Mary McDonald

Mary explains the process of an "add-on" job, the use of "Chien de Provence," and the idea of being too rich or too thin.

on Jun 21, 20110

I just came back from New York last night after a fun filled week of Watch What Happens Live (super blast, BTW!), some F.Schumacher design meetings, and a job in the Hamptons.

Glad to be home but could easily live on the east coast for the summer. I could also easily do the Andy Cohen show every week it was so much darn fun. That is really how I act most of the time, so I guess the cat is out of the bag. Those six minutes of business-self a week seem a lot scarier than it is. I got so many tweets and posts asking if we were all drinking a lot and the answer are NO! I paced myself so well that by showtime I had three sips and needed a drink in a desperate panic! That is my real self with about two sips of pinot! Scary huh? I had a blast with Rocco and Andy and think everyone should do it!

Well it's back to L.A., nose to the grindstone for me while I dream of those beautiful Long Island beaches. Speaking of beaches -- where the heck do I buy that gorgeous eyelet, beach shift Kathryn had on at Ross' party? It is so weird how small our world is since I've known Diana, the homeowner, since high school when we all wore girls' school uniforms. Small world out there. Lesson: be careful who you tick off.

Jeffrey and Ross are really super cute with their life looking like a Polo ad 24/7, don't ya think? I am a w---e for the whole styling aspect of one's life so I love to see who has what beach outfit, where, what's on the table, etc. They have a great Ralph Lauren-esque style those two, and I am glad Jeffrey finally delves into the culinary world. Hey, I would love if Suzanne Goin would give me a tip or two as I really like to cook. Maybe that's another show? What would I wear?

16 comments
Kel S
Kel S

I am dying for Tamara's dress too! I have been searching the internet for clues. Dior? Oscar? Carolina? I must have it!

MDD #1 Fan
MDD #1 Fan

Mary, you are so captivating to watch. You have such a way with words and are so confident and direct without being rude. I need to learn how to be better at this. I loved how you told Kendra that she couldn't have a piano in her living room. You were so sure it would ruin the whole space. And the zig zag floor in the office....LOVED IT! You are so put together personally and professionally, I look up to you. Keep up the great work....can't wait to watch the next episode.

lunatoonsx2
lunatoonsx2

THIS HAS TO BE THE WORSE DECORATORS EVER. I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH POOR TASTE IN DECORATING A HOME, ESPECIALLY A MILLION DOLLAR HOME. I WOULD SEND THEM PACKING.

JaxRoman13
JaxRoman13

Mary, saw you on WWHL with Andy...you were great! I am a fan of your work and I'm so glad they have you on Million Dollar Decorators. Loved that B/W picture you hung in Jill Roberts Freeman's office...was that Audrey Hepburn? Where can I get that picture????

lorio
lorio

Mary,

I haven't seen much of this show, but you are such a riot to me. Thanks for the laughs - I watch this show solely because of you. :)

- Lori Overbo Palm Springs, CA

ADDICTEDhousewife;)
ADDICTEDhousewife;)

This is a wonderful show, and I love the very glam rooms you design. I look forward to getting your book to see and learn more.

912mom
912mom

I love the show, the designers and you! The floor looked hideous - in a bare room. I knew you would accessorize and it would look amazing. The floor had to be bold to offset the simpler furniture in black and white.

See you next week!

DBallaire
DBallaire

Hello Mary!

I just took a break from work and snuck into the family room to watch the latest episode of MDD ~ one of my tamest guilty pleasures. Anyhow, I really love your sense of style.. and also knew that flooring was going to work - even if Jill was a bit freaked over it. Do you have a personal stylist or do you put your clothes together on your own? I have to admit to being envious of your wardrobe and how you accessorize. It is fun to watch how rooms are transformed on the show but I also enjoy seeing what you will wear next! The cast of MDD certainly are an entertaining bunch and I look forward to watching to see what Nathan has in store for us next week!

All my best, Denise

Tina~
Tina~

Mary I love love love the show you guys are great...I have a basement that i am redoing and want to add some pop to. What do I do? The room is very long. Wall are white and the sectional is light brown and very soft. one of the end table is a soft lime green color. What do I do with the floors ...it is in a basement and the room will get cold in winter. I love modren....HELP

B Norvell
B Norvell

I love watching you dal with your clients! You do know what they want! Your rooms are beautiful and anyone would be lucky to have you as their decorator. Thanks for entertaining me.

Aimee Edwards-Altadonna
Aimee Edwards-Altadonna

I absolutely love your nail polish! I love the red one. I loved the gray one! Gorgeously saturated colors. Please do tell us the name and brand of some of them:)

lree44
lree44

i never thought i would like a decorating show but you all have changed my mind, i can't wait to see all of you doing your fabulous work each week and how you all get along with your clients.this is a great show.

atlmom
atlmom

Love your humor & style! The office looked great & it seems like you have a great team.

HOUSEandGARDEN
HOUSEandGARDEN

Glamour suits you well. Love your style, and most of all, your personal charm and joie de vivre. Your panache adds immeasurable sophistication to the show. LOVE it! and....always love your clothes, especially your necklaces.

jimmynyc
jimmynyc

Mary... You're the most fabulous designer and oh so wonderful to watch work!! Thank God" for Million Dollar Decorators....I can't wait for each and every upcoming episode.....I can't wait to get your new book!!!!!!!!!

Riley12
Riley12

you are the same woman that was on Beverly hills housewives, you are the writer that was at a dinner party at Kelsey Grammars house .