Marie Flanigan

Houston - Interior Designer

What first sparked your interest in design? Growing up, I took frequent trips to local galleries with my father, which sparked and cultivated my love for art. I grew up knowing I wanted to be an artist, and my dream was materialized in an unexpected way when I began studying architecture. I journeyed into interior design because of my desire to work holistically on projects, continuing the vision after the architectural envelope was complete all the way down to the finest details.

How would you describe your personal aesthetic? Simplicity drives my core beliefs about style and design. I tend toward modern forms, sculptural silhouettes and organic textures, which translates into my wardrobe, accessories, decor and art choices.

What is a design trend you are loving now? European-inspired upholstery like the German and Italian influences found in the sloping arms of couches, knife-edge welts, metal legs and more.

If you could go back and give yourself advice at the start of your career, what would it be? Your worries and fears are not as big as you think they are; time proves that. Take every moment to enjoy the ride.

What is your favorite color palette to use in projects right now? I’m always inspired by the rich jewel tones and saturated neutrals found in nature, and you can see that across my work. Lately I’m excited about the use of chartreuse and red popping up on my drawing board.