Marlene is the head designer in our product design department. Several of our items originated with her. She is amazingly-detailed, loyal, and hardworking.
What are your favorite things about working at Wisteria?
I really enjoy working with other creative people. It is like a crazy and nutty creative camaraderie. Everyone has different experiences and different likes and ideas, and we all make it come together to create great product.
What is one thing about you people probably don’t know?
I used to do competitive synchronized swimming for several years. I would choreograph my routines and design my suits and head pieces. I was fortunate to be a part of a talented team. We always did pretty well at Nationals.
What is your favorite place to visit?
The beach! I like just about any beach with great sand and waves. I love all sorts of water sports from boogie boarding to windsurfing and scuba diving to surfing.
What is the one place in the world you’ve never been but would love to go?
I would love to go to the Great Barrier Reef and go scuba diving. I took a class to be certified in college with the dream of one day going.
How would you describe your personal style?
I really like Danish furniture, industrial pieces and objects, funky handmade textiles, and lots of color. I am also very practical and desire multifunctional pieces. I also believe that good design is very personal and you need to incorporate personal aspects like shadow boxes of treasured items and family photos. I love artwork on the wall but I feel that artwork from friends or family pictures is more meaningful. I am currently trying to enlarge some of my husband’s doodles of classic cars that he did years ago in his college notebooks. If each person were to do this in their house then their house would be very unique and a reflection of themselves. I like looking in magazines for inspiration but I firmly believe a personal touch will give the look more depth.
I’m known for:
Having crazy colored toenails. I really like color and a great way to play with it is on my toes for you can interchange it as often as you like. I also have super upper body strength. It is always fun to put guys in their place when they think that they can do more chin ups than a girl like me.
What is your favorite Wisteria item?
I really like our Vintage-Inspired Flag Napkins. I designed these and it was a treasure to dive into our country’s past and amazing accomplishments to find a way to utilize and highlight it in something you can use every day.
What is your most treasured item?
My husband Brad. He is such a sweetheart and he makes me laugh every day and understands my quirky creative personality.
How many/what languages do you speak?
English and Designese
My one indulgence is:
My husband and I bought an old jeep to fix up. It is really fun to ride around in with the top off.
Craziest food ever eaten:
When I was little I went to Hawaii and we ate poi. It looks like clay and I imagine if I were to eat clay it would taste the same.
Favorite spot in my house:
I am currently living in an apartment and I love the lap pool outside. Swimming laps outside is the best exercise and it is so nice to be outside.
Crepes. When I studied in Paris it was a staple for me for it was cheap and you could eat it so many ways. I would eat it with Nutella or with seasoned chicken, tomato, and cheese or simply butter and sugar. Yum!
Favorite place to watch the sun set:
West Texas. It is so flat out there that you get a great big sky canvas for the clouds to accumulate and then they bend the light waves from the sun to create these amazing color filled atmosphere paintings.
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