20 Questions for Mary McDonald

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Mary McDonald

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If you weren’t a decorator, what would you be?  Shoe designer, ice skater, or maybe even a fanciful cake designer like Sylvia Weinstock.

What are you most inspired by?  Oddballs

Who is your style icon?  Diana Vreeland


Favorite movie interior?  I love the faded elegance of The Wings of a Dove.

Favorite museum?  The Victoria and Albert Museum in London

Favorite cocktail?  Caipirinha

Favorite restaurant?  Right now, Tower Bar in Los Angeles. I can walk there, so that might have something to do with it.

Favorite hotel?  Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur

Go-to hostess gift?  Multicolored boxed gift soaps and brightly colored striped Turkish towels

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Great rooms are seductive. They beckon and embrace with their femininity, soulfulness, and distinct personalities.

— Mary McDonald
Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna

Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna


What paint colors are you obsessed with?  Blush pink

What’s your favorite pattern?  Chinoiserie

Do you have a decorating cheap thrill?  Patterned Caspari napkins as last-minute throwaway powder-room hand towels

Are there any decorating tricks you swear by?  Painting a powder room dark, tone-on-tone color for high glamour

One decorating technique you’d never use?  Tab curtains


What’s your favorite fabric brand?  Schumacher (for my line, of course!) or vintage-fabric stores

Where do you go for amazing flowers?  Walter Nicolas in Los Angeles or Michael Georgein NYC

Who do you love for catering?  Lulu Powers

Who’s your upholstery “guy”?  Jonas in NYC

Are there any local shops you adore?  Todd Alexander Romano

Where do you love to shop abroad?  Deyrolle in Paris

Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna

Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna

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