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“Marlene is talented, respectful, innovative and thinks out of the box. I have known Marlene since 2003. She has a wonderful ability to interpret client needs, project manage and deliver award winning designs. She has a love and passion that is reflected in the quality of her work, her attention to detail, and most importantly, how she works with the client. A true professional.”

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Meet Marlene

I grew up on a lemon ranch in Oxnard, CA next door to Grandma and Grandpa, the very property where my dad was raised and courted my mom on horseback. There was a big green barn there with a horse or two for me and my cousins to ride. I rode pretty much daily, usually bareback and by myself. I finally realized in recent years that those everyday horses- and the fact my parents gave me that freedom- are the reason I became the interior designer I am today. Horses helped me build the confidence I needed to tackle the world that often made fun of, or left out, that skinny little girl.

In 2009, after 25 years of owning my own successful interior design firm, the recession hit, and I knew  had to reinvent my company to stay in the business I worked so hard to build. I changed the name of my company to Luxury Ranch Interior Design and started designing bold furnishings I could not find anywhere else. I realized my signature style of Contemporary Western Design can be adapted in to any home by incorporating it subtly into a contemporary home, or wall to wall in an authentic western ranch. The addition of commissioned Equine Tribute Art furnishings heightens the interior experience to a level so personal you will smile every time you come home.

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Wow! They Found me!

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When you are an interior designer (like me) located in a small horse town (Ramona) above San Diego, it can be a daunting task to figure out how to get…
The Cowgirl Designer, Marlene Holmquist

San Diego Tribune- Ranch roots inspire ‘The Cowgirl Designer’

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Marlene Holmquist is a fifth-generation Californian, an accomplished equestrian, and an artist and interior designer known as “The Cowgirl Designer.” She also is founder of Luxury Ranch Interior Design, Art…

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