Posts Tagged ‘Mary McDonald’

10 Color Predictions – Cabaret is 4

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Getting back to this ongoing series about Color Predictions for 2012 via Pantone’s color authority, Cabaret is the 4th color mentioned. Although not Christmas red it seems appropriate for the holidays because it reminds me of cranberries and Cabernet wine. Hmmm, I must have some holiday cheer(s) on my mind.

Here are a few Cabaret Concoctions for your home this holiday season.

Of course I’d like this first one found on PBC Style by Mary McDonald, after seeing her fabulous interior designs in her latest book, The Allure of Style.

Mary McDonald via PBC style, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

And of course our very own offering of Mary Douglas Drydale’s Signature Color, Lipstick Plus in Faux Linen, could easily dress up your décor with removable and reusable wallcovering.

Mary Douglas Drysdale Signature Colors - Lipstick Plus Faux Linen - Casart coverings

Although Pantone calls for one color to represent Cabaret, I think it expresses a range of pink and red tones, just like the drama that its name implies.

Cabaret poster via Daily Loaf, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

A great way to show the multiplicity of pink is with glass mosaic tiles, as in this example.

cranberry-tile_Rachel-Reider_Houzz, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Rachel Reider uses various hues of pink tiles

Here’s Casart’s Faux Glass Mosaic Tile in various tones of “Cabaret”. This is a fantastic way to get the look of glass tile without the cost of the actual installation of real tile. Ours is removable and reusable wallcovering that also comes in Red and other colors, as well as Casart Clear, a clear version that allows your paint color to show through as the grout color.

Casart coverings-Faux Glass-Pink-tile in room_casartblog

Casart Faux Glass Tile used as full wall decoration - beyond just backsplashes


pink-orange combo_Houzz, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Pink & Orange combo via Houzz

Grace Blu Design 1_Houzz, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Grace Blu Design via Houzz


Grace Blu Design via Houzz, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Grace Blu via Houzz

And I’ve always liked this pink room by Tobi Fairley.

pink bedroom as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Pink bedroom by Tobi Fairley

Kelly Werstler via PBC style, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

And what would a little pink be without some holiday red, so I just had to include this room from PBC Style for a cinema/ lounge worth removing yourself from festivities to just get lost in.

Red-lounge_PBC Style, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Click here for other examples of shades of pink without going overboard. These are small wall décor solutions that add a punch of color and can be removed, stored and reused.


But to get you through the holidays, you may want to consider some cheerful measures like a Cranberry Cosmo or a Classic Cranberry Punch. RockURParty gives you recipes.

Cranberry Cosmo_RockUrParty, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Cranberry Punch_RockUrParty, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Here are the links to previous Color Predictions:   Tangerine, Solar Power, & Bellflower.

Cheers to Cabaret!

— Ashley

The Alluring Mary McDonald

Monday, November 28th, 2011

What lured us back to New Orleans? Well, a family gathering for a sister’s birthday, which turned into a family reunion, which morphed into a Thanksgiving celebration, all against the backdrop and initial kickoff event of Mary McDonald’s Book Signing at Tara Shaw Maison on Camp Street.

Although this was a public event, we had been invited to attend when meeting up with Tara and her staff at High Point Market. When we arrived, we were not the only ones waiting. We weren’t surprised. Why would we want to be the only ones to meet the mysterious interior designer, Mary McDonald, known for her celebrity status on Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorator series? She’s very intriguing and talented.

I brought along my son Jackson Spencer, an aspiring young film and photography, art buff, so he could take some candid photos and document the event in pictures. The credit and thanks goes to him for most of these — the ones with the duotone look. I think he did a wonderful job for capturing the “allure” of the event for the book signing for, Mary McDonald Interiors, The Allure of Style.

Tara-Shaw Maison_casartblog

Tara Shaw Maison – French Reproductions in New Orleans

Mary McDonald Book Sigining at Tara Shaw Maison via Casart Coverings

Showroom is bustling with book signees

Mary McDonald Book Signing at Tara Shaw Maison via Casart Coverings

Mary McDonald Book Signing at Tara Shaw Maison via Casart Coverings

The crowd lines up


Mary McDonald Book Signing at Tara Shaw Maison via Casart Coverings

The Casart Crew enjoys the festivities

Mary McDonald Book Signing at Tara Shaw Maison via Casart Coverings

Lorre Lei & Lindsey enjoy a laugh

Mary McDonald Book Signing at Tara Shaw Maison via Casart Coverings

Mary McDonald gets to work

Mary McDonald was truly gracious. She took her time with each individual, conversing and signing their books. We felt a little self-indulgent that we took so much of her time but she was sincerely generous.  Although it might defy her TV persona, we won’t give away her secret that she seemed so nice in person.

