On the Couch With Mary McDonald
We sat down for a chat with the Los Angeles designer about choosing the right colors, where she gets her inspiration, and the trendy color even she is tired of.
Sense of Place
MHI: Your style seems so particularly West Coast. Would you use different colors in a different environment?
MM: At heart, I really like these old-fashioned Nancy Lancaster rooms with layers of chintz and books everywhere with a gilded broken table. So yes, I would and do use different colors in a different environment. My library is paneled and all dark olive green. In fact, there is nothing really California or hip about my own current living room, so it is funny to me that I have this reputation.
But at the same time, I am glad because I have made an effort to express what is current for us here in California in a lot of my work. I am glad it shows, because as I said, inside I am in a chintz living room in Connecticut.