In case you hadn’t noticed, I haven’t been posting too much lately. There’s a reason – my life has felt a little upside down lately. After four wonderful years, I am leaving my position as Style Editor at Canadian House & Home Magazine.
This is my last week – in fact today is my last photo shoot and last week was my last H&H episode shoot. It’s with a heavy heart that I will say good bye to all that I’ve known at this amazing hub of creativity and exploration. House & Home was my very first job outside of university – I started as an intern and decorated my little hallway office with a fern, lucite side table and vintage wallpaper-covered inspiration board. I was telling H&H I was here to stay. And I did.
Within two months of starting as the editorial intern I was producing my first story and was published for the very first time. I’ll always remember this story and shoot with fondness. People still tease me about my little title, “Neoclassical Now” a big trend for 2008!
From then on, I hit the ground running, attempting to make my mark in the editorial landscape with sunny, optimistic designs and a can-do approach. Since my own decorating budget was tiny, I often improvised with DIY projects and this became part of my niche at H&H and allowed me to take on some exciting stories. By June of 2009, my own little apartment – my first place with my new wife Sara (I got married as an intern!) was published and featured many of my make-do and DIY techniques. It was my first cover!
Over the next few years I spread my creative wings and had some fun injecting some colour and budget finds into the magazine, making the most of each story and hoping to inspire our readers. In fact, I was pretty inspired myself by working with such a dedicated and talented team. The small group that makes up the editorial team at House & Home is full of warm, stylish, creative and hilarious people who I’m proud to call my friends. It was the first place I’d ever been where I was surrounded by people who really got me and where I was coming from. I didn’t have to explain why a vintage find got me so fired up, nor restrain my enthusiasm for a certain paint colour. They were just as excited and joined me in gushing about style, decorating, DIY and the latest mags on the new stands. Below are some of my favourite stories and rooms created for House & Home. (Check out the portfolio tab above for more.)
Another special highlight was decorating the condo of an H&H colleague for a special issue. Using the existing modern shell (and keeping it untouched) but layering it up with vintage and global finds transformed this box in the sky to a real home that reflected the owner and her life.
This spring was another highlight for my career at H&H – Sara and I had our first house published in the June issue. Once again filled with affordable tips and tricks (a necessity around our house!) and inspired by the traditional colours and motifs of Maine and the northeastern coast, our house is truly a home and yes, it actually looks like this! I can count on one hand the fancy props we borrowed for the shoot and trust me, they are minor. Fancy photography never hurt though…
It’s been a wild and wonderful ride. I’ll never forget the amazing transformations we created – taking a blank studio with concrete floors and turning it into a warm and inspiring living space. Just like this one…
The transformations alway seemed truly magical!
And so, with only four days to go, I bid farewell to my home away from home – my House & Home. A new chapter begins.