As many of you know, award winning interior designer Mary McDonald will be the guest of honor at our September showroom party. We are beyond thrilled and grateful. Her designs are glamorous, captivating and always inspiring. In honor of our evening with Mary, we’re revisiting her first book, Interiors: The Allure of Style, and the top 6 life and design lessons we learned.
Be Fearless. In Interiors: The Allure of Style, Mary reminds us that we all deserve to feel like a star in our own home. So don’t hide your personality and style behind current trends. “I like rooms that resonate wit and self-assurance and unapologetically say, This is who I am – take it or leave it!” explains Mary.
Don’t save your best pieces for special occasions. Life is busy, unpredictable and, frankly, messy, but Mary reminds us that we can still add an element of ‘fancy’ to our everyday routine. One of my favorite rooms in Interiors: The Allure of Style is Mary’s office where she “use silver for everyday items like paper clips and rubber bands” to dress up the space.
“Comfort and chic should be synonymous,” says Mary. After all, a well-designed room is one you want to spend time in. While Mary has earned a reputation for glamour and drama, at the heart of her designs is the principle that form follows function. Her rooms are just as inviting and luscious as they are dramatic.
Alway be curating. You’ll never be dazzled by your home unless you display the things you love. The key is not to arrange your room and then leave things to collect dust. “You must begin with wonderful things, but the magic happens when you arrange and rearrange…and then curate it again,” explains Mary.
“Restraint is the sister of chic,” explains Mary. “It should feel like you’re pulling the reins on a bridle when the horse wants to gallop.” This tension between drama and restraint is what creates allure. It’s what draws you into Mary’s designs.
Have fun. “Design is like theater. The better the sets, the better the play. As in life, if the play isn’t good, you might as well like the set.” In all of Mary’s room designs, I’m especially drawn to the fact that they look like they were fun to design. Don’t take design and fashion so seriously that you forget to enjoy the process.