A Room With Two "Faces"

5:30am today

Yes, anyone who knows me well knows the early morning hours are my “dream time”… It’s been that way since my children were babies many years ago!

No lists. No Facebook. No Instagram. No pinning!

I write…I envision spaces…I sketch …and I read. It’s the best. It’s what makes Mary “merry”.

This morning it led me to paging through the new May/ June VERANDA…the cover story being about a Malibu home designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard. I must admit I’ve been taken with the West coast design vibe lately after helping with homes this past year in Palm Desert and San Francisco and visiting the Pacific Design Center and surrounding shops. In  Minneapolis, Tasha and I indulge ourselves  in California sources at Scherping-Westphal and Holly Hunt!

So…this morning ( in Fun Friday tradition at MHI ) Tasha and I investigated sources used in this wonderful cover story home… Tobi Tobin and Lucca Antiques. We are in instant LOVE!

Look at this lighting fixture from Tobi Tobin found in the dining room – 

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Can you imagine a dining room using these pieces we saw on Lucca Antiques’ website?

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Mmm… we can see the room in our heads-

For a MODERN home, these pieces would take on an almost sculptural look-

  • Benjamin Moore Super White walls and trim- an uplifting bright white favorite
  • bare bleached out white oak wood floors with 5-6” wood planking/ no rug
  • linen scrim sheers on the window ( sandy driftwood color)  with stainless steel rods bringing the feel and color of the floor onto the walls
  • a collection of modern ceramics as centerpiece with a fern frond or two as a “floral arrangement”
  • a Lucite pedestal with a piece of sculpture
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For a more layered TRADITIONAL home-

  • Benjamin Moore Bone White ( or possibly stained warm mid-tone ) trim
  • a rich hand-planed herringbone floor …hand-waxed in appearance
  • a vintage blue and white rug “grounding” the blue of the overhead fixture
  • a woven wallpaper in a “greige” color adding texture and a cool tone to the layers of warmth
  • and of course, the same Italian abstract because even the most traditional of rooms needs a touch of exuberance and grounding in “today”
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What do these two spaces have in common other than wonderful “investment” pieces?

I’m often asked what my “style” is or what “look” I like to do…and my answer is ( after saying I like to “do it” all!)-

I enjoy paying attention to the architecture and bones of a space, a “space for space sake” I call it, the needs and loves of our client, coming up with a vision of everyday life in that space…establishing a viewpoint ….and in  great collaborations the space becomes elevated. There is a catch in the breath, a thrill, a feeling of “rightness” when entering the room.  THAT is the very best moment.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mary and Tasha

It's Another Fun Friday

Tasha and I had the BEST day yesterday, and today is the perfect day (being Friday) to tell you about it. 


International Market Square



Dynamic new showroom with beautifully displayed fabrics,  art by MCAD artists (for sale!) and modern furniture source... managed by  Jennifer Ruis and owned by designer, Christine Frisk. We can't wait to utilize their sources!

Mary Hickey Interiors Fuse
Mary Hickey Interiors Fuse


Inspiring lines of fabrics and wallpapers shown to us by Marcy Russ, owner... from very favorites Pollack, Lori Weitzner, Christopher Farr Cloth to a wonderful new outdoor fabric from Maria Flora, an Italian company.  Also... the BEST lunch from the Wedge Co-op, thanks Marcy!

Mary Hickey Interiors Pollack
Mary Hickey Interiors Lori Weitzner


A true "market" of 8 representatives from their vendors.  What a ball!  From the resurgence of Milo Baughman designs at Thayer Coggin to the traditional beauty of Cowtan & Tout and our oft used "Sam & Sons" trims! Abby Koller, manager... the brainchild of this great concept!


Alison and Chris celebrated Schumacher's 125th anniversary by bringing out archival prints with current colorations!   See the tremendous new blog; where Dara Caponigno,  Schumacher's new creative director , formerly the editor of Veranda shares her favorite patterns.  


Fabulously entertaining and  entertaining Michelle Bradley, opened our eyes to  "possibilities" in her line. She has cadre of talented artisans at her fingertips who interpret her "napkin" sketches and bring them to life.  We love the Lucille fixture we used in our client's home and intend to use this source for more and more!

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Here's to a relaxing weekend!

Mary & Tasha

Fun Fridays

Let's face it... Fridays are fun! Tasha and I always seem to have "great" thoughts on Fridays. So for this particular Friday...  CONSIDER COPPER.

Remember our instagram post where I teased the start of our San Francisco project with a photo of a Tom Dixon bowl? 

Mary Hickey Interiors Copper

That bowl was handed to me by my client as she said, " I like this, Mary." That's all she needed to say; we've worked together before ( see on the creek) and have a "symbiotic" relationship. Copper became a force in this space. 

While in the city visiting one wonderful shop after another, she and I stumbled upon Bright On Presidio and spoke with David Bolt. Look at what we found...

Mary Hickey Interiors Copper

to sit on this- 

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from Epoca.

More on the wonderful Epoca and Kelly Hartgraves in another post. Suffice to say- a treasure trove!

This is the point. Since that day in San Francisco... copper has been "speaking" to me. 

And now it has found its way into a new renovation project Tasha and I are working on with a terrific young family.  Here it might take a turn into copper patina...

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To mix with modern pendants.  

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It will mix beautifully with the brushed nickel hardware and stainless steel. We even found an Ann Sacks tile that mixes the metals together for us...

Ann Sacks Tile Mary Hickey Interiors

Mmm... are we TREND SPOTTING?

I don't think so...

I prefer to think of it as an  UPDATED THROWBACK!


Here's to a relaxing weekend!

Mary & Tasha