I am honoured that you are here and want to know more about me. Welcome.
I love color, every color. Color is what drives me. I think the right color can change lives. I have experienced this so many times. I love creating beautiful spaces that make my clients happy. Creating and repurposing treasures has always seemed natural to me. I love being independent and being able to work in my own space. Networking with people who are good at what they do and sharing ideas with them is second nature to me.
I love helping people discover what they love. A space that I have designed with a client should reflect them. The space should tell their story, not mine. My relationship with my clients is personal and often they become friends.
I love my family and friends. I love travelling and I love cooking and discovering new food. I love my home but it is always a work in progress.
I love my dog.
My philosophy has always been about bringing good design practices to the homeowner. Our home is our most expensive investment and the place we should love to be. Loving your home, your environment, is good for your health and you mental well-being. Every person has a story and I like to think that I am the curator of your belongings and your space. In the end, I want to translate your desires and your stories into your space. The process is not about me and my taste but the journey I take with you. It is about discovering your good taste.
I believe good design does not have to be expensive or overwhelming. I think Ikea has a place in our homes as much as the most expensive furniture store. I also believe that a lot of what we own can easily be repurposed and reutilized. Sometimes the fun lies in redesigning something we already have! There are so many fun and exciting options out there and it is my job to bring that world of possibility to you.
When I was little I would empty my room into the hall and reconfigure my bedroom and beg for a can of paint. The answer was usually no. My dad loved to renovate and he adored all things different. He installed stainless steel counter tops in our kitchen and people thought him strange. Our cottage was a Hyperbolic Paraboloid but so modified by my Dad in hopes of saving money that on one occasion in a bad storm some of the windows blew out. On another occasion the dog went through a window in pursuit of a racoon. So I learned never cut corners and always consult a pro. But I developed a good eye for design and tolerance for renovation chaos.
I learned to sew in my early teens. If I wanted clothes my Mom insisted I make them or live with the bare necessities. She would buy me as much fabric as I wanted and I had my grandmother’s machine with one stitch size and direction, forward. I studied Haute Couture and it has been invaluable for my understanding of fabrics and soft furnishings. My great aunt was a buyer for Harrods in London and I inherited fabrics and beautiful beaded ribbon. I designed this belt from one of her pieces.
After I married my husband and we started buying houses and renovating them. I was constantly changing the colors in our rooms. Good thing he was patient. Friends would ask me to help them decorate their homes and I was commissioned to do a small café in my neighborhood. A few years later staging became a thing in New York and a friend started Recycled Spaces. I was hired and my fulltime career began. It was a crazy time. We did rooms for Dini Petty and were featured in House and Home. When one of the partners moved to Texas I started my own company, Roomworks. And I have never looked back.
Now I am fully immersed in all things design and color. I have studied color in depth in Canada, the United States and Europe. In my spare time, I do color trend forecasting with Color Marketing Group. I am on the Board of Directors and I have developed their education program with another member of the board that was rolled out last November. Every year in May I chair a future color trends workshop in Toronto. People come from all over North America to attend.
I travel, wherever and whenever I can, to design shows and report back to what is coming next. I love to teach.
BUT, Color consulting and home design is the major part of my work. Three years ago, I renovated an 18th century apartment in Paris, France. A dream come true.
I have done projects in Florida, Philadelphia and the Midwest US. Every house I have owned, and there have been many, I have renovated. And a lot of the work, my husband and I have done together. Much of my experience comes from doing some of the work myself. I have reupholstered, repurposed, painted, dry walled, hammered and lived on site. I understand the pain and the joy and what it takes to renovate a house.
I live outside of Toronto with two dogs and my husband and we have a large family. Although I think I am much too young, I have several grandchildren and they are fantastic.
I am in love with learning and exploring the world around me and design is the perfect vehicle for that. It is ever changing and has taken me to so many interesting places and allowed me to meet wonderful people. I am so grateful.