Sid Dickens: Elemental Beauty & Vision = Memory Blocks

Looking for a unique gift for someone special? Have you considered a Sid Dickens Memory Block? Just one block will surely lead to two, and before you know it, a collection will have begun. What really makes a collection so stylized and distinct is Sid Dickens’ annual retiring of memory blocks. If you fall in love with a memory block, don’t wait, because if you do, it may be too late! For example, tomorrow – December 1, 2010 – is the last day to order the 2010 blocks selected for retirement. Click here to see the list of 2010 blocks being retired.

‘Opaque’ and ‘Music With Moulding’  are my two favorites from the 2010 list to be retired. I also love ‘Cerulean Sea’ and ‘Aquamarine’ which were retired in earlier selections.

Opaque
Music w/ Moulding
Cerulean Sea
Aquamarine

Wendy Vipond’s winning image (below) from the contest Memory Blocks in the Wild is a fantastic display of just a few of these amazing works of art. If you look closely you can see ‘Aquamarine’ forth from the right. I think this one is just beautiful on its own, but it’s how this photo captures the collection that is truly magic. The setting does not compete for attention; it serves as a backdrop that enhances the collection as a whole, and yet compliments each memory block as if it were standing alone.

Wendy Vipond's Winning Photo

This photo depicts so well the elemental beauty that Mr. Dickens describes in the following excerpt; he speaks to its influence on his vision as an artist, and ultimately a turning point in his career. (Read more here)

…In 1987, after an inspirational trip to Europe which Dickens regards as pivotal to his artistic development, he moved to a remote waterfront studio in the Queen Charlotte Islands. The elemental beauty of this secluded and mystic wilderness expanded Dickens’ vision… (Link to full article)

I think what really resonates with me is how Wendy Vipond’s photo truly captures the memory blocks in the wild, but it’s the similarity of the setting to that of Sid Dickens’ Sandspit home on the Charlottes (Haida Gwaii) that connects. In fact, there’s even a wharf (pictured below) that is located near his Sandspit studio home!

Shingle Bay, Sandspit (YZP)

Below is a photo of the stunning view that would be seen from the artist’s studio home, and which sprawls along the community of Sandspit’s shoreline. Isn’t it breathtaking? Across the inlet lies the north Island known as Graham Island, which I am intimately connected to as this is where I was born and raised, and where my ‘roots of home’ will always be.

Skidegate Inlet (Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands)
Shingle Bay - West
Shingle Bay - East

Wouldn’t you agree that elemental beauty such as this is clearly evident in so many of Sid Dickens’ memory blocks? (View complete memory block collection)

Have you started your collection yet? Do you have someone special to buy something remarkable for this Christmas?

Here is a sample of what’s available at Manhatten Home & Gifts in Nanaimo, BC

Manhatten Home & Gifts in Nanaimo, BC

And if you missed out on a retired memory block, Manhatten Home & Gifts makes it easy for you to see if they still have it. They feature the retired blocks separately.

Retired Memory Blocks prior to Dec 1, 2010

Or if you are visiting the Charlottes/Haida Gwaii…

fUNK iT, carries the memory blocks as well. fUNK iT is one of my favorite places to shop when I’m back on the Islands, and I know you’d love it too!

In fact look at what fUNK iT was up to recently…

Sid Dickens Party at FUNK iT

Soooo wish I could have been there… Hhhhh, oh well. I bought a few memory blocks instead, and have created a ‘wish list’ for another time!

For us...
...for a gift!
Would love to own - it's Kaleigh's favorite
Kaleigh likes this one too!

Kaleigh is my almost-16-year-old daughter, and I think she has fantastic taste. She has a love of music and plays the guitar, so I’m sure that has a slight influence on her favorites so far!

What do you think? What memory block would you like to own? I know… it’s tough to choose!

To find a store near you click here. For more information visit Sid Dickens’ website.

And if you need any help to make a selection that will match your décor Contact us . Or if you’re looking for assistance with your styling and décor we’re happy to do that too. All it takes is an introductory consultation to get started – remember the first ½ hour is on the house!

Photos Courtesy of Following Links:

Individual Memory Blocks

Wendy Vipond’s Winning Photo

Shingle Bay

Skidegate Inlet

Manhatten Home & Gifts

fUNK iT

Sid Dickens Party: fUNK iT

ReDesign: Interior Styling Without Adding A Thing!

