Designer Ginny Macdonald’s exclusive collection of upholstered furniture is now available! The designer worked with Lulu & Georgia, creating a line that features tailored classics alongside elevated statement pieces. Though she’s based in Los Angeles, Ginny grew up in Northern England, and the collaboration feels like a wonderful blend of her past and present. “I wanted the collection to feel like something you’d see in a drawing room or library of a Victorian house in London,” the designer shares. “I also wanted to fuse that with the California style which is fresh and earthy.”
There are 13 customizable pieces, all handmade in Los Angeles. We love the plush sectional with room for the whole family, as well as the benches and beds with elegant red oak accents. You can shop the entire collection here, and in the meantime, take a moment to get to know the designer! We took #5MinutesWith Ginny to learn how she got her start and what she has planned next:
MY LIGHTBULB MOMENT:
When I realised that I could start my own business. I’d never had ambitions to run my own company and had worked for other people since I was 16. The idea of being the person in charge was rather daunting to me. The decision was formed on the basis that I would get this one new build residential project and that would mean I could pay my bills. The funny thing is, 2 and half years later we’ve still not scratched the surface on the design because new builds take so long!
I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
I’ve taken at least a 30-minute walk around my neighborhood, listened to the news on Radio 2 (an English radio station I listen to everyday), made coffee, snuggled my dogs Theo and Gatsby and had a shower.
The ultimate success is having a great work/life balance and being happy doing it.
YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
A pen and notebook or scrap paper – there’s always a list going for everything.
It’s happening right now with Lulu and Georgia! We just launched an upholstered furniture collection.
THE ONLY CITY BETTER THAN LOS ANGELES:
England, my home country. I miss it every day and try to get back as often as possible. It’s a place that grounds me and inspires me. Before moving to LA, I was working in London, which to me is one of the best cities in the world. It’s rich in history but also very ahead of the times with design and architecture. There’s just a feeling I get when I’m there that makes me feel very comforted. The one thing about England is that you’re never too far from the country or the coast, so when it’s not raining (which isn’t that often) it’s the most scenic place in the world. The dream would be to live between LA and the UK.
WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED:
I spend time in nature. Whether it be a walk along the beach or a hike in the canyons, getting out into a natural environment really helps to clear my mind.
ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
Make sure to set your boundaries and expectations, don’t let people walk all over you and don’t take things too personally. It’s hard being in a creative industry because we pour our heart and soul into our projects and oftentimes it’s more about the other person than it is about you. Also… self care. We can’t function well if we don’t look after ourselves.
IN 5 YEARS, FIND ME:
I’ll be 40… eek. But by then I’d love to have purchased my own house with a backyard (so I can have more dogs), have more furniture lines and spend more time in the UK. I’m a type 1 enneagram so trying to self-improve everything too 🙂
ABOVE ALL ELSE:
Be kind and respectful to people, be grateful, and use your manners.