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On the evening of Saturday, November 11, 2023 our on going “Wine & Words” Speaker Series featured interior designer and author John Phifer Marrs at Chandor Gardens speaking about designing Interiors for Collectors, which he presented with charm and a magical sense of humor through entertaining stories and anecdotes.

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John Phifer Marrs, an expert interior designer and purveyor of antiques, presented a luxurious look at unique and beautiful ways to display collected objects of just about anything and everything you can imagine - from arranging in a cabinet or on a small table to using an entire wing of a house.

When a client has multiple items that could make up a collection, gathering them and displaying them in a beautiful arrangement is his specialty. But aesthetics aren’t the only considerations. Many clients’ collections include valuable art, books, or historical documents that need to be preserved and protected in the proper casing, framing, and lighting.

Here are a few of John's quotes regarding decorating:

     “I think everyone should collect something,” 

     "Buy one really fabulous piece each year ... In five years you wil have five fabulous things!"

     "Every room needs a bit of whimsy"

     "Great wallpaper is better than bad art"

     "If deciding between two chandeliers - always go with the larger"

     "Untill you find the right thing leave it bare" 

      "Decorate you bedroom before your living room - it's the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see in the evening" 

His book Interiors for Collectors is about the joy of collecting and his passion for displaying just about anything and everything in unique and beautiful ways. It is an inspirational guide for displaying collections exquisitely, and contains many lavish photographs.

John’s book Interiors for Collectors was available for purchase ($40/book) at this event.

Book signing immediately followed the presentation.

About John Phifer Marrs:

John Phifer Marrs is a premier Southern interior designer known for an elegant, fresh and inviting style often called “The New Southern Style.” His interiors reflect his southern roots and combine a sense of the past with comfort and convenience. Funny and irreverent, with a “Saturday Night Live” sense of humor, John has been very busy entertaining his A-list clients and creating magical interiors in Texas, across the United States and in Europe and Central America. His projects include major residences, vacation homes, executive offices and even the official residence of a United States Ambassador. In 2014 “D Magazine” named him one of “The Dallas Dozen” – a salute to the twelve most important players in the city.

His education includes post-graduate studies in the U.S., as well as in the European Program at the Parsons School of Design in both Paris and Rome. He is an accredited interior designer, having successfully completed the NCIDQ Examination, and is a registered interior designer in the state of Texas