Posts for August 2013

August 31 2013

A Bit of Crazy in Mexico

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My summers are usually very busy at  hd with home renovations that need to be wrapped up before the fall when people want their homes ready for the busy seasons ahead; so the chance to go to Mexico seemed like a crazy idea. But I was feeling drained creatively and needed a break…plus I thrive on a bit of crazy.

The saturated colours, from the ocean to the markets, couldn’t get any more illuminated from the blazing heat. The higher the mercury rose, the better I felt. After gallons of cheap drinks and burning my brains out on the beach I feel ready to face whatever renovation is thrown my way…plus finding a gorgeous hand-sewn pillow for my living room didn’t hurt either.

 

August 9 2013

Design Language

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I was facing one of the most difficult design challenges yet and I had a lot of time to think about it during my flight to Hong Kong. How do I decorate my client’s home with quality products, design details that reflect their personalities with very little time to execute it? I had no industry connections, resources and zero knowledge of where to shop or “how it works” in Hong Kong. I had no choice but to somehow gather an arsenal of reliable stores and trades that could make my design plan happen. I had two weeks to make this happen. Pressure was on.

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My client’s only connection was their agent’s business partner, a successful home stager. Lucky for me she stopped by on my first day and gave me a few tips on where to shop. Which led me to many other connections, including other designers and like-minded people in the field.  Even though most spoke English, design was definitely our common connection. Within a few days a design team consisting of a skilled cabinet maker, art dealer, seamstress, picture framer, rug dealer, furniture suppliers and a handyman was formed. It was a jammed packed two weeks with many late nights pulling it all together.

I loved Hong Kong and will definitely return to visit my clients and to continue to build my business connections. Next time I’ll be shipping a crate home jammed full of beautiful things for my Canadian clients…and me.

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August 9 2013

International Designer

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It wasn’t my first time visiting a new, exotic place, but it was my first time working in one. Perpetually up for a challenge,  you can imagine how psyched I was when the call to fly to Hong Kong to help furnish and style a client’s home came in. My job was to make their home feel personal and comforting as they adapt to their new life there. I also wanted it to look beautiful, so immediately started a client file full of inspirational ideas to take with me.  #HongKong

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Before a job promotion took my clients to Hong Kong, they finished a major whole home renovation on their large century home in rural Ontario. I worked with them from beginning to end and they trusted me and my work. Which is why I landed the Hong Kong job. Experienced designers get these extraordinary opportunities because this business is not just about creating gorgeous, intensely personal homes for people, but also building relationships that can last for years. I’m honoured and thankful that my clients trusted me to be the one to help them and their young children make this huge transition.

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I’m not going to lie, I’m thrilled to officially call myself an international designer along with the excitement and challenges that brings.

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I had to head home before seeing the custom-made furniture we ordered delivered, but was able to put some pieces we purchased in place. I think the uncluttered, simple style really works in their HK home.

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