Kirsten Marshall, Palmerston Design Consultant‘s principal, agreed to give Best Interior Designers an interview, and today, we’ll tell you all about it! Founded in 2003, Palmerston is a boutique interior design business that specializes in residential and commercial spaces. Since today’s interiors move from hard-edged minimalism towards comfortable simplicity, Palmerston aims to provide its clients with warm, inviting interiors that are chic and timeless.
How did you get involved in the interior design Industry?
My father, Grant Marshall, was the first graduating class of the University of Manitoba’s Interior design department and taught at the university for decades. So maybe it is in the blood??! I graduated in interior design after working in art departments in the film and television industry.
I think that our firm listens to our clients and we work collaboratively to give them a space they can call their own. We rely on clean lines and minimal materials to help keep spaces fresh.
Being in love with our work is always the key to achieving better results. Are you in love with this job? What do you love most about being an interior designer?
I do love my work. I love working with my team and our clients. Every day is a series of challenges and problem solving and the best part is seeing our clients living and enjoying their homes.
God is in the details.
Keeping up to date on all the trends is essential for anyone who wants to conquer this market. In what ways do you keep current with new trends?
I attended Maison et Objet in Paris this year as well as Paris Design Week. It was wonderful to see how the giftware business is trending toward bolder and brighter colors.
How would you describe your personal decorating style?
I love old homes with classic modern furnishings. I would say my house is eclectic as it has some modern pieces paired with early Canadian antiques.
Travel is my biggest inspiration. My husband works in travel so I am spoiled by visiting beautiful hotels around the world. I love seeing other places and cultures and that truly fuels my creative juices.
Inspiration is something that pushes everyone to create unique things. What makes you see the world in a different way?
My dad used to say “people are the color in the room”. I think that phrase really speaks to me. Know your clients and let them be the force of the design.
If you had to pick one project around the world that you wish was made by you, which one would it be?
Fogo Island Inn. I think Todd Saunders understood his client and created a space that is not only of the place but contemporary and timeless.
How important is a perfect chemistry between you and your clients to achieve the best results?
Very important that we jive with our clients. I love working collaboratively, so when they bring in their interests and passions as it produces a better result.
Choosing the best pieces to compose a project can be the secret to getting the best overall result. Although it seems easy, this is a delicate task and needs full attention on time to execute. Do you have some tips for those who do not know well how to start a challenge like this?
The best thing is to just start with one item. Maybe it is a carpet the client wants to keep or a sentimental piece of art….let those ground the work.
Do you think working with teams in interior design is better or worse than working alone? Why?
Teams are always better! I love seeing what other designers bring to the project!
Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?
We are about to install our third Lottery Home for the Princess Margaret Home Lottery. These are wonderful projects because we get to see the house through to the finish line (art, accessories, etc). We do these on a pretty tight budget which presents challenges but is ultimately very rewarding.
What has been your greatest accomplishment as a designer? What goals do you have for the future?
I think running a business for almost 20 years and staying relevant! I would love to work with a manufacturer to design a line of small furniture storage. We always have challenges for closets in Toronto homes and having an off-the-shelf piece for our clients would be fantastic!
A prospective client once sent an email through our website and all it said was “make my ugly house not ugly”.
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