When Crispin invited me to highjack her column this week — I jumped at the chance. I fell in LOVE with all things design while taking my undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba. The idea of transforming a space, and working to bring function and personality to people’s living environments thrills me. I grew up on a farm in Reston and currently live on a farm near Virden. I am a prairie girl at heart so ﬁnding a job locally was important to me. Urban Theory Interior Design was my ideal job after I graduated from decorating at Red River; luckily Cripsin took a chance on me. I have learned an immeasurable amount of invaluable information in the short eight months I’ve been working in this ﬁeld I love so much!
The ﬁrst and quickest lesson I’ve learned is how adaptable and malleable a designer must be. Everyday there is a different hat a designer gets to wear — from creator, to advisor, to mediator, and more. Being able to transform for each client’s very different needs is something I have enjoyed watching Crispin model. The connection made with clients is immensely important; knowing someone on such a personal level is essential to creating a space that they love.
The second thing I learned was to take risks. Part of what makes a great designer is understanding the rules, but also knowing when to break them. Being daring and doing the unexpected is not only fun and exhilarating, but also necessary for success.
The most exciting and fulﬁlling thing about this job is being able to see my visions come to life. Crispin has a wealth of knowledge and it is fun to be able to bounce ideas off of each other. An important skill that Crisipn’s experience brings to this business is her ability to pull the trigger on tough decisions. This is especially important to be able to meet critical deadlines. It is very easy to become overwhelmed with all of the choices and options available. This is where I’ve seen the role of the designer as highly beneﬁcial to anyone considering change as small as a new paint colour or as large as building a new home.
I have particularly enjoyed working with window treatments. It is amazing to see a room ﬁnished off with something so simple or easy to change. I like to think of windows as the eyes of the house, and window treatments as the mascara! I’m looking forward to what new directions blinds and window treatments will take us.
Even though it as only been eight months of being a decorator, I have been excited to go to work every single day. To love my profession so much is something for which I am very thankful.
» Stephanie Greig works the family farm when she’s not slaving away on design projects for Urban Theory, a true Manitoba girl. Stay tuned for updates from Steph as she continues to hit the ground running with Crispin every week.