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?
I know I say it every season but this truly is my favourite time of year. The holidays are a time for connection, over eating and being with the ones you love in a space you call home. I love designing those homes and a big part of that joy is getting to learn about the people that live in them. Designing a space that is reflective of the people that live there is really the most rewarding part of this gig.
This season I'm reflecting on some of my favourite blog interviews at home with local Edmontonians. Every story is different, and every home is unique, but there was one common thread that runs through all of the stories. When asked what makes them feel most at home, it was never the 'stuff' that filled it but rather the people who were in it.
It's hard not to like a girl who greets you at the door with spit up on her shirt who offers you lunch when you come in. Carole Anne Devaney welcomed me into her home and shared some of her favourite things - including her favourite way to unwind and her favourite spot in the house.
With two locations, a busy toddler, and philanthropic efforts that keep them giving all year round, it's surprising that these two even have time to be at home! I joined Braede, Gavin, Branson and Quincy in their 1939 home on a rainy Saturday morning to chat about pizza, dogs, family and of course - what makes them feel most at home.
As a girl with wanderlust, Lane Edwards spent her youth traveling until she met her 'Tom Cruise'. Lane has the most nurturing spirit of any person I've ever met and her home is a haven to that spirit. Take a peek inside and learn what lead her to starting her own botanicals company.
Life has changed a lot for Graeme and Ang since I visited them for their interview. Their family grew and Little Ty now fills the house with more love and laughter. Growing families definitely change how you approach the design of your home. Read about what life was like for this former football player, yoga instructor, and boxer before their family expanded.
I get asked quite often about my own home so a few years ago, I shared a little bit of it. It's always evolving, not because I'm a designer, but because I'm evolving. We all are. And isn't that what we want - a home that grows and evolves with us but when we walk through the front door, we still feel at home?
I hope you have a happy holiday season full of family, love, and as always, the perfect rum to eggnog ratio.