Gilded furniture contrasts elegantly with espresso walls.
In her living room, Los Angeles-based designer Mary McDonald was inspired by China. The collection of vintage pagodas behind the sofa is particularly important to her: "the original eighteenth-century versions were made of ivory, and many others are made of bone," notes McDonald. "I love how detailed they are, with little hanging bells and reticulated balconies with layers of faux millwork." The clean-lined shape of the Chinese coffee table offsets the ornate formality of the room.
See more of Mary McDonald's interiors in our photo gallery.