Photo: Courtesy of Mollie Ranize
Mollie Ranize is her name and interior design is her game. With more than 10 years’ experience, she is among the most influential designers in Southern California. Before opening her own business she had the opportunity to work for Dodd Mitchell Design on high-profile projects such as the former Thompson Hotel (renamed Sixty Hotel) in Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.
If you watch the HGTV channel you may have seen Mollie’s artistry in action on the television show “House Hunters Renovation“, season three, episode one, a vacation bungalow in the Hollywood Hills undergoes extensive renovations. Mollie was hired by a Wisconsin couple to design their vacation home which had its challenges but all in all it came together in the end.
“The idea of creating spaces that make people live better is my fuel,” said Mollie. “When someone’s space is pulled together and well designed, they live better and feel better. Those moments become part of your memory bank. That’s priceless.”
“I always incorporate lots of texture, a neutral base with pops of color, and noteworthy light fixtures. I call it the three T’s,” Mollie explained.
Mollie is the founder and lead designer of DMAR Interiors which opened it’s doors in 2006. Services include creating custom spaces for private residences, restaurants, bars, offices, boutique hotels and fitness centers. She also donates her design expertise to nonprofit charities such as “The Teen Project“, “Good Shepherd Center” and “ASPCA.”
SB: What is your educational background?
MR: I completed a bachelor’s program at the College of Design, Construction & Planning at the University of Florida. It’s an architecture based program that taught me how to be a thorough designer. Decorating came later.
SB: What shows have you been featured on?
SB: Has living in Los Angeles influenced the way you decorate?
MR: Absolutely. Luckily Los Angeles really encapsulates the laid back Southern California lifestyle. For the most part, people aren’t looking for picture perfect, untouchable, pristine spaces. They want spaces that are chic but the entire family can use. They aren’t afraid of unique statement pieces or pops of color to liven things up.
SB: How would you describe your style?
MR: I describe my style as livable modern. My training was through an architecture program, so I try to focus on scale and proportion, but also focus on function. Once the ground work there is laid, I like the style to be warm and welcoming, I want people to use the space, really live in it. Lots of warm textures, refined color palettes and clean lines.
SB: Who are your style icons?
MR: Stella McCartney – Because in a world where animal products are considered luxury, she carved out a career proving fashion can be humane and still stylish.
SB: What is your biggest challenge when taking on a new project?
MR: The biggest challenge when taking on a new project is making sure that the client and I are a good match for each other. We really are entering into a personal relationship that will be long, hopefully forever and I can continue to design homes and businesses for them as their lives evolve – that’s what has been happening over the last decade. I want the clients to feel like I am the right person for them, their family and their home so that we can all enjoy the process that is design. It’s an organic one and I love my clients so I want them to love me too.
SB: What is the most challenging project that you have worked on?
MR: The most challenging projects that I work on are always the commercial projects. Not because of the design, but because there are a lot more hurdles during the process. Everything from budgets, to building constraints, to the string of approvals, to the additional insurance and paperwork. But they can also be the most rewarding projects because the design affects so many people.
SB: What is your best advice for someone shopping for furniture and decor?
MR: Have a plan. Take your measurements, make a list, and pull a few images of example rooms that move you so you have a road map.
SB: Is there a style or client that you would like to work with?
MR: I would love to design a boutique hotel somewhere in a great location near the water, the mountains or historic landmark.