Designer Friday: Marie Flanigan

As the days of the year fade into winter, we’re greeted by effortless silhouettes, muted tones, and the gentle refraction of light. This designer channels this same calm in her interiors, evoking a deeply architectural sense of space, coupled with a masterful attention to detail. Marie Flanigan gives us a peek into her mind in this week’s Designer Friday.

A soft color story and ample natural light are accented by tailored décor, bold textures, and industrial touches. Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors.
With stunning Calacatta marble floors and pristine shiplap walls, this master retreat is equal parts traditional and modern. Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors.

Andrew Joseph – Dream country to work in? Or dream project to take on.
Marie Flanigan – I’ve always wanted to try my talents in Europe, specifically Italy or the UK. I’m drawn to minimalist spaces that celebrate a historic sense of structure and beauty; sharing that vision on an international scale would be a dream. Speaking of, I hear a certain Duke and Duchess are preparing for a baby, and there’s nothing I ’d love more than to design a royal nursery!

Andrew – What ’s your biggest fear in life?
Marie – Regret. Whether it’s a missed opportunity or wishing I had spent more time doing the things I love most, my biggest fear is that I may one day look back and wish I had done things differently. It ’s a fear that encourages self-exploration and it drives me to make the most of each and every day!

Andrew – What’s inspiring you in life (in the industry) right now?
Marie – I am incredibly inspired by the breadth and depth of the digital world! Ideas are being shared at a breakneck pace and everyone ’s invited to join in on the conversation. Social media continues to shatter boundaries, connecting us all and giving people around the world a voice. For creatives, social media offers us the opportunity to reach audiences far beyond our wildest imaginations. It’s making a huge impact on our industry!Featuring a double island, metal-work cabinetry and integrated sconces, this kitchen beautifully blends natural and industrial elements. Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors.
A graphic portrait by Padaric Kolander is flanked by blocked shelving while dramatic, rift-cut oak paneling and trim, in a contemporary application, are brought to life using rich, earthy hues and bold textures and patterns. Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors.

Andrew – Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
Marie – You become an average of the five people with whom you spend the most time. Be selective and consider your friendships an opportunity to build your very own Board of Directors. Fill it with people you admire who will encourage and uplift you through life, no matter where your journey takes you!

Andrew – What would you like to be remembered for?
Marie – Helping others weave beauty into their everyday lives.

Andrew – Who is a contemporary inspiration in your field?
Marie – Aerin Lauder. She is a gifted entrepreneur who has been influential to the growth of Estee Lauder, while also building her own powerful personal brand. I admire her vision and the way she enhances the lives of people worldwide by doing what she loves most. From her Instagram presence to the products that boast her name, everything she touches turns to beauty.Seagrass lined bookshelves and a reclaimed wood ceiling provide the backdrop for a Kevin Gillentine landscape, framing up an intimate seating group in this Tudor-style home. Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors.

About Marie Flanigan | Texas-based Marie Flanigan’s approach to design is one that adopts the disciplines of timelessness while allowing the free, organic flow of creativity to test and push those boundaries. This sartorial approach to the curation of her spaces, from fabrics to finishes and more, lends itself to classical understandings of beauty and elegance. Her award-winning designs can be found in luxury homes and commercial spaces throughout the country.

About Andrew Joseph | Andrew Joseph’s passion for design and rich journalistic history led to the launch of his boutique PR firm in 2012. Prior to enjoying the successes of Andrew Joseph PR, Andrew honed his editorial skills at Vanity Fair and Allure. This experience, as well as the strong network of contacts developed over the years in public relations, brings a valuable edge to his new role as contributing editor. Let the musing begin.

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