Artist: A. J. Casson "Hazy October Morning"
"No Man Is An Island" quote by John Donne
Unbelievable! It's Fall! We have been so busy this summer, the time has flown by. However, today I decided to reflect on where the last few months have taken us. Several projects have been completed, or are in progress, thank goodness! So, its time to Thank the people I've met along the way.
A few months ago, I found the image from this artist and the quote immediately came to mind. Both represent how we depend on one another so much to get through our daily lives. As a sole proprietor in business, we are very much like an island, but we work with so many individuals that its great not to be alone. This artist and this quote are of particular meaning to me.
First the artist: A. J. Casson is known for being a member of the Group of Seven, depicting the extraordinary landscapes of this beautiful country - Canada. The individual artists in the Group of Seven were talented in their field, but as a GROUP, their presence was stronger and they left their mark in Canada's history. And on a more personal note, my Father had one of A. J. Casson's prints, and when my Dad passed away, it was given to me. I will always cherish the print, as I appreciate the artist for his contribution, but for the obvious reason, for the love of my Dad. "Hazy October Morning", shows a small island very crowded with an assortment of trees. It represents to me the variety of people we invite into our professional lives to make something beautiful.
Second the quote: "No Man Is An Island". As I venture further in the Interior Design business, it's quite apparent that even though I am independent, a sole proprietor, I depend on the assistance of others to make the work happen. Truly a team effort! The Client begins the process by reaching out to us, with their ideas and wish list for their space. We take their dreams and turn them into a working plan. But the real hard work comes from the tireless, and patient, contractors, electricians, plumbers, upholsterers, painters, and assortment of dedicated, talented tradespeople. Somehow, they take what we put on paper and turn it into the livable space the Client hoped for.
I'm working with some of the nicest professionals and I would like to thank each individual. We cannot accomplish what we do as Interior Designers without their assistance. From the Clients to the Tradespeople, I'm very privileged to work with you.
Here it is, near the end of Spring 2017.
I’m enjoying the warmth of the beautiful sunshine on my front porch, writing an article to post on my website!
I just need to pause a moment to let that sink in. My Website?!
The journey that has brought me to this point, this wonderful optimistic sunny spot, began quite sometime ago. The path, never straight and clear – as that would have been boring – has been fraught with ups and downs, wrong steps, misguided adventures and great opportunities, but all have led me here. Somehow these life lessons have given me the confidence to begin my own company.
However, what must be acknowledged before another word is written, is that my children, Jacob, Gemma and Stuart, have been the best at encouraging, prodding and poking me along. Without their fierce belief in me, this new career path would not have happened. I love them very much! Family is my number one priority!
Why now, at this point in my life, you may ask? Well ……. why not!
Maybe a quick history of where I’ve come from is in order. When I was quite young, still living with my parents, we experienced a small, but damaging fire on the second floor of our house. Hence, the decision was made to renovate the century farmhouse we called home. Watching and living through that process would shape my future, and I knew then, I wanted to be involved in home improvement. So, when career choices were being made in High School, Interior Design sounded tailor made for me. After the three-year program, I graduated from Fanshawe College, in London Ontario, as an Interior Designer. Employment opportunities put me on the path of retail management positions, in home furnishings, until it was time to step away to begin my family. After a 10 year hiatus, I returned to work, again in home furnishings until an opportunity came along with a home builder requiring a customer support/kitchen designer.As we are all aware, the economy took a hit in 2008-09, so it was time to move on. Again, my path led me to home furnishings, but this time I was the Lead Interior Designer on staff, VisualPlanner/Merchandiser, and Buyer. The Owners’ of the company believed in my abilities and entrusted me with quite a lot of the decisions regarding the sales floor. I will be forever grateful to them.
Now, here it is, present day! A new adventure awaits. A dream from many years ago has become the plan for the future.