In today’s world of reduce, reuse, recyle, repurpose – so many ‘re’ words – what does it mean to you when you hear the word, redesign?

Depending on the professional you’re working with, redesign can take on many different meanings from a full-scale renovation to the reworking of a vignette, and everything in between. For me, redesign means to maximize what you already have in styling your space to create a look that’s fresh and new…  One of my favourite Home Stagers, Matthew Finlason says, “In an ever-evolving aesthetic trade, what is hot now is yesterday’s tomorrow.”

There is so much truth to Matthew’s statement, and it definitely works for staging, but where is the real value in taking that approach for your home? What about those special pieces you cherish, but which don’t fit into the current hot or trendy mould?

In HGTV’s ‘Selling New York’ Episode 8, designer legend Vicente Wolf transformed a space from, as he put it, “very boring, bland and static” to interesting, colourful and alive. What Mr. Wolf did was ‘stage’ this space for an evening gathering using apartment owner Mike Olson’s existing pieces – nothing borrowed, rented, or new, just the things that were already there.  This is staging for the ‘non-seller’, which is really redesign at its best!

Here is a ‘Before’ shot of the space:

Mike Olson's apartment featured on Episode 8 of ‘Selling New York’

Here you see the sofa, coffee table, audio table and area rug are squared to the room. The furniture is placed far apart, and snugged against the wall, including the lamp. The coffee table isn’t really anchored to anything in the space, and appears to be floating out in the middle of the nowhere. The chaise, even though angled into the space, actually draws the eye away from the core of the room to the white wall behind it. This room looks sparse, and cool. The hardwood floor, though it is warm and beautiful, actually detracts from the room in its current layout, because the visual lines of the flooring feed into the space feeling long and narrow. From this angle there is very little colour to greet you, and what colour there is gets lost because it has no impact – it’s too small, and is without context. Yes, very boring, bland, and static indeed.

And here is an ‘After’ shot of the same space!

...but now with Vicente Wolf's added touch!

Yes, this is the same room! To be fair, this image is shot from a different angle and the red artwork on the wall, which wasn’t captured in the first shot, definitely adds visual warmth and drama, but in spite of that, the changes that have been made create an amazing impact. It’s all about flow and focal points. Mr. Wolf has pulled everything away from the walls and angled them in to the room – did you notice that the area rug now sits at an angle to the hardwood strips? The seating has been pulled closer together and placed in a cozy conversational arrangement, and now the focus is towards the windows instead of away from them. Mr. Wolf pointed out that if you have windows, why would you have your back to them? Such a simple question, yet often overlooked.

And it is those simple things that are the essence of how redesign works. So many times all the pieces are there, they just need to be edited into ‘place’. Your home is collected over time, and that’s where your home finds its voice. And there is no ‘time’ in hot or trendy, just… here today, gone tomorrow. It’s in the things you hold dear that your stories are told. And it’s the stories that create that ‘feeling of home’.

If you haven’t seen Episode 8 of HGTV’s ‘Selling New York’, I recommend that you do. Click here to see what Vicente Wolf says about the episode himself, and the comments that viewers shared with him.

Photo Credit: ‘Before & After’ images courtesy of Curbed New York.

Wanting to reduce, reuse, recyle, repurpose your way to a redesign of your space? Not sure where to start? Maybe we can help. Contact us to schedule an introductory consultation – remember the first ½ hour is on the house!

Function as a Feature: DIY Your Own Coat Rack!

What do you do when your search for a unique off-the-shelf item turns up empty?

I was working on a space that required a coat rack for its open concept entry, also the client seating area. As I began the sourcing process, it didn’t take long before I realized this item would be difficult to find, at least to find one ‘off-the-shelf’ that met all the criteria: a wall-mount; the right length; priced within budget; and unique, with visual character.

So you can imagine, how excited I was when I discovered a metal wall-mount shelf, technically a baker’s rack, and wondered if the slatted shelf would work in place of an actual rod for the hangers. A quick demo had me thinking this might just work.

As it turned out, when I held the unit against the wall the depth of the shelf was not quite enough for a hanger to fully clear the wall. However, the scroll detail on the sides of the rack opened up a whole new possibility for creative success. I could envision a rod resting in the scrolls, but would this really work? And how could I mount the rack so that the rod was far enough away from the wall to accommodate the hangers, and at the same time maintain its visual integrity?

Off to see Dad, my resourceful project partner.

