Marisa Molinaro is a Los Angeles based interior designer and blogger who competed on the reboot of Design Star: Next Gen 2021. The series is HGTV’s most successful and highest rated franchise in the network’s history. Marisa was one of eight talented designers, renovators and social media design gurus competing for the $50,000 prize and their very own HGTV show. HGTV Design Star: Next Gen
HGTV DESIGN STAR: NEXT GEN CONTESTANT
Her fabulous Spanish-colonial revival 1920’s apartment located in West Hollywood warrants a TV show of its own. Rich in Hollywood history, the famous rental compound known as Mi Casa and/or Mi Casa La Ronda was designed by famed architects Arthur and Nina Zwebell and consists of 16 private rental units set in a beautiful fairytale courtyard. It was once home to movie star legends Groucho Marx, Bette David, Cary Grant and Errol Flynn. In the 70s, the courtyard complex was the location for one of the greatest films of all times, Chinatown starring movie stars Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson.
Marisa shares her home with her long-time love and business partner interior designer and restauranteur Jerry Kleiner. Taking color to the next level, she describes their design style as “a modern take on the opulence of the Renaissance period with a flair of Hollywood glam.” Their home is filled with spectacular treasures they’ve collected throughout their travels and is filled with wonderful vintage, classic and contemporary pieces, accented with bold colors, rich textured fabrics and hand painted murals.
LOS ANGELES INTERIOR DESIGNER
An accomplished pianist and violinist, her interior design career started almost twenty years ago, but her professional life before that includes work as a public-school teacher, youth mentor, fashion model, restaurateur and competitive teen musician. She told businessofhome.com. that these experiences have given her an “in-depth understanding of the role cultural influences play in shaping an aesthetic.”
As a designer, Marisa created concept shops and owned and designed some of the hottest restaurants in Chicago. One of her proudest projects is the 30,000 square-foot restaurant Carnivale Chicago which the couple owned for 16 years.
The building was once a fish market, but the two transformed it into a dramatic, festive eatery inspired by the cuisine and culture of Mexico, South and Central America. The result is a dramatic interior with an explosion of color and a Mardi Gras like theme.
FAMILY BLOGGER FOR LOS ANGELES STYLISH PARENTS & THEIR KIDS
Inspired by her 7-year-old adorable daughter Capri, Marisa created the family blog The Spotted Cloth, a social guide for stylish LA parents and their children. It’s here where moms and dads can find Capri and Marisa’s picks for the best places to shop, eat and hang.
Marisa’s current design project is the restoration of a 12,000 square-foot, 20 room 1929 art deco style manor located in Winnetka, Illinois. The exciting project will take two to three years to complete. Stay tuned for the spectacular reveal!