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Mel Marsden – scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
What do you do?
I’m the Chief Creative and Founder of Marsden Collective. We are an interior design studio that infuses design with business strategy to create amazing commercial spaces. We’ve worked on everything from office fit-outs to airline lounges, hotels to sports stadiums.

Why do you do it?
I love it. I love working with other businesses and finding out what makes them tick, how people work, move, inhabit their space and then creating an environment that enables them to do that so much better.  Spaces that bring their brand and their culture to life.

What do you love about the city you live in?
Growing up in a small country town, I love that Brisbane is just a big country town. Brisbane is always evolving and I love how it continues to grow and change. The sunshine is pretty awesome too!

Where did you go for your last holiday?
I went skiing in Queenstown in July. I’d never seen snow let alone skied before and I absolutely loved it! So did my daughter, she’s a natural.

What's your favourite item of clothing? Why?
My active wear! Because even though I might not be hitting the gym or going for a run, they make me feel motivated and let me move through my day quicker.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
That would have to be 'He-Man'. I just loved the girl power of She-Ra. She kicked butt and I thought that was awesome!

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
I’d love go back and watch the Egyptians building the pyramids, to see for myself how they constructed such big monuments would be amazing.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook for us?
When I have dinner parties I usually use it as an opportunity to try something new. I don’t get to cook fancy meals all that often so would probably spend all day cooking it! So I’d do my research and come up with a three course meal to wow you!

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
What is valued by others may not be what’s valued by you. Live by your own values and you’ll be a happier person, to sum it up life’s short! Do what makes you happy.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...
I’m a pretty open person so there’s not too much that people don’t know about me…

Are you happy with your work/life balance?
Mostly... I love what I do so it doesn’t always feel like work and I’m a bit a workaholic so even when it all feels like too much I can’t switch off… I thrive on this!

How do you define success?
Success to me is about feeling like I’ve done a good job. It’s about aiming to achieve an outcome and hitting that mark and improving someone else’s life as a result.

What's your spirit animal?
Horse. They are such strong yet graceful and elegant animals.

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