I’m a small town girl with a big city heart!
Growing up in the community of Queen Charlotte on the remote islands of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), we were many miles and a stretch of ocean away from the city scene. Our shopping was limited, but our resourcefulness had no bounds. Making do wasn’t a sacrifice, it was a way of life. From a young age I was taught to work with my hands, figure out how to create what I needed, and of course, everyone around me was doing the same thing. Not being amidst big box stores, and all the conveniences of the city, being neighbourly was just how we got things done. If we didn’t have what we needed, chances are someone else did! Sharing, trading, lending, borrowing… helping. It was all part of the ebb and flow in our life.
All of this has created the framework for the sandbox I like to play in! I love repurposing, DIYing, and trying to do the right environmentally conscious thing. My friends and family have always observed in me an attraction to ‘old’ things. I cherish family heirlooms, and have a hankering for well worn pieces from vintage antiques to rusty weathered what-nots! Pieces that clearly have a history intrigue me, and their stories draw me in. I think at times this has bewildered my peeps, but their amusement has never influenced in me a desire for all that is shiny and new. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate shiny and new, but I am consistently drawn to the patina of age.
I love the ocean, driftwood and gray. Mid-Century Modern makes my heart skip a beat! And I have a tendency toward Industrial Chic with threads of Steam Punk woven into the mix. If you know me, you also know my affection for black in an Audrey H. kind of way!
At the end of the day, what I believe most is your external environment and your inner well-being are a reflection of each other. And in order to achieve the perfect tension between both, it’s all about form meeting function, honoring your individuality and honing your style.