Mary McDonald was a designer I admired before I even knew who she was. You know when you see a beautiful room in a magazine or on Pinterest but there is nothing to say who the designer is. Thanks to Bravo TV's Million Dollar Decorators I discovered that a couple of those rooms that I had admired for so long were in fact designed by Mary McDonald.
Mary was by far my favourite Million Dollar Decorator (well Jeffrey Alan Marks was up there with her as well). I found her hysterical and loved her approach to the design process which contained a huge amount of intelligence, glamour and humour. Her incredible sense of style was evident in both the interiors she designed and the clothes she wore. Her love of exploring and immersing herself within different cultures was also apparent on the show and is seen today on her beautiful Instagram feed. I'm still coming to terms with the fact that Bravo decided to drop the show and hope that they may see the error of their ways and film another season.
I was floored to see her latest collection of fabrics and trimmings designed for Schumacher. Initially inspired by an assortment of dresses Yves Saint Laurent designed in the 70s "where every little thing had fringe and bead", Mary wanted to "do something style-y and island-y". What she has created is a South Pacific inspired collection containing graphic prints and florals based upon traditional motifs. I adore the use of raffia and wooden beading on the fabrics and find this collection the most refreshing and exciting range I've seen in a very long time. I wonder if I could incorporate it somehow into my forthcoming decorating plans.