House & Home: You are known for designing luxury homes all over the world, but particularly in California, can you list five key elements that convey California style?
Jeffrey Alan Marks: Californians are braver in decorating. Californians are influenced by the outdoors and the colour infused by that. Outdoor entertaining, naturally lit interiors, natural driftwood, plasters and woods.
H&H: You have mentioned the importance of the local light, what are some of your favourite paint colors?
JAM: A lot of the washed off-colors. I tend to go towards blue grays, but I am just as happy decorating with faded reds.
H&H: Are there any trends you are particularly embracing this spring?
JAM: My new Kravet fabric collection is influencing a lot of my designs right now. I'm drawing from that colour palette.
H&H: You design a line for Kravet, Palacek and Rudin, what makes these products unique, what do you bring to those lines?
JAM: I think what I've given these manufacturers is a little bit of a sense of humour, not too serious, very comfortable yet tailored merchandise.
H&H: Are there some elements you use in your commercial projects that have trickled down into residential décor?
JAM: Yes, a lot of people hire me because they like the restaurants I've done and the vibe that they have.
H&H: I read that your favourite project is a 30,000-square-foot ranch in Aspen, is that still at the top of your list ? Why?
JAM: I recently finished the Belcampo fly fishing lodge located middle of the jungle in Belize.
H&H: What's one item every homeowner should have in their house?
JAM: Definitely a dog.
H&H: On Million Dollar Decorators we see lots of tension, are clients nicer on camera or off?
JAM: It's much easier on camera when they're on their best behavior!
H&H: What's a great source of inspiration for you?
JAM: Follow my Instagram feed @jeffreymarksinc to see! I get a lot of inspiration from social media posts I see, especially Instagram.
H&H: Fill in the blanks: __A__ always makes a home look more high end, but __B__ makes it look cheaper!
JAM: Fresh-cut flowers always makes a home look more high end, but bad window coverings makes it look cheaper!
H&H: Tell us a little about your own home, what's the best piece of furniture you ever bought?
JAM: I travel a great deal and collect antique boxes because they're easy to travel back with. They are my most prized possessions.
H&H: Do you have some favourite shopping sources you would like to share?