- Design Magnifique, Inc.Principal Designer
Marilyn G Russell, Allied ASID, president of Design Magnifique Inc., epitomizes the style and the substance of today’s internationally focused and modernist approach to interior design. Highly educated---she has three college degrees that contribute to her dynamic and diverse design sensibility---Russell was born in Jamaica, grew up in Boston and studied historical interior
design in London. Her own work is contemporary and trendsetting with a masculine, edgy feel to it. She specializes in mid-century modern, minimalist, and “Mad Men” 1960s ultra-modern decors that often feature a jolt of bright color in neutrally toned rooms.
“Layering your space with texture and color,” she says, “provides depth and uniqueness to a room that result from fresh, appealing interior design.”
Prior to receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree in interior design from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Orlando, Russell gained 15 years of valuable experience as a construction defect insurance claims adjuster who interviewed builders, architects and developers of new homes, condos and apartment buildings in California, Arizona and Las Vegas. Her construction knowledge is reflected in Design Magnifique’s home remodeling, home staging and model merchandising expertise. The firm also does commercial design and space planning, and it has international clients, including those from Brazil, Puerto Rico and India.
In addition, Russell received a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and an associate degree in fashion merchandising from Burdette College in Boston. Her community involvement includes working with Toys for Tots and Habitat for Humanity. She also has been involved with the Modenus’ Blog Tour, an online service that improves relationships between designers and brand name suppliers and vendors.