Thursday, March 21, 2013


  Photos courtesy of Schumacher
Los Angeles - based interior designer Mary McDonald knows a thing or two about glamour.  She adores fashion and accessories as well as creating interiors with an old-world luxe decorating details. She first garnered attention with her neo Hollywood Regency femme style in 2001.  Ingrid Abramovitch wrote a story on her LA home for House and Garden, and it graced the cover. Her chic/femme gray and white bedroom set the glamorous stage for what was to come. When Bravo came calling with Million Dollar Decorator, she was ready. Now legions of adoring fans know how fun, endearing and fabulous Mary is. Anyone with 7 pugs has to be, right? 
Mary recently launched a classics-adapted-for-today fabric and trim collection for F. Schumacher. Looking to Chinoiserie motifs and couture details she often uses in her work, a collection was born. Graphic geometric patterns with prints, climbing flowering branches, re-colored Bargello flamestitch, combined with fretwork applique elements and more, this line that is an ode to all her favorite things, especially spectacular color.

Schumacher's launch event for Mary's fabrics included large blue and white vases filled with fabric bolts, pillows made up in her designs, and framed images of her trims.

Floor to ceiling length screens were covered in her Chinois Palais floral scenic fabric

A peach and cream interior showcasing a variety of designs used together

Panels of Chinois Palais with a wonderful wide border used on the leading edge


Chinois Palais with a wide geometric tape trim in a darker shade of orange.  Reminiscent of a painted Chinese tea paper, the classic climbing flowering branches with birds recall English and French rooms of the 1960's and 70's, like Pauline de Rothschild's Paris apartment Horst photographed in 1969.

 Chinois Palais in Lettuce is a favorite

 Chinois Palais in Tangerine

 Chinois Palais in Blush Conch

Chinois Palais in Aquamarine

The chic combo of navy and cream

Garden of Persia in Bleu Marine, a mirror image print of stylized leaves and flowers inspired by a Persian carpet

Garden of Persia in Bittersweet

Garden of Persia in Blush Conch

A dramatic paring of red and black is so Mary

A rich cut velvet adds texture and pattern. Vanderbilt Velvet in Noir is a geo with incredible punch

Sometimes you need a solid with texture with a subtle pattern. Honeycomb Matelasse in Ruby has an all-over woven hexagonal pattern that can be applied in a myriad of ways

Honeycomb also comes in this vivid Lettuce green

Shades of Dove grey mix well with minty Aquamarine

Bargello in Blush takes this classic pattern to a new place.  The pattern used to be seen as fuddy duddy, but in fresh updated colors, it gets a new lease on life

Inspired by a 17th Century document fabric, Villa de Medici is a linen damask with climbing branch and stylized flowers. Shown in Blush

As a soft feminine pattern, this can integrate well with other pale pastel hues that are big this season,  such as this Aquamarine

The addition of appliques to the collection provides a nice way to get creative. Mary is a big fan of  passementerie, so it is fitting to have a capsule collection of pieces with a host of versatile uses.

Shanghai Applique used on a fabric

Shanghai Applique in Bittersweet

Madame Wu Applique on a chair skirt is an unexpected way to add a graphic detail

Utilizing her favorite graphic motifs, wide tape trims play on the classic Greek Key and interlocking geometrics in fun colors

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