“Mary McDonald: Interiors: The Allure of Style” available through Rizzoli Books
If you love Regency and Hollywood Regency styled homes, then you must study Mary McDonald’s interiors. She is ranked one of House Beautiful “Top 100 Designers” and has been featured in publications including Veranda, Town & Country, Domino, House Beautiful, House & Garden and International Vogue. McDonald is a little different than the up and coming designers in that she embraces antique historical furniture and combines it with modern elegance. She seems to have an ability to work with bold color which most of us are afraid to approach. Her extensive travel in Europe and the Far East has granted her an eye for classic style which she incorporates with eclectic furnishings for a strong sense of glamour and sophistication.
For those who are interested in Hollywood Regency styles, Home Beautiful featured a yellow and grey interior with the greek key design and french chairs, and empire side tables. Mary McDonald’s Bold and Theatrical Design-Home Beautiful details how designer Mary McDonald uses vibrant colors, dramatic details, and old-Hollywood glamour in the home of an L.A. movie mogul. House Beautiful 2010 features this stunning home upfront and in detail. See it in detail on her site.
Western Interiors November 2008 featured a home owned by Bert and Jennifer Salke in Beverly Hills that was designed by Mary McDonald. The home was designed around modern furniture. The walls were painted in a warm cocoa brown paint, and the surroundings combined two chaise longues at the rear of the room covered with ice blue fabric and a zebra ottoman which was placed in the middle. Modern Barcolonas were placed on either side of the room and anchored by the rug pattern which formed a walkway in between the two seating arrangements. Modern ghost chairs give the space more breathing room, looking almost invisible.
Rooms to Inspire In The City By Annie Kelly evokes stylish homes with cosmopolitan sophistication. Annie Kelly, editor-in-chief of the New York Observer Home magazine compiles the residences by leading tastemakerssuch as Muriel Brandolini, Peter Dunham, Jonathan Adler, and Mary McDonald. This inspiring medley ranges from Carolina Irving’s Upper East Side–chic New York apartment with custom molding influenced by Gothic architecture to Robert Couturier’s elegant residence with curved walls, decorated by Paulin Paris. Mary McDonalds guest home is featured and dressed in Hollywood Regency and Eclectic furnishings. When she bought an new home, she renovated this home and kept it for entertaining friends and family. McDonald’s guest home, which is a few miles from her new home features amazing antique furniture, and a generous use of color, paired with unique carefully chosen accessories. Check out the pictures on Mary McDonalds site.
Mary McDonald: Interiors: The Allure of Stylevibrant interiors are explored and McDonald spills her secrets to the themes that that inspire her stylish decorating. From her own refurbishment of Buster Keaton’s legendary villa to a stunning range of client projects, McDonald carefully details the colors, fabrics, and accessories she uses to seamlessly pull each look together. Exquisitely photographed, this vivid book is a must for anyone who loves sophisticated, ravishing interiors
“Decorator Mary McDonald is known for vintage Hollywood movie-worthy houses,as seen in her new book Mary McDonald: Interiors (Rizzoli). She shares her tips for bringing a touch of glamour into everyday life.” ~Family Circle
“Mary McDonald Interiors: The Allure of Style will be published this month by Rizzoli, featuring more than 250 photographs of some of the most glamorous rooms captured between the covers of a coffee-table book… Interiors seems to have elegance, romance, and flair buried deep within its high-gloss pages.” ~Lonny
“Mary McDonald Interiors: The first book from the fashion-forward former milliner offers insight into her design philosophy of infusing spaces with drama, elegance, and plenty of customization.” ~Tradtional Home
“This month, Rizzoli’s new Mary McDonald: Interiors, the designer’s first book, shines a gorgeous light on the Los Angeles native’s work, a bring-it-on layering of exuberant color, theatrical gestures and obsessive collecting – executed with just enough poised elegance and formal composition to preserve order in the house.” ~Veranda