Interior designer says he aims high

A successful Orange County interior designer with aspirations of catering to high-end shoppers has expanded his business to a new two-story showroom in Costa Mesa.

Marc Pridmore Designs, 3089 Bristol St., displays a variety of furnishings but also offers custom flooring, drapery and interior design. The 42,000-square-foot showroom held its grand opening Thursday.

This story has corrected the spelling of Marc Pridmore and Marc Pridmore Designs. Also, bedroom sets go up to $40,000, not bedding.

Pricing for services and furnishings can vary greatly, depending the level of customization sought by a customer, said Zai Holder, marketing vice president.

Dining sets, for example, can start at a few thousand dollars and go much higher. Bedroom sets go up to $40,000.

"The sky's the limit with the possibility," Holder said, adding that "as exclusive as you want to get, the price just gets higher because the materials are hard to come by."

He stressed the store's design service, which sees customers through the whole process.

"We're holding their hand the entire way, making them feel totally comfortable with their purchase," Holder said.

Marc Pridmore, the store's chief executive and executive designer, described his style as traditional, classic and timeless.

"I really don't want to have a dated look," he said. "I go for things that will last a lifetime or more."

The 32-year-old Alabama native who recently moved to Costa Mesa, is a veteran of the interior design world.

"It is a tough time to start a business, but I've been doing business in Orange County for about 10 years now," Pridmore said. "I've built up a nice reputation among my clientele for quality, good service and honesty."

Pridmore and his team completely renovated the Bristol Street facility for their needs, including adding a "man cave" display on the second floor.

"It's basically for a man: the library bookcase, sofa, game table, pool table, shuffleboard table," said store manager Gus Arellano, who moved from Scottsdale, Ariz., to head the store. "When a couple comes in shopping, the gentleman can go up there and the wife can continue to shop."

Next to the man cave is a home theater setup. There is also a community room that can host events.

Pridmore said the items are mostly from North Carolina, though some come from Asia or Italy.

"We try to have as many things from America as we can," he said.

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