The Bristol Street outpost of Marc Pridmore Designs in Costa Mesa is 42,000 square feet of elegance: beautiful aesthetics; luxury furniture for every room; lighting, mirrors and linens galore. And its owner, Marc Pridmore, can back it up when he says that his recently renovated showroom is the “leading luxury interior design and furniture destination in Orange County.” But good luck catching the 36-year-old CEO sitting in the office. Roughly 70 percent of his time is devoted to his interior design work, crafting single rooms or entire homes for his curated clientele who span the globe. Read on for Pridmore’s details on how he’s held his post as the go-to for transitional styling in O.C. for 10-plus years.
Tell us about your revamped showroom.
In our industry, you have to constantly be reinventing yourself. You don’t want people to think you’ve gone stale or have the same old stuff. We look new again. We repainted, put in new wallpaper, new carpet. We also reorganized so that the showroom doesn’t look so crowded. We think the place is lighter and brighter now—customers seem to love it.
You sell the idea of transitional interior design. Can you explain that?
It’s our own combination of the more traditional design—the Old World European look—and a softer, modern style.
What makes a designer successful?
We make people feel like their home is their sanctuary. Part of our success is that I'm not pushy; I prefer to guide clients and help them make educated decisions. Our clients are also happy that we insist on quality.
Have you always known you wanted to be an interior designer?
Oh, yes, [but] it wasn’t a glamorous start. I was raised on a horse farm near Tuscaloosa, Ala.
How did you wind up in Orange County?
[California] was as far as I could go before I hit water! Orange County was the golden opportunity I’d always dreamed of. It’s like the heavens opened up for me. When I wanted to open my own business, I knew it would be [here].
Is there a five-year plan?
We have a five-minute plan. We’re just busy helping our clients. I can say, though, that we want to get into our own product line. We’re doing some of that now, with candles and our own sheets. But [we want to] eventually develop all of our own products.