I was raised to see work as a way to express your love and passion for what you enjoy doing. My late grandfather who passed away this last month was a true reflection of this mantra. His passion for his work, his love for his wife and family and his “Joie de Vivre” were some of the things I admired most about him. His last words to me were “I love you. Be good a boy, that’s the only way to be happy”
As I have worked with numerous high profile designers in my line of work, I admire the passion and love of their work instilled in each of these designers.
Yanic Simard of CityLine is an extremely talented designer. I see a younger version of myself in him. His perfection and attention to detail is something to be admired.
During my conversation with Yanic he offered words of wisdom for homeowners looking to work on a design project this “Spring Global” design is really hot right now; combining international pieces with your current furniture. I feel that not everything in your home has to match exactly. It’s all about bringing your personality into your space. I encourage everyone to always shop at a minimum of three different stores.”
Another important component to design is the details such as the accessories. Accessories are what make a space complete. Terry Edward Briceland, whose work has been seen on a number of HGTV shows, in my opinion is one of the most talented pillow designers! His work is bold, edgy and one of a kind. I admire the way he presents himself to the world.
Briceland’s mantra is almost a “This is me, deal with it!” In an industry where we get pressure from peers to fit in and be like every other designer on television, I find it refreshing and inspiring that he takes on the world with such a demeanor.
Says Terry Edward: “I accidentally fell into sewing. Many, many moons ago, I was in need of slip-covers for some old and ratty dining room chairs that I had. I was already in possession of a sewing machine that was given to me by a family member but I hadn’t unpacked it even once in the 10 years I had it. I headed off to a local fabric store and purchased myself a pattern and some fabric and went at it. By the end of the weekend I had made 4 slip covers and they rocked!! And for some reason, they were super easy. From then on I forced my friends and family to let me sew curtains, pillows and blinds for them for free. I read books and scoured the internet for all the information that would teach me to make whatever it was that I wanted to create. Next thing I knew, I was doing it on TV.”
Every design project needs a little enthusiasm. Whether you’ve met Ambrose Price of HGTV’s The Adventures of Ambrose Price or watched him on television, his enthusiasm radiates around him. His fun personality is what attracts people to his designs.
As I always say, design should be fun and exciting. It should not be a chore that you put off for six months and tell your spouse you’ll finish it “in the distant future”. The passion to create your very own designer space is a great adventure that you should embark on with enthusiasm!
Says Ambrose Price” “Try something different! Look through magazines, watch some decorating shows and figure out what you really like. Whether you have a huge budget or not, tap into your own creativity and design the room of your dreams…you can do it!”
Every designer, whether they are designing in front of millions of viewers or in front of family and friends, has passion for what they do. Their love for design is an inspiration. I applaud my fellow design personalities for their effort and work in creating their spaces and designs. I encourage other personalities to do the same.
We have millions of viewers, readers and listeners that depend on us to guide them through their design projects. I applaud each and everyone one of you and as always will help work with you on your visions and goals.
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. To submit a question for Marc Atiyolil, visit www.MarcAtiyolil.com.