Mary’s Moxie


{Symmetry, Classic Silhouettes, and a Neutral, but Striking Palette create an Elegant Living Room}

I have adored Mary McDonald‘s work since I first saw it featured in Domino and Veranda many, many years ago. I love her classic sensibility and use of color. I also love Mary’s moxie. She loves a bold statement, whether in the form of a graphic, painted floor or a dramatic drapery treatment. I was thrilled to arrive home from London and Paris to a stack of magazines including the April issue of House Beautiful which includes a new project by Mary. It has been a little while since we’ve seen new work from her. Perhaps she is saving it for book number two? Here’s hoping!

This particular home belongs to long-time friends and clients of Mary’s who live in a Georgian Revival in Beverly Hills. Any decorator knows that some jobs can go on for years– after all, design is an evolution and sometimes, the fit between the decorator and client is so great that the client may not want the collaboration to end. Such was the case for this project. Mary and her client had a ball working together to create spaces that felt timeless and befitting of the classic house, but that were also conducive to the lifestyle of a young family. You’ll notice that each room is filled with traditional silhouettes and saturated color palettes, yet easy-to-live-with fabrics, comfortable seating, and natural fiber rugs make the home cozy and inviting.


{Mary is so talented and bringing together a classic aesthetic with unexpected pieces to create a modern moment. Such is the case with the chic collection of photography hanging in the living room.}


{For the library, a deep red was chosen for the walls and upholstery.}


{In the study, Mary opted for a classic and comfortable blue and white palette with orange accents.}


{The dining room features an antique chandelier paired with a custom dining table and chairs.}


{In the master bedroom, a pale blue palette sets a soothing tone.}

Paloma Signature

{Photography by Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful}

4 thoughts on “Mary’s Moxie

  1. Magnificent work by Mary!!!! Miss her personality on tv as well as in print!!! Please keep us posted and thank you so much for sharing! I just love your posts and they bring joy and beauty to all!

  2. I think it’s interesting that the palettes are so different room to room. One room red, the next blue and orange. I think it’s a bit jarring, although the quality of the rooms is fantastic.

  3. Absolutely love her work! Met her in Birmingham a few weeks ago and she is hilarious. Thanks for sharing I have not received my House Beautiful yet.

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