We have been watching the TV summer struck Million Dollar Decorators. I love the work of every one the decorators, but I’m particularly drawn to the work of Mary McDonald, since I see some manners we mere mortals can utilize some of her fabulous ideas. The white and black office she recently designed on the show is the inspiration for this particular ideabook. — Valorie from Visual Vamp
The inspiration: a white and black glam office made by Mary McDonald on Million Dollar Decorators.
French IV Printing – $109
A gallery wall was made behind the desk. Most of the prints were black and white photographs with frames. An iconic glam photo was used as the centerpiece.
On the show, McDonald appeared to be having any issues getting her photo framed. This image from All Posters.com is the exact same classic image by John French she used. All Posters will ship it framed in 2-3 days.
Kartell Bourgie Table Lamp – $362
A set of those contemporary lamps in black would look perfect on the desk.
Rooms to Go
Cottage Colors White Desk & Hutch – $499
McDonald used a classic white lacquer desk that cost tens of thousands of dollars. I discovered this stylish stand-in in Room To Go Kids! It has adult-size proportions, and the complex campaign desk style and white lacquer-like high-gloss end makes it an ideal and affordable option.
You can buy it without the hutch on top, which I favor, and it is $100 less, coming in at a glam $399.
Faux Leather Caprice Black – $6.98
Fabric.com is a website you ought to know about. It has thousands of designer-style cloths. Choose from among many of their faux black leathers to pay the desk top, as McDonald did. Use a yard-and-a-half of fabric using a thin layer of batting underneath. Use square upholstery tacks to complete the look.
Faux black leather fabric from Fabric.com begins at $6.98 a lawn.
Decorative Square Upholstery Nails Square 3/4″ Head – $2.15
Nickel-plated square upholstery tacks will play back into the hardware on the desk — the ideal finishing touch for the DIY black leather background.
Pair of Black Velvet French Chairs – $698
McDonald used two velvet armchairs facing the desk. To find a similar look, shop your neighborhood flea markets, Craigslist, eBay, and antique shops to get a French-frame chair you like.
You can paint the framework any color you like, including white, like Mary’s seat’s. You’ll need to put money into reupholstery services, unless you are handy in that section.
All rooms within a budget include high- and low-priced items. Choosing one or two classic pieces donate to the accumulated look of a space.
Red Bolster Pillow – $29
McDonald used red as an accent color. Choose any color you love, because the white and black color scheme acts as a neutral.
She used red bolsters similar to this one about the armchairs facing the desk.
McDonald made this $8,000 hand-painted chevron pattern flooring. LOVE it, but not the price.
Zigzag Rug – $49
McDonald is famed for her hand-painted floors. She often chooses oversize graphic designs. The floor she made for the office on Million Dollar Decorators was a stunning chevron pattern in black and tan.
This well-priced 8′ x 10′ carpet includes a chevron pattern that would work for the look we’re going for. Remember we’re not hoping to do an exact replica of the space — just the exact same feeling.
This black French-style armchair is done in patent leather. I found one for our Mary McDonald–motivated project that’s similarly upholstered.
French Style Black Leather Seat – $799
This French Louis-style chair from Zentique is ideal for the desk chair.
White and Black Ticking Pillow – $24.50
A accent pillow made from white and black ticking was placed on the table chair.
Half Price Drapes
Presidio Faux Stripe Silk Taffeta Curtains – $79
McDonald used white and black striped curtains for this office undertaking. These good-looking and high quality off-the-rack synthetic silk panels begin at $79 per panel.
Hint: in case you don’t want to have the pole-pocket look, utilize rings with clips or sew pleat tape (see next photo).
Universal Tempo Tape – $3.78
Do you have a flat panel that you want to hang with style? This product is similar to magic! Sew on Tempo Pleat Tape and make a soft shape to your drapery heading. The tempo tape will force your drape into soft S-shaped folds. Wonderful!
Two Prong Curtain Hook – $5.74
Get these drapery hooks to utilize with all the pleat tape. The price is for a bag of 25.
Bed Bath Store
96″ Extra Long Zeno Black and White Striped Waterproof Shower Curtain – $23.99
This cool black and white shower curtain looks exactly like the curtains McDonald used. If you are really on a budget, then use a set of these as curtains!
Classic Lateral File Cabinet – $424
Each office — even a glam one — requires some practical storage. This good-looking file cabinet from West Elm is ideal.
White and Black Pen and Pencil Holder – $25
Let’s add a few more glam accessories into the desktop computer. I love these pencil, pen and paperclip cups!
Interiors: The Allure of Style by Mary McDonald – $34.65
Designer Mary McDonald also has a great book out, and you can receive more great ideas out of it.
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