Sunday, September 25, 2016


Mary McDonald - Veranda

One of my favorite things about Mary McDonald's style is her sense of scale. In this beautiful dining room,  traditional furniture, rug, chandelier, and art are made much more modern and dynamic by the use of very oversized ginger jars on the skirted table, massive blue and white Chinese porcelain lamps and blue and white Chinese planter on the sideboard,  and a huge potted palm.


  1. I couldn't agree more! Mary McDonald is a MASTER with scale. Dissecting her design is like a treasure hunt - SO much to see, so much to savor. Those oversized lamps and ginger jars are spectacular...but that's just where the eye starts. I LOVE this room!

  2. It IS a beautiful room, and Mary McDonald does awesome work. With this room, I'm amazed at how modern it feels, given that most of the furnishings are period. I think it's the pops of solid, bright cobalt blue in the pots that are responsible for this effect. What do you think?

  3. It is so traditional yet modern. I think the grass cloth walls and coordinating solid curtains lend a neutral, modern foundation to the room. I love the oversize blue and white porcelain.