Mary McDonald

Mary shares the troubles of her 24-hour install and her love of the finale episode

on Jul 19, 20110

I LOVE OUR LAST EPISODE. Yes I am screaming. Those are screaming CAPS, yes. I love it for multiple reasons.

I think watching how Jeffrey and Ross's job gets all screwed up, Kathryn's client Shannon pulling a number, and I show up to my installation being based on inaccurate information is really closest to what a lack of glamour it all is during the process -- except all that make-up and hair I find the time to do of course. It is just a series of new problems that are constantly being solved.

People write me all the time and say I want to design because I have good taste and style, and it reminds me when I was young and you had no idea how much of a process and test of patience everything was to get to this final stage of "style and taste." One must have a deep connection to wanting to create a vision and not just sell furniture to people because for every great idea you have there are about ten roadblocks to getting there.

I think Kathryn's job shows what it is like when it is a bit about a client wanting to direct and treats you like a hired assistant and the misperceptions of how much a designer can control. Once a client starts micromanaging the process, which is inevitably by nature full of snafus, well it goes downhill because they are only micromanaging because they can't handle the nature of process to begin with (not a lot of people can). Kathryn is not alone in the result of her project. We have all been there.

As for Jeffrey and Ross, I feel like I have sat in so many parking lots on unloaded furniture thinking there has got to be an easier way. I could relate completely to what happened. It was also true to design that sometimes a screw up adds just the right amount of almost wrong to a job to become genius -- like his bar stools. Sometimes not, but quite often, if you let the mistake speak to you sometimes it adds a dimension to the space that is off-kilter enough to seem geniusly deliberate.

23 comments
Jadama
Jadama

Please please Mary design some jewelry! Your jewelry on the show is awesome! Where did you get the white bone long necklace?

johannyc
johannyc

this is the best show ever, can't wait for season 2!!!!!!!! would love Mary or Martyn to decorate my house....

Viewer222222333232
Viewer222222333232

THIS IS THE BEST SHOW EVER. so glad to see something on tv where adults act like adults, and amazingly talented ones at that! fab personalities mixed with beautiful decorating, what more can we ask for? please bring it back for another season!!!!!!

getoverit
getoverit

thank god ...... Queen for a day is over...

Mrs. Lavigne
Mrs. Lavigne

Mary... that entrance to the antiques show was simply gorgeous!! Also.. I must say every outfit your wore in that last episode was fantastic..and your jewelry... omg.... perfection.. have you ever considered designing jewelry? Love everything you do... and am very happy to hear there will be a second season!!

stacey B.
stacey B.

This has become my favorite show!! I loved everything you did on the show especially the office you did! This was such a fun show to watch it always inspired me . It was also nice to see that there was no drama between all of you decorators its nice to watch a show that people actually get along and root for each other to do well!

Isolde
Isolde

I really loved this series and hope it has another season. Of all the decorators you grew to be my overwhelming favorite. Your rooms are beautiful, your work ethic admirable, you are funny as hell, and your personal style fabulous. Where do you buy your incredible wardrobe? Best wishes.

Teece
Teece

Totally love you, you're so gorgeous and talented and HI-LARIOUS!! Adore you all on MDD, but I think you should have your own show in addition to it. And Nathan should be on AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE with you, you two together is tv magic. Congrats and cheers! xo

GS54
GS54

Mary, You rock...your so talented and always on point. Plus your pretty hot too, Sorry Nathan!

NicolePops
NicolePops

This is my favorite show on TV. The five designers and their friends are amazing, hilarious, gorgeous, funny, smart, etc... You are the type of people you want to socialize with. PLEASE COME BACK FOR ANOTHER SEASON!!!

Bravo is FULL of shows where everyone is mean, catty and moronic. It's wonderful to see adults being fun, creative and supportive.

Jennifer Tuthill- Johnston
Jennifer Tuthill- Johnston

Mary McDonald, it has been such a pleasure watching you on the 1st season of Million Dollar Decorators. You are so talented and hilarious. I am a Designer in Austin, Texas All of my peers in the Design Industry in Austin are in love with you and have to decided to try and channel you. You have a way of managing your clients, your staff, and your amazing creations with class and humor along with honesty, but you do not come across rude or mean......? How do you do this? Need to see more of you! PLEASE sign on for another season, or.......... I want a spin off of your own show!

ViewerBecky campbell
ViewerBecky campbell

Oh my goodness, great show love love you all. Mary love your design work it is so me , I get you. Nathan love you. Will I just love you all, Little above my level, but a girl can dream and have a little hope. Thanks keep up the good work.

Pam Von Hartman :)
Pam Von Hartman :)

Mary, what saddness that this super happy decorating exercise is over. What a rich, unique cast they assembled. I loved your office doorfront, and I love the way the show listed your names on screen - the fonts in scenic 3D, truly awesome looking quality. Really sad it is over and assume Bravo would be nutz not to secure a season II. Thank you so much.

Viewertpj
Viewertpj

i am very upset that the show is over.come back soon!!!!

ToniTX
ToniTX

I sure hope Bravo prints my comment - they never do.

Mary - I so enjoy this series. Bravo finally got it right! All of the designers are very talented but not envious of each other. The weatlth is amazing yet you let us in your lives and make us feel like we can accomplish that look as well. We can't - it takes talent to envision something so elaborate and carry out the process. Thanks for a great season. I hope there is a second, third, fourth, .......season.

A Fan
A Fan

Mary, you're so fun! I hope Bravo gives you your very own show! You were a delight to watch. Also, your talent for design is truly impressive.

The Count
The Count

LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU Mary!!! You are hysterical and very talented! We just bought your Leopold sconces!! Love them, the charcoal shades are genius! Can't wait for season 2 Bravo!

Leila1
Leila1

I absolutely adore you, Mary. I wish I lived in CA and had a $700,000 budget to redecorate with, because I'd hire you immediately, and, I'd absolutely let you work your magic. The scene with you and the telephone purse? Sheer hilarity!

Lynn Groves
Lynn Groves

What a delightful kick this first season of Million Dollar Decorators has provided for us!!! I so hope there will be a season 2!!!

B Norvell
B Norvell

Loved, loved, loved, you and the show! Please have a season 2 Bravo!!! I thought the entrance room to the antiques show was fabulous. You and your co-workers did an amazing job. Thanks for participating in this amazing show.

Angel61
Angel61

Mary, I just love you. The whole show and cast of characters are great, but you make me laugh and Martyn is delicious! You are a terrific designer & your POV is most my style of all the designers. You're the type of woman I'd be friends with for sure. Thanks for being on the show and I hope to see more of you in the future.