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 12 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.
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.
Mixing the old with current art and design while creating interiors that reflect their clients passions and lifestyle is a challenge they enjoy. With a respect for architecture, they work hard to create interiors that reflect the integrity of the home.