MERRY, MARY!



The Greenwich Historical Society kicks off its marquee fundraiser – Antiquarius– this week with the Preview Party for the Antiques Show on Friday night.  This year, the Honorary Chair for the show is the ultra talented, wickedly funny and supremely glamorous interior designer…Mary McDonald!

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Mary is flying in from her home base of Los Angeles to give a presentation at the Antiques Show on Saturday morning, December 7th.  If you are a design buff you will not want to miss this special opportunity to learn about Mary’s design philosophy, creative process, trade secrets and lots, lots more!  For those who are NOT familiar with Ms McDonald, she is one of the world’s most sought after interior designers and is the star of Bravo’s hit TV series: “Million Dollar Decorators.”

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Known for her bold and glamorous twist on classic sensibility, Mary’s signature projects include the interiors for the iconic Hotel Bel-Air

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and numerous high profile boutiques and private residences around the world.  Her work is regularly featured in Elle Decor, Veranda, & House Beautiful (among others) and is beautifully catalogued in her first book “Mary McDonald: Interiors” — which she will be signing at the Antiques Show following her presentation (you can pick up your copy from Diane’s Books at the Show!).

COver_2 I am a huge fan of Mary’s lush, sophisticated and (oftentimes) feminine aesthetic and have to share a few of my favorite room scenes with you:

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Mary also has a gorgeous collection of fabrics and trims for Schumacher (we’re incorporating one of her beautiful fabrics into the Antiques Show decor!).

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And – thanks to my designer, Brooke Crew – Mary’s bold, graphic tapes add just the right dose of pizzaz to a pair of lucite benches in my entryway.

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Finally, I am leaving you with an interview that we did with Mary for the Antiques Show Journal.  She was a great sport to answer some of these fun, “Mad Libs” style questions!

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Dream Dinner party guests –

Myself and George Clooney

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 This New Year’s Eve you’ll find me…

Maybe in Boston, maybe in Gstaad…Can’t decide.

Favorite paint color of the moment –

At the moment I am having a pink jag, eggplant is a close second.

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Beloved holiday tradition…

Something I call Christmas breakfast on Christmas day late in the morning, which I started years ago.  All my friends, their kids, out of towners, and various floating folk come. I make a huge buffet full of all of these English foods I grew up having since my father is British. We have everything from blood sausage (I swear it’s good) to bangers and sausage rolls. It’s quite fun. I try to have a little something to open…even for people I don’t know so it’s fun for everyone. We have mimosas and brunch; it’s an overall come one, come all event.

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Mary’s Christmas decor in her previous home.

 

Never…

Regret what you did not have the strength to do in the past. If you had the strength you would have done it.

 Always…

Go out with lipstick

 On my nightstand…

Are bowls and dishes of jewelry I take off before bed.

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(More bowls of jewelry in Mary’s dressing room!)

 

Go-to hostess gift…  

Guest soaps

 Favorite piece of furniture  –

A pair of 18th c Swedish empire daybeds

 Dream project…  

A Parisian hotel in the vein of Hotel Costes or a Hotel Particulier on the Ile St. Louis.

 When I think of Greenwich I think of…

Great millwork and the movie Trading Places…

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Favorite city –

Paris

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Style icon –

Diana Vreeland

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On my holiday table…

I generally have plaid, narcissus and a plethora of horn accessories, flatware etc. All in an over the top manner as only Christmas can be.

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Mary’s table (in her previous residence) decked out for Christmas.

If you would like to join us on Saturday for “Champagne Brunch” and Mary’s special presentation titled “My Life in Design,” please call 203.869.6899 or visit the Historical Society’s website (seating is limited).  I am SO looking forward to getting a dose of West Coast glam — courtesy of Mary!

xoxo,

Cath

 

Photos: Mary McDonald, House Beautiful, Veranda, Bravo, The Daily Banter, Cote de Texas, Chinoiserie Chic, Belle Maison, Pinterest, CT.

 

 



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