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Well the day is finally here when all that was caught on camera will be open to the world. I have to say, initially I was beyond nervous doing the show, as my sense of humor has a way of easily being misinterpreted. Once I got over it and was willing to let the Chris Rock-chips fall where they may, I honestly had a blast. There is nothing I love more than the odd, ironic humor of life, and catching it on camera is even more entertaining than I thought. I always wanted to be Joan Collins or Alexis Carrington in college, I just didn't know it would be 20 years too late. Be careful what you wish for as it might show up a tad late!
Anywhoooo, the day is here, while I am juggling jobs across the coast, my designs for my first Schumacher fabric line, summer book signings for my book Mary McDonald Interiors, new collections for my lighting line, and other new endeavors. Wow that sounds braggy, but I am supposed to promote myself here so forgive me! I actually hate braggers and look at what happened to me -- I became one. I am going to start hating Giselle so I can become that too.
Speaking of bragging, it reminds me of my apologetic admission on the show tonight that I could easily spend $5 million on a home. As I said, it really does sound repulsive, doesn't it? Even I know it! The truth about high-end design is that everything is expensive when there are rugs, art, and materials that easily go into the hundreds of thousands of dollars each. Then again, who couldn't spend $5 million if they had it as a budget? (As if it is some genius of my own that allows me to do so, when it is really just the client's money. Yet another case of bragging.)
My clients the Harkham's have been so supportive and the absolute best clients, so I hope you can see their really gorgeous home on this episode. I have designed their 300-room Luxe hotel in Bel Air and then their home in the heart of Beverly Hills. I am so grateful to Kendra. especially for being on the show. I have to say I was truly shocked and saddened by the bomb she dropped on me on camera. I am even more shocked knowing her that she dropped it on camera, but hey, aren't we all glad she didn't really have a disaster and lose all her money? That is my Chris Rock sense of humor at work again, right there, I gain a few and lose a few in the audience. Chips fall where they may.
This first episode was so much fun to watch! I'm very excited and really looking forward to all the episodes to come! Come? Well......you all do seem to explode with artistic flair. Ha! This might be my favorite after Bethenny....of course!
I just LOVE you! You're precious! I actually googled your website this morning and when I went there, I reallized I had been there before! I had stumbled upon your site forever ago and was blown away... and on top of all of that, I saw a picture in your portfolio of an office space that I had seen in a Domino magazine over 4 years ago that I had patterned my daughter's nursery after. Black and pink with black curtains, and lots of acrylic! It worked perfectly for a baby girl room with just a few baby girl items... I had to comment... it was just too big of a coincidence this morning! Can't wait to see what you do the rest of the season! God Bless~
This is the best show ever. I love all of you. Your designing is all so different, but all so beautiful. I just wish the Million Dollar Decorating could air 5 days a week. Next to my husband, you are the best thing I saw last night.
Love! Love! Love! I love the show and you! I bought your book today at Barnes & Noble. I knew your name and had enjoyed seeing rooms and homes you have done in magazines for quite some time. I'm so glad there is a new show for those of us who love decorating and design. I'm so happy that all of you seem to like and respect one another. I can't wait for more episodes!
Love, love, love you and the show! It was so much fun to watch. I found myself wanting to be sitting with you in your office. Being able to create a connection with the audience like that in one show is amazing! I can't wait for the rest of the season. I am already addicted.
I completely loved the first episode of this great show. YOU are indeed glamorous, stylish, beautiful and make absolutely divine living spaces. This is my favorite Bravo show.
I tried to post a comment after the show the other night but I guess they don't all go through. Anyway, LOVED the show and LOVE you!!! So inspiring and so much fun. Can't wait for more. I am a long time fan of work and your book is my all time favorite - any chance you'll do another and when will your fabric line be out?
Hi Mary, I did not get to see it. I just stumbled upon the information that you are doing it. Congratulations on the show and your book. I am very happy for you. Take care, sweet girl. Maureen
I wouldn’t worry over “$5 mil…” comment. For most people, your “I could easily spend $5 million on a home” sound repulsive but the reality is quite different. Anyone can spend $5 mil on a home. It takes only one great listed painting to meet that amount. I could easily spend $30-50M on a home – no problem.
Mary, I just have to mention your comment: "I'm kooky, not koo-koo!" I have borrowed that that line for my life as a menopausal designer!! Love your self-deprecating humor!! Can't wait for the next show!
Wow! Dame Mary Your a incredible Lady of superb edited Taste, Style & Grace! even charming wit! how marvelous for our industry that real designer's & fortitude of great cabliber of client's comfort's, so sharing of there generous life styles! Just adore everyone, its just so elating & inspiring I have a crush on Nathan what a handsome gifted & darling man! Martyn is just Bespoke & the dandy of all things of good taste & European elegance with a sporty edge, just so delighted for the entire cast! Congratulation's its just splendore & a visual feast ! Bravo BRAVO!