The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Influential Interior Designers in L.A.
Mary McDonald would have been at home in a 1930s screwball comedy. The Brentwood native and former hatmaker wisecracked her way through the first season of Million Dollar Decorators spouting lines like, “I try to force everyone to be more glamorous.” McDonald describes her style as “whimsical classicism,” which manifests itself in more-is-more rooms (Indian and Chinoiserie touches, silk stripes and zebra rugs) with a spot-on sense of formal composition. Her favorite luxury, she admits, is “flying in my clients’ jet to shop in Paris for a mere two days.”
Current inspiration: Late French designer Jacques Adnet, Cecil Beaton watercolors, artist Konstantin Kakanias, Merchant Ivory films.