5 questions you like to ask the contractors at the first meeting but afraid to

“Do you have secrets to selecting the right contractors for YOUR project?”

I get asked a lot from friends and family members often about this question. Being the architect somehow gives the illusion to those that I have some “secrets” about hiring the contractors… Continue reading “5 questions you like to ask the contractors at the first meeting but afraid to”

Why you need to have Hat Attitude!

Design is Design!

I have always believed in the sentiment above…. Well, more correctly design processes work the same in all design fields;  start from the ideas, and then those get translated into visual images of sketches, physical models, etc. and then finally seeing the physical outcome of your idea.  They work the same in whether designing a building, dress, or a hat!

I have also enjoyed meeting various designers, and learned about how their thinking process started and eventually arriving at the final product. I met such a designer, Amparo Findlay (hatitude.ca), and poked her thoughts on all things related to hat design, hat attitude, hatitude.  Here is Amparo’s story on building the hat empire….   Continue reading “Why you need to have Hat Attitude!”

Our second vlog! Q&A with Onah

Like my previous post, Q & A with Jin, Onah decides to pour out (under 3 minutes!) her story on all things blogging….

Onah and I have collaborated on a little heart-to-heart about our lives and why we love blogging. We’ve been super excited to give you guys some more insight on us. This is quite exploratory so any feedback is much appreciated!



How interior designer, Ania Trica works and lives her design infused life


Please check out our interior design contributor, Ania Trica and how she lives her LIFE OUTSIDE (as well as INSIDE) OF DESIGN STUDIO on, Studio Jonah  Hope you will enjoy the post and learn some design secrets!

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Our first vlog! Q&A with Jin

Onah and I have collaborated on a little heart-to-heart about our lives and why we love blogging. We’ve been super excited to give you guys some more insight on us. This is quite exploratory so any feedback is much appreciated!



Home Staging 101: exclusive insights from Julie O, Lux Furniture Rentals

I am old-school when it comes to creating relationships…I believe in face to face meetings, making/receiving first impressions, possibly even hand shakes to decide whether I want to do business with the person or not.  I know there will be many people who are rolling their eyes being in the age of just “googling” everything.

So, imagine my horror when I realized that I did not have a single person in my over 1000 contacts in my iPhone to help one of my clients on their home staging work- I had to get serious, google it.

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Interior Designer Turned Quirky Jewellery Crafter – Ania Trica

Thinking of famous polymaths, I always wondered how someone could know and do so much with what they’ve learnt. I have been repetitively told that the design education is diverse and could teach you skills that will help you in the creative industry. I definitely don’t doubt it- I’ve been countlessly surprised to how many have designers have diverged from their original education.  I’ve met a fashion-turned interior designer, architectural devotee to an avid game developer, and lately, an interior designer turned eccentric jewellery guru.

Meet Toronto based interior designer/jewellery maker, Ania Trica who owns this Etsy shop online called gum jewellery.

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How to be a designer X 3?

It is always exciting to meet designers….any designers!

I find ALL designers understand and think alike, or at the very least appreciate the design process one goes through… even if they come from different design industries: fashion, graphic, interior, etc.  With this understanding, one can imagine how I felt getting introduced to a designer with THREE different areas of design all rolled into ONE:  Rachel from Sincerelyimage.com

She is the creative force behind her design studio with three similar but distinctive design services: stylist, photography, graphic design.  It is time to ask the  designer how she creates all these beautiful images.

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How to wear head to toe design?


I have been pretty lucky with random networking meetings recently…It is not usually expected to meet a person at random events, and make connections. However,  for some reasons (maybe it has to do with the temperature finally rising above minuses, and me going out for more networking events :)), I met many designers from various industries; fashion, interior design, and then most recently the jewelry design. It’s always fascinating to learn about how they work, where their inspirations come from, as well as about  the designers themselves. In addition, using their design skills to build their businesses is an intriguing story, I never get tired of hearing about.  As a designer /entrepreneur myself,  the final point about  “building their business”, I am incessantly curious how they are bringing these two roles to their work and life.

Jewelry Designer, Laurie Fleming  is such a person who is building her business using her design skills.  Please check out her beautiful website for all her creations and make sure to pick up a few pieces!  And also to ask her all the questions you have about all things’ jewelry design!

As you already know, I’m always curious about how all of us designers work and where their ideas come from, whether it is creating a beautiful jewelry piece, or trying to make sense of organizing the building floor plans in my case.   

Check out her views on her work, design, life, etc. in her own words.

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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….

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