After taking into consideration the criteria I mentioned earlier, Dad came up with a mounting solution that not only worked, but that was nearly invisible to the eye, and stayed within the budget!

DIY Coat Rack

If you look closely you will see shorter vertical pieces behind the frame the scroll is fastened to. These are pieces of box steel, 1″ in diameter that have been attached to the original frame. The box steel managed to bring the whole unit away from the wall just enough for the hangers to clear. The steel pieces were spray painted to match, and the ends were capped off with standard chair leg caps. A piece of clear Plexiglas was cut to fit on the rack and provide a solid shelf, as well as protection for coats hung below. And the rod, a piece of doweling stained to compliment, was secured into place with screws to keep it from sliding out of the scroll. The screws were camouflaged with wooden buttons stained to match the doweling.

DIY Coat Rack

So what do you think? What would you do if you couldn’t find what you’re looking for? I’m dying to know!

Oh, BTW, the rock mat is also a little DIY. I took two prefabricated stone mats, and placed them on a rubber-backed runner with the rubberized side up, and the carpet side down. This way the carpet protected the floor, and the rubber back acted like a vapor barrier between any drips from wet coats and the hardwood beneath. Isn’t it fun to stretch function in this way?

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

In & Out of the Closet

Something that comes up consistently in my consultations is the storage solution conundrum. With smaller footprint homes becoming the ‘norm’, clients are increasingly focussed on utilizing every nook and cranny in order to maximize their space. There are so many tips and strategies on this topic that a blog article could become a book. Read on to see three ‘before’ and ‘after’ mini projects where functional, and optimal storage was the ultimate goal for each of my clients.

Project #1 – Master Suite

This master suite was actually part of a larger redesign project, which included selecting new wall colour and window treatments, but the biggest obstacle was to create a truly functional closet from a standard closet design.

Master Closet - Before
  • This closet is 9½’ long x 2’ deep x 8’ high
  • The opening is 6’, which is accommodated with two 3’ bi-fold doors
  • There is also 20” of awkward-to-access space in each end of the closet to work with

The original closet system contained a single rod stretching the full length of the closet, a narrow unfinished shelf above the rod, and 2 lower shelves in the 20” space on the left side. The rest of the closet was unutilized dead space.

The Solution:

One 4– 8’ Rubbermaid closet kit, available at Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, and Home Depot. This kit includes two 4’ shelves and rods, and one 26” shelf and rod. The system is fully expandable, which provides the flexibility needed to set each shelf and rod to suit the storage needs and  really make the space in this closet go a long way.

In order to utilize the rest of the closet space, a piece of dowling was cut to size and mounted near the ceiling at the left end of the closet for out of season tops to be hung and stored. An extra shelf was added to the existing shelving for jeans and sweaters, and canvas lined wicker baskets (from Jysk) were incorporated for t-shirts and smaller items like scarves, etc.

Master Closet - Left End

The floor space under the shelves is left open enough to store a small carry-on size suitcase, and other items of similar size and bulk.

In the opposite end of the closet the 26” rod and shelf was mounted high enough to hang full length gowns. You can see here that dress pants hung full-length also take advantage of this space. The floor space that is left is roomy enough for shoes, though you can’t see the floor space in this picture.

Master Closet - Right End

Other add-on items that were incorporated: a tie rack (left of top shelf), and a hanger for belts (left of tie rack on back wall of closet).

Master Suite Closet - After

From a standard closet design to all-out function, every inch of this closet was maximized with a simple closet kit, a few add-ons, and a little creativity. And all this was done in a day!

Project #2 – Teen’s Closet

This bedroom is quite small, and only has room for a double bed and either a small dresser or a small desk, but not both. Previously the useable space of this room was expanded by placing a study desk in the closet area instead of having a functioning closet. There were shelves in the left end of the closet, but the rod had been removed.

Teen Closet - Before
  • This closet is 8’ long x 2’ deep x 8’ high
  • The opening is 5’, and does not have doors
  • There is also 27” of awkward-to-access space in the left end of the closet to work with

This space is now a teenager’s bedroom, one with a lot of clothing and accessories. So in desperate need of a closet system, she wanted a combination of solid shelving and double rods, room for her laundry hamper, and somewhere to store all her handbags. She was very clear that she didn’t want doors of any kind, because she wanted to have easy access to all her things.

