In 1990, Marilyn Phillips began her company, Loren Interiors, a full service design firm working in new construction, remodeling, and redecorating homes in Houston, Texas. The name was inspired by her father, Lorenzo, and her new born daughter, Loren.
Marilyn had the privilege of training under and assisting her mother-in-law, well known designer, Betty Lou Phillips before going out on her own. She has been honored to work with many talented architects on projects mostly in Texas, but also including Colorado, Missouri, Arizona, Connecticut, and Virginia.
Ellen Santa Maria, Marilyn's sister, joined her 14 years ago and is an invaluable partner on all projects. Ellen's background is in fine arts with a masters degree in print making / sculpture. Having a passion for all things handmade, Ellen uses her artistic talent to make unique hand made tiles which have been used over the years in many of their client's homes.
Amy Herndon joined Loren Interiors after a 20 year career as a rug and carpet expert at Stark Carpet in the Houston Design Center. After a long business relationship with Loren Interiors, Amy has now joined the team. She currently orchestrates the operational details concerning purchasing and installations, facilitating the final realization of the client's vision.
Loren Interiors has been traveling to markets in France and Spain for 15 years buying select items for their projects. They also search for new resources and artists in other U.S. markets including NYC and Atlanta.
Marilyn and Ellen enjoy creating livable spaces, keeping the soul of their client's always in mind. They have a love and an education for all things reclaimed and recycled, appreciating the history of antiques and textiles.