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20 questions with Shelley Kirsch

Interior designer Shelley Kirsch dishes on her design inspirations, influences and favourite place to shop.

Interior designer Shelley Kirsch has become a well-established staple in the design community. Her rich, modern and eclectic aesthetic has been seen time and time again in the Canadian media, especially in the National Post, Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. Since starting her interior design and decoration firm in 1983, Shelley has transformed numerous spaces of all shapes and forms by providing a full service approach. We take a moment to delve beyond just the designs and find out who and what inspires this stylish talent.


1 If you could shadow any designer for a day, who would it be?

Shelley Kirsch Lee Mindel and his late partner, Peter Shelton, based in New York have created the most thoughtful and beautiful interiors for modern living. Imaginative use of materials, exquisite and original lighting concepts, and the ubiquitous use of glass, allow for sensuous living environments.

2 Where do you look for an obscure source of inspiration?
Art Deco textiles create forms and patterns that never date. I love to borrow ideas for marquetry work, for example.

3 Favourite restaurant?
Oleana in Boston has managed to combine the exotic flavours of the middle east with the richness of French cuisine.

4 What’s your favourite room to decorate?
Kitchens are rooms that are forever evolving. From the technology available that can drive the layout and cabinetry design.


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