The way she bosses her clients/installers/assistants around with decisions, budgets, and tasks makes me cringe, but you can't deny her talent. On her Bravo blog she of course argues that shes always joking and her mean side doesn't last long, you just have to put your Louboutin'd foot down....and that she's in need of a "Will someone please just listen to Mary" episode...at least she said please??? Even though I don't think her and I would get along personally or professionally, I dare say that she is still one of my favorite Decorators. Just take a look at this girl's eye~
Here are a few tips to get the MM look:
1.) Drama! Mary's moto is "More is more, that's why it's called more."(...seems really warm doesn't she?) Bold colors, patterns, repetition of elements and statement pieces.
2.) Mix it up. There is always some type of rustic or antique element in every one of her designs.
3.) Sparkle. Every MM space has something shiny or gilt or mirrored or sparkling. It's the jewelry of the outfit.
4.) Chinois. For those who didn't have to suffer through an Interior Design History (part II) class right after lunch in college like I did, I'm going to give you a brief lesson-- In 17th century France, the time period of Chinoiserie (meaning Chinese-esque) everything went Chippendale style, laquered, cabriole legged and images of imaginary China. Mary almost always has some element of Chinois in her rooms.
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