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McDonald used a vintage white lacquer desk that cost thousands of dollars. I found this stylish stand-in at Room To Go Kids! It has adult-size proportions, and the sophisticated campaign desk style and white lacquer-like high-gloss finish makes it a perfect and affordable choice.
You can purchase it without the hutch on top, which I prefer, and it is $100 less, coming in at a glam $399.
McDonald used two velvet armchairs facing the desk. To get a similar look, shop your local flea markets, Craigslist, eBay, and antique stores for a French-frame chair you like.
You can paint the frame any color you like, including white, like Mary's chair's. You will have to invest in reupholstery services, unless you are handy in that department.
All rooms on a budget have high- and low-priced items. Choosing one or two vintage pieces contribute to the collected look of a room.
McDonald designed this $8,000 hand-painted chevron pattern floor. LOVE it, but not the price.