LUXList Designer Edition | Marc Normand Gelinas

With a classic, streamlined design aesthetic Marc Normand Gelinas utilizes his knowledge of design elements and art to create clean, welcoming spaces. Time spent in both New York and Paris has provided a source of inspiration for Marc’s decorative taste, however, what he finds most motivating is working with clients who demonstrate a strong individual style. Marc believes strongly in collaboration with his clients and in incorporating their design tastes and dispositions – an attitude which no doubt accounts for his comprehensive client base and project log. We talk to Marc about his favorite RubyLUX pieces and how he incorporated antiques with modern furnishings.

Discover more about our LUXList Designer’s inspiration and aesthetic! See what pieces they chose from to be on his LUXList.

Marc’s LUXList Picks

Louis XV Antique French Provençal Walnut Commode, Serpentine Façade circa 1750
Set Four English George III Mahogany Side Chairs 1800
Antique Spanish Rug With Crowns
A Regency Dining Table
Late 19th Century Belle Epoque Marble Console Table

Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?

Classic, but uncluttered,  a mixture of modern upholstery with a sprinkling of antiques to add an ageless appearance  

What do you love about using antiques in your designs?

Antiques add an instant charm and permanence and keep the home from feeling like it just came off a showroom floor.

What inspires you?

A great client with a strong personality.

What is your favourite LUXList Piece and why?

The late 19th century Belle Epoque marble console table. I would use this in an outdoor covered dining pavilion as a server.

An elegant chandelier takes center stage in this relaxed living room.
An example of how Marc mixes modern and antiques within a space.
A fan of clean, uncluttered design? Marc’s spaces often feature 1 or 2 simple yet striking features – such as this Egyptian blue island.

About Marc Normand Gelinas

Marc Normand Gelinas is best known for his classic and inviting designs, reflecting his knowledge of color, scale and art background. He believes that each project should reflect the personality and personal style of each client, giving them a well-designed, comfortable and functional space.

His extensive time in New York and Paris give him a unique perspective on aesthetic plans. Since 1987 he has consulted on projects from New York, Santa Barbara, Aspen and Rhode Island.

Marc’s work has been published several times in such well-known publications as House Beautiful and Traditional Home to name a few. He has also been featured in “Window Style,” a hardcover book published by Traditional Home. His show house projects such as “The Newport Decorator Show House” have been widely received.

A honors graduate of the acclaimed Pratt Institute in New York City earned Marc a BFA in Interior Design. Marc resides in Santa Barbara, California.