Interchangeable Parts: Mary McDonald (and Another Sale)
Time for another installment of "Interchangeable Parts." Interior designers are known for frequently changing their own rooms, often acquiring new must-have possessions and parting with things they tire of, so it's always interesting to see which pieces they hang on to throughout the years, and how they make them work from house to house.
Mary McDonald inherited from her grandmother an ethereal painting of clouds by Southern California landscape artist, Clyde Eugene Scott (1884 - 1959). When her Hollywood bungalow was photographed by Melanie Acevedo for House & Garden, November 2001, the painting was hanging in her small, icy-blue dining room. (Images three and four above.) And in the same house, her collection of bone pagodas appeared in a den (again photographed by Acevedo for domino, January/February 2006).
When the decorator moved to a grand 1920s Beverly Hills house designed by Elmer Grey, the Scott painting and pagodas came along, this time juxtaposed with dark wood and distinctive paneling. The soft clouds really work in both settings, and the art reminds me of one of Claudia Thompson's ideas: She suggests hunting for old damaged landscapes at garage sales and flea markets and, if there happens to be a pretty patch of sky in the painting, salvaging just that and framing it.
Images one and two are cropped from Coral von Zumwat's photos for California Style, December 2008.
Back in 2007, I did a different post about Mary's re-use of zebra stools, pillows made from Brunschwig & Fils "Le Zebre," bone-inlaid chairs, and her signature blue-and-white ceramics.
Shifting gears back to sample sales, Virginia Johnson will have her biggest sale to date with most items ranging from $20 to $50. Look for wool shawls, coats, clothes and accessories. Thursday through Saturday, November 5 through 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Awol Gallery, 78 Ossington Avenue in Toronto.
Last two images courtesy Virginia Johnson.