If you’re like me, you probably spend a lot of time
tearing out photos of inspiring spaces, planning future renovations
and envisioning your dream home finally complete (wouldn’t that be
nice!). I’ve always felt that creating a space you love to come home to
makes every day more pleasurable.
My passion for design started at age 5, when I used to transform
shoeboxes into model houses complete with drapes and furniture
fashioned from odds and ends. In high school I spent my summers
assisting an interior designer — none other than Lynda Reeves —
who introduced me to the lush world of fabrics and designer
showrooms. Later, I studied fine arts and interior design, and have
since completed hundreds of makeovers for clients, magazines and
television shows (including my own, The Style Dept.). I like to use
my eclectic house as a test lab, rearranging furniture and trying out
new paint colours.
As you can imagine, I’m thrilled to become the new editor of House
& Home. Here’s a place where my childhood dreams are my day-to-
day reality (minus the shoeboxes). Plus, I’ve spent a number of
years with H&H already, as both the magazine’s senior design
editor and the creative director of merchandise. Longtime
readers might remember when I appeared on the cover, or when
we ran a feature on my previous house. Returning here is like coming
home to a place I know I belong.
I’m sure you’re wondering what you’ll be seeing on these pages in
the months ahead. Top of the list are plenty of unique and refreshing
ideas and clever designer secrets from the experts and those stylish
individuals who are just naturally chic. You’ll see more breathtaking
makeovers from our talented team, and we’ll keep you tuned in to
what’s new in decorating. And, of course, we’ll continue to show the
most exciting homes across the country. More than anything, we’ll
keep you inspired, passionate about design and tearing out pages as
you make your house a home.
Portrait by Gabor Jurina/Hair and makeup by Jenia O’Connor/Bowl, Hollace Cluny; utensils, www.ochre.net; chair, Knoll; table, Baker at Studio b; fabrics (from left):
Kiku in Willow by Larsen, Pierre Frey Shabby in Eau, Primavera; Tulah in Chocolate by Lulu DK, Y&Co; Limoges in Aquamarine by ClassicCloth, Industrial Storm.