155 – Las Vegas Market LIVE: Barrie Livingstone

Las Vegas Market LIVE: Barrie Livingstone

On this episode of The Lounge, Nick joins us LIVE from Las Vegas Market at Zuo Trendy’s Tiki Bar with designer Barrie Livingstone. Barrie designs high-end million greenback houses and he LOVES his job: he was born to do it. On the episode, Barrie tells us tales about a few of his superstar shoppers, in addition to about previous tasks he labored on all over the world.

Attending to Know Barrie

When Barrie is requested beer, wine or, cocktail it’s at all times a cocktail; often a transparent drink like vodka or tequila. Initially from Manchester, England Barrie moved to Miami as a teenager at 14 years previous. His profession began in Miami Seashore nevertheless he now lives in Malibu, California. Barrie additionally beforehand lived in Malaysia and Dubai for 2 years. He has been to 51 international locations and 37 states and he at all times counts the place he goes. Barrie loves to return to the identical locations and finds himself loads within the Caribbean, South America, and Italy. Capri & Amalfi are his favourite cities in Italy. Barrie’s favourite vogue equipment are sneakers and socks. The latest film he’s seen is Greatest Mates with Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn.

Barrie’s favourite superstar he has labored for is Dwayne Johnson, who he met in top notch on a aircraft over Thanksgiving in Fort Lauderdale. After that, Barrie ended up designing his residence. Barrie says that probably the greatest locations to community and meet shoppers is in top notch on a aircraft and that is the place he’s met a number of of his shoppers.

How Barrie bought into Inside Design

For those who go to Barrie’s web site it says “Barrie Livingstone since 1968” as a result of he actually looks like design is one thing he was born to do. As a baby, he was obsessive about how folks lived in Previous English Manor homes with smaller furnishings, smaller door heights, and smaller the whole lot. Barrie thought he wished to be an actor however as a substitute, he acts out his fantasies together with his shoppers doing inside design. He attended the Artwork Institute of Fort Lauderdale and bought a four-year diploma whereas he was working full-time. Barrie began working in January 1987 and his first day of faculty was in April 1987. This yr he’s celebrating his thirtieth anniversary of doing Inside Design. Barrie’s first job exterior of faculty was for a gents in Parkland, Florida who owned these 1-900 and 976 “naughty” numbers again within the 80s.

After 7 years in Fort Lauderdale with the South Seashore Design Group, Barrie realized he wished to do larger issues out west and left for California. His dream was at all times to do tv and film star houses. One in every of his buddies from design faculty labored on Versace’s home after which began engaged on Cher’s home, a 16,000 sq. foot residence. Barrie went to go to the house and little did he know 6 months later he can be engaged on Cher’s home too, his first consumer in LA. He spent 8 months engaged on the house with 85 different folks however working with Cher was simple, as she was very specific and knew precisely what she wished. Barrie tells us that when working with a celeb you’re feeling very empowered since you’re on the beck and name of this highly effective particular person.

The Enterprise Right now

One in every of Barrie’s present tasks is for a buddy who simply purchased a 9 million greenback residence. Barrie additionally simply bought again from Panama engaged on a giant undertaking. He can’t say a lot about as a result of he signed a non-disclosure settlement, however his work will likely be a world tv undertaking coming quickly.

When Barrie was in Excessive Level being interviewed for the “Ask a Designer” present with The Design Community, one of many questions he was requested was, ‘What’s the craziest factor a consumer has requested for?’ This didn’t occur to him however to his assistant. Barrie was designing a penthouse for a consumer who occurred to be homosexual and wished an enormous 4 submit mattress. There was some type of materials that wanted to be dropped off on the home and Barrie instructed his assistant, recent out of faculty, 22 years previous, to do it. As she was strolling within the consumer requested her to return up the bed room and instructed her to inform Barrie that the mattress wanted to be screwed into the ceiling and the ground. Why? Nicely, as a result of he wanted to have the ability to tie folks to it and restrain them so the posts wanted to be bolted down. The assistant got here working again to Barrie crying,” he’s a monster, he’s monster, he ties folks to his mattress!” All that may be mentioned is his assistant was indoctrinated fairly rapidly.

What’s made Barrie so profitable is full devotion to what he does. He loves having design in his life and having good issues round him, whether or not it’s cloth, buddies or folks. When he first got here again from Dubai, after a two-year hiatus from the U.S, he had no shoppers and didn’t know what to with himself. Sooner or later he went all the way down to the Pacific Design Middle to have a look at materials and had moments with all of this attractive cloth. He spent 3 hours there and it was his remedy. Barrie loves assembly folks and calls himself an individual addict.

Barries does actual property as properly, flipping and staging houses. He solely began doing this 5 years in the past nevertheless it was the subsequent pure course of for him after being a designer and salesperson. Beginning out in design, Barrie loves that he can inform his shoppers how a lot a flip its going to value. One in every of his most up-to-date listings is a 7 million greenback residence that he did together with his associate Andrew McDonald in Malibu. They went to the mine.com and spent a whole lot of hundreds of {dollars} shopping for furnishings and lighting and used Zuo Trendy as properly. He says it’s great to create inside areas after which promote them.

Barrie additionally has a e-book known as, Inside Design Suggestions Each Realtor Ought to Know However Doesn’t. The e-book consists of 68 recommendations on what to do with your property, based mostly on Barrie’s experience. One tip consists of: cleanliness is subsequent to godliness. For those who deal with your property, deal with it with dignity and respect, then it can deal with you with dignity and respect all the way in which again. An instance is with doorknobs, that are simple to vary all the way in which all through proudly owning a house. Additionally, Lighting is dear and also you see cobwebs on it which isn’t a superb look. Clear it. Easy as that. One in every of Barrie’s mottos, since he started designing, is a room ought to be lovely with out furnishings. Whenever you stroll into house and fall in love, it ought to be with the flooring, molding, and lighting fixtures. Furnishings ought to be the accent.

One hat Barrie doesn’t wish to put on is the bookkeeping hat so he hires any individual to maintain observe of his figures. He is aware of what his weaknesses are and he is aware of he wants somebody to observe them for him. His favourite hat to put on is the tv and leisure hat as a result of he actually does love entertaining folks. Barrie’s dad would say that you just at all times put your self within the nicest residence within the smallest space and that means you’re at all times surrounded by superb folks.

On prime of doing residential, Barrie does Hospitality design as properly. On the InterContinental resort in Dubai, he bought to design seven eating places and 4 totally different room sorts. He labored 90 hours every week for 3 months to finish it. A future design undertaking Barrie wish to do is a holistic spa that may be a very [green]-friendly design.

Study extra at www.barrielivingstone.com and don’t overlook to say hello to Barry if you are there.


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Wrap Up

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