Marika Meyer’s interiors exude a quiet elegance — while also speaking volumes. The Washington, DC-based designer is also an artist and textile designer, so it’s no surprise her spaces reveal a keen eye for color and pattern to add just the right dose of intrigue and surprise.
Capture Marika’s classic design sense with her personally selected pieces from Sotheby’s Home.
How did you discover your passion for design?
My grandmother was a decorator in Washington, D.C., and had an amazing eye for design. We also have a number of artists in the family, so I grew up in well-appointed homes with access to creative women as role models.
What is your favorite decorative object at home?
I have an 18th-century French lion sculpture that sits on my mantle. My husband always jokes that anything in our house may disappear at any second if I need it for a project. That is the one piece that I would not trade.
Is design an art or a science?
A little bit of both. I love the precision that is required when we are doing detailed custom work and the problem-solving that goes into getting proportion spot on. The creative side of me enjoys the play of color, pattern and texture with soft goods. I think that great design is the meeting point of art and science.
Do you have any go-to color or pattern combinations?
I always joke that I am a “Blue Gal.” Since I can remember, it has always been my favorite color. That said, when we start projects in palettes that I am not used to, I really enjoy exploring the range and palette. We recently worked on a purple-centric project in Jupiter, and I had a blast playing with the color and coordinates.
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When do you consider a completed project a success?
For me, success is a happy client. I have a number of emails and letters that I have saved from clients describing to me how they are enjoying their transformed spaces with their family. A common comment is how the re-designed space brings their family together, which to me is the very definition of success!
Share your biggest design secret.
Always sweat the small stuff. Great design is all in the details and making sure that every aspect of a home is considered.
What is the most common design mistake you see?
Missing the mark on scale. Getting a sense of space and the relationship of pieces is imperative for a successful installation.
How do you balance style, comfort and functionality?
We are really lucky to live in a day and age where we have access to so many amazing materials that are both durable and good-looking. Many of our projects are for families, so we are constantly thinking of how to incorporate durable fabrics and finishes without sacrificing style.
Is there a specific item you typically use as a starting point? (ex: rug, artwork, statement piece, furniture)
I am passionate about textiles, and that is always my jumping-off point. I’m always on the hunt, and often spend a day pulling fabrics and reviewing rugs to get my creative juices flowing. It led me to launch my own fabric and rug collection, Marika Meyer Textiles. With the right textiles, everything falls easily in place!
What do you think about Sotheby’s Home?
Our whole office is very excited about Sotheby’s Home! We use a lot of vintage and antique pieces in our work, and have found your selection spot on to the kinds of pieces our clients are looking for. I also love the diversity of art, accessories and furniture, all in one easy-to-use platform.