If you have a home in the Hollywood hills, loads of cash, and not much to do, then Interiors: The Allure of Style by Mary McDonald is the book for you. Mary attended the Parsons School of Design and became a hot shot milliner in her early twenties in New York City.
Her first love was fashion but she turned to interior design by starting with her own apartment—others then asked her to decorate their homes. Mary’s signatures are self-described as drama, glamour (or “glamma”), and bold gestures.
In her first book, award-winning interior designer Mary McDonald inspires readers to combine old-fashioned elegance with the joy of fearless, exuberant decorating. Consistently ranked one of House Beautiful’s top 100 designers, L.A.-based Mary McDonald’s gorgeous, feminine interiors have graced the cover of every major design magazine.
Dubbed the “decorating daredevil” by Domino magazine, McDonald began her career as a milliner and retains a sense of “couture chic” that inspires the look of her interiors, which are simultaneously timeless and of the moment. Her ability to combine bold patterns, chinoiserie, and Indian influences with contemporary lines and an impeccable sense of color has made her one of the most sought-after interior designers working today.
Now in her first book, as vibrant and whimsical as Mary and her work, McDonald explores the themes that inform her stylish yet playful sensibility. 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.