“I was raised in the shadow of Thomas Jefferson’s architectural brilliance,” says the Charlottesville, Virginia–born designer, who founded her own well-regarded firm in 1990. This early exposure to the best in American classicism, together with formal studies and a Grand Tour of Europe, left Mary with a deep understanding of the classical principles for organizing mass and space.
These come to the fore in her DXV bathroom, which unsurprisingly draws its freestanding tub, sinks, and toilet from the Classical movement’s stately and sculptural St. George collection. “I wanted the space to feel luxurious, glamorous, and sexy,” says Mary, who created a room that’s formal yet offers an exciting view upon entering. “You see the tub with a sunburst mirror above it,” she explains. “The tub is my favorite—I really love its oval shape and base, which I find very elegant.”
Mary, who has an extensive photographic portfolio of her work, started a Facebook page in 2009. She now has 40,000 followers, which is not surprising considering her philosophy: “If someone writes you, you write them back,” she says with Southern firmness. “It never occurred to me that some people don’t respond to their followers’ questions and comments. It’s something I usually do late at night.”