In a recent post, we introduced you to interior designer Marion Hartwich, whose expertise in international fusion flair provided tips for classic French outdoor dining. Now, take a tour through her gorgeous romantic-style home and see how she puts her theories into practice.
Marion works from the comfort of her home studio, but her vision extends far beyond those four walls. Her decor style is a rich tapestry that has been woven from a life lived in Europe and both coasts of the United States. She calls it “fusion”— not to be confused with eclectic. Marion’s style is much more deliberate than a hodgepodge of disparate pieces. It manages to be warm and sophisticated, simple yet worldly. She blends different elements of the distinct cultures into a harmonious mix that never fails to delight the eye.
Marion applies her design philosophies to her own home as well as those of her clients, most of whom live near her Costa Mesa, California, studio in South Orange County. “If you have pretty things, you should put them out and enjoy them, not tuck them away in a closet,” she says. “It will make you happy to look at them.” Antiques and vintage pieces are foremost among the pretty things she displays in her home. “I’m a hunter and a gatherer,” she says. “It’s so much more fulfilling than going into a shop and buying something mass-produced or reproduced. I like the stories that come with vintage pieces. I’m giving them a second life.” Marion respects the workmanship and patina of old things. “I love their shape and simplicity—especially the creamy, antique-white color of the French style,” she says.
Want to see how Marion’s favored French style translate into her kitchen? See more of Marion Hartwich’s home in Part 2.
By Meryl Schoenbaum
Photography by Bret Gum
Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel