Mary Lynn Mabray, ASID

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Phone: 713-203-4047

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Everyone has a story…
I bring yours to life!

What makes up your story? It’s your interests, your sense of style, the things that make you happy, the places you’ve been, your background, your legacy, your journey.

As the only Interior Designer with a professional screenwriting background, I am uniquely qualified to help you tell the story of you… in your home.

Here’s how it works…
1. Start with the end in mind – In screenwriting, I start with the end in mind. We decide how you want the story to end.. what will happen to the main character, will they ride off into the sunset, will they live happily ever after?

With my design clients… we also start with the end in mind. We design and decide how we want the room to feel, what we want it to look like, what part of your story do we want to tell. I envision my client’s homes already finished before I ever start the design process.

“Know your ending before you know your beginning.”

2. Character Development: Each character in a screenplay contributes something to the overall story. And so it goes with each element in a room. Every piece contributes to the overall feel, purpose and style in a room. Therefore, every element must be carefully considered and well thought out before including it in the “story” of your room.

3. Focus: Start with the main character first.. then develop the other characters around him/her. We select the focal point of the room – fireplace, the view, the big screen TV and we build the design around that focal point. Each surrounding piece in your room supports the main focal point.

4. Act I, Act II, Act III: Just like in a screenplay, when designing your room, there are specific steps that must be performed in a specific order. For example… concept development, drawings, renderings, finish selection, fabrication, installation, etc. To produce the absolute very best results in your home, these steps or “Acts” must not be taken out of order.

5. The End – Happily Ever After: This is where everything comes together. You’ve arrived at the end, just like on the hero’s journey… the character rides off into the sunset. You have your beautiful room, home, project to enjoy for years to come.

How Can We Help?
By using our experienced interior design knowledge to provide you with the best advice on everything from pleasing color choices for your decor to creating aesthetically beautiful surroundings, specially for you, and doing it all through email.
Style questions?
We can tell you what kind of style best suits your needs—just email us photos of the areas of your home you have questions about, like your interior furnishings, or the exterior of your residence, and we can give you recommendations.

Reviews

Mary Lynn is a caring designer who focuses on timeless styles, with your style in mind. She sees things that you don't even think about between other rooms... her visions are just beautiful and pulled together, she directs, guides, and tells you why or why not. You can email her pictures or text her pictures. She's absolutely fantastic! I look forward to many rooms with her help! Thank you Mary Lynn!!

— Lori McCurtain, A Smith & Noble Regiona

Mary Lynn Mabray undertook our house remodel without hesitation though we live a great distance apart in Texas. Mary Lynn was successful with modern media and telecommunications reaching our project goal. We had quite a lot of vintage & antique elements already in place which she helped us integrate into an up to date, classic, timeless design. She helped us visualize how open and bright our space would be when we removed the wall between our 1960's formal living room and the outdated, wood beamed family room by removing the beams, installing more light with recessed, energy efficient LED's throughout the living, kitchen, dining, bath, and utility rooms. The white painted paneling was removed in the family room. Walls were textured and painted a beautiful shade of cream (Sherman Williams' Eaglet Beige) and the entry wall and an accent wall were specially painted by a local faux painting artist under Mary Lynn's direction while her vision of creating a lovely entrance and focal point with our buffet and a pair of 100+ year old copper tooled parrot art pieces was achieved. She further recommended we open and brighten the kitchen/dining space by removing the above counter cabinet, adding more recessed lighting and eye catching fixtures. We also enlarged the entry doorway into the kitchen and placed lever door handles throughout in anticipation of our elder years needing ease of movement. She has a keen eye for style & design and she can read her clients' styles with panache. We removed the out dated bulkhead and plate rail above the kitchen cabinets, added a decorative crown on them after they were lightened 2 stain shades, placed granite counter tops, travertine backsplash with modern glass accents all complimented with new knobs and pulls. She taught us about balance by designing cabinet features in the kitchen to house the new refrigerator and oven and replaced 1960's paneling end pieces with solid ash raised panels stained to match the rest of the woodwork. Within this design we replaced and increased the cabinet space with 4 drawers below the single convection oven and brought the cabinet above the refrigerator out even with it when we removed the cabinet above the counter. We regained counter work space by installing a convection/microwave oven over the induction cooktop. Her conscientiousness of our budget was realized with the use of a lot of our current furnishing throughout our spaces. By repurposing some of our pieces led Mary Lynn to the French Country / Provincial style of design in our new spaces. She had a vision to update our current dining room table and 6 chairs by getting them painted, antiqued and distressed to fit the French Country profile. The current built-in china cabinet was also made over in this same style and added stenciling to make the dining room area more cohesive. Our sun room just off the family room was repainted with a subtle shade of cream just darker than the family room while the kitchen, dining room and utility room were painted in a slightly lighter shade of cream. Refreshing. New furnishings were added though they were either repurposed or purchased in resale stores or antique stores with plenty of life left in them, providing us education of budgeting, style and design once more. She urged us to updated the guest bathroom by enlarging the door, updating the fixtures and hardware, adding Crema Marfil marble counter tops removing the wainscoting, texturing and painting it the lighter shade of cream as in the kitchen brightening the space. She made our house beautiful, functional and up to date and the home in which we can be proud to live and entertain. Thank you, Mary Lynn. I'm looking forward to my next project with your guidance.

— Vicky Higgins

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