• Kirsten Ford

Talking design with Kirsten Ford

Kirsten Ford is an interior designer with a reputation for creating homes with style and edge. She has recently moved to Belmont with her husband, children and beloved schnoodle. Channel Mag's Liz Cannon talks about all things interior design and learns why Kirsten is so passionate about it.

Channel Mag: Tell us a bit about yourself.... Have you always been an interior designer?
Kirsten Ford: I’ve had my own interior design business for seven years now and love working on homes here on the North Shore, but also with clients throughout New Zealand, from Omaha to Queenstown. I'd previously had a 15-year career in corporate marketing both in Auckland and London, but always had a passion for design, so decided to take the leap and start my own business.

What's the most rewarding thing about your job?
I love creating spaces and homes that are a reflection of my clients; spaces that echo what they value, remind them of their journey and provide them with the best possible backdrop to live their lives. I very much design each project as a custom design, for each family’s personality and lifestyle. So the most rewarding thing is seeing them absolutely love living in the new spaces – and showing them off to friends and family too!

Why do Channel Mag readers need an interior designer?
Working with a professional interior designer may seem like a big move, but it can ultimately deliver a result far beyond what you imagined. We’ll create a vision for your home and then use our experience, knowledge and trusted supply partners to bring that to life. An interior designer will help make all that decision-making easier too, saving you loads of time and more than a little bit of stress. We’ll help make your budget go further by knowing what to prioritise and how to avoid costly mistakes. Our clients can spend more time getting excited about their dream home!

What's currently inspiring your work?
I’m always inspired by travel. Travel is a never-ending source of history, colour, styles, details and ideas. I was super lucky to travel to Italy last year, one of my favourite places in the world! What I loved about the interiors in Italy is that they effortlessly blend historical detail with a contemporary twist.

What pieces can't you live without in your own home?
A great sofa! A quality sofa is an investment that will last for years, so it should be both functional and practical but still look super stylish. I also can’t live without art on walls. It adds unique personality to space and is that final layer that completes a room.

What should all North Shore homes have?
Most definitely a great outdoor space! A comfortable and stylish outdoor sofa, an outdoor rug to define the space and make it more luxe, and outdoor cushions in fabulously fun fabrics.

Finally, what do you get up to when you're not working hard on your latest projects?
As often as possible my husband and I love to enjoy the North Shore beaches and cafés – my current favourite is Dulcie in Devonport. But you’ll also find me at at my favourite florist, Florienne, or at Les Mills or Studio Pilates in Takapuna.

KFD Interiors
027 201 9304

Issue 149 February 2024