Architectural Digest Market Director Madeline O’Malley Mixes Styles for Her Dream Registry

By Shayna Seid

What makes the perfect registry? Our Dream Registry series answers just that, providing an endless source of inspiration for those putting together their own Over The Moon registries. We enlisted the help of some of our most stylish and in-the-know friends—whether they’re single, engaged, or already married. (Because we’re taking a page from Carrie Bradshaw’s playbook and saying one should be able to register for Manolos no matter what their relationship status!) Peek inside the registries of tastemakers, from editors and stylists to wedding planners and beyond. Your dream registry is just a click away.

As the market director at Architectural Digest, Madeline O’Malley is known for her impeccable taste and expert design eye, and, therefore, we just had to have her create a Dream Registry. The director shares that her personal aesthetic constantly shifts from boho and global to classic. “A few weeks ago, I was feeling very island-y and wanted every bamboo table I could find,” she says. “Today, I’m in an American Southwestern mood—probably missing home!”

Madeline’s Manhattan apartment has Old-World bones. She emphasized that by painting it Farrow & Ball’s “Nancy’s Blushes,” and she papered her bedroom in a pink-red toile. “I’ve draped every surface in some sort of ikat or block-print scrap and have added some painted Swedish chairs to dress it all down,” Madeline admits. “It’s important to mix it up—different eras, different styles. In the words of Diane Keaton in First Wives Club, ‘It’s early . . . everything.'”

Where does an AD director go for interior inspiration? The AD at 100 book, of course! “It’s really a book about people and how people live, which is far more interesting to me than an empty room,” Madeline explains. Beyond the pages of AD, she will browse the archive on “I’m in awe of these spaces from the ’60s and ’70s that feel so fresh and so now.”

Madeline also shares a few new titles that promise to be instant design favorites. “Nathalie Farman-Farma’s book has not made its way from my sofa to the bookshelf—it’s not ready to rest yet,” she insists. “Beata Heuman has a new book out, which I’m dying to see. I’m so inspired by her work and vision. I also love looking at old cookbooks for tabletop styling inspiration. Lee Bailey? Forget about it.”

For her Dream Registry, Madeline loves the idea of globally influenced textiles with classic monogrammed dinnerware, or pewter candlesticks with campy coasters. (She highlights the Mercedes Salazar ones, in particular.) “I will say, if this were a real registry and not a Dream Registry, I would’ve selected a few more practical kitchen pieces. In my dream world, I already have a toaster.”

Gorgeous flatware is equally essential, and Madeline would reach for the tortoise, bamboo, and red bistro sets from Sabre. For heavy-duty cooking, Miyabi’s knives are truly a cut above the rest. And to set a beautiful table, D’Ascoli linens are “a must.” “I’ve had my eye on the Peconic and Montauk napkins for months,” Madeline reveals. “The transformative power of a great napkin is not to be underestimated.” We couldn’t agree more. 

Shop Madeline O’Malley’s Dream Registry below!