Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mary McDonald Interiors

Being a Realtor®, it's no secret that I love houses. Something that goes hand in hand with this is my appreciation for great interior designers. I had seen a lot of Mary McDonald's work in publications such as House Beautiful, Town and Country and Veranda, however my adoration of Mary McDonald, the person, came when I started watching Million Dollar Decorators on Bravo.

Touted as being the inspiration behind the character of "Karen", on Will and Grace, Mary McDonald is both hilarious and insanely talented, all wrapped up in a petite little package of gorgeousness.

Her design work is seen in some of the most affluent homes and businesses, so it is with great excitement that I am writing today about the affordable lamp line that she has launched in collaboration with Robert Abbey, Inc. Sometimes it is just one simple, beautiful piece of furniture or accessory that can completely transform a dull room, and any one of the lamps from her recent collection could add that extra special touch to a home.

Not familiar with Mary's work? Here are a few examples of why I am such a fan of her style:

*all photos are borrowed, with permission, from Mary McDonald's official website*

Classical Glamour:

Isn't that beautiful? With the launch of her latest book, The Allure of Style, you can get some great inspiration for adding some elegance to your own home.

As for her lamps, they vary from the range of "Classic Glamour" to "Whimsical" giving you an option for whatever your taste leans toward.

Here are some pics, once again borrowed, with permission, from her official website:

This lighting collection is available in Houston at Kripsen Collection and High Fashion Home. Here is a full list of US and Canadian retailers:


MSK Illumiations 212-888-6474 New York, NY
Klaffs 203-866-1603 South Norwalk, CT

Westport, CT

Danbury, CT

Scarsdale, NY
Suffolk Designer Lighting 631-283-4800 South Hampton, NY
Allen's Furniture 402-331-8480 Omaha, NE
Garnand's Furniture 620-276-2326 Garden City, KS
Keller Furniture Galleries 785-628-1048 Hays, KS
Jayson Home & Garden 773-248-8180 Chicago, IL
HW Home 303-545-0320 Boulder, CO
Slifer Designs 970-926-8200 Edwards, CO
Topnotch Furniture 208-726-2297 Ketchum, ID
Grace Home Design 307-733-9893 Jackson, WY
Eclectic Home 504-866-6654 New Orleans, LA
High Fashion Home 713-528-3838 Houston, TX
Krispen Collection 713-621-4404 Houston, TX
Gump's 800-284-8677 San Francisco, CA
Grace Home Furnishings 310-476-7176 Los Angeles, CA
Portabello Road Furniture 480-584-3435 Scottsdale, AZ
Farrey's 305-947-5451 Miami, FL
Bungalow Classic 404-351-9120 Atlanta, GA
James Michael Howard 904-389-5100 Jacksonville, FL
Cleveland Lighting 440-461-3450 Lyndhurst, OH
Sedlak's Interiors 440-248-2424 Solon, OH
Ruth Wilson Showroom 614-421-3070 Columnbus, OH


Ambienti 514-259-4444 Montreal, QC Canada
Union Lighting 514-340-5000 Montreal, QC Canada
Elte 416-785-7885 Toronto, ON Canada
Prima Lighting 905-851-1188 Vaughan, ON Canada
Universal Lamp 416-787-8900 Toronto, ON Canada
Chintz & Company 250-388-9906 Victoria, B.C. Canada

Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Calgary Canada

Edmonton Canada

Alberta Canada

Lastly, if you are on Twitter, you should be following her....she is a great source of laughs!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

White Linen Night in The Heights

It's that time of year again folks. Time to pull out your white shirts, dresses, shorts, shoes (it's not Labor Day, yet) and come out to the Heights for White Linen Night! I post about this every year, so if you want the back story on what it is about, click here.

This year the parties have expanded to White Oak. There will be a ton of activities including "Three Parties. Two Hosts. One Night", sponsored by the Fresh Arts Coalition. This event will take place at Fitzgerald's on the corner of White Oak and Studewood, starting at 6pm. Can't make it at 6? Don't worry, the party will go well into the night, with an after party from 10pm-2am.

Also be sure to check out "Pink Street". All vendors involved in this event will be donating proceeds toward breast cancer research and/or the American Cancer Society.

19th St. will be shut down, as it is every year, for the Art Market and the Fashion Show.

Worried about gettin' hungry or thirsty? No fear, the Food Trucks will be there!

All the details can be found on the official website for this event, White Linen Night Heights.

Here is a link to the map of events. The Wave, a jitney shuttle service, will be on duty transporting you to and from all the festivities, so you don't have to walk or try to find parking in order to enjoy all the fun. It's free, but be sure to get your inebriated self back on it in time to get to your car (with your designated driver). The shuttle stops at 10pm.

Looking forward to seeing everyone out and participating!