Q&A With Marcy Mussari
Casaza: How did you get your start?
Marcy Mussari: I've had a passion for design ever since I was little. I can remember flipping through design magazines and drawing sketches in my notebook. I attended college for interior decorating and loved every second of it. After graduating I tried getting as much creative work as possible. I would help redecorate clients and friends’ homes and started making decorating and DIY videos. Everything took off from there. I have had the chance to be a part of shows like Hallmark Home and Family, The Search for Canada’s Next Designer and the day time television show Marilyn Denis. I still feel like I am just at the beginning of my design journey and can’t wait to see what the future has in store!
C: How would you describe your style?
MM: I always love to use words like classic and timeless when describing my style. I feel like my style is ever-changing. I always have loved a traditional style with older antiques incorporated with more contemporary pieces. I am a lover of bright and light spaces but on the other hand I am a sucker for a dark and rich layered space.
C: Where do you get new ideas and inspiration?
MM: I am constantly looking for new ideas and inspiration through magazines, movie sets, restaurants, antique shops, Pinterest and watching Architectural Digest videos on YouTube at 1:00am (lol). But my favorite way to get inspiration is through traveling. When I was in Copenhagen a few years ago I was in awe with the detail and beauty I would see on every street corner and in every building we went into. HYGGE is real.
C: Favourite room in the house?
MM: My favourite room in the house would be the living room. It’s where I do the most living and a lot of entertaining. There’s nothing better than lighting a fire, turning on a record, pouring a glass of red wine and getting cozy on the couch with loved ones, making memories in the room that I redecorated with my father and sister.
C: Design rule you don't subscribe to?
MM: Having every space have to match in a home. I think it’s fun to have something that’s unexpected. If your entire home is light, bright, and white, why not have a few super moody and rich spaces that really add contrast and wow factor!
C: Recent project that inspired you?
MM: A recent project that has inspired me has been a passion project that I am currently working on. I wanted a space of my own that was cost-effective and a creative outlet. I have always been inspired by small space living, taking a tiny area and turning it into something practical and beautiful. I bought a trailer a few weeks ago and look forward to transforming the space into a charming getaway. This has been inspirational to me because I took a risk in buying something on my own. Even though some people think it’s a silly idea, I have a lot of faith in it. Stay tuned!
C: Favourite texture/pattern/colour?
MM: I am a lover of white, but “white done right.” I love to add dimension, warmth, and texture to a white space by adding linen, furs, and pattern. A classic pinstripe would probably be my favorite pattern. It’s timeless, tailored and gives you a taste of France. It can work with a lot of different patterns which is great when you want to switch things up, which I do quite often.
C: What is “good design” to you?
MM: Good design to me is a space that makes you feel good when you walk in — a space that is both charming and practical. I love creating “moments” in spaces that are special and that people remember.
C: Pack your bag! You're moving into a famous home. Whose is it?
MM: Oh, this is a tough one. Other than any of the homes in Nancy Meyers films, I would have to say probably Dianne Keaton’s home in the movie Book Club. The white siding exterior is stunning. There is immaculate landscaping including boxwood edging, a dutch door, double hung decorative windows, an orange brick pathway and drive and a backyard terrace with terra cotta pots, flowering bushes, and cast iron outdoor furniture. The inside is a quaint, classic, cottage design with monochromatic colour schemes, antique furniture, shiplap walls, gold accents, and fresh flowers. I can see myself having this space as a perfect getaway to recharge alone or with family and friends. I also LOVE her taste in fashion.
C: What’s your rule when entertaining?
- ALWAYS buy fresh flowers.
- Make sure you give yourself enough time to set the mood by lighting candles, playing music, chilling wine, fluffing pillows before your guests arrive. It’s always nice to have a moment to look around at the space and enjoy it before the company comes.
- Presentation is everything, take the time to use unique platters, glassware and garnishes to food and cocktails.
C: Best advice for DIYers?
MM: Don’t rush into what you are doing. Take your time with the project and have patience.
C: Best advice for those hiring a pro?
MM: Have TRUST. Make sure you let the designer know your lifestyle and needs but trust that they will bring the perfect vision to life in your home. Also get excited and have fun with the process! I love doing a happy dance with my clients when things start coming together.
C: What is one design trend that you are most excited about this season?
MM: The one design trend that I am most excited about this season would have to be all of the muted pastels. I adore these soft blues, pinks and grey shades on doors, custom cabinetry or in a wallpaper.
C: How do you take your coffee?
MM: With soy or almond milk ☺ I also am a lover of tea, chamomile is my fav.