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Always at Home

By Larry Urish

Hughes Marino’s Stylish Office Reflects its Family-First Culture

It may seem ironic that a leading commercial real estate firm operates in a space designed to look and feel like a home. However, in the case of Hughes Marino Inc., irony has nothing to do with it.

“We are a very family-oriented team and want our home away from home to reflect this unique approach to business,” says COO Shay Hughes, who designed the firm’s Irvine office.

Hughes Marino moved to a larger space last April, but not before it was completely renovated.

Hughes Marino Orange County Reception

“We set out to create an inspiring atmosphere that fosters work-life balance by encouraging team members to collaborate over espresso at our breakfast bar, share a meal together at our family-style farm table, unwind over a game of pool or sink into a comfy couch and strum a tune on a Taylor guitar,” Hughes says.


Blending both traditional and contemporary design elements, the vibrant office includes an open area dressed in white-on-white swirls and polka-dots; custom-made decorative lighting fixtures, including a spectacular three-tier chandelier over a billiards table; hand-blown glass LED balls that light a one-of-a-kind marble conference table; and dark walnut cabinetry and iceberg-marble counter surfaces in the kitchen and communal spaces.

Orange County office pool table.

Some of the design elements here are unforgettable. An assortment of pieces by world-renowned artists – including a work composed of nearly 5,000 Swarovski crystals and a human sized Barbie doll – adorn Hughes Marino’s office.

This article originally appeared in OC Metro.

Shay Hughes is president & COO of Hughes Marino, an award-winning commercial real estate company specializing in tenant representation and building purchases with offices across the nation. Shay writes about business leadership and company culture on her blog, Lead from Within. Contact Shay at 1-844-662-6635 or shay.hughes@hughesmarino.com to learn more.

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