Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald reflects on her time with Nathan Turner at High Point Market.

on Jul 12, 20110

I am sitting here in my office juggling so many things right now I am wondering how everyone does it all. I guess just like this, wondering how everyone else juggles it all. Product deadlines, photo shoots, high-pressure clients, and bi-coastal jobs. Of course more staff is more training and more overhead. . .it is rather endless this learning curve. I think I need a Barry Diller like DVF. Speaking of fashion I love Kathryn in all pink by the Colony Palms hotel. I love pink. One could even be a pink poodle and I would like them. No Kathryn does not look like a pink poodle. I also love people that can appreciate a good cocktail, so Kathryn seems to be on my hit parade for this episode. Martyn said it all when he called her Isadora Duncan except Kathryn was not offed by her scarf.

What a great job Martyn did at The Colony Palms hotel. J'adore his suite. I love the reds, his Moroccan red tile fabric, the suzanis and the oh-so Marrakech half-painted red wall. Bravo, you handsome thing Martyn. It was quite drama-free no less, which is always a feat and a good reason to have a little cocktail in celebration. The hotel is fabulous and you should all get there, after you visit the Luxe Sunset Hotel, which I redesigned a few years ago! City sleek vs. Desert Chic!

I love Nathan, but he is definitely fired in the travel agent department. He lured me in with promises of an old Southern hotel and forgot to make a reservation until the day before and voila... we have to a) share a room and b) pretend it was a quaint Southern inn.

Do you love my Jessica Simpson "Chicken of the Sea" moment asking if North Carolina is the South? Should it not be called North South Carolina? I like that better. I will say this, everyone seems much more at peace out there in North Carolina, and you realize how weird frantic city life is. It makes you wonder what we are all rushing around for. They seem happier and more wholesome. Too bad you guys did not have time to see all our crazy antics in between my lighting launch meetings and Nathan's furniture launch. We played pool at a poll hall -- I was terrible btw -- visited every BBQ joint in town, shopped at some great showrooms, visited a three-story house that was made to look like a huge chest of drawers, all topped off by the glamorous Architectural DIgest party. The antics were endless.

I am glad Jeffrey and Ross bought that highly-coveted John Dickinson table, but a tad worried for their eyesight if they thought it was a coffee table. Maybe they thought it was for dolls. There are these fabulous lines of dollhouse furniture that designers do and perhaps that was it? 

Stay tuned for next week when everything goes wrong on my L.A. Antiques Show entry install. . .

Cheers,
Mary

12 comments
NiteOwlett
NiteOwlett

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the show and you top it all ! Keep up the great job of being you.

meggieb
meggieb

I LOVE you! And the show - there HAS to be a season 2!!!!!!!!

Jessica In Japan
Jessica In Japan

I don't want the show to end!!! Bravo please don't end it :(

Susie Q.
Susie Q.

Please tell/ask BRAVO to keep you all on - I dont care if they do it LIVE!!!! You all r the HIT OF THE SUMMER!!!!

ViewerJust me
ViewerJust me

It was delightful to see you made a trip to NC. Its a great state with wonderful people.Loved your lamps as well and I adore this show.

HUGE MDD FAN!
HUGE MDD FAN!

FAVORITE SHOW EVER BRAVO!!! Mary - I love this show why can't you all be on all year! It needs to be in 3D so I can put glassess on and freeze frame the decorated rooms to soak up the design. Amazing designs!!! And how did Bravo find three sets of fabulous pairs, when you are with Nathan, and when Kathryn is with Martyn, and Johnathan is with his boyfriend the beautiful "Breck Girl", it's even more fabulous! You are a stand out show above the Bravo line up and television shows this is a golden emmy winner and I hope ALL of you are back very quickly so upset the last show is next week. Thanks Bravo!

patmoreno
patmoreno

You have sarcastic humor. I like it.

ViewerMarcia
ViewerMarcia

Well, first of all, really enjoying Million Dollar Decorators. I'm a UCR student in design and been given your name to do a report on. Have your book, LOVE IT!!! Would love any other fun bio/info on you that I could share with my class.I've done some Google bio searches and come up with nothing. I thought you might have a website, that would be helpful. Maybe I could drive to LA and interview you, let me know. Hope the show continues on an upward course so It can drop more design inspiration into my own design oasis. Hopefully I can do one design job in the future and feel the same sense of balance that I get when I look a your design work. All I can say is good job and well done. Very sincere, Marcia

HOUSEandGARDEN
HOUSEandGARDEN

Congratulations on your beautiful lamp line. They are as fabulous as you are. Totally love watching you, especially with cute Nathan. I hope there is another season, and pray you are in it! Your style and joie de vivre added such spirit to the show.

JustinLH86
JustinLH86

"Is North Carolina the south?"

"This is very, um, Gone with the wind." "...ish."

"Oh... it looks like someone slept in here. Is that normal?" "Don't... that kinda thing gives me the willies, don't even think about it."

"Why is that wall dirty...? Ew..." "I don't know..." "Did you have that gross picture in your head I did?"

You and Nathan need your own show.

ViewerSteveS.
ViewerSteveS.

Wow! Amazingly talented and way cute to watch. I think I am in love.

Julie Smith
Julie Smith

Hi Mary,

Love, love, love the show! And was VERY disappointed that the season finale is next week!

I was very relieved via your blog to see that you embraced the High Point culture and that you picked up on the contentment that native North Carolinians feel. You will never visit another region (the South) in the world in which someone who doesn't even know you says hello with a genuine smile on their face. I work for one of the big banks down the road from High Point and have traveled all over the US as a result. I have been in your 'neck' of the woods for an acquisition and immensely enjoyed the opulence that LA, Beverly Hills, Malibu, etc. had to offer. The homes and food on the West Coast are phenomenal! Not to mention seeing all of the physically beautiful people! But there is something about coming back home to NC, saying hello to a perfect stranger, and eating at one of those great 'BBQ joints' that makes me happy and content to live in the South. (Plus we have our own share of great architecture, traditional of course, and great beauties....right now Brooklyn Decker comes to mind)

I attended market with a designer friend of mine and saw your lamps. I was quite excited when I realized that I had been through that very showroom and actually remembered seeing your lamps! They were GREAT and I know that you will be very successful with your line! And I loved the staff in the showroom....I recall that the company was out of Hickory, NC if I'm not mistaken.

Well, in the southern tradition, I could go on and on. Just want you to know that I love your work! I love the show! And I can't WAIT until it is on again! Finally, come back to NC for market in October!!! We would love to have you!

My best, Julie