What is your favorite design moment (house, restaurant, building, public space) in Los Angeles?
I am particularly amused right now by the rainbow-striped tile wall at LAX. It is iconically ours.
Let's pretend you have $400 to update a 250-square-foot space. How do you spend it?
Paint the ceiling and floors in a great color, and a large pattern on one or the other. 50 yards of $2.50 muslin from downtown to drape the walls Nancy Lancaster style. One over-scaled metal catalog lantern for central room impact, and a catalog jute area rug.
Tell us a little bit about your LCDQ window?
It is a fresh, summery, and modern take on the classic blue and white sunroom. It is also based around my new blue and white collection of fabrics and trim for Schumacher, and rugs for Patterson, Flynn & Martin.
What 5 things would you put in a time capsule?
Christian Louboutin shoes, an iPhone, one of those ridiculous super stretch party limos (that would really confuse people in the future), perhaps a series of Oprah shows, and Crest white strips.
What period of history would you most like to have lived in?
18th century France.
What would you bring with you if you were time traveling?
Lipstick, camera, Advil and antibiotics.
What 5 things do you recommend keeping on hand for unexpected guests?
Wine, cheese, crackers, nuts, and vodka in the freezer
What's your biggest design or home-related indulgence?
Continually replacing the same plants I kill over and over because they don't live in shade.
What's your favorite home from a movie or tv show?
I loved Gatsby's home in The Great Gatsby.
What do you love most about LA?
The fact that I can laugh and honestly say Paris Hilton used to live next door. The weather is a close second.
What's your favorite cheap design trick or tip?
For more about Mary, click here and come check out her window starting May 7 during LCDQ Legends of La Cienega - the Los Angeles Design community's spring answer to New York's holiday windows. The walk of wonderful windows are a great opportunity to get out of your car.
(Image: courtesy of Mary McDonald)