John Marrs is one of the premier interior designers of the South and is known for an elegant, fresh and inviting style that many call “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 and throughout the rest of the United States. His projects include major residences, vacation homes, executive offices and even the official residence of a United States Ambassador. In 2014 “DMagazine” 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.
John’s many leadership roles include past Texas Chapter President of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and past Chairman of the ASID Dallas Association. He has participated in numerous Dallas Charity Show Houses and has served as the co-chairman of the Beaux Arts’ Decorative Arts Auction for the Dallas Museum of Art. Presently he is serving his second term on the Fay Jones School of Architecture Professional Advisory Board, where he enjoys mentoring interior design students.
His work has been regularly featured in local and national publications including “Texas Home and Living,” “Better Homes and Gardens,” “Southern Accents,” “Traditional Home” and the venerable “Architectural Digest.” In his namesake Dallas shop, John offers an assortment of antique American furniture, contemporary artwork, 19th century porcelain, tabletop accessories and custom lighting. The location also houses his design studio and support staff. A frequent guest lecturer, blogger for DHome magazine, traveler and collector, John’s own homes in Dallas and Eureka Springs were featured in the recently published book “Designers Here and There-Inside the City and Country Homes of America’s Top Decorators.”