The Solution:

Individual materials were purchased from Home Hardware to build the closet system with: two 4′ long x 1′ deep pre-cut pine boards; one 9′ piece of dowling to cut down to size for 2 rods; plastic rod cover; four shelf/rod mounting brackets; one 3′ pressure-fit rod. Canvas lined baskets were purchased from London Drugs.

Teen Closet - Left End

If you look at the reflection in the mirror you can see all the purses hung over a rod. This is where the pressure-fit rod was installed; it’s easy to remove and keeps the purses from being crushed, or squashed. Installing the mirror here was the teen’s idea!

Teen Closet - After

Here is the finished closet. Isn’t it neat and tidy? In front of the mirror is the laundry hamper, and under the bottom rod of clothing there are more baskets that hold smaller accessory items. This closet has a light inside, which makes the items on the top shelf easier to see.

Did you notice the great new colour on the walls? It’s Benjamin Moore’s ‘Tropicana Cabana’ 2048-50, also part of this project!

Project #3 – Laundry Room Storage and Styling

This laundry room is a very tiny 6′ x 7′ work-horse. It not only has a washer, dryer, and basin in it, but is home to the hot water tank, and also multi-tasks as storage too! The challenges were lack of counter space, and turning wasted vertical space into more functional storage.

Right away I wanted to find a solution to disguise the hotwater tank as much as possible, and remove the visual clutter from the top of the cabinets. I wanted to find a spot for the laundry basket that would keep it off the dryer, which could double as a valuable folding surface.

The Solution:

Baskets from London Drugs; Trolley and replacement laundry basket from Super Store

The baskets fit perfectly above the cabinets, and the smaller ones on the side complete the look.

Basket Storage - After

The trolley serves as quick and easy storage for smaller items that are used more often. The new laundry basket sits on top of the trolley and does a great job of hiding the hotwater tank – did you even remember it was there?

The space now has a more unified and finished look. The baskets not only serve a function, but they warm the room up as well. Adding colour to the walls would be a nice touch too, but that is part of another phase in the styling work.

What do you think? Have the challenges of these projects been met for the clients?

Can’t find the solution for your storage challenge? Maybe we can help. Contact us to schedule an introductory consultation – remember the first ½ hour is on the house!

Take Your Coat Off and Stay A While

Not long ago we had company joining us for a weekend, and with the anticipation of their arrival came the ‘extra’ tidying, tweaking, and putting things in order to welcome them. Our home is compact and its space maximized to the limit, so I decided we needed hooks where our guests could hang their jackets. With a bare wall in the foyer crying out for some attention, I had the perfect spot. Now all I had to do was find the perfect hooks…

This turned out to be easier said than done – yes, there are hooks in all shapes and sizes, but nothing leapt out at me as unique or different; none were really ‘perfect’. Not until I popped into Nancy’s Fashion & Furnishings – a very tiny boutique right here in Ladysmith. Who would have known? Voila! Tucked here and there throughout the store were the perfect decorative hooks, and even better, in a few different shapes and sizes!

Here’s what I chose in the end.

Next… the search for a piece of reclaimed wood to mount them on. And this proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. So, off to see my Dad. He has a little shop with all kinds of odds ‘n ends, and not only is he awesome, he’s also a great project partner. Next question, would he take on this project with me?

The answer. Dad not only took on the project with me, he actually did the project for me! He tore the spruce plank to the thickness needed, set to work lightly distressing it, and then did some stain samples for the colour. I chose red mahogany in the end, because I wanted the hooks to stand out, but I also wanted the look to work with the hall table.

Here is the finished masterpiece!

I would love to do a full-scale make-over in the foyer, but this is a rental home, so I shall save that for another time. In the mean time… welcome to our home. Take your coat off and stay a while!

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Signature 100x47 b&w

Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

Designers ‘Rate’

Like anyone working in a profession, the longer you are ‘in it’, the more you learn. Whether it be learning with intention or vicarious learning, the point is a foundation of knowledge is built over time and is brought to each new project along the way.

In the world of interior styling, as in many creative industries, there is an inherent gray area when it comes to fees-for-service. Because design is conceptualizing, envisioning, and ultimately creating, it is hard to break down each of the interwoven steps that lead to the end result. What most clients see is when a project begins, and when it ends, but it’s the journey in between where the real work takes place and yet is hardest to see.

