Design School- The Power of Glamour

How do you define glamour? Merriam-Webster defines it as "a very exciting and attractive quality".  It is also sometimes defined as "a magic spell".  While we like peacefulness in our homes, who doesn't crave a little excitement now and then? 

With the Oscars coming up Sunday, I think it is fitting to feature a designer who oozes glamour. I love her beautiful rooms. She is not of the "less is more" school but she keeps it tasteful.  Let's step into the glamorous world of Mary McDonald:

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

This is what I am talking about!  The zing of that lemon yellow against the milk chocolate walls combined with black leather- very unusual.  I love the white pedestals with the marble urns in the corners and the artwork above. 

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

High color contrast is a quick way to add glamour to your rooms without breaking the bank.  Deep navy walls with white trim create drama in this room.  The touches of pink add glamour- pink and navy is one of my favorite color combinations.  Actually navy with almost anything makes me happy.

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

I am crazy about the green in this room.  And don't get me started on the gold ceiling!  I am dying to do a dining room with a gold ceiling. 

 

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

No glamour girl would consider living life without animal prints.  Remember Ginger's animal print gown on Gilligan's Island?  Mary takes this penchant over the top in this sitting room.  This might be the inspiration for my next office! On second thought, it might scare my husband.

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

Reds and pinks. Antique carpets, prints galore. Abundant accessories.  This room is so full of life!  Even a family room can be comfortably glamorous.  The touches of exotic are what makes this room so successful.

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

Again, a beautiful ceiling and gorgeous wallpaper create an envelope of glamour in this dining room. Full length interlined lush silk drapes and stunning chandeliers are always on the menu in a glamorous dining room.

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

This is Mary's outdoor space at her home in LA.  Okay, it is LA where it never rains but why not bring the furniture and accessories outside on a beautiful evening? Instant glamour for your next party.

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

White can be glamorous, too. The marble, the exquisite cabinetry and upholstered furniture in the bathroom- lovely.

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

Glamour doesn't end with her designs...Mary IS glamorous!  I think I will take my look up a notch today.  After all, it is Oscar weekend.