Coffee With Marissa Nelums of Glasshouse Interior

Q&A With Marissa Nelums

Casaza: How did you get your start?
Marisa Nelums: 
For many years I spent my days creating department store environments and styling mannequins as a visual designer. That’s where I discovered my passion and creative genius. One day I decorated my own apartment and decided to share photos on Instagram. The photos of my home were an instant hit and I knew I was on to something.

One of the most difficult times throughout my journey as a designer that I had to face was when my father passed away. I used interior decorating as an outlet. I began to pour myself into the world of interior design. I started by styling rooms for my close friends and family. With an abundant amount of passion and hard work I created Glasshouse Interior Design Firm. Soon after, I quit my job to pursue entrepreneurship full-time.Design by Glasshouse Interior

C: How would you describe your style?
My personal style is modern glam… Some even like to call me the queen of glam! I love contemporary furniture pieces mixed with high fashion accessories. I truly enjoy mixing textures and patterns to create cohesive monochromatic spaces. From bold colors to neutrals I like to style every space like an outfit, each piece is stylish and complimentary to the rest of the room.

C: Where do you get new ideas and inspiration?
From everywhere! I grab inspiration magazines, social media, travels, my beautiful city and anything else that catches my eye!

C: Favorite room in the house?
My favorite room the house is the master bedroom. This is the most intimate and personal space in the home. This space should feel tranquil, clean, and calm. It’s most people’s favorite place to wind down from a long day.

C: Design rule you don’t subscribe to?
 Mixing metals! This isn’t the ’80’s anymore. Silver and gold work very well together and often adds more character to the space.Diane Von Furstenberg at home | Courtesy of Elle Decor

C: Recent project that inspired you?
 I recently completed a full duplex renovation is Chicago’s Gold Coast. This project was a blast to design and really brought out the best in me. It started as a blank canvas and I was given full creative control with an unlimited budget. “A designer’s dream,” I designed each room with a different color concept and theme. Having so many different designs under one roof was amazing to watch come to life.

C: Favorite color?
Gold! My motto is, sprinkle a little gold in the room and you have instant luxury.

C: What is “good design” to you?
Purposeful design is good design. As a designer it’s my job make things look and feel good, however I like to focus not only on aesthetics but functionality. If the space looks well and works well I have succeeded twice.

C: Pack your bag! You’re moving into a famous home. Whose is it?
Diane Von Furstenberg! She is a style icon and her home is bold and fashionable! She isn’t afraid to be daring and eclectic. To see her personal collection of fine arts and fabulous furniture would be a dream come true.

C: What’s your rule when entertaining?
 Service everyone. No one lifts a finger when they come to visit me.

C: Best advice for DIYers?
Make sure your well rested and full of patience. DIY projects are so much fun but often take lots of time. I always say if you’re tired come back to it tomorrow or you’ll have a mess on your hands.

C: Best advice for those hiring a pro?
Do tons of research not only on your desired designer but also on the home items you love. Have an idea of what things cost before reaching out to a designer, and make sure you’re selecting a designer whose work you identify with the most. It should be a warm feeling of, “This designer gets me.”

C: What is one design trend you are most excited about this season?
I’m always excited by the color of the year. Green seems to be sticking around a little longer. I must say its one of my favorite colors to use. The rich hues really bring elegance and luxury to a space.

C: How do you take your coffee?
 I’m an espresso kind of gal. I drink two shots with coconut milk every day!Design by Glasshouse Interior