Once a design professional has committed to a project, that project becomes an extension of their thoughts and focus. The creative switch has been turned ‘ON’, and the vision begins to take shape. The designer (interior stylist, redesigner, stager…) is now absorbed in the details, the vision seldom far from thought. No matter where they go, or what they are doing, they are constantly keeping an eye out for that perfect piece to bring in, researching options to execute the plan, sourcing materials, and finally overseeing the implementation of the plan. This is what you are paying for: the knowledge and expertise of an interior specialist to transform your space. See what Design Great, Vicente Wolf says!

It’s this part of the journey, the work that happens between the ‘before’ and the ‘reveal’ that is gray, the abstract and intangible of the creative process.

So, back to the title of this article, Designers ‘Rate’.  How should a design professional respond to a seemingly innocent question, when the answer draws directly on their area of expertise? In other words, when the answer is in fact ‘what they do for a living’. Maria Killam has written two excellent articles that address this. The first, ‘Do You Dream About Decorating Your House?‘ was written in May, and the second, ‘Negotiating Lessons from Mad Men‘, was just posted two days ago. I think Maria has painted a very clear picture of how ‘gray’ the fees-for-service are in the world of interior styling, and really, in so many creative industries.

If you really are asking a design professional for their suggestions, ideas, input… for your space, remember they rate their ‘rate‘ to reply.

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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Just Say ‘Yes’

Just Say 'Yes'

When you hire an interior specialist (designer, stylist, decorator, redesigner, stager, organizer, etc.) chances are that you will hear ideas and suggestions you have not considered or even thought of. And that is why you hired the professional! Let your mantra for this journey be to say ‘yes’ first, and stay open for amazing results.

If you have done your homework prior to hiring Sheila Zeller Interiors, then you will know that we listen, create, and connect. In order for us to do this successfully, your part is to be as open, candid and clear as possible in the consultation. The more you are able to tell us about your hopes and desires for your space; your uses and needs for it; and the feeling you want created, the better informed we will be to help achieve your vision. A few things to keep in mind so that we can do our best work for you are:

1. Know your likes and dislikes

Before we can create a space that works for you, we need to have a sense of who you are, and what makes you, YOU. What colours and textures do you prefer? What kind of artwork do you tend toward? Do you like antiques or steer clear of them? What is your personal style and flair – jeans or suits or somewhere in between? Do you like nature, the city, landscapes, seascapes, or sky scrapers? What are your hobbies and interests? This is all about you, and the more we learn, the more your space will reflect YOU!

2. Understand how you plan to use the space

Is this a new space for you or an existing one? What kind of space is this? For example, are we styling a bedroom, an office or den, a living room, or are we doing a few rooms? Does the space need to be multi-functional or is it single purpose only? Does it need to be pet-friendly, child and/or teen-friendly? Will you be using it to entertain in, or is this your oasis?

3. Prioritize your existing furniture, artwork, and accessories

We will need to know which existing pieces must be, can be, and definitely won’t be incorporated in the fresh look (do you love it, like it, or really want to let it go?). We want to learn what things are meaningful to you, and which pieces hold a special sentimental value. We would love to know their stories so that we can better tell your story. We will ask if we can ‘shop your house’:  can we remove items from other rooms and incorporate them into the space we’re working on?  We need to be clear where the boundaries are: what is off-limits, what is negotiable, and what is fair game. And of course, we’ll want to know if adding any new pieces is an option, so shopping for and purchasing new items, and/or refurbishing existing ones… which leads next to the budget.

4. Be budget-conscious and budget-clear

All too often a project will begin with mutual enthusiasm and excitement, only to wane when the beast of the budget enters in. And this is why being budget-clear before we begin is critical: what is most important to accomplish (key areas of focus), what is the time line for completion (haste makes waste), and what is the $$$ allocation (a range between $ and $)? It’s our job to create a space that you connect with within these parameters; it’s up to all of us to be mutually clear on what these parameters are.

5. Enjoy the Journey: Just say ‘Yes’

Relax and trust the professional that you have hired. Expect the unexpected, and allow yourself to think outside of the box. By saying yes to new ideas and being clear about the process, you make it possible for us to create something remarkable for you!

 

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

 

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What Does ‘Coming Home’ Really Mean?

Coming home is an expression used so often, but what does it really mean?

As I began to re-brand my company, this question ran through my mind. And I began to reflect on my own journey – back to when I first left home for college to where I am now, and what it is that resonates so deeply with the feeling I relate to as  ‘coming home’.

