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Even as a child I had dreams of being an interior designer. At 12, I convinced my mother to let me paint my bedroom and together we designed a repeating pattern of geometric shapes that I stenciled and painted on my walls. I spent hours making cushions and curtains to match. The end result was a space where I was at home, where I could relax and be myself.
Over the years, though I worked for my family business, I found ways of following my dream. I bought, redecorated, and sold several houses, and helped friends decorate, choose colours and stage their houses to sell. I learned colour theory, the history of art and architecture, and various painting techniques in my spare time, collected a ridiculously large library of books on everything from decorating, renovating, fine art and architecture, and binged on home decorating shows while (sometimes harshly) critiquing their design choices. I volunteered and then worked in theater, doing everything from sewing costumes to painting sets. I traveled to the UK and Europe, indulging my passion for architecture, art museums and decorating. I was hired to decorate a high-end local photography studio, which led to consulting for photographers internationally. My whole life has been filled with designing, in a variety of mediums and styles.
When our family business shut its doors, I was finally free to pursue official accreditation. I graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta Residential Interiors program and followed that immediately by completing the C.S.P. Professional Staging course. Armed with the knowledge I had learned from running the family business for twenty years, as well as my theatre background and my new certifications, I opened Heightened Impressions Decor and Staging. Since then I have been helping my clients stage and sell their houses quickly and painlessly, and to transform their homes into beautiful spaces they love to spend time in.