Famous for her fearless use of color, Mary took her cues from a traditional English men’s club when she designed this dining room, but dialed up the whimsy with bright red walls, fun flourishes, and a touch of unexpected pattern. Navy chairs add a slightly nautical vibe that’s reflected in the round porthole-style mirror.
Soft & Sophisticated
“A well-designed room should beckon you, make you feel welcome and wanting a little bit more,” says Mary. Grounded by classic influences like symmetry, stripes, and a traditional window treatment with a valence, this room exudes a timeless sophistication—in a soft-spoken color story that keeps things light and inviting.
“To be truly romantic, a bedroom must be playful,” says McDonald. “It can be chic as can be, but it must have a bit of ‘come hither’ to it.” A fantasy of soft stripes, this lavishly draped and ornately canopied chinoiserie tester bed is the ultimate feminine retreat. Celadon pillows with Greek-key tape and a sunburst mirror add just the right amount of edge.
In the Red
Red is passionate, provocative, powerful—the perfect choice for this dramatic dressing room, part of a large walk-in closet in the master bedroom of a Hollywood movie mogul. Bright, traditional accents—a pair of sconces and a 19th-century Regency mirror suspended from chandelier chains—break up the monochromatic theme for an effect that’s opulent, not overwhelming.