I miss Million Dollar Decorators. The season is so short and goes by so fast. In the last episode Martyn Bullard Lawrence revealed the project
he was doing for his sister Tina (and her husband Alan) in Chislehurst, England.
|Martyn takes on Napoleon|
Martyn says, "After years of owning various fashion apparel stores and a beautician
business, my sister and her husband Alan decided to make an enormous
change to their lives and take over a 215-year-old pub in the local historic village of Chislehurst. I have to say this has
come as enormous shock to me. The pub world, even though a centuries old
tradition in England, has been suffering greatly in the last few years
from the recession and changing tastes of the public. In fact, pubs are
closing down like wildfire all over the country, so for my family to
suddenly decide to become publicans seemed both shocking and foolhardy".
|Martyn Bullard Lawrence and his sister Tina|
The task came to Martyn to help turn a rundown, smelly, and badly
reviewed pub into a beautiful spot that the wealthy local clientele could
once again love, and provide his sister and her family with a successful business. Martyn's thinks a pub should "be old school, cozy, sexy, inviting, and should
always feel like an old friend -- familiar, welcoming, and there to give
you support and comfort".
The tension that comes of working with family, the biting cold, the crumbling walls, and an escalating budget got even more complicated.
|The wallpaper Martyn chose put husband Alan on edge, but I think it came out great|
|Love those monkeys! The wallpaper Martyn chose looks like|
Martyn thought his biggest problem was convincing his sister's husband to trust his choice of paint color and wallpaper, and tells us, "there also seems to be a deeper routed problem. The pub is
haunted by Napoleon's lover Charlotte who used to live in the pub in
the nineteenth century when her lover was exiled to Chislehurst. The
pub was then an inn and apparently she lived there for years and must
have eventually died there of a broken heart."
|Besides rot and leaks Martyn found a ton of old stuff in the basement, including Napoleon memorabilia that he used|
The pub, The Imperial Arms,
came out very glam glam, but still homey enough to not scare the locals away. I'm sure Martyn's family will make a great success of it, and Martyn will drop in when he is in England. He shares that he is also filming, producing, and starring in his own design show in England. I hope it gets shown in the USA on BBC TV!
|Cozy corner table with banquettes with glam glam velvet tufting|
The Imperial Arms
|The bar and a bust of Napoleon|
has been nominated as one of the ‘best pubs in London‘ in The London Pub Crawl
Guide, it stocks perfectly kept real ales, such as Doombar and Harveys,
along with chilled lagers and a very
interesting, well priced wine list.
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|Tina's husband Alan behind the bar - He loves what Martyn did|
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