Tuesday, October 5, 2010

{q & a with massucco warner miller}

Today I am thrilled and honored to share a little conversation with the lovely ladies at Massucco Warner Miller. It's no secret on this blog that I am quite smitten with their work {to say the least!}, so featuring them in a designer profile is such a treat!

Julie Massucco, Melissa Warner and Carrie Miller are three uber talented ladies with very diverse backgrounds who teamed up in 2008 to build the design powerhouse MWM, now based in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

Julie obtained a degree in Environmental Design from Syracuse University, and has studied classical design in Florence, Italy. Melissa studied Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and later followed her passion and completed a degree in Interior Design from FIDM in San Francisco. Carrie started her career in the fashion industry, went on to open her own “Paris flea-style” boutique in Marin County, and later opened her first interior design studio in 2001. Now that is one talented group!

This triple threat has truly mastered the art of mixing old and new, traditional and fresh, classic but with a youthful point of view. Their work is tailored and glamorous; what I love most is that there is an air of sophistication about their spaces while remaining comfortable and inviting.

Nancy Marcus: How would you describe Massucco Warner Miller’s style?

MWM: Some have called our style “Young Traditional”, which we think is fitting as we see our look as classic with a fresh twist and lots of personality. We love mixing classic pieces with something unexpected and tend towards vibrant colors and tailored details like pleated edging, tape trims, tufting, and piping.

Nancy Marcus: All elements that we know and love you for!

Nancy Marcus: Which designers do you admire most?

MWM: We’re inspired by Miles Redd, Frances Elkins, Dorothy Draper, David Hicks.

Nancy Marcus: I can definitely sense a Dorothy Draper influence, her unique trademarks  included mixing vibrant colors and patterns. And Melissa, I loved your use of the beautiful Dorothy Draper Espana Bunching Chest in your bedroom featured in House Beauiful's May issue!

Nancy Marcus: What is your next design venture?

MWM: Aside from our roster of residential projects in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco, we’ve just created a line of pillows showcasing our favorite design details, textures and patterns that will be available for purchase through our website by late November. It has been a lot of fun to think about what new offerings we want to feature in this retail line and we’re looking forward to its launch!

Nancy Marcus: Sounds fabulous! Thank you for sharing this upcoming project with us! I know I speak for everyone in saying that we are excited to see what lovely creations you have come up with.

This fierce trio are definitely ones to watch! I can come back to the images above again and again, and still drool every time! You can view more of their stunning portfolio here, and be sure to follow along on Facebook. A huge thank you to Julie, Melissa, and Carrie for being so generous and gracious with your time!


christine, just bella said...

I have more than one of these images saved in my inspiration folder - love, love, love their style!!

The Glam Lamb said...

Nancy, we really are on the same wave length! They are my absolute favorite interior design team. thx for sharing! :)

Splendid Willow said...

Nancy, what a great interview (sharp, to the point and interesting!). And to know that these talented ladies are in Seattle too! My town! I need to check them out.

I am looking forward to the pillows - right in time for the winter holidays.

ox, Mon

Laura Trevey said...

Simply gorgeous! I love the turquoise and orange combo ~~

xoxo Laura

Design Elements said...

inspirational post! thanks for sharing, Nancy!

DesignTies said...

Wow, their portfolio is amazing!! So many beautiful colours and patterns and pieces of furniture. Where do they find all those fantastic cabinets?!

Love the pocket door in the last picture that you posted. That's really taking something simple and utilitarian and giving it some oomph!!


Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

I am a huge MWM fan too...I featured them on my blog a little while ago. Lucky gal...you got to interview them!!

Jen of Made By Girl said...

I love their work....So feminine! :)))))))


barbara@hodge:podge said...

I love the dressing table and Venetian mirror and LOVE the room with the turquoise wall, headboard and silhouette pillows!

You truly have amazing taste!

Mariska Meijers said...

their style is right up my street! great posting and thank you for the inspiration!

Leslie said...

Wow, you weren't kidding, these ladies are talented!
I'm off to check out their website right now!


Virginia Blue - Director Blue Fruit said...

Some wonderful rooms in the collection, and lovely to have their thoughts in an interview.

theLENNOXX said...

Fantastic! I have drooled over their work too (and featured a lot of it :) for a long time now, and it's so nice to know get to know a little more about this fab trio. Great interview Nancy! The cream/orange bedroom is one of my all time favorites! Can't wait to see their pillow line too =D

xo Linda


Great interview! Thanks for sharing all this eye candy.

Artist said...

The colors of the dining room are just amazing, I like them. I am painting through synesthesia which makes me see colors when I hear names and numbers. These colors I transform in paintings. Colors are my life.

Lisa said...

Great interview! So nice to hear about these talented designers and see their work!

Jen said...

Seriously, that first picture is my favorite! The orange chairs, the chandie, and the wallpaper... STUNNING!!

Oh and sweetie, did you put in your country at LOCATION CENTRAL yet? It's the blog where you find other bloggers in your area.

The Zhush said...

I loved this! Big, big fan of their work...its just gorgeous! Thanks for this!

Mary @ RoomPolish said...

looove their style. I feel like it intersects with mine, so of course i guess that's why I'm drawn to it! The bedrooms are to die for. Excited to have found your lovvvely blog!

Dallas Shaw said...

this is so "me" it's insane

Maria Killam said...

Love these spaces! so beautiful and colourful!

Holly said...

I just recently had the opportunity to take a browse at their portfolio on their website and was in awe of their work. I really really loved their style, so when I saw this on your sidebar I had to come take a look (and read). What a great feature!

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