What does an interior decorator do?

blob 2As an architect, I work with many different consultants such as structural, mechanical engineers, energy consultant, etc. to collaborate on a project.  Recently, I added another consultant to my contact list: Jacqueline Peres.  It is always fascinating to meet a person and learn about his/her business, as well as their expertise.  The knowledge I discover from their “behind the story” on how they ended up in their chosen profession, and how they are working towards being the very best in their field is inspiring.  Recently I met such a person who is in the middle of that exciting journey….Jacqueline Peres is the INTERIOR DESIGNER who shares her background with our readers.  Here is her story….

BACKGROUND/DESIGN STATEMENT
Maison Jacqueline owner Jacqueline Peres built her career as a television producer and brings 17 years of creative and project management expertise to her current role of interior decorator.  She has worked with rock stars and on air personalities, but most enjoys working with space challenged homeowners!  And her rock ‘n roll sensibility follows her wherever she goes.  Jacqueline is currently an in-house designer with a natural stone countertop, fireplace and vanity fabricator in the Scarborough area and is helping a couple renovate their two bathrooms.  
 
PROFESSION
What does an interior decorator do, you ask?  A formally trained interior decorator will be able to plan and draft a space, create elevation and perspective drawings, research and source materials and furniture, and pretty much design rooms from top to bottom.  Even lighting and electrical plans.  Their abilities do not, however, extend to structural considerations such as tearing down walls and working with HVAC systems.  
 
JOB FUN
Jacqueline’s favourite part of her job is listening to and analyzing her clients’ wishes while planning their spaces to be balanced, functional and aesthetically pleasing.  She also enjoys leaving each client with an unexpected touch that is unique to each individual.
 
INSIDER TIP
For those who love to DIY, Jacqueline recommends that they edit, edit, edit.  We often have too much “stuff” in our homes, and it can be overwhelming figuring out where to start tidying.  A neat trick is to take one large item out of your space and live without it for a few days.  IF you miss it, bring it back.  If you don’t, leave it out, donate it, or sell it.  You’ll feel great about the more zen feeling you’ve just created and perhaps lose a few more items over time. 

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