Giveaway, Inspirations

Giveaway: The Allure of Style

Best Friends Forever

It’s no surprise that we’re huge fans of Bravo’s show Million Dollar Decorators so imagine our excitement when we got to meet two of the devine designers, Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner, in Atlanta last week.  Needless to say, these best friends are as stylish and funny in person as they were on the show.

Mary's Loves Glamour

After a wonderful slideshow which compared each designer’s version of Beach Chic, Luxe and Bohemian, Mary rolled up her fashionable zebra-print sleeves and signed her book for her fans.

Mary Loves Zig Zags

Mary Loves Painted Floors

What better way to start the new year than with a little design inspiration from this “decorating daredevil!” so we’re giving away a signed copy of Mary’s book The Allure of Style to a lucky reader.

Mary Loves Eye Candy

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below or send us an email at with “Allure of Style” in the subject line by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2012 and we’ll choose a lucky winner on Monday, January 30, 2012.  Here’s to a glamorous year!

P.S.  How cool that we’re able to give this book on away on this, our 500th post!

Photos via Veranda, Mary McDonald, The Wall Street Journal and Amazon

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  • Reply The enchanted home January 20, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I would love to win this! I am a big big fan of Mary’s and after watching (and thoroughly enjoying MMD) I liked her even more, she is a riot. Please count me in, wishing you a great weekend!

  • Reply Janet January 20, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Would love to win this book. Mary’s interiors are so fresh, modern and classic at the same time. It will push me to make some changes at home this spring!

  • Reply quintessence January 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Congratulations on your 500th post and what fun that you got to meet those 2 design giants. I adore Mary’s work – so layered and glamorous – always something new to find. I already own this marvelous book so don’t include me but some lucky person will be thrilled when they receive this in the mail!! Wishing you a happy weekend – enjoy the snow!

  • Reply sherry hart January 20, 2012 at 9:13 am

    How wonderful that I arrived here to enter this great giveaway!!! Jealous you got to meet them…:(
    I can’t wait until season 2 arrives!!!
    500 post is quite the achievement….I have a long way to go…..Sherry

  • Reply Kate from Party Resources January 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Love love love Mary McDonald!!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips January 20, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Congratulations on Post #500!!! Time flies when you’re having fun!

    Love Nathan and Mary and treasure her book. Wish I had her signature though!

    Happy Weekend, Carolyn!
    xoxo elizabeth

  • Reply Kelly Market January 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

    So cool! I’m so sad I missed this at the Mart (although I’ve seen them speak before, they are hilarious!). And sad I missed you all too 🙁 Such a fan of Mary McDonald’s obviously and don’t own this book actually!
    p.s. 500 – WOW! Happy Friday!!

  • Reply pve January 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

    You know each of your posts are such a gift and to be able to celebrate 500 with such a great book. Bravo to you Ladies.

  • Reply Hamptontoes January 20, 2012 at 10:34 am

    How fun! Mary McDonald is not only talent, but so funny! She had me cracking up with her one liners on MMD. Oh how I’d LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win an autographed book by Mary. I’m going to tweet this giveaway! Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Reply Luciane at January 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Yes, pleaseeeeee! 🙂 You’d make my day, or better yet, my year if I win this!

    I’m crossing my fingers!


    Luciane at

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita January 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

    WOW! 500 posts is amazing – Congratulations! And please enter me in the contest. (Can I tell you how much I adore that office space??)

  • Reply Teresa @ Splendid Sass January 20, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Wow! Congratulations on 500 post!
    LOVE this book, and would love to win of course. Love Mary McDonald, and I am addicted to Million Dollar Decorators.
    Have a nice day, Carolyn.

  • Reply beth lawson January 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    LOVE Mary MacDonald!! Would love to add this book to my library!! Many thanks..

  • Reply Jeanne McKay Hartmann January 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Everyone needs a little glamor in their lives, right?! I just love Mary McDonald. How great that she is as funny as she is talented (and gorgeous). I have to admit, I haven’t watched Million Dollar Decorators, but hear it’s addictive.
    Happy Weekend!

  • Reply Chris Conte January 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Love Mary and Nathan, can’t wait for the second season of the show.I really enjoyed the luxe magazine Graystone house they all participated in recently in califonia.
    I would so cheerish a copy of her book.

  • Reply Fashion-isha January 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    “Allure of Style”…I want to win! I love their designs they’re so modern and fresh! You’re pretty cool yourself for getting to meet them!!

  • Reply Buffy Goodwin January 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Love Mary McDonald! Would love to have this book… Would also love to be at one of her fabulous Christmas parties…

  • Reply stitchfork January 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Congrats on your 500th post!! Looking forward to more!
    And would happily add a little glam around here!
    Have a great weekend!
    xo Cathy

  • Reply The Zhush January 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Congrats on 500, here’s to many, many more! What a fab book, so jeals that you met these two!

  • Reply Damaris January 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Love the show,love Mary,love the style but what I love the most it’s her entire world that she creates with her sense of Art. My respects Mary!

  • Reply Collette Osuna January 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    500 posts….well good for you!! Congrats……very exciting!!!
    I’d LOVE to have a signed copy, how cool!!

  • Reply kat January 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I absolutely love Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner. So sad I missed them when they were here in Atlanta. I didn’t even know she had a book out. Dying to see it now. 🙂

  • Reply Kim W. January 20, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Super fun giveaway! Thanks and love your blog.

  • Reply Jessica Rowe {The Aestate} January 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Congrats on the 500th post! Love those two!!

  • Reply Susanne Gleaton January 21, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Would love Mary’s new book. Sorry I missed her at the Atlanta Market.

  • Reply designchic January 21, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    We are on the same wavelength this week…did a Mary McDonald post this week too, but no giveaway!! We love her and would be THRILLED to win!! Hope you two are having a wonderful weekend ~

  • Reply Linda in AZ * January 22, 2012 at 2:14 am

    *** “500 BIG ONES” (!) is such a HUGE accomplishment!!! You must be elated!!! … And I’D be elated to win Mary’s book~~~ the COVER alone is enchanting!!!

    Thanks for a LOVELY giveaway for us all to cross our fingers to win!!!

    Linda in AZ *

  • Reply Amy January 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Can’t wait for Million Dollar Decorators to come back! Such fun watching Nathan and Mary together. Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Reply Matt January 22, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I love Mary! It’s fascinating how her quirky humor manifests so glamorously in her designs. Her sense of whimsy is so refreshing. Thanks for this fun opportunity and congratulations!

  • Reply Georgica Pond January 22, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I’m desperate for the next season to start – I miss it terribly. Only consolation is that I’m going to see Martyn L.B speak at a design fair next week – I know it will be delicious dahling! Love these two and love the show – Mary’s style is particularly divine and oh so glamorous. If I didn’t have kids I’d take more inspiration from her for our house, but I think I’ll have to wait for about 20 year for that level of glam.

  • Reply Janet January 27, 2012 at 8:23 am

    What gorgeous photos! And what inspiration for freshening up a home or a room for spring.

  • Reply Faith Boggio January 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I would love to win Mary’s book.

  • Reply Mary Kate Boylan January 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    We are moving the bedrooms around in our house and choosing new colors and looks. It is wonderful to find these beautiful resources online for inspiration. Next month I’ll be at my favorite flea market in Paris (Vanves) with new ideas about what to seek out.

  • Reply Sandra Bloomer April 29, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I would love to win your wonderful gift and give it to my Daughter on Mother’s Day. Thank you for your gracious gift!

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