First Blogpost!

 

Welcome to the new Mary Maslow Design blog! As I launch this journal, I want share a little bit about our philosophy and little of who I am, so here goes!

Mary Maslow Design is full service interior design studio based in Winter Park, Florida. Our mission is to create beautiful, functional environments that enhance quality of life and endure for generations.

As a designer, I am passionate about elevating the ordinary, doing simple things really well. I love blending old and new, and bringing nature inside. With every project, my goal is to design environments that create a thriving habitat for all, and can stand the test of time.

At MMD, we approach this both stylistically and healthfully.

You might be surprised to know how many toxins make up the average home. It is part of our core values to use the healthiest, non-toxic finishes (paint, flooring, surfaces, etc) we can find. We strive to use real, natural materials, and whenever possible from sustainable sources within in the US. This is not always the easiest route, but it is always worth it. 

 Above, the dining nook and kitchen of our  Lyndale Boulevard  project. We used 1x8 pine tongue and groove boards for the flooring and topped it off with a Bona's no VOC matte finish. The butcher block countertops were sealed with  Rubio Monocoat's Oil Plus 2C  and the cabinets were made locally using poplar wood that was grown and milled in Ohio.

Above, the dining nook and kitchen of our Lyndale Boulevard project. We used 1x8 pine tongue and groove boards for the flooring and topped it off with a Bona's no VOC matte finish. The butcher block countertops were sealed with Rubio Monocoat's Oil Plus 2C and the cabinets were made locally using poplar wood that was grown and milled in Ohio.

I started Mary Maslow Design in 2012 while moonlighting my first, whole-house gut renovation in Winter Park (hello #mayfieldhouse!). But, to be honest design and building is something that has always been with me.

 Me, in 2014, just after the roof and porch columns were completed at our  Lyndale Boulevard  Project.

Me, in 2014, just after the roof and porch columns were completed at our Lyndale Boulevard Project.

I'm a native Floridian, and grew up in a small, rural Florida town surrounded by nature. This has immensely shaped my design sensibilities. My first project was my childhood bedroom at the age of 5. I poured through paint swatches that my dad brought home, selecting "Candy Striper" pink for the walls (I'll never forget that color!) and a darker mauve for the trim. I commissioned him to do the painting, and my mom took me to pick out fabric for the curtains. I helped her sew and hang them (a tradition that still continues today, ha!).

I'd go on to spend my allowances and baby-sitting money redo-ing that room two more times before leaving for college -- 14 years ago.

 Dune habitat at Coconut Point in Melbourne, Florida.

Dune habitat at Coconut Point in Melbourne, Florida.

Since then, I've renovated several spaces and studied countless homes, and what I've found to be true in each one is that no space is ever really "finished". Although the building stage may end, over time we layer and collect, mend and grow.

To me, nature is the perfect example of this. It is never fully grown or blossoming all at once, it is constantly evolving -- just like our homes. A new garden can take years to grow and develop fruit, and in a home it is just the same. It can take decades to fill a library, or gallery wall, and a kitchen will morph with the ebb and flow of a family.

As a designer, my job is to create the foundation for this layering, this collecting, this life to happen.

To make sure there are perfectly lit bookcases for a well-stocked library to grow upon; or to design a gallery pattern -- on just the right wall --- that can accommodate frame after frame as the years go by.

At MMD, we see every project as an opportunity to elevate someone's life, and we do our best to identify and enhance the core potential of each space relative to our client's lifestyle.

We firmly believe that designing a space is an opportunity to make life that much more enjoyable, that much more effortless. And, as the Shaker's might say, our chance to create "Heaven on Earth".

I hope you enjoy following this journal, and my attempt to provide a little insight along the way.

- Mary