One of Bravo TV's "Million Dollar Decorators," and stars of
"Property Envy," McDonald's style combines old world elegance with a
modern sensibility resulting in a fearless iconic style. Her ability to combine
bold patterns, Chinoiserie, and classical influences with an impeccable sense
of color has established her signature style. This highly published,
award-winning designer has been the recipient of the prestigious Stars of
Design Award and honored as one of the top 25 designers by Veranda Magazine.
Her first book "Mary McDonald Interiors: The Allure of Style" was
released in 2010 to unanimous praise and is currently in its fifth printing.
Not just an interior designer, Mary has quickly transitioned into a
growing force in home product design. She launched her first collection of
fabrics with F. Schumacher & Co. in 2013 (with a second coming in 2015) has
a full line of rugs with Patterson, Flynn and Martin and an upcoming furniture
line with Chaddock Home due to launch in spring 2014.
For more information, visit www.marymcdonaldinc.com.
THE RIGHT HONORABLE COUNTESS OF CARNARVON
Carnarvon is the eighth and current countess of Highclere Castle, the real-life
setting for the worldwide hit television series "Downton Abbey. " She is
married to George Herbert, eighth Earl of Carnarvon, and manages all castle
affairs, from the grounds and gardens to the special events that take place at
the residence. Fascinated by Highclere Castle, where the Carnarvon family has
resided since 1679, Lady Carnarvon was inspired to share the history of the
home. Drawing from the rich material found in the archives at Highclere,
including diaries, letters and photographs, she has written two books that
transport readers back to the thrilling world of the "real" Downton Abbey and
its inhabitants. Her newest book, Lady
Catherine, The Earl and the Real Downton Abbey, is a follow-up to the
international bestseller, Lady
Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, and focuses on the remarkable American
heiress who came to reign at Highclere Castle in the 1920s. It was
released in the U.S. on Oct. 29, 2013.
Prior to her marriage to Eighth Earl of
Carnarvon, Lady Carnarvon had a colorful career as an auditor at Coopers &
Lybrand and owner of the fashion label, Azur.
For more information, visit www.ladycarnarvon.com. Photo credit: © Highclere Castle 2014
Chef Brian O'Malley is head chef-instructor at the Institute for the
Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College where he promotes not only
culinary technique but also the appreciation and use of local, sustainable
cuisine. A native Nebraskan, he
graduated with distinction from the prestigious New England Culinary Institute
in Montpelier, Vermont where he was introduced to the use of local, sustainable
food systems integrated with fine dining operations. He has carried that
philosophy to Metropolitan Community College's Institute for the Culinary Arts
which operates the Sage Student Bistro working closely with the Horticulture
program at MCC to serve up menus thick with fresh ingredients grown in the
campus gardens, greenhouses, and aquaponic tanks. For his innovative work as an
educator, in 2010, Chef O'Malley became the youngest ever inductee into the
Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame. He serves as coach and mentor for the American
Culinary Federation's Student Culinary Team Nebraska, and participates on
numerous local and national boards for the culinary, hospitality, and food
industries. In 2009 he hosted "The Recipe Box" on NET Television. Chef O'Malley
has also been recognized with the "Excellence in Journalism" award from the
Omaha Press Club for his contributions to Food and Spirits Magazine. He was an
active member of the steering committee and now on the Advisory Board for the
Nebraska Food Cooperative, as well as an integral member of the Alternative
Growers Group in Washington County.
For more information, visit www.mccneb.edu/chrm/cculinaryartsandmanagement.asp