Franklin Report Report Card for Mary McDonald Interiors in Los Angeles
★ Franklin Report Card
Mary McDonald Interiors
511 N. La Cienega Blvd
Suite 216
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 246-1307
Main Contact: Mary McDonald
Interior Design

Services & Specialties
Unabashedly warm and classical interior design

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FR Review:
Taking on just a few privileged clients a year, Mary McDonald makes a big impression. Past commissions include a home for actress Renee Zellweger and the revitalization of Buster Keaton's Italian villa, a 10,000-square-foot, 1925 Mediterranean fantasy. McDonald is one of the last great holdouts in LA who admits to a love of pattern, color, layers and chintz. With restraint, warmth and charm, McDonald transforms ordinary spaces into atmospheric oases, melding the best of hip modern with the glamour of the ages. Romantic yet never sentimental, her designs are stylishly retro and inspiringly progressive.

A third-generation Angeleno raised in Brentwood, McDonald inherently understands understated glam. Educated at Boston University and Parsons School of Design in New York, McDonald contemplated acting and then designed hats at the now-defunct but renowned Madeleine Gallay. Following her design instincts, McDonald then pursued interiors. Her small office is said to be extremely competent.

Mixing up fine antiques and 19th-century Persian rugs with generational heirlooms and Pier 1 Imports, McDonald keeps an eye on costs while delivering the dynamic. There is a standard upfront design fee, standard product commissions and no hourlies. HB Top Designer.

Representative Client Comments:
"Mary's rooms are the epitome of elegant restraint, yet are bursting with joy." "Mary was born with taste that you cannot learn." "She is classic, old school, but never boring." "She is so funny. It is like Chris Rock's humor in Kate Spade's body." "Mary does not want to take on a lot of jobs, just enough to keep it going." "Clients love working with her; she is so sweet and so much fun." "We call her Zippy McDonald, because she has such great creative wit." "It is all about warm, comfortable cheerful rooms, and yet they are also so sophisticated." "She has respect for the clients' histories and what is meaningful to them." "Mary will fight for what she believes in--in a good way." "The designs are timeless and appealing--Mario Buatta in stiletto heels."

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