Mary McDonald Book Signing via Casart coverings, casartblog

Mary McDonald signs her book for the Casart Crew

If you haven’t seen her book, btw, it is gorgeous, with so many visuals that the interior eye candy and ideas will delight any reader. I love her use of bold color, unusual combinations always using the classical foundation with elements of something modern and eccentric. Each project seems individually tailored and artistically sculpted with a singular vision in mind.

Mary McDonald_Allure of Style

Happy to be at Mary McDonald's Book Sigining at Tara Shaw's, via casartblog

Happy to be at Mary McDonald’s Book Sigining at Tara Shaw’s. We all received great book-bags

Friends Michael Harold & Shauna Storey Grisset with Tara Shaw via casartblog

Friends Michael Harold and Shauna Storey Grisset with Tara Shaw

My good friend, Shauna, helped to put us in touch with Tara initially. She and Michael are involved in the New Orleans social scene.

It was good to get back home for a welcomed break. We all enjoyed the relaxing lifestyle in New Orleans, where everyday is a holiday while visiting. Ahhh, if it could have only lasted longer….Some of the many things to be thankful for.

Jackson Spencer, enjoying the artist life in New Orleans

Jackson Spencer, enjoying the artist’s life in New Orleans

— Ashley

Big Bang Design

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Since we’re still in 4th of July celebration mode with this added gift of a federal holiday today, I thought it timely to share some design examples that add big bang impact (with not actual fireworks). The first are appropirately red, blue and patriotic..

Eclectic claw foot bathroom from Houzz as seen on Slipcovers for you Walls

An eclectic bathroom from Houzz

I first saw this photo in a Patriotic Interiors ideabook on Houzz. I really like how elements considered traditional, such as a claw foot tub and floral wallpaper can look modern with the bold use of unexpected color.

Here’s what others had to say:

1) kathrynv writes, ” I love the combination of vintage and modern design used in this bathroom. The bright red tub has a vintage feel to it but it’s also bold. The same could be said of the wallpaper which reminds us of days gone by but as an updated feel to it…”

2) timothydecluedesign writes, “This toile wallpaper makes quite a statement with the red clawfoot tub.”

3) kitpollard, describes the, “red bathtub is certainly bold but the room isn’t scary. The floral wallpaper softens the whole look…”

4) becky says, “Don’t let a small space stop you from going big with design. This red wallpaper and clawfoot are totally unexpected and lend scads of personality to this bathroom.”

When I first created our Flower Power design, I hadn’t thought of doing it in red, but that might be a vibrant option:

Casart_Flower-Power_red_casartblog, slipcovers for your walls

Casart Flower Power design in red

Since my next design, after the Gulf Coast Mural project, is faux glass tiles, this image caught my eye.

kitpollard_Houzz-modern-bathroom as seen on Slipcovers for your walls

Blue Mosaic Tiles from Houzz

While we’re on bathrooms, here’s a fun little side note contest to vote for your favorite public restroom.

If you’re wondering how to use all those left over flag napkins, here are some place setting ideas from nyclq on Houzz. I really like the creative use of the scallop and starfish — bringing the beach into play — and since we have these as Casart mural elements.

nyclq_Houzz1 patriotic ideabook seen on  slipcovers for your walls

ncylq_Houzz2 - patriotic ideabook as seen on Slipcovers for your walls

Big Bang decorating doesn’t have to be red white or blue, it can be with any bold, unexpected use of color. Interior designer, Mary McDonald demonstrates this with a pink, orange and white palette. As House Beautiful’s Orli Ben-Dor comments below, “This L.A. designer isn’t afraid of color, pattern, anything…not even a tented bedroom.” Personally, I’m particularly keen on the “playful” use of faux bois fabric on the side stools in orange.


Mary McDonald's Instant Room, House Beautiful, June 2010

— Ashley

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