Born and raised in Montana, Marlys was influenced by the majestic beauty and vast openness of the landscape. She was also influenced by her father who was an architect and deeply steeped in modernism. But it was only after moving to Houston, rearing her children and embarking on a career in interior design, that she realized how much her early years in the West inform and impel her work and how these early influences prepared her to embrace the revelations she experienced during travel to China and Japan--revelations which are so much a part of her contemporary design aesthetic.
Clean, beautiful lines, pure light, elements from nature such as stone, clay and wood, colors that range from pale to richly deep are points of reference for her that are innate. She responds to these references in architecture, in the art she loves and collect, in objects and accessories and in the materials and finishes she selects for clients and for herself.
Marlys feel privileged to have begun work in Houston at a time when contemporary designers, architects and artists were in the minority and when she had access to those few who became mentors and early sources of inspiration. She is grateful for having had the opportunity to travel and to connect with the timeless beauty of ancient cultures. And she is so thankful that she is able to experience the fusion of life, work, early and recent experiences.