Award winning journalist and former Home and Fashion Editor for The Washingtonian Magazine, Marjory Segal has successfully combined the art of fashion with the world of interiors. Reporting on design for The Journal Newspapers, Garden Design Magazine, and The Washingtonian Magazine, then working directly in the field for over 22 years, Segal’s signature rooms emphasize a classic – not trendy approach, and are defined by antiques, art, modern furniture, beautiful fabric, comfort, and a sense of whimsy.
“Interiors can’t just be pretty. They must be serviceable, functional, warm, and comfortable and must definitely work for an individual. A home must be reflective of its owners. Comfort and functionality are priorities. Understanding the architecture of a home, color principals, and a client’s request – how they want to live today – are a must, and understanding a client’s needs means understanding their world professionally, socially, and family oriented.”
A creative eye, sense of simplicity, and fresh approach to designing interiors as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of antiques, a good list of resources, world travel, and a willingness to listen to a client, are what separate Segal, a Washington native, from others in her field.
Inspiration often comes from nature, extensive travel, the client themselves, and the renowned decorator Billy Baldwin who Segal had the opportunity of working with. Fashion designers Ralph Lauren, Bill Blass, and Chanel, as well as, Andy Warhol and Le Corbusier, all have influenced Segal’s work and design aesthetic.
“The American consumer is increasingly sophisticated today with the Internet and information constantly being thrown at you from so many sources – you have to be on top of your game. You have to do your homework, go the extra mile for your clients.”
Marjory’s success comes with constant recognition and room designs being featured in many trade periodicals: The Washington Post, New York Times, Southern Accents, Traditional Home Magazine, Renovation Style, Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home, Washington Spaces, and Home and Design. Her rooms also have been featured by Chris Cassa Madden on HGTV, and published in industry design books, Better Homes and Gardens, Garden Style; Book – Tabletop byBarbara Milo Ohrbach; and Designer Showcase, Interior Design At Its Best.
Over the past 19 years, Marjory has been involved with many charitable organizations, donating her time and design expertise in support of The National Symphony, Decorators’ Show House, Children’s Hospital Design House, The Campagna Center’s historic Decorators’ Show House in Alexandria, Virginia, The Annapolis Historical Societies’ Decorator Showcase, and The Baltimore Symphony Decorator Show House.
“I love to work with clients that are direct, know what they want, and have a sense of humor. I adore challenges and love creating beautiful interiors for fascinating individuals.”