[Mary McDonald in front of her guest house photographed by Miguel Flores-Vianna, Domino, February 2009.]
For years decorating enthusiasts have been swooning over Mary McDonald's super-stylish 1940s bungalow in West Hollywood. Many of us first saw it in House & Garden, November 2001, when Melanie Acevedo photographed it, or on HGTV's Homes Across America. At that time it was Mary's soft pink, dressed-up version of a Bahamian-inspired home. Nearly a decade later when Miguel Flores-Vianna's photos of the house (reincarnated as guest quarters) appeared in Domino, Mary had dialed-in more glamour, going for a full-tilt contemporary Hollywood Regency feeling.
Rooms to Inspire series, Rooms to Inspire in the City, we will get to enjoy a whopping 20 pages devoted to the house -- large photographs shot by Tim Street-Porter. I recently had a chance to savor a review copy of the book, and it's chocked full of new looks at old favorites. In terms of details, for example, I realized that Mary unexpectedly used a slipcover in a high-glam room. More on the book to come. Just wanted to spread the word about the coverage of Mary's house. (And, yes, as noted a few months ago, Carolina Irving's apartment made the cover.)