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Mary McDonald: Interiors: The Allure of Style Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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"Inside these pages: Mary McDonald's first book, due out in October, reflects the fact that she is a designer with varied inspirations and charms that always leaves you wanting more. 'Mary McDonald Interiors: The Allure of Style' reveals the many layers of this celebrated and beloved designer." ~Florida Design
"Mary McDonald Interiors: The Allure of Style will be published this month by Rizzoli, featuring more than 250 photographs of some of the most glamorous rooms captured between the covers of a coffee-table book... Interiors seems to ahve elegance, romance, and flair buried deep within its high-gloss pages." ~Lonny
"Mary McDonald Interiors: The first book from the fashion-forward former milliner offers insight into her design philosophy of infusing spaces with drama, elegance, and plenty of customization." ~Tradtional Home
"This month, Rizzoli's new Mary McDonald: Interiors, the designer's first book, shines a gorgeous light on the Los Angeles native's work, a bring-it-on layering of exuberant color, theatrical gestures and obsessive collecting - executed with just enough poised elegance and formal composition to preserve order in the house." ~Veranda
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Room decor is a kind of chemistry, so what do you want to combine? Everything is created twice, first as an idea, then tangibly. Before talking furniture styles or colors, what mood or emotion do you want the room to evoke? If you begin with the ideas (or adjectives), then everything you choose for the room can exemplify those elements. McDonald shows how she has done that through the adjectives she employs: flirty, charming, seductive, whimsical, chic, dramatic, global and colorful.
McDonald explains some ways she plans rooms. After considering the needs and lifestyle of the client, assessing the bones of the home etc. she says: "...I filter the plan through my own reservoir of inspiration which comes from so many sources: fashion, textiles, period clothing, old fonts, drips of water, peaks in whipped cream, old gold bullion, buttons, teacups, machinery parts, grasshoppers, lizards, animal furs, jewelry, rocks, minerals, leaves, flowers, the grain on an old piece of wood, the ridges on shells, black sand, bright plastic cups, Lucite, baby vegetables, fancy candies... my list is endless.... Creativity is like breathing for me--it's my life force.Read more ›
Ms McDonald likes to mix things up, but in a way that is fresh and elegant. In less practiced hands there would be a danger of too many influences creating a confusing mish mash of styles. However Ms Mcdonald uses a skilled eye to bring in elements of traditional 18th C European furniture and chinoiserie pieces mixed up with old Hollywood style glamour, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and bits and bobs from Latin America, India, and Asia. She then manages to pull them all together into a harmonious whole. So the rooms look elegant and fresh instead of resembling a rummage sale. Her use of colour in many instances is very bold, but restful to the eye, never jarring, and where required she manages to link indoor to outdoor spaces quite fluidly. It is refreshing to see a designer prepared to use bold and dramatic elements, to give the rooms zest and interest, but they are still very livable. There are no touches here of "The Miss Havershams" i.e. subdued, musty and sepia toned rooms all tastefully done, but with no flair or pleasant surprises. No one could accuse Ms McDonald of lacking a unique style or personal flair.
The scope of designs is considerable, ranging from the author's own ultra feminine private bedroom and dressing rooms, to the ultra masculine rooms she designed for a male friend's house. Public and private rooms are given equal treatment, and there is enough variety in the number of houses depicted, for most readers to settle on a personal favourite.Read more ›
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this book is the bomb. i love her style and while i love the whole french shabby look this is a breath of fresh air. impeccable!Published 9 months ago by cheryl jordan
After I looked through 50 pages of this book I had to check the publication date. I expected it to be in the 80s or 90s, but it is 2010. It seems dated to me. Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. Ray
Really a nice book and great pictures and by reading the chapters there is a lot of insight into how to decorate! I love it.Published 17 months ago by Sharon L. Parker