Marc Atiyolil’s Home Trends
(June 27 2011) – Design is about much more than pretty things coming together. It’s about having inspirational and motivational colours, objects and elements coming together to bring forth an emotion. Whether that emotion is happiness, contentment, or a comfortable familiarity, a design’s overall goal is to embrace that emotion. Design and owning a home is not about money or how much square footage you have but how your home truly reflects your personality.
I’ve been blessed in my life to come in contact with celebrities who have built their careers out of nothing but sheer ambition and persistence. Over the course of my career I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and have heart to heart talks with some household name high profile celebrities and talk to them about life. I asked them about their careers, how they balance family and work life and how they have surpassed incredible obstacles to stand apart from the rest.
I’ve spent time with a few big names in the last couple weeks, such as George Canyon. Now if you aren’t aware of George Canyon’s work, he is a CCMA and Juno award winning country artist known for his numerous radio hits such as “Just Like You” which was written for his son about life and his newest single “Better Be Home Soon”. What I found about George is that he’s very down to earth and a downright good man. I realized that, when we started chatting about his career and how he deals with criticism. He admitted that he used to lie awake at night worrying about what people thought of his music and how he would overcome criticism which is a big part of the music industry. I’m a big believer in “You know a man’s character by how he reacts to objections in life.” Over the years, George has learned a valuable life lesson that you have to do what makes you happy and not worry about what people think. You have to look past the challenges that life throws at you.
George had an underlying dream of becoming a pilot but when he was diagnosed with diabetes at a young age he was told he would never fly a plane. That set forth a big challenge for him but he overcame it and built a very successful career for himself. He then pursued his original dream and today he proudly holds a pilot’s license. It’s just to show that anything is possible and the world usually has a bigger dream that you have for yourself. His challenge pushed him to take care of himself and work harder and this led him to the music industry. Over the years, George has settled down with his family in a beautiful log home that oversees the picturesque Rocky Mountains. For him, it’s not about interior design but rather exterior design. The view from his home is exquisite and something that he treasures.
Another man I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with last week was Ra from the legendary classic rock band Trooper. Trooper is known for their many hits including “Raise a Little Hell” and my personal favourite “Here for a Good Time”. They’ve been crowned the ultimate party band of all time. Their songs have been played at parties, socials, weddings, and everything in between. While hearing their music, some have met their first love, gotten that promotion they have been waiting for and or lost a loved one. Their music holds so many memories, 40 years of them to be exact!
When I asked Ra about how he feels about that, he replied that he was honored to still be able to do what he loves and to have touched so many lives with his passion. As he uttered those words, I saw depth and a man with a good heart sitting in the chair beside me. Chatting with Ra is one of my all time favourite conversations. He talked about his family and his son’s dreams of following in his father’s footsteps. Our conversation was not at all what you would think it would be with a “Rock and Roll” legend. It was down to earth and refreshing.
This rock and roll legend lives in a beautiful estate off the Vancouver coast. His home front overseeing the ocean is made up of windows and his home sports a flat roof. The land lots in his area are narrow as to maximize all of the neighbouring homes’ view. Ra worked on the conception of the home from ground up. He explained how he had a small model of the home and would modify things as he saw them before he had the home built. Although, he has been living in the house for some years now, he still feels this is home for him.
Another breath of fresh air that I ran into the other week was Brad Mates, the lead singer of Emerson Drive. As we chatted, I got to know what is behind their music. It was fascinating to know how their music came about. Brad started his career at the same age that I did, which is younger than most. Some of the challenges in our careers have been similar as well which made him very easy to relate to. We talked about how if you want something, you have to go after it and stay focused. It’s like tunnel vision for them. They keep going and move forward each day no matter what the odds and I admire that in all of them.
One of the things that seemed to be a common belief for all of these men is that creating a loving and supportive environment is key to success. These men are good men and should be applauded for their dedication to their fans and their ambition that has led them to have embarked on a lifelong journey to make an impact on the world. Life is a journey and one that must be enjoyed.
Marc Atiyolil, celebrity designer and home trend expert is the Editor-in-Chief of Home Trends Magazine, and the host of the Marc Atiyolil Show – www.MarcAtiyolil.com. To submit a question for Marc Atiyolil, visit www.MarcAtiyolil.com.