Mary Chapman Donovan, ASID, NCIDQ, CAPS

Company: Donovan Design, LLC
Suwanee, GA 30024-4072
Phone: 678-341-9800

Designer Profile

“My goal is to create a welcoming home environment while respecting my client’s taste, budget and time. My clients know they can use my services on an “as needed” basis. There is never any pressure from me to buy certain products, use certain contractors, or proceed at a particular pace. I work for the client.” Mary C. Donovan, ASID, NCIDQ, CAPS

“Mary listened, advised and was incredibly patient with me, even when I changed my mind. I was a novice so I needed Mary to manage the entire project. She interviewed contractors and we discussed the quotes. She dealt with the contractors, made any necessary revisions and kept the project on track. Mary was very mindful of my budget.” (See Mary’s website for more testimonials.)

Mary Donovan currently operates a full service residential design firm in a northern Atlanta suburb. She has been in practice in the Greater Atlanta area for over 25 years. During her career Mary has handled small commercial and large health care/institutional projects as well as residential projects. After earning a second college degree, this one in environmental horticulture/landscape design, Mary decided to drop both commercial and health care from her practice so she could concentrate exclusively on residential projects. With her two degrees and decades of experience, Ms. Donovan now handles interior, exterior and landscape design for north metro Atlanta clientele. She can assist them “from the front curb, through their home, to the back property line”. Clients can decide if they want to hire her for just one or two of her specialties or all three.

As well as her two college degrees, Mary has earned the CAPS certification (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist), holds FULL PROFESSIONAL STATUS in ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), is a Past President of the Georgia-Carolinas Chapter of APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers) and has earned certification from NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification). Mary is very proud of the fact that she is one of the few designers in Georgia to hold state registration (#ID000188) through the Georgia State Board of Architects and Interior Designers.

Ms. Donovan has taught college accredited design courses, is a published author and popular professional speaker. Her favorite speaker presentations often deal with “Adapting Residences for Aging Baby Boomers”, “Integrating the Outdoors with the Indoors” and “The Impact of Color”.

For additional information and photos of completed projects, please visit The website is packed with “Before” and “After” pictures of both interior and exterior design projects.

Services Offered

Paint Color Only Consultation (interior, exterior or both)
Interior Color Consultation (including all finishing products & furnishings)
Exterior Color Consultation (incl. roofs, paint, brick/stone, doors, windows, shutters & lighting)
Kitchen & Bath Consultation (easy updates or full remodels)
De-Cluttering & Organizational Consultation
Home Office and Multi-Use Room Consultation
Furniture, Art & Accessory Consultation (re-using existing and/or adding new)
Real Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Consultation
Exterior Plant Combinations Consultation
Lighting Consultation
Floor Covering Consultation
Window Treatment Consultation
Downsizing and Aging-in-Place Consultations
Special Needs (mental or physical challenges) consultations

Fee Structure

Ms. Donovan charges a straight hourly fee for all her design services. There is a one hour minimum charge per visit for clients within a 30 minute travel distance of her office. Client’s located a distance between 30 minutes and an hour have a two hour minimum per visit. No contracts are used but payment is required at time of service. Please call for current rates.

Duluth kitchen was updated by faux painting the cabinets, expanding the island, replacing all the appliances, using new Silestone and granite countertops and adding sophisticated lighting.  It went from an old builder basic white kitchen to a very sophisticated kitchen suitable for an active family that loves to entertain.
Alpharetta/Roswell Realtor client wanted an updated exterior color scheme to help sell this flip house.
Young Alpharetta family of four wanted a contemporary feel for their new Living Room furnishings.  The sofas, TV cabinet and mantle art are all custom. Most accessories are from Pottery Barn and Pier One.
Suwanee family's kitchen had old light stained cabinets that were faux painted to look like medium stained wood.  Colorful walls, new hardwood floors, Silestone counters and a new tile backsplash complete this update.
Alpharetta family's guest bath went from builder's basic white cabinets and a shower/tub combo to a sophisticated space featuring a large walk-in shower, a comfort level toilet and a raised, painted vanity.
Johns Creek empty nesters upgraded their old kitchen by refacing cabinets, adding new appliances, lighting, granite, tile backslash and great paint colors. Note even some furniture was painted.
Sugar Hill empty nesters' master bath was upgraded by faux painting the white cabinets to look like stained wood, framing the large wall mirror and using a sophisticated wall color.
Busy couple in Cumming wanted all new furniture that would work with their art collection.
Roswell clients were putting on a new brown roof and wanted new paint colors that would look great with it.