I have recently developed an obsession for the glamorous, unconventional designs of LA-based interior designer, Mary McDonald. In her own words, Mary describes her style as, “…classic meets eccentric. I find myself in sweater sets some days and ostrich feathers others–Audrey Hepburn meets Auntie Mame. My interiors have that same range” (www.allthebestblog.co.uk/).
All images via marymcdonaldinc.com or Google Images: Mary McDonald
While my childhood home is much less eclectic than McDonald’s designs, I think I’m drawn to her style because my mother has always utilized a similar combination of traditional luxury with bright, vivacious colors. In large part because of my parents’ shared love for color, I have tended to fearlessly embrace color throughout my own life. Bright orange heeled sneakers and hot-pink leopard tennis shoes were staples in my 9-year old wardrobe. Wow, they sound a lot tackier than I ever realized. The point is that living with color and a bit of whimsy can be freeing and luxurious. For me, bold color feels like home, like family, like my true self—like merriment, and there's no greater luxury than feeling like your best self in your home!