Monday, May 16, 2016

Million Dollar Decorating: A Conversation with Marie

What an honor to be interviewed by James Swan for his ingenious Million Dollar Decorating podcast!
Click here to learn more about where I got my start, how I grew my business despite a nationwide recession, and what I love most about delivering beauty to the lives of others.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

3 Tips to Achieve the Perfect Sunroom

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery — air, mountains, trees, people.
I thought, "This is what it is to be happy.”
Whether you call it a sunroom, Florida Room, conservatory, or garden room,
these sun-drenched spaces are designed to pull us from the confines of our home's interior out into a bright and airy haven where we can be surrounded by Mother Nature in all her glory. 
With summer upon us, it's the perfect time for a sunroom daydream and we thought we'd share our expert tips for mastering the concept in your own home:
1. Steel Doors and Windows
Installing steel doors and windows can dramatically enhance the look and feel of a porch space, and we love that they gracefully define your line of sight without feeling intrusive.
2. Go "Au Naturel"
Let the beauty of the outdoors steal the show by keeping your interior space clean and well-edited. Incorporate natural colors and bold organic textures that celebrate your view versus compete with it.
3. Keep it Functional
We believe that gorgeous rugs should adorn every floor and we love using crisp whites and creams. These used to be huge no-nos in areas of high traffic or indoor/outdoor use, but modern fabric companies are now offering durable, stain-resistant fabrics that are also super soft, and some of the indoor/outdoor rugs we've seen of late can rival those Oushak beauties we've all been saving up for.
So, go ahead and build the light and bright sunroom you've been visiting in your dreams and we promise you'll enjoy every last peaceful, joy-filled minute you spend in it.
Looking for more inspiration?
Check out the sunrooms in a few of these sun-drenched Floridian properties to get your creative juices flowing.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Marie Flanigan Honored with PaperCity Design Award

We love participating in Houston's PaperCity Design Awards, and this year was quite a special one.
Featuring a premier panel of judges, that included Vicente Wolf, Suzanne Rheinstein, Roger Ferris, and Lake Flato, we were thrilled to hear that one of our projects made the cut!
Lauren Braud, Megan Hotze, Marie Flanigan, Kelsey Grant, and Ashlee Garner celebrate the win.
Huge thanks to the judges and to the entire PaperCity team for a wonderful evening -
we'll see you next year!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Style Spotting at 2016 Spring Market (High Point, North Carolina)

Marie was thrilled when she was asked to serve as an official "Style Spotter" for the 2016 High Point Market. It's an honor that only 9 designers across the nation receive each year and responsibilities include hunting down the year's best in home d├ęcor and sharing those finds on multiple platforms.
If you've never been to High Point, North Carolina, just imagine a picturesque little town where premier names in home furnishings and design line every block and the nation's most creative businesses and entrepreneurs congregate to celebrate all there is to love about residential and commercial interior design.

Marie spent three days walking countless miles perusing all that spring market had to offer and today she's sharing a few of her fave finds.
You can also see these on our latest Pinterest board by clicking here.
Let us know what you think!
Oly Studio Serena Waterfall Chandelier

Worlds Away Felix Chair

Kelly Wearstler Trousdale Cocktail Table

Phillip Jeffries Fade Wallcovering
Bernhardt Palma King Bed

Julian Chichester Virginia Chair

Kate Spade 3-Tone Bureau

Natural Curiosities Watermerken - watermarks from the 1550s turned art!

Baker Furniture Jean-Louis Deniot Celestite Sofa

Aerin Lauder Iveala Single Sconce
Brown Jordan Fires Equinox
Modern History Midcentury Bedside Chest
Bobo Intriguing Objects Cheval 94" Lacquer and Sawhorse Dining Table
Stay tuned for more when Marie takes on the fall market in October!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Enriching Lives Through Design: Fashion at Home

We're busy preparing for Marie's "Style Spotter" trip to High Point Market in North Carolina,
and recently received The Designer's Guide to High Point Market from The Editor at Large. WOW - it's a must-read!
Beautifully crafted, chock-full of market info and featuring a highly organized schedule of events, it's a truly priceless resource.  

We love it all, but as we were reading through the guide, one article captured our attention:
 "Fashion Icons Move Home"
We've always admired the connection that exists between fashion design and interior design and this particular article does a lovely job of exploring that relationship. Keep scrolling for excerpts from the article combined with a few gorgeous images that have us hankering for High Point:
Marie Flanigan Interiors
"Fashion designers are in the business of creating looks that will enrich the person wearing the clothing. The same goes for interior designers. You are not only dressing the home. The client will feel a sense of confidence and, hopefully, happiness once they step into their space."
Natalie Shirinian, author of Interior Motives coming this summer
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"There is a symbiotic relationship between the two worlds. They feed and nourish each other."
Cynthia Rowley

 "Talking the nitty-gritty, both trades rely on mood boards, textiles and other tools. But how similar are the two worlds, really? The connection is, in many ways, a near-seamless one."
Julia Noran Johnston, The Editor at Large

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"For me, the world of fashion and interiors are so closely linked that, at times, it's hard to tell which directly influences the other."
Debs Camplin, Senior Vice President of home design at kate spade new york
Marie Flanigan Interiors
"Although beauty is my heritage, home and accessories are my true passion. The modern woman wants more than just a fragrance. She sees beauty as an extension of herself, her wardrobe, her home and her family."
We can't wait to see what so many of these talented designers have in store for us at HPMKT come Saturday - remember to check back here for a behind-the-scenes look at the Style Spotter experience!