Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Master Mary McDonald

From Chinoiserie Chic, the style principles of Mary McDonald, whose work I greatly admire:

1. Garden stools as seating, coffee tables, or side tables
2. Lots of white
3. Chinese porcelain collections-blue and white, celadon, Blanc de Chine, or monochromes
4. Painted ceilings-don't forget that fifth wall
5. Pagodas
6. Trellis patterned fabric and wallpaper
7. Rich, clear colors
8. Bold patterns
9. Symmetry everywhere-pairs of lamps, chairs, pillows, stools
10. Mixing classic and crazy
11. Start neutral-then pile it on
12. Lucite
13. Monograms
14. A dose of black

You'll recognize some of these pictures from earlier posts of mine - I just love how she makes it all look effortless, chic, and fresh. I can only hope that my home will be as stylish as some of these!


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