Based in Jacksonville Florida, Marsha Faulkner is a licensed award-winning LEED accredited commercial and residential Interior Designer.
Passion is at the center of what we do. And that passion manifests into beautiful, timeless and functional spaces. That passion bore Studio M Interior Design, Inc. Where we dwell has a profound impact on who we are and how we think. Everywhere we go shapes how we see the world. For nearly two decades, the Interior Designers at Studio M Interior Design, Inc. have helped our clients uncover and create those experiences. Our Designers have a mind for design, a heart for sustainability and a flair for innovation. At Studio M Interior Design, we’ve focused our lives and careers on bringing great ideas to life through the interiors of offices, homes, restaurants and healthcare facilities…each project an expression of our clients passion. Every person is a unique individual and every space we create is personally tailored to how you live, work and play.I’m Marsha, Professional Interior Designer and maker of amazing spaces.
- What’s your go-to classic color choice?
- My approach to color starts with the client. I listen to their dreams and vision for the spaces and then apply my sophisticated design aesthetic to create a unique one-of-a-kind look, custom tailored for each individual and project.
- Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
- While in Paris I was overcome by the diversity of design approaches. From classical 19th century designs such as Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris, to the sleek more minimalist Shangri-La overlooking the Eiffel Tower, I found myself reaching for my sketchbook to capture what was around me.
- Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
- My first reaction is to grab my sketchbook to jot down notes or rough out a pattern. Sometimes, I take reference photos with my iPhone as well.
- Where do you go to spot new style?
- I travel fairly often and prefer open air markets to scout for unique lighting, furniture and textiles. When time allows I visit the trade shows but honestly, we have an endless collection of surface treatments and textile samples in our studio that we use as our starting point. Our goal isn't to follow trends, it's to start them.
- Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
- There is a quaint little Italian restaurant in NYC called Gradisca that Sarah Jessica Parker raved about and I make a habit of dining there whenever I am in town. I love it because the food is great of course and the decor reminds me of a trattoria you would seen in Tuscany. It's not high design, but the lighting, plaster walls and and exposed brick are authentic and timeless.
- What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
- Like most people I love New York for so many reasons. My favorite small gallery is the Neue Galerie, a museum devoted to early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design, displayed on two exhibition floors. The museum features art from Vienna circa 1900, exploring the special relationship that existed between the fine arts (of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl, and Alfred Kubin) and the decorative arts (created at the Wiener Werkstätte by such well-known figures as Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, and Dagobert Peche, and by such celebrated architects as Adolf Loos, Joseph Urban, and Otto Wagner).
- How do you usually start your weekend?
- My work week can be stressful at times, so when the weekend comes I'm tempted to flop on the couch and veg out in from in the TV. Instead, I get up for a workout with my trainer, then treat myself to brunch with my husband or friends. I then bookend the weekend with yoga on Sunday so I can be relaxed and rested for Monday madness.
- Who or what is your biggest design influence?
- At the risk of being redundant, travel has been my biggest design influence. I find inspiration in unlikely places...it could be a color, a building, the way light hits an object. If I had to name a person, I find Kelly Wearstler's work endlessly intriguing. Her bold patterns, use of scale and complex textures are mesmerizing. Walking into one of her spaces is like unlocking a mystery leaving you with a sense of wonder about who dreamt up this place. I love Dorothy Draper, William Diamond and Anthony Baratta for their sophisticated and eccentric color schemes. Who paints a kitchen lime green and gets away with it?
- How do you keep it all together?
- Like most of us, my clients can be demanding and rightly so. They come to us because they want the best and I want to give them the highest level of service. I unwind at the end of the day with a glass of wine with my husband and try to give myself ample "me" time, whether its meeting a friend at a coffee shop or dinner with my girlfriends.
- Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
- Most of my clients prefer structured gardens based on classical traditions. But for me, I like a mix of both with unexpected twists and interesting botanical combinations.