“A good interior should last.
If the basics are beautiful, it will always be current.”
Working with the brilliant architect Cathy Schwabe, we were able to transform this 1963 rancher into an energy efficient contemporary beauty.
The open floor plan flows gracefully from room to room and high, beamed ceilings add to the sense of spaciousness. With the master suite and second bedroom suite set at opposite ends of the house, privacy and tranquility are achieved.
The energy configuration uses photo voltaic panels and solar thermal panels which absorb additional heat from the photo voltaics, increasing efficiency and providing supplemental heat for the interiors.
Founder of Marie Glynn Interiors, Marie earned her BFA in Interior Architecture from the California College of Art, San Francisco.
Marie has over 20 years of professional residential and commercial interior design experience working with residential clients in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Carmel, Carmel Valley and Pebble Beach. Marie has also worked with some of the most successful technology start-ups in the Valley to create work spaces that harmonize with the spirit of California entrepreneurship.
Marie is well known for creating spaces that are functional, friendly and beautiful, and has a masterful eye for quality, craftsmanship, furnishings and textiles. She has a reputation for impeccable customer service, consistent project delivery in tight time frames and complete accountability. Her design projects are also uniquely characterized by extraordinary color, finishes, proportion and balance.
A longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Marie currently lives in the rolling hills above the Morgan Hill, San Martin and the Gilroy wine country on California’s Central Coast.
Interior design is one of those professions, much like fashion and entertainment, that holds a romantic notion that all one does is shop at design centers and have lunch with clients at cool little restaurants.
The truth is much different.
Good interior design integrates the creative process with a systematic methodology, which includes research, analysis, design principles, project management and team work, just to name a few.
We take the point position, leading our client through this process, always striving to create a confident, enjoyable experience resulting in interior spaces that reflect their taste, style, and personality.
When we capture the spirit of the client and the essence of the space they envision – we feel the excitement and joy of the job, and a little bit of that romance as well!
We believe the design process should be an enjoyable experience – a journey to help our client’s clarify their needs, likes and ideas.
We work to keep the process on track by understanding and respecting our client’s priorities and by maintaining a clear and open line of communication.
We help with the many decisions and day-to-day details to transform your design vision into an interior that reflects your personality, taste and budget.
A widely recognized and talented colorist, Marie is also fully certified as a Maria Killam True Color Expert.
We also provide full project management and contractor referrals along with recommendations for specialty work from our extensive and proven source book.
Our trusted resources include electrical, plumbing, landscape, iron-work, masonry, tile and brick, exterior and interior paint, faux finishing, marble and granite and carpentry.
This is a classic, Spanish colonial home located just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
As a second home, the main design goals were comfortable simplicity, and a warm and unpretentious elegance. The art, rugs, outdoor sculpture and wall hangings were from local artists and craftspeople.
The house was designed to focus attention on the main living and entertainment areas of the house - the kitchen, family, living and dining rooms.
The living and dining areas opened to a large loggia offering extraordinary views of the Sangre de Cristo, and Jemez mountains ranges.
Hugh Comstock is well-known in Carmel and in Carmel Valley as the builder of post-adobe early ranch style homes fashioned after the mid-century architect William Wurster.
The scope of this project included an extensive remodel of the kitchen, dining, living and family rooms. In addition, the floor plan was altered to add a powder room.
To take advantage of expansive views across the valley, the work extended into the back yard area where we replaced a section with a brick patio and built a deck and pergola under one of the 37 heritage oaks that grew on the 2 acre property.
This project involved the remodel of both the interiors and exterior of an original Spanish Colonial Revival set on the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California.
All of the iron work, and lighting were custom made and the tile work was fabricated from era-specific designs. Many of the interior surfaces were faux-finished to mimic flourishes of the period.
All furniture, furnishings, rugs and artwork were sourced form California estates, auction houses, antique dealers and resources that specialize in period pieces.
Examples of the custom wrought iron work and hand-painted tiles throughout the property, reminiscent of old Hollywood can be seen in our portfolio along with exteriors, hand-crafted lighting fixtures, tile benches, fountains and wrought-iron entry gates gracing the front of the property.
We emphasize proper placement and scale as these are crucial factors in creating spaces that feel cohesive, comfortable and relevant.
The finish specifications need to work together to create a unified and cohesive design aesthetic within the space. We understand how to coordinate multiple elements including material, color, and texture to make sure this is achieved.
After the design is fine-tuned, we develop the furniture and fixture plan and provide shopping assistance through our extensive network of design showrooms, antique dealers and wholesale warehouses always passing along 100% of our trade discount to our clients.
Including art in your home allows you to make each of its spaces your own and we are able to guide that process by leveraging our extensive resource network in the art community to help you make that statement at our direct trade costs.
Accessories play a very important role in completing and paying off the design and it is here where we add the finishing touches, bring out the client’s personality and create the desired textures, shapes and colors to complete the décor.
We work with an extensive network of antique and previously owned furniture dealers throughout Carmel, San Francisco and Pasadena while happily accompanying our clients on shopping expeditions and passing along 100% of our trade discounts.
Many designers charge a mark-up on product in addition to an hourly rate.
We charge an hourly rate and pass along our entire discount directly to our clients.
This means that our clients only pay wholesale - for everything - assuring our clients are getting maximum value in addition to a great design.
This is a clever and entertaining little video about the principles of design which apply universally to the all forms of art, architecture, and interior design.
I hope you enjoy this brief 2 minutes of zen.