Mary McDonald

California native Mary McDonald got her start in the design field as a milliner, crafting elegant hats displayed in Vogue, Bazaar, and Vanity Fair. These days the L.A.-based McDonald is one of the most celebrated interior designers, featured in Town & Country, Veranda, House & Garden, International Vogue, and not to mention a regular on House Beautiful’s Top 100 Designers list. McDonald has developed her signature style through her extensive travels to Europe and the Far East, creating a uniquely feminine, glamorous, and worldly eclectic look. Her first book, “Mary McDonald: Interiors, The Allure of Style,” will be released in October and showcases more than 250 captivating photographs of lush interior design, complemented by witty passages. She recently finished refurbishing The Luxe Summit Hotel in Bel Air and is launching her first lighting collaboration with nationally distributed Robert Abbey Inc.

Where were you born ?
Brentwood, Calif.
How long in Los angeles:
28 years with a 10-year East Coast hiatus
Beverly Hills
Interior Designer
Best Sushi:
BLT Steak
Best Ethnic Food:
Best Italian:
Best place for late night dining:
Tower Bar
Best dessert:
Rhubarb and strawberry cobbler at Gjelina
Best place for a romantic date:
My Kitchen, or the patio at Chateau Marmont if you haven’t been invited to My Kitchen
Best Sunday brunch:
The Polo Lounge terrace
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Rooftop at the Thompson Hotel
Best place for a power business meeting:
The Polo Lounge
All-around favorite spot in Los angeles:
Hollywood Bowl
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Sunset Tower Hotel
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Balenciaga on Melrose
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Neil Lane for jewelry, and Wanna Buy a Watch for all vintage watches.
Best Spa:
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Favorite Charity Event:
The Carousel OF Hope Ball
Favorite Cultural Event:
Hammer Museum concerts at night
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Getty Villa
Best Pizza:
Pizzeria Mozza
Best Lunch:
John’s Garden sandwiches in Malibu
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Runyon Canyon Park
Best Massage:
Beverly Hot springs
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Best Museum/Exhibit:
A + D Architecture & Design Museum
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Will Rogers State Park polo fields and historic house.
Favorite Restaurant:
The Tasting
Best place for a power business meeting:
The Polo Lounge
Best Steakhouse:
BLT Steak
Best aspect of Los Angeles
Old Hollywood
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