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Maraya Interior Design is a full service interior design firm in business for 20 years. We excel in all varieties of design styles such as contemporary, ranch, mountain/lodge, traditional, and Spanish. We are creative forerunners in design with experience in residential, hospitality, and corporate design. We have a substantial in-house material library including building materials, fabrics and furnishings. We are highly regarded in the design and building industry as capable, industrious and creative.
|• Member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers)||• Member of Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce|
|• CID (Certified Interior Designer)||• Affiliate of Ojai Valley Board of Realtors|
|• Accredited LEED Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)||• Mountain Living Top 100 Mountain Interior Designer|
Interior Design for Santa Barbara and Ventura County, Malibu, Westlake, Lake Tahoe, Napa, Orange County and Pasadena. Interiors for fine homes, office, hotel and spa.
Raised by the beach in Malibu, California, Maraya was exposed to interior design and architecture at an early age by her parents. Her Dutch parents were creative by nature, her mother a talented watercolor painter, and her father earned his doctorate in aeronautical engineering, and was also a gifted artist. As a young student, he lived in Berlin at the same time Mies Van der Rohe ran the Bauhaus school of Design. Excited about modern design, Maraya's father designed their mid-century glass home in the late 50's, high in the Malibu hills overlooking the ocean.
It was here, intertwined with the outdoors and expansive views of Zuma Beach and Catalina Island, that Maraya painted and sketched from a very early age.
Maraya's designs focus on interiors as a place to relax, for families and friends to gather their energies together, as well as to receive inspiration. However, she enjoys designing in a variety of styles. She says, "Any particular style can become true art and outstanding design. The key is to listen to your client and find out what really moves them emotionally. Once you understand that, you can turn their preferences into any style: from an inspiring, beautiful estate to an outrageous, cutting-edge penthouse or peaceful, simple retreat to relax and enjoy."
A member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and a California Certified Interior Designer (CID), Maraya is undeniably an amazingly creative designer. However, her personal philosophy is what sets her apart. "In the end, what is important are relationships," she says. "The relationship to people, the earth, and animals That you treat them all with respect, and try to understand their point of view. My goal is to use my passion for imagining, designing and building with my clients to help them create a private space in this fast paced world".
Maraya has completed many projects in various locals such as: Ojai, Ventura, Westlake, Santa Barbara and Montecito, Santa Ynez, Newport Beach- Balboa Island, Palm Springs, Mammoth, Tahoe, Malibu, Napa Valley, California and many other locations. Many of her projects have been featured in various publications.
Auriel D. Entrekin
Partner & Designer
From a very young age, Auriel has been exposed to design through her artist mother, and grandfather. With an art and business degree in Santa Barbara, she has worked in the design studio with the natural, organic products 'Earthlings' infant apparel and textiles. Later moving to 'Gaiam', she was the senior customer service manager to the trade. With a business and customer service background, and expertise and talent for fabrics, colors and design, we have been very fortunate to have her with us since 2001.
Ariana M. Melendez LEED AP
Project Manager & Design
Since graduating California Polytechnic State University, San Louis Obispo with a degree in Physics, Ariana has developed a love of architecture and has been designing and managing projects for architects in Berkeley and Santa Barbara for years. She has recently come back to her beloved Ojai from Berkeley, where she is now drawing, designing and managing projects for us. She is an expert in CAD and has an amazing ability to render projects.