Mary McDonald

Mary comments on her wardrobe, the stresses of the presidency, speaking French, and dinosaurs.

on Jun 7, 20110

Well now that our first episode is out of the way I think my crankier stricter side is showing through, which luckily never lasts long. The funny thing is between all the tough talk of mine, I am usually laughing about something and cracking a joke, which is exactly why no one is scared of me! Seriously, no one!

So we first see Nancy and I perusing the guesthouse's lower and upper floor. Someone needs to remind me to never where that dress again, btw. It gives me an enormous bottom. You may all email my office for that reminder. Yes I know I have thin arms, it's the bum we are talking about.

Anyhow, of course in my phone conversation with Kendra I end up with the usual client budget concern that seems to always rear it's ugly head. This was a first with Kendra though, as she really appreciates the very best. But I guess this was the caboose of the house for her. Hey, I completely get it that you wouldn't want to spend money on a place you are moving from -- EXCEPT if you want it to look good there is no way around it. I seem much more ferocious than I am really, but sometimes you have to put your foot down, possibly in a Louboutin or something so you feel better while doing it.

I am also a big proponent of using catalogues as filler for playrooms and similar spaces, but then whole point of designing these spaces is so that the house will be as complete in the back houses as it is in the main house, plus if that's what we are doing you don't need me. I have to be the boss here, which brings me to the case of hard working realtors, and their job is hard truly. Realtors want to show houses in a high-end, yet non-directional way, so as not to pigeonhole the house. I get it. That's not what I do. I make dramatic, directional, committed interiors. It is my signature. I am a more is more kind of gal -- that is why it's called more. I feel like I am spending the entire time trying to explain what I need to do to complete the job or get someone to do what I ask. I think we should call this the "Will someone please listen to Mary" episode. Or perhaps we shouldn't, because that would entail someone else signing the checks, which does not sound half bad actually. There is a thought.

14 comments
sharyn fireman
sharyn fireman

as a designer of homes and MMac style Jewels, I love you. Thanks for keeping it clear. for 40 years the clients have gotten more privileged. If I get nonsense from the clients,I have them read YOUR blogs. Love your association with Schumacher. It is wonderful to be feel free, graphic and know that it is OK to be in style: Clothes, travel, homes can be wonderfully devloped as long as your feet, not your ass, are planted on the ground. That and "WHY DON'T YOU JUST LISTEN TO WHAT I AM TELLING YOU" My private primal scream to the Atlantic from the shores of BOSTON: Muah, Muah

Emzee
Emzee

yes Fab Mary, what IS that brown wall color? Please tell, no??

Sara M.
Sara M.

As a complete amateur (and certainly one without a million dollar budget), I've been cutting out pictures of your designs from magazine spreads for years without recognizing that they were yours. I also really like the video clips of your office on the show. I am curious--did you use paint or ribbon for the black stripe up the chair rail on your stairway? Thanks! SM

The Realist
The Realist

Great fun for all.The rougher the economy gets for "the little people" the more we need reminded that fantasy land where money is no object still exist.

AMS1231
AMS1231

Meh - I get the impression that you think being rude and ill-mannered is justified by your "Talent." Guess again.

Steve Bond
Steve Bond

You don't seem at all like Karen from Will and Grace. She was very funny and you are all business and rarely smile.

RL414
RL414

You are perfectly devine! Hilarious writer! I think you could have another job if your full-time occupation didn't consume every day but somehow I feel you manage to balance (shop, work, friends/family) very well. I love the show! You are a gem!

Kelly E. M.
Kelly E. M.

Mary, you're fabulous, but you already know that. What I need to know is the paint color you used on the walls in Kendras guest house. It is just what my bedroom ordered.

Candace D
Candace D

This is my new favorite show, I love your attitude & style. So glad to have a REAL decorating show that isn't on a $500.00 budget in 2 days! Don't get me wrong I loved those when I was broke and in an apartment, but this is a show for grown ups with real homes & it is inspiring and WONDERFUL!! Thank you all for signing up and letting us see!

April Bolin
April Bolin

Mary love your style. You make me laugh and want to redo my entire home all at the same time. Great Fun! Love the show.

Katie Stephenson
Katie Stephenson

Mary, that pterodactyl comment made me laugh out loud, I love your sense of humor. I was wondering if you would share the paint color/type in your office. It's beautiful. Thanks!

Dorothy G
Dorothy G

well I must say I truly liked the show better this week Mary becasue of you...I might watch it now... thanks for bringing down the snubbing some...

charley
charley

Mary, I LOve you. I know that is a bit much, in that we have never met and I am basing this on two episodes and a book and maybe some references in my blog but leo and sag are always good together and you crack me up. Honestly, I don't think, I have ever had a person on TV, a real person anyway, slay me like you do. and I wont even get started on the clothes and the shoes and the decor, though I did rewind the up the stairs shot and say to my daughter "I thought she was tiny?" who knew. I am sure it looked good in person.Love you!!!

Kate B.
Kate B.

Mary really I just think your taste is spot on to each task! Your desire for bazaar collections (turtles, really?) is mad and I am loving everything you are doing so far!

Bravo! Kate~