Committee Member: Barclay Butera

Barclay Butera

Orange County - Interior Decorator

Interior decorator Barclay Butera has always had an eye for beautiful things. And, for over 20 years, Butera has been working with some of the country’s biggest names in design and lifestyle as one of the most sought-after names in the business. When not working with clients, you can catch Butera shopping for produce at the Corona Del Mar Farmer’s Market or binge watching a wild Western, a guilty pleasure he admits, on Netflix.



Newport Beach, CA.

Place you call home now (neighborhood etc)?

Newport Beach, CA.

Any notes on your education?

I studied political science and law.

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Best vacation ever?


Dream trip destination?


Favorite dinner?

Dover sole.

Favorite dessert?


Underrated food?

Pommes frites.

Dish you’re best at cooking?

Barbecued anything.

Best meal you’ve had at a restaurant?

Seared Pacifico striped sea bass at Caruso’s at the Rosewood Miramar.

Road trip -- three in the car with you. Living or dead. Who are they? Why?

Tom Ford, Dean Martin and Carey Grant. Can you imagine the stories and conversation!?

Favorite TV show as a kid?

Wild Wild West reruns. A fun Western about two gunslingers that were the first secret service agents on the Old West. They were fighting villains and dealing with fiendish plots to take over the world. It was so much fun to watch!

Favorite movies?

Out of Africa, Auntie Mame and East of Eden.

Favorite actress and or actor?

Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.

Favorite bands?

Cold Play, Chain Smokers and Calvin Harris.

Most impressive live performance you ever saw?

Madonna’s Who’s That Girl tour. It was beautifully choreographed and the music was pure and authentic.

Car you drive now?

Mercedes G-Class SUV Wagon 2019.

Car you’d like to drive?

Ferrari California.

Best car you’ve owned?

Love my G-Wagon 2019.

Wear a watch?

Yes, many!

Got a favorite watch?

Cartier Ballon Bleu Chronograph.

Got a dream watch?

Patek Philippe Perpetual Chronograph in white gold with a blue crocodile strap.

Summer and Winter drink of choice?

Don Julio Blanco Tequila on the rocks with lime.


Le Labo’s Santal 33.

Favorite beach?

Principote Beach Club, Mykonos.

On a Saturday, your favorite errand to run is?

Stopping by Corona Del Mar Farmer’s Market for fresh produce and flowers.

Otherwise, you’ll be busy doing what?

Probably working and that’s not good!

Best work advice you ever got?

My father always told me to never let any one client be more than 25 percent of your total business.

Best thing about your career?

The freedom, the flexibility and the creative aspects are wonderful. Oh, and the travel!

What do you do now for work?

I am blessed to say I have a myriad of businesses including interior design, my licensing partnerships, authoring books and my latest venture in real estate with Pacific Sotheby’s.

Do you have any philanthropic interests/endeavors?

Absolutely, I am extremely active with CASA, a charity that improves the lives of children in the dependency system.

Add anything else about yourself here that you would like the world to know about you.

Well, I am a generous spirit (sometimes to a fault!).