Styling Series: The Ginny Macdonald Collection
"I wanted the collection to feel like something you’d see in a drawing room or library of a Victorian house in London. I also wanted to fuse that with the California style which is fresh and earthy,” explained Ginny Macdonald the interior designer behind our most recent collaboration. In addition to carefully designing each frame (Ginny drew each piece by hand), selecting the materials, and choosing the color palette, Ginny also thoughtfully styled the pieces in the collection. Her signature English-meets-California style is ever present in the both the pieces themselves but also the spaces she created for them. Today, she’s walking us through how each look was created, read on for more.
Layering is a key part of my designs and we wanted each look to feel lived-in, yet curated. I find that mixing vintage pieces with modern styles is the best way to achieve this. Here, we paired the Belmont Sectional in Loden linen with an abstract, Moroccan rug and a vintage-inspired rattan coffee table. To give some personality to the space, I layered the artwork with a modern vase and some antique finds that sit atop the curio sideboard behind the sectional. The standing lamp adds height and the florals bring in a splash of colour to top off the look.
For this space, we wanted a dramatic statement, so we used two Belmont Sofas and featured them in a bold mustard which is our Goldenrod Velvet. We paired them with a neutral rug and tonal pillows, and brought in a sculptural coffee table that could stand up to the double dose of colour. I love this floor lamp because the playful arc echoes the curved back of the sofa, which is a major design feature. We kept the coffee table styling simple, and added height with the tall vase and fresh branches, and layered in some large books and a small, ceramic vessel.
I fell in love with this vintage rug, however it was slightly too small for our Hollingworth Sectional in Natural Linen. Since the colours in the rug paired so well with our Ambleside ottomans, shown here in Cognac velvet, we decided to layer it over the top of a larger jute rug. We pulled other colours like moss green from the rug and worked with them to form our overall colour palette. Since the bases of the sofa and ottomans are made from a warm oak, we brought in other tones of wood and wicker to tie it all in.
Part of the idea behind the collection is that pieces and colors can be mixed and used together in the same space. For this room, we paired the Lockwood Bed in our harbor velvet with the Grasmere bench in our linen stripe. Keeping the rest of the colors neutral allowed this bedroom to feel tranquil and serene, even with the mix of textures happening. I especially love the little pop of red on the pillows and contrast of the nightstand.
This is another perfect example of pairing the collection pieces together. Here, the Rivington roll arm sofa in our linen stripe acts as a neutral when paired with the striking cognac velvet displayed on the Hollingworth sofa. The deep rust tone from the sofa is carried through to the pillow opposite balancing out the bold colour. The Grasmere Ottoman in Jade velvet is the ideal piece to pull up when you need extra seating or surface space.
The Coniston Sleeper Sofa shown in Natural linen is the most versatile piece in the collection. Comfort was paramount to the design of this piece, so while our intention was for it to look great, I also wanted people to enjoy a night's sleep in it. For the design of this space the vintage inspired rug paired well with the soft, clean lines of the sofa as well as the dark wall colour. We kept the look guest-room ready with a two-tiered side table that also doubles as a nightstand. The two Grasmere Ottomans featured in Jade velvet act as a temporary coffee table and are light enough to push out of the way when converting the sofa to a bed.