02/18/2014 04:18 pm ET Updated Feb 18, 2014

High Style Made Easy: Interior Designer Mary McDonald's Gorgeous Office (PHOTOS)

Last spring, when a friend moving to New York offered McDonald his one-bedroom 1930s cottage to use as an office, she jumped. A high-end residential decorator, McDonald can’t stand business-y furniture, so she mentally conjured up a ’50s Christian Dior dress salon for her main work area, where ladylike powder-blue slipper chairs worthy of a master bedroom sit across from a chinoiserie desk. The room’s powder-blue, silver and white color scheme could have been too girly, but crisp details prevent that.

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