The very fashionable and artistic Decorative Arts Society last week launched the 16th annual program series in Newport Beach, fronted by the chic Mary McDonald, the Los Angeles-based interior designer and author.
McDonald was in town for a pre-lecture cocktail and dinner reception hosted by Newport Beach-based designer Brenda Eastman and her husband Dirk. Brenda Eastman, known as the owner of Les Interieurs, welcomed the crowd of Decorative Arts devotees to her bayfront residence at Peninsula Point. The Eastmans only recently had occupied the romantic old-world, shingle-style residence that commands a picture-perfect view of the harbor. The arriving crush was suitably impressed by the Eastman touch as the home had a feeling of having been lived in much longer.
Chaired this season by Elana Donavan, with support from Sandra Ayres, Hyla Bertea, Marion Palley, Sharon Henwood, to name a few, the Decorative Arts Society will raise funds to benefit Casa Teresa, Laura's House, Mariposa and Women Helping Women.