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Studio Blu Inc.

578 Washington Blvd.
Suite 394
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-1720
www.studiobluinc.com
info@studiobluinc.com
Main Contact: Adrienne Mascaro
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Colorful, clean modern to contemporary designer, colorist and consultant

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Indigo is but one hue along the color spectrum of Studio Blu’s acclaimed palette. Deep purple walls, green and yellow hand-painted tile inlays and red lacquered millwork are par for the course for principal Adrienne Mascaro. Even an all-white room by this designer, heavy in patterns and textiles with statement pieces like a swinging chair or fur rug, feels colorful. Often bringing a contemporary flair into classic Spanish style or warming up modern homes, Mascaro helps first-time renovators (and stubborn DIY-ers) finally create the lifestyle they’ve been dreaming of. Using her own wit and charm as a catalyst, Mascaro encourages her clients to surrender to the process and let their personalities go boldly on display throughout the house.

While studying theater at Western Illinois University, Mascaro fixated on the concept that a setting can both shape and reflect those who dwell in it. Her appreciation for scenery soon evolved into a role behind the curtain; it led her to LA where she worked for Warner Bros. and a handful of other major studios as a set designer. Production being the fleeting industry it is, Mascaro, who also holds a degree in interior architecture from the International Academy of Design, turned to the real life characters in the residential industry. Strong referrals and repeat clientele, some of them execs from her past life in entertainment, helped Mascaro launch Studio Blu in 1999 and continue to serve as the basis for her commissions in Southern California and wherever vacation homes may pop up.

Mascaro is known for being respectful of clients’ anxieties concerning change and is willing to work with them at all stages. What she calls “home therapy” may involve a room remodel or whole-house consultation, of which she takes on about three at once and charges a reasonable flat rate. At the same time the designer is busy at work with several ground-up structures as large as 10,000 square feet and valued at $15 million. With her standard design fee and product mark-up and knack for thinking on her feet with exceptional creativity, Mascaro is a sigh of relief when outside aspects of the project go awry. Working with a design assistant or two at most, Mascaro has both hands on deck at all times; we hear she often saves the day with her painstakingly detailed paperwork. Once reluctant, happy homeowners all agree that their polished, mature (albeit bright and fun) interiors could never have reached that level of composure and completeness without the fresh, involved approach of Studio Blu.

Representative Client Comments:
"My home feels like a spa every time I walk through the door, even years later. It's clean and modern but also comfy and cozy." "Compared to other designers I've hired, Adrienne has a more modern approach; her ideas are fresh, she is very involved. She’s really creating a lifestyle for you not just decorating. She’s great at taking your ideas and putting an expert edit on them." "We clashed a few times, but it I was the one putting up a fight and being difficult. In the end I saw she really had my best interest at heart. I'm grateful that she was tough with me." "Out of all the firms working on my home, she was the best one and the only one who stayed within the budget! She even came up with creative solutions to soften the blow outside costs bled into her plans." "Adrienne is fun, cool, hip, easy to work with and just made for an awesome experience." "Adrienne is a brilliant colorist. And her portfolio shows that she has a vast skillset style-wise and can cater to different contexts." "She is equal parts art and function, and has a great eye for doing simple solves that can totally change the look of a room. She is totally down-to-earth, fun, and unpretentious which was really important to us in hiring a designer."

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Posted 4/18/2017
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tcloughesy FAIR OAKS, CA

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I have used Studio Blu twice. Once for my interior space in our Los Angeles home and the other for a kitchen remodel in our Sacramento home. My experience with Studio Blu was fun, inspiring and creative. Adrienne has a gift for being able to capture our style and character with 90% accuracy when she presented her first recommendations for furniture, textiles, window treatments, tile, flooring and counter options. She did this by taking the time to interview my husband and I and asking the right questions on what we want. Additionally, I asked her to stretch my creativity and that she did! She is sharp, funny, creative and has a lot of contacts even with local furniture makers if you have space issues. I love everything we did and get compliments galore on how she GOT us. She also scores high on coming in on project budget and deadline. Hire her!
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Posted 5/18/2017
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rogerwojahn ,

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Adrienne is an artist and a pragmatist. Everything just belongs as she designs it and yet this is a reflection of your values. She really made it happen for me.
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Posted 5/19/2017
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lrosenblum ,

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I have nothing but absolutely positive things to say about Adrienne Mascaro and her team.
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They were exceptional. Her eye for detail and creativity is far superior than any other decorator I have hired. In addition she is just lovely to work with and we would hire her again in a second.
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Posted 5/19/2017
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mlepsteen ,

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I still request her input and work.
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Adrienne, designed my complete home, top to bottom, I know it was a fantastic job of design, purchase of all furnishings and supplies as well as all follow through based on all the unbelievable positive comments I receive even now seven years after we finished the home. I still request her input and work for all continuing refurnishing, purchase and design of a new hand made rug,along with all the new furnishings that I currently want to change too because I believe in constant change, this is good for me and my home continues to receive all kinds of positive praise .
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Posted 5/19/2017
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misterface ,

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She is just the best.
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Adrienne / Studio Blu is the absolute best. Adrienne's creative vision is unlike any I have ever worked with.
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Posted 5/19/2017
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kmfons ,

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We had an amazing experience with Studio Blu.
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We bought a house in Sherman Oaks and needed an interior designer to help us with everything, including: furniture, upholstery, window treatments, rugs, lighting, custom cabinetry, art and accessories. We needed complete room decoration from top to bottom that was both functional and matched our style. Adrienne is extremely talented and has an incredible eye for design. She was able to totally transform our house into a space that we love and feel proud of. Adrienne was very easy to work with and she went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with each and every decision. She is efficient, thorough, hard-working, dedicated and honest. She was creative, she had great ideas, and she was able to do everything within our budget. I highly recommend Studio Blu; we are so happy with the outcome of our home design.
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Posted 5/19/2017
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triciacloughessy ,

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Hire her!
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I have used Studio Blu twice. Once for my interior space in our Los Angeles home and the other for a kitchen remodel in our Sacramento home. My experience with Studio Blu was fun, inspiring and creative. Adrienne has a gift for being able to capture our style and character with 90% accuracy when she presented her first recommendations for furniture, textiles, window treatments, tile, flooring and counter options. She did this by taking the time to interview my husband and I and asking the right questions on what we want. Additionally, I asked her to stretch my creativity and that she did! She is sharp, funny, creative and has a lot of contacts even with local furniture makers if you have space issues. I love everything we did and get compliments galore on how she GOT us. She also scores high on coming in on project budget and deadline.
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Posted 5/19/2017
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ychausseblanche ,

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I am looking forward to our next project.
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I had the pleasure to work with Adrienne on a couple of custom wallpaper projects she invited me to collaborate on. She has an excellent eye, with great attention to details, and is easy to work with.
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Posted 5/19/2017
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thewoodidea ,

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Not only me, but my carpenters think that she is great!
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She is very friendly, responsible, great sense of the design, everything that she touches looks so beautiful. I custom furniture for her and in the end of every project I get amazed how beautiful the room(s) gets.
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