TOUR MARY MCDONALD’S MODERN FRENCH FANTASIA
“Makeup is power, and that was the whole philosophy of what we started,”
explains Johnson of the brand, which quickly
became known for its clever product names
(including a foundation called Born This Way and a blush dubbed Peach My Cheeks),
unabashedly whimsical packaging, and cruelty-free formulations.
Of course, the kind of unfettered creativity that lends itself to
a billion-dollar business doesn’t necessarily make for a harmoniously appointed abode.
In the five and a half years it took to build and furnish
the couple’s new home, McDonald often found
herself tempering Blandino’s more-is-more impulses.
“I had to exercise a fair bit of editing so they could have all these fun, fanciful colors and patterns in their home,” she says,
“without ending up with too much of everything in every room.”
The project was as complicated as it was ambitious. After riding out two years of permit nightmares, Blandino and Johnson also had to contend with a neighbor who snuck onto the property right before they began demolition of the smaller, older house and poisoned 11 Torrey pine trees (an endangered species) that were blocking his ocean view. They spent a fortune trying to rehabilitate the trees and were able to save almost half of them. Once the main drama was over, McDonald, working with the architect John Ilkcagla, set about realizing the couple’s dream of a home with historical French-style interiors with a modern twist. ออกแบบบ้าน