Ron Marvin Design is a New York based design firm, specializing in residential interiors. Ron’s style has been dubbed ‘Gentlemen’s Chic,’ featuring tailored, menswear inspired details, mixing all eras of style. Ron has been designing homes for over a decade.
What inspired this career path for you? From a very early age, I had always been interested and passionate for design. As a child I constantly rearranged my room, much to the dismay of my mother! I feel the home should be your sanctuary. Every apartment I’ve lived in, I have decorated. I pay no attention to the rules of a renter. Then for many years, I worked in visual merchandising. Life took a turn and through certain circumstances, everything changed. So, I decided to pay attention to the signs in my life and, in 2006, I opened Ron Marvin Design. I’ve never looked back.
What is your go-to source for inspiration? My “go to source” has always been the flea markets. I am inspired by “the possibility of what can be.” To find the inspiration and to reinvent. I want to find that treasure that no one else has, something unique, something with a story. I never want someone to walk in and say , “Oh I have that same (fill in in the blank).” I’d much rather them walk in and say, “Oh I love that! Where did you find it?” Tell us about your creative process. I look for that single moment of inspiration, that starting point. Sometimes it’s obvious. Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes a client knows. Sometimes they do not. Is it the light? Is it the view? Is it a piece of furniture? Is it a piece of art? There is always a starting point. I let the client tell me what that is, and then we start creating a space built around that moment.
Describe your style in 6 words or less. Some people have dubbed my style “Gentleman’s Chic.” I’ll take that! I’ll own it!
What are the biggest trends you see in interior design right now and what are you loving (and not loving)? I’m loving seeing more and more color!! I can’t believe I actually said that. As much as I LOVE my “Ron Marvin Greys” and my “Ron Marvin Browns,” I do think it’s time for more color! I’m trying my best to infuse more and more into my own work. One thing I am not loving is copper. It’s just not my thing, it’s not my metal. Seems like a fad that we will look back and say, “Why did I do that in copper?”
What’s a staple in your toolkit? A well curated bar. I will put one in every single project that will let me!
Who do you look up to in the design world? Designers who seem to have it all figured out and have made a success of themselves. Those that have the style, the personality, the talent and the class to back it all up.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for who would it be? Right now, I am so incredibly inspired by “Downton Abbey.” Sometimes, I find myself studying the interiors more than I pay attention to the story! The details are just exquisite and impeccable. I’m currently working on idea to do a modern masculine version of a library or dining room, inspired by the show.
Tell us your favorite design related quote. “Let go and let Ron” or “It’s my job to give you YOUR home through MY eyes.”
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? Anything in print! While I love all of the new media, the blogs, the online magazines and the websites, nothing compares to the day the new issue of your favorite magazine arrives in the mail! Love that tactile feeling of actually holding a magazine or a book. As my good friend says, “Long Live Print!”