shares advice on what to do with your plants when you’re moving.

April 08, 2021
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Listen in as Marianne chats with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. One of Great Britain’s most famous — and best dressed — interior designers, Laurence is the host of Britain’s Changing Rooms (a lot like the US show Trading Spaces) and served as a judge on the design competition show Interior Design Masters. Now he is also the host of HGTV’s new spin-off series, My Lottery Dream Home International.

'My Lottery Dream Home' Goes International in New Spinoff Series

HGTV celebrates Europe's luckiest lottery winners in new series starring famed British designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Laurence and Marianne discuss a variety of topics from how he got his signature style to the origin of the word ‘beige’ (it’s French, meaning the underbelly of the sheep). They also talk about differences between the wants and desires of British lottery winners as opposed to United States winners. Laurence mentions kitchens islands are of huge importance to British home shoppers. He also points out that the biggest differences between US and British homes are scale (European homes are much smaller) and history (homes in the US are most often newer).

Laurence talks about how the British are much more independent than the Americans in the way they decorate. He then shares what design trends he is seeing on his side of the pond. “Britain is ultimately coming back to a huge sense of tradition," explains Laurence. “Chintz is making an enormous revival, pattern is making an enormous revival … the kind of decorating that is defined by comfort, but also travel, intellect and eclecticism.”

If you’re not familiar with Laurence’s work and his opulent-yet-quirky style, take a look at his portfolio and tour his English country estate. Then follow him on Instagram to see what he and his lovely wife of over 30 years are up to.

Defend the Trend: Is Grandmillennial Here to Stay?

When asked about the resurgence of antiques and how it is being mixed with modern style, Laurence refers to the hemline theory of design, which states that style is dictated by the economy. He then goes on to explain the reason why grandmillennial is so popular, where it got its influence and why he sees it as a sign of being independent and rebellious.

HGTV to the Rescue

Jane Perrone, host of the On The Ledge podcast, shares advice on how to handle your plants during a move and how to nurse them back to health if they do get damaged.

Photo by: Cat Lane Photographer

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