In designing a Massachusetts home, Mary McGee fearlessly breaks boundaries, whether she's energizing Georgian-style rooms with a high-wattage palette or incorporating vivid patterns from her new line of African-made textiles.
In a Georgian-style house in Wellesley, Massachusetts, designer Mary McGee furnished the living room in shades of raspberry, from curtains in an Osborne & Little silk to custom slipper chairs with cushions in a hand-painted fabric from her new line, Mary McGee X Africa. Bold accents, including stools in a Christian Lacroix stripe and a Richard Serra drawing, take the saturated pink palette from sweet to chic.
An abstract black-and-white painting by Margaret Lanzetta contrasts with colored-crystal sconces from Charles Spada Antiques. "Those lights cost as much as a good piece of art, but they were well worth it for their unexpected liveliness," McGee says.
The entry hall's custom settee was inspired by an 18th-century one that McGee noticed and snapped a picture of in Paris. "I add something pretty and French to everything I do," she says.
The dining room's reproduction French chairs are upholstered in two Brunschwig & Fils fabrics: a coral silk for the backs and a sturdier linen-silk blend for the seats. Butter-yellow walls, painted in Benjamin Moore's Fun in the Sun, set off the vibrant curtains in a Manuel Canovas silk damask. Rug, Stark.
The kitchen's island is large enough for family meals and entertaining — or for all four children to gather around while doing homework. Two-inch-thick Calacatta marble countertops give the traditional space a more modern feel. The backsplash above the Thermador range is lined with marble subway tile. Walls and trim, Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White.
Jonathan Adler faux-bamboo chairs around an extra-long table in the breakfast room provide ample seating for the whole family.
Two of the clients' children in the master bedroom's sitting area, where a fuchsia armchair is upholstered in a Brunschwig & Fils silk.
McGee chose Benjamin Moore's Falling Star, an icy chiffon yellow, for the master bedroom, which married the client's yen for color with her wish for airy neutrals in this room; curtains in a Brunschwig & Fils silk frame French doors leading to a veranda, while cheetah-print pillows and a purple Mary McGee X Africa batik add pep to the peaceful space.
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This story originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of Natipernavigare.