This does not mean the road is not bumpy getting there. I really had a hard time getting Monika on board with some ideas and yet not at all with others.
Marco, Kenna, and I actually had a little joke where we kept bringing the same few mid century pieces around on boards in different colors hoping she thought they were new...It didn't really work since she kept saying "Didn't I see that?" Of course, we played dumb but the furniture just kept showing up on the boards in different colors and configurations. We were cracking up and then just tried it again. Obviously it didn't work and we finally had to buckle with some new stuff but we had a good laugh forcing our vision...
I think we see one of those attempts on the show but she wasn't finding it so funny. . .Sometimes you show a client the same thing twice and they truly see it in a different light after a week or two and kind of come around and get it. Not so much here. . .Monika wasn't interested! She laughed about it in the end though..
Monika has a real poker face attached to that supermodel body, so I am basically spending half my time trying to figure out if she actually likes something.. Her reaction is generally pretty cool even when she does. But when she does not like something it becomes clear in a heartbeat. NO comes out of her mouth pretty quickly!
The other major stress was having had a MAJOR time frame with which to deal. A store opening had been planned on the books needing to tie in with parties and seasonal product launches but nothing was finished. And the lavender grasscloth that the entire job was based on was not set to come in from Indonesia. It was almost a disaster. . .and perhaps you can tell by how old and tired I look in every other scene between my glammed up interviews. You see we all get tired and haggy when we are down to the wire. it was all just kind of a miracle in the end. Hope you like it!
Mary! I love you and Nathan! You guys are so funny! Can't wait to see what you do in the next episode! Your rooms are always so glamorous and chic! Loved your Indian princess look a while back too!
Love your sense of style and humor! I have to ask you where do you get your gorgeous rings? you should start your own line, I really admire them.
After watching Monica (c not a k on purpose) Chang treat you horribly, I can assure you I will never purchase her Tory Burch knock offs. The store looked fab as does all of your design work. Love, love, love you!
You are so talented - love your style with everything - you really have to be a strong diplomat when dealing with some of these clients. I know personally some of the players in the Monika sequence, and you were up against some real winners (not naming names.) Well, you showed them - the purple color scheme was fabulous, and of course, you were right about everything else, too. Go Mary!
I have to agree with everyone. To see your design concept come to fruition was nothing short of miraculous. I look forward to seeing your next designs and new book. Plus you seem so down to earth, so refreshing.
For a fashion designer her input during those meetings was lacking just like her clothing line. Her line of clothing is just an edit and a near copy of what most designers have put out already.
Mary, you entertain me and I just love your designs. Especiaily those chevron designs. I loved that multi colored chevron dish, just loved it.
I am of Indian origin and was so moved to see how you embraced the culture and customs of India on your trip to Jaipur. You came across as lovely and gracious and a very classy woman. Seeing how beautiful you looked in your indian clothes, it seems that you should wear them all the time. You looked like a true maharani!
Also, when you were planning the monika chiang boutique (shop), I wasn't sure about the lavender color, but seeing the finished product just shows what you were saying all along--that you are a professional and know what you are doing. It was incredibly beautiful and I cannot believe how the lavender really came across as a neutral. What a talent you have!
Mary, you should have your own talk show. Or even a nighttime show on bravo (or other). Your humor could compete with Chelsea or Kathy, but add to that your design talent and it would be much different show.
I just LOVE this show!! It is so much fun watching the personalities behind the gorgeous designs! Your work is stunning!! Thank you for being a part of this program and sharing the behind the scenes and completed projects. Such a treat.
Wow! I am a huge fan of yours Mary! I was over the moon with the complete install of Monika Chiang's boutique! I worked for two very high profile designers in NYC and Chicago, and am very aware of the highs and lows of desigining for such high profile clients. Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful design work. Best regards, Regina Shili