Great customer service has been the hallmark at Marika Meyer Interiors, a full-service design firm specializing in interior design, pre-construction and construction consulting. Marika shared some of the secrets of her inspired interiors.
1. As a full-service design firm, what is your secret to having your teams work together seamlessly for your clients?
Organization! We are all very process oriented, which is imperative to running a successful design firm. We frequently evaluate our processes to look at ways to streamline and become more efficient. Covid has actually provided us with a great opportunity to examine all of our systems and look at how we can go paperless which is very exciting!
2. You describe textiles as another canvas to create on and set the tone and style for a room. How does your love of textiles influence your work?
I do believe that textiles provide the foundation for a room, whether it’s to make a bold statement or to solve an awkward space problem. Textiles are so versatile and varied that there is a fabric or wall covering that will work for you. And, if you can’t find it, creating something completely custom is always an option! Textiles really are the ultimate designer tool.
3. What’s your favorite phase of a project?
The first day! I love our intake meeting and getting to know clients. After we leave my mind is swarming with ideas!
4. What were some of the challenges of creating the stunning waterfront escape on the Maryland’s Eastern Shore?
Our Oxford projects will forever be one of my favorites! I hate to sound annoying, but this was a dream project. It was the second home we designed for this client which made the selection process run very smoothly. We worked with the architect and builder from the ground up and it was a three-year design/build which meant that we had the luxury of time to really analyze all parts of the design. I think that speaks in the final project!
5. Your bold mix of colors, textures and patterns is wonderful. How do you go about creating a unique statement for your clients?
It’s always about the client first and foremost, their likes and dislikes. Mixing colors, textures and patterns sometimes is about showing clients that pieces can work together in unexpected ways, and encouraging them to stretch a bit. That surprising element may just end up being their favorite!
6. What element in a room do you usually start with? (artwork, lighting, rug, sofa, etc.)?
Textiles, of course! A room is usually about a color story, first. Working with clients to select fabrics and wall coverings will allow us to set the direction for the other elements in the space. If we select a bold pattern to take center stage, then the other elements should play a supporting role and not distract or overwhelm. If you keep the palette quiet, make a statement with art or unique furniture pieces. There are times, and these are always welcome, when art will act as the jumping off point. We are always happy to work in that way. In truth, working with art is very much the same as selecting a unique wall covering or fabric!
7. What mistakes do you most often help clients avoid?
I think one of the hardest things is that many people will buy things that they like while not necessarily focusing on how it enhances an overall design concept. We spend time in the design phase evaluating how each piece works together and how it meets our aesthetic and functional objectives.
8.What are some of your favorite wall treatments?
I love patterns and textures on walls in all kinds of ways! Wallpaper is an easy way to add interest, even if it is just a simple linen. We often paperback fabrics and use them on walls and ceilings. It is a great way to add more dimension to a room!
9. What is one of your favorite projects and why?
This is such a tough one, it is like trying to choose your favorite child! Thinking about my absolute favorites, there is one common theme. Each time, they involved clients who were excited to collaborate and who found joy in the process. I always say that it is a luxury to be able to design your home and it is important that the process is just as enjoyable (and stressless) as the final result!
10. What are the most often requested features when a client is remodeling?
Mudrooms! I have had clients move just for a bigger/better mudroom. We are all so busy these days that making sure that our homes offer as much easy and functional spaces is key!
Photos by Angie Seckinger