I LIVE by this motto! We spend a lot of our waking hours working - why would you do something you don't love? Most people assume I do what I do for the love of design. That's not entirely true. I LOVE planning. I read a quote once that says 'The role of the designer is that of very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.' I love the attention to little details and that's the real service we provide to our clients - we handle all of the minutia on their project so they don't have to. It's a full time job to design and manage a renovation or a new build. Why would you want to do that when someone else can do it for you?
'The role of the designer is that of very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.'
Our spring issue has a lot of heart. A lot of work goes into our projects and we're sharing some of that with you this month.
Before we can begin any project, we need to get to know our clients and what they value. We're talking about what values based design means and how you can plan your renovation or new build or around it.
We've been working hard for almost a year to bring this pastry chef's passion to her kitchen. We're sharing photos of the progress and some of the design concept in this post.
We get excited when a client values colour. We're sharing the final reveal for on the condo renovation for these world travelling baby boomers.
Heart and honesty go hand in hand. This past month we sat down with Scott Connolly of North Elm to have a candid conversation about the design and construction industry.
Generosity always gets us inspired and as ambassadors for the Stollery Children's Hospital , we're sharing an upcoming fundraising event that aims to revolutionize the gala experience.
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A new year is upon us and with that comes a sense of new beginnings. Even though not much has changed with the rolling over of the calendar year, we typically use this time to reflect on the past year and make plans for the future.
2017 was a year of major growth at CWDesign. As our project list and client base grew, so did the need to grow our team. As we prepare for upcoming projects in 2018, I anticipate that the team will be growing once again.
Not only did the business grow, I grew personally because of it. There was a lot of new learning opportunities in 2017 and it has made me really take the time to evaluate where I see our company going, as well as the direction I think the industry should be taking, and CWDesign's role in that.
I typically don't do New Year's resolutions. If anything, I always resolve to do MORE of something - travel more, read more, etc. When I sat down to set some goals for the year, they were all based on intention rather than resolution.
2018 intention: to be more mindful of where my time and energy goes (in business and in life).
I'm encouraging you to do the same this year with the way that you approach how your life is designed. Do you need to spend 20 minutes every morning looking for the right outfit to wear? Check out our tips for custom closet designs we did with RSVP Design to get organized and take back your mornings!
Take a look at the space you live in. Does it reflect who you are? Does it make you feel good to come home at the end of the day and relax in your space? We recently got the opportunity to work on a really personal project in Victoria. Read how our homeowners are turning a basic builder condo into a haven for family history.
I'm always saying how planning in advance is the best way to mitigate challenges in your renovation. But what if you planned in advance to anticipate upcoming maintenance in your home? Last month I sat down with CEO of RMS, Jim Kupczak, about the preventative maintenance service they provide and why it's the best medicine for your home.
I'm excited for 2018 and all of the changes that are coming. I'm challenging myself to be mindful this year of my intention. What are your intentions for the year? Where could you be more mindful of your time and energy?