I had the privilege of being invited to participate in Terry’s Fabrics Designer Insights series and I’m proud to be featured among such talented company. The series focuses on the style and visionary process of creative professionals, as well as what’s inspiring us this season.
I’m honoured to have been invited to be a part of the bi-annual CRAVE Toronto: The Urban Girl’s Manifesto, First Edition.
CRAVE Toronto is a celebration of local women entrepreneurs that showcases some of the most creative, interesting, and gutsy proprietors throughout the greater Toronto area.
Shots of the CRAVE book above by Jason Matos Photo.
In addition to being included in the book, I’ve been named one of Toronto’s fave Interior Designers by CRAVE.
CRAVE also hit me up for some de-cluttering advice right before the book launch. Instead of encouraging you to buy more stuff to corral more stuff essentially helping you with your more-stuff problem, I named the elephant in the room and suggested the obvious: stop buying more stuff. Uh, novel.
I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed for the Creative Solopreneur Podcast series over at AbbyKerr.com. We jammed on creative sovereignty, choosing and working with a creative professional, and what to do when you’re feeling non-believe-y about your work. Abby Kerr is Creative Director of The Voice Bureau, a digital boutique branding, marketing, and copywriting agency serving microbusinesses. Find her at AbbyKerr.com.
I wrote up a storm over at Streetseed, Toronto’s innovative real estate search platform (helping homeowners, buyers, sellers, renters, real estate agents, landlords, and property managers find and share important information about homes for sale or rent). I created an entire ‘How to Work with a Designer’ series, and I think this might prove helpful for you if you’re wondering what in the hell it’s like to work with a pro.
Have a peek at the six-part series:
- Knowing Who You Are & How You Want to Feel
- Understanding Your Budget
- Being Honest With Your Designer
- Trusting the Process
- Feedback & Collaboration
- Celebrating Your Success
My second series focused on decluttering as part of the design and decorating process (it’s my favourites series of the two):
- Decorating Starts by Getting Honest About Your Clutter
- Letting Go: How to Avoid Price-Tag Decorating
- Patience: Your Greatest Decorating Virtue
- Your Best Home: Just Say ‘No’ to Crap
My I See Music series is also making a bit of a splash.
Over at Jack Move mag, I wax poetic about Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, desire, music as a powerful mistress, and get a little naughty with the imagery.
I also take you on a musical magic carpet ride as I explain how to SEE music with my ‘When in Doubt, Just Hit Play’ post. Go on; try it for yourself. It’s a trip.
Like a breath of fresh air, Breezy Mama (I know, groan) is a hotbed of advice for even hotter baby mamas. Featuring stylish tips, tricks, and how-to’s, Breezy Mama hit me up for advice on how to make the bedroom sexy. A fun read when you need a quick afternoon pick-me-up. Or when there’s, you know, something on your mind.
I shared my dream interior over at Staci Edwards Design blog. Based in Oakville, Ontario, Staci creates timeless, fresh interiors and blogs about design and stylish living. I offered up a dark, smoldering, sexy look as my fav. And I cheated. I couldn’t choose just one. Have a peek.
I was interviewed over at My Colleges and Careers on how my education has affected my career. Check it out here.
Remember W Network’s The Decorating Challenge television series? It reached cult status several years ago and I was fortunate enough to be invited to join the roster of designers turning the “OMG” into the “ahhh”. The first episode featured me turning a, “can’t-think-of-what-to-do-with-it-so-we-ignore-it-except-it’s-a-great-spot-to-put-the-kitty-litter” kind of room to a sexy entertaining area that’s both a bar and a reading area. The second episode had me jazzing up a plain-jane bedroom into a glamorous haven for a teenaged jewellery designer. Have a closer look above to find out which room was featured in The Decorating Challenge best-of book.
I speak regularly to first and second year Interior Decorating students at Humber College. They call it, “A Day in the Life”. I call it, “How to be Your Best Self and Create Kick-Ass Work”. Same diff.
I’m also a past member of the Advisory Board for Humber College’s Interior Decorating Diploma curriculum. We brainstormed. We jammed. We agreed. We argued. The goal was figure out how best to prepare graduates for the real world and how to keep the program on the cutting edge of the industry. Now how cool is that?!
If you’re still feeling unsure (really?!), have a look at what these formerly skeptical clients had to say:
“Erica is immensely insightful, provocative and thoughtful. She has the gift of grasping your thoughts, then envisioning and projecting them into your life. Truly irreplaceable.”
– A., Calgary, AB
“The Design at Your Doorstep box? My friends are still drooling.”
– B., Vancouver, BC
“I’ve never worked with a designer before but Erica made it effortless. Everything was spelled out for me so all I had to do was follow the directions and I had a totally new space. I highly recommend her.”
– A., Chicago, IL
“Amazing, amazing, amazing. I LOVE it. I never could have done this myself. Never. I feel like I’m living in an entirely different home – a home that finally feels like ME.”
– M., Toronto, ON
“This is beyond my wildest dreams…you looked into my soul…I need to collect myself. I will get back with a proper response once I can stop drooling on my keyboard… Wow!”
– R., London, ON
All I had to do was be myself and suddenly everything I wanted and needed showed up on the doorstep. I was so excited when it arrived I actually did a little jig.”
– L., Miami, FL
“Erica was a pleasure to work with. I knew my office needed some serious reorganization and redecoration, but I really wasn’t sure what I wanted. Through a few short conversations, Erica asked some key questions and was able to design a plan that completely suited my needs and my style.”
– L., London, ON
“Mind-blowing. That is all.”
– N., Seattle, WA
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