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Episode 208: Mary Jo Fiorella

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Mary Jo Fiorella and Her Design Career

Although art, ambition, and an early interest in architecture ignited the interest of Mary Jo Fiorella and her design career, it was her spirited nature and approachable, intuitive aesthetic that ultimately catapulted her to distinction as one of the Bay Area’s top corporate and residential interior designers.

At the age of 19, Mary Jo left upstate New York to pursue her dream of attending design school in the Big Apple. After earning a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology, she worked for several large firms, learning the ropes and designing corporate office interiors. Within a few short years, she was ready to take her dreams to the next level, so Mary Jo packed her bags and headed west to San Francisco. Over the next decade, she worked diligently to build a solid foundation and a steady client base, which culminated in the launch of Fiorella Design in 2002.

Creating Beautiful, Functional Spaces

When it comes to design, Mary Jo is a natural. “My aesthetic is eclectic,” she says. “I like so many things–clean lines, metals, glass, rustic woods, natural linens, mid-century modern, antiques, etc.–that my taste has to be eclectic. But my clients, their homes, and their involvement in the process are what inspire the designs I create for them. I like to push my clients a little, too,” Mary Jo says, adding, “they hired me for a reason.”

Indeed, one of the many reasons clients flock to Mary Jo is her easy and approachable nature. Mary Jo believes that interior design should be accessible to everyone. To that end, she works within each client’s established budget to provide superior services that result in unique, stunning, and highly personalized designs. “My passion is making people happy with beautiful, functional spaces.” She also encourages her clients to use sustainable, recyclable, and re-purposed elements in their designs whenever possible.

“Ultimately these homes and corporate spaces need to speak to the clients,” says Mary Jo. “It’s not about getting what I want for them, but rather about making them happy with something they couldn’t have achieved on their own.”

An enthusiast of nature, Mary Jo loves spending time gardening; shopping flea markets and estate sales; playing with her dogs, Brady and Sofi; and enjoying life’s little pleasures: “I love a freshly made bed with clean, white sheets,” she confesses. But without a doubt, her favorite activity is spending as much time as possible doting on her cherished young daughter.

In 2015 Mary Jo launched Clementine Living, LLC to bring her collection of curated furniture and accessories to the public.

Visit Mary Jo’s Website here

Visit Mary Jo’s collection of furniture and accessories, Clementine Living, here

Pick-up a copy of Mary Jo’s book recommendation, Design Drawing, here


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