Fabulous Room Friday 02.20.15

HB Mary McGee

This week’s fabulous room is a stunning dining room featured in the March issue of House Beautiful. Designed by Mary McGee, the room seamlessly combines modern and traditional elements. Timeless, hand painted Gracie wallpaper feels fresh on a lavender ground with gold leaf accents. The more classic elements of the room– the dentil moulding, transom over the porthole door, crystal chandelier, and the beautiful wallpaper feel completely new and inspiring when paired with a custom lacquered dining table and contemporary dining chairs.

Purple is not my favorite color, but I might change my mind based on this room. I love that the wallpaper is the star of the room while all of the other pieces– which are interesting individually, do not overwhelm or compete with it. The juxtaposition of elements makes this room distinctly interesting, provocative, and chic. The most interesting rooms are those that bring together beautiful pieces in a thoughtful, unexpected way, just as Mary McGee has done in this dining room.

HB Mary McGee2

{How do you feel about the color purple? Do you like to see a mix of modern and traditional pieces together in a room?}

I am going to enjoy my last few hours in New York before I head to the airport. Have a wonderful weekend!

Paloma Signature

{Images by Beatriz da Costa for House Beautiful}

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  1. My husband, who told me we would never have purple as a decor element in our home, went wild over this dining room. I’ve learned he needs to “see” possibilities tangibly.

    Isn’t this also proof that great design, like this Gracie wallpaper, can work in any colorway?

    Another tasteful example of the use of purple in another shade came from designer, Jona Collin’s who created a monochromatic lilac haven in a master bedroom. The home is featured on her website.

    1. This room is a great example of letting a talented designer do what they do best. Sometimes, if we’re pushed beyond our comfort zone, the results can exceed anything we ever expected.

      Thanks for the tip about Jona Collins. I will check out her website!

  2. A truly beautiful
    combination in a style I like to call “tradmod”. It takes a huge talent to pull it off so seamlessly.The room commands attention but at the same time has a flow and romantic flair. Tradmod is the 50 shades of the decor world and you are its master !!!! LOL
    So wish I could work with you.
    Barbara Fusco

  3. I love purple, and this wallpaper is calling my name! I would love to have it in my bedroom, as a feature wall, behind the bed. This room is so beautiful! All of the elements work together so well.

  4. I was so inspired by this as well! I wish a client would be this adventurous! I love being inspired by a fellow designer. I feel like seeing other designers work keeps us all fresh and thinking about new ways to use wallpapers, fabrics, etc. Thanks for this!