College was my first big stepping out. I lived in a dorm, but had to share my room with another student. Decorating my space was controlled by the general rules of the college, and then by what space was actually mine – I had my side of the room, she had hers. As dorm residents, we ate in the cafeteria, shared a common TV area, and had a locker-room style bathroom and showers. So though this was a step in leaving home, it wasn’t the full stride. It was however, the first stretch where ‘coming home’ took on a deeper meaning for me.

I learned that coming home – and really knowing I was there – was all about the memories of my senses: familiar sights and sounds, scents and tastes, and of course touch, like the feeling of the sheets on ‘my’ bed. It was the daily rhythms, all things familiar that became the essence of my ‘normal’, and ultimately the foundation of ‘home’ now.

So what does coming home really mean?

It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe… a collection of things, tangible and intangible, that feed your soul. It’s that sense of calm and peace, that the world is ‘right’ as you step through the doorway. It’s that feeling of comfort, like a favourite pair of jeans. It’s where nothing needs to be said, no-one needs to be there, but you know you’ve just been greeted by your best friend. It’s that one place in the universe where you can just be ‘you’, surrounded by the things you love, the memories you have, and where the people you care about are allowed ‘in’.  At the heart of it, coming home is where you can be most vulnerable because you feel safe, and all your senses are fed.

Coming home is about you. What would that mean for your home?

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The Great Scape: Sofa Tables Talk

Ever wonder what makes the difference between simply placing a sofa table and really presenting it? Here are a few tips to make your table talk!

Choose a table to scale. This means find a piece that fits the sofa and really anchors the two together. Stay away from tables that appear to ‘float’ behind the sofa.

Credit: Maria Killam Photo – ‘Before’ Shot

Think outside of the box. Use another piece of furniture in place of the standard sofa table, such as a desk, a vanity, or a narrow buffet.

Buffet as a sofa table (Credit: Traci Zeller)

Create height and interest. Establish your focal point and work in a triangle from there. And don’t forget, symmetrical placement isn’t the only way to achieve visual balance.

Layer, layer, layer. This is all about mixing up the colours and textures of your objects (fabrics, woods, glass, mirrors, etc.), and how you go about placing them together (overlapped, on top of, in front of, to the side of, etc.).

Don’t stop at the table. Remember to fill in the area below the table. This is the difference between just placing your table, and really presenting it!

Example of ‘Filled In’ (Credit: Maria Killam Colour & Design)

Have fun. This is your statement, and a great scape is to ‘e‘scape from ‘rules, ‘rights and wrongs’, and ‘shoulds’… But if you must, then keep in mind the ‘Rule of Thirds’ to help you stay on track for picture-perfect results.

Oh, and one last tip, don’t be afraid to change out your ensembles and vignettes from time-to-time. Mixing it up with the seasons is a nice way to keep your look fresh.

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How Colour Changed My Business Name

I’ve been following Maria Killam’s blog for the last year, eagerly awaiting each new post with anticipation and curiousity – what will Maria say today? Maria has a way of writing that simply resonates, and she shares her expertise as if she were sharing with a friend – well a friend that she has actually met.

So when Maria posted that  her True Colour Expert Training course was being offered in May, I was excited and quick to sign up. My thought, if Maria teaches the course the way she shares in her blog, this is the colour course for me! And… so it was. The course has come and gone, but the impact of it remains. With 14 of us participating, from as far away as New York to as close as Vancouver Island, there was an instant richness and depth to the tapestry of this learning experience that might otherwise have been missing (see in the picture below: that’s me 2nd from left, and Maria is in the centre, 6th from left. Funny thing, right beside me is Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Designs – no relation, other than by profession… and the colour course of course!).

True Colour Expert Training Class – May 2010

So how did colour change my business name?

Well, Maria’s course provided a palette for focus – three solid days of everything colour with like-minded professionals. And it became transparently clear that what we do best for our clients is really about doing what we love to do, and leaving the rest for the true specialists in those other areas. And that clarity is why I am refocusing to create Sheila Zeller Interiors.

What are my specialties?   Listening – Creating – Connecting

  • Listening: hearing your wishes and needs, and interpreting them in your space
  • Creating: translating your style with a balance between beauty and function
  • Connecting: telling your story by working with your pieces to reflect who you are in your space

Why? Because I believe your space matters as much as you do, and in the end it’s all about you.

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Photograph source: sZinteriors