Interior design and style courses through Marea Clark’s veins. The principal of Marea Clark Interiors comes from a family of residential designers and Clark worked for a variety of prestigious firms before launching her own business several years ago.

Her uncle is an architect and a professor at her alma mater, the University of Kentucky, and her aunt is an interior designer as well. Clark did an internship with her aunt in college before graduating and moving out west to work for designers like Madeline Stuart in Los Angeles and Suzanne Tucker in San Francisco.

Her portfolio includes interiors from Palo Alto to Southampton, and she’s a mother to two children. In this interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Clark talks about her background, her design philosophy and what she does to unwind.

Q: What’s your design philosophy?

A: My design philosophy is about the process and collaboration and client. My favorite part of design is the beginning. That’s when you’re really understanding who the client is, how they live and how they entertain. What’s unique is we have a lot of types of clients. Love doing different styles. Have clients who are empty nesters, clients who don’t have kids. Some have big careers and big families.

It’s all about learning what they want, how they live and what makes them happy. How to take that and create a space they love that impacts their quality of life. It’s an interesting perspective. We all use space in different ways and I love getting into the details. I’ll design custom furniture and things like that. Every project is unique and all about the journey with client—bringing out the best in their personal style.

Q: What do you do to unwind?

A: I love to travel and exercise. I like to ride the Peloton. With quarantine and COVID-19, I’m juggling having two kids and projects, so I enjoy working out. I really enjoy traveling, but can’t really go anywhere right now. When our daughter was born we went to Europe and we go to Mexico a lot. I Have a project in Southampton, it’s an ongoing project where we did an addition, small renovation and now we’re in the middle of doing the living room. I plan on going there next summer.

Q: What’s your favorite part of your portfolio?

A: It’s tough to say. It’s been such an amazing four years. I’m really thankful for how everything has played out. I started my firm and right away had clients who believed in me and gave me amazing projects. There’s a project in Healdsburg where the client hired me and I started out three years ago. It was a complete gut and renovation of their vacation home. It was a really dated house and we took it to the studs. It was a fun project to work on. At the end of that project those clients bought a house in the city and it was the same situation. It was an historic home in Pacific Heights that we took to the studs and renovated. In between all these, I had my second baby. Now we have a 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy.

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