With roots and education in commercial architecture, Marie Flanigan’s strength is in the integration of interior and structure. Her trademark style is evident through the sophisticated use of texture, color, and light, creating environments in which people love to live.
What inspired this career path for you?
My family has always been drawn to the arts and my childhood memories are filled with creativity and inspiration. Monthly visits to the local art gallery with my father instilled a love for visual arts in particular, which eventually led to my study of architecture while at university. Following graduation, I was fortunate to work for a small architecture firm where I was able to manage the design of both structural and interior elements, and that’s where my interest in interior design really began to blossom. I ultimately decided to follow my heart, opting for a career as an interior designer, but my architectural studies influence my work every single day. I believe the two disciplines are intimately connected and that a great space relies on how well they speak to one another.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
I am first and foremost inspired by the people who live within a home; their family history, unique interests, and the distinctive way in which they live sparks a sense of creativity within me, and I love combining that with discoveries found through travel and artistic expression. I find that whenever I’m exposed to something new or share in the beauty of the human experience, inspiration is sure to follow.
Tell us about your creative process.
I start by determining a vision for the project, which I do by outlining my client’s interests and passions, paying close attention to how their family would like to function within each space. Then comes the more technical side of my process where I draft detailed drawings and line out important structural elements that will serve as a strong foundation within. Lastly, I “paint the palette” by pulling in colors, fabrics, and furnishings that will eventually bring the design to life.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Timeless union of color, texture, and light
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
I can’t live without my Palomino Blackwing Pencil! It was given to me by a dear friend and, whenever I’m feeling encumbered by the design process, I pull it out and start sketching. The free flow of creativity found in those moments inspires a unique perspective and I always walk away better for it.
Who do you look up to in the design world?
Goodness, how long is this list allowed to be? There are so many, but it is my belief that a great deal of beauty is discovered through simplicity and I admire the tremendous restraint displayed by talents like Ray Booth, Vicente Wolf, Darryl Carter, Suzanne Kasler, Bobby McAlpine, and Susan Ferrier.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
It would be a dream come true to design a country cottage for Kate Middleton! She is the embodiment of classic beauty, style, and grace, and I think we could all use a little more Princess Kate in our lives.
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.
“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned” – Maya Angelou
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
Architectural Digest and Veranda are two obvious faves but, lately, I can’t get enough of Milieu. They capture the essence of design in such a refreshing way and every issue is a captivating page-turner. DPAGES is filled with the latest in art, architecture, design, and tech, making it another solid source if you’re currently on the hunt for inspiration.
What do you love about Viyet?
There is something very special about a place where design lovers can come together to buy and sell genuine works of art, and I love that each piece in the expertly curated collection has a powerful story to tell.