“Why can’t I?” This simple and innocent question has pretty much lead to my career as a designer/artist and has gotten me into as much trouble as it has success! I like to approach each and every project with the energy and wonder that accompanies that question. Known for my larger than life approach – I am quick to get into the thick of things while recognizing when I need help or guidance. After- all the sign of good manager in any project is not knowing everything but realizing that you don’t. You are only ever as good as the team around you. Whether it is a complicated website or a simple fabric swatch choice, I deal with my clients as part of my project team and have real hands – on /open communication technique.
I was in the Navy, lost at sea in the Gulf of Oman when my husband, Jon Watson, found me. It was April 2002 and after 13 years in the Canadian Forces I followed my soul mate off the ship and to Calgary where he supported my career change and my “why can't I?” instant home renovation tendencies which would lead to the destruction of a wall or the building of a bar . I achieved my Bachelor of Interior Design at Mount Royal University while working for an architect firm and fell in love with the graphic aspect of design. Slowly through the years I have further honed my skills to that of a decorator/renovation diva and graphic designer extraordinaire! Although I am biased of course.
We moved to Windsor in 2007 and after 6 months of endless renovation we opened the Phoenix Hollow B&B. My husband and I work from home and run the B&B while occasionally just closing up shop to have a lazy afternoon by the river with the dogs. Again, “Why can’t I?”
In short – I love what I do! With graphics I can take my client's ideas and form them through a visual representation that can be shared with the world. With interior decorating I am part of my clients' home and personal projects. I am not afraid to pick up a shovel or hammer and help out – in fact I am known for showing up on site with colour swatches only to help out the crew with demolition and using my truck for the dump run.
Thank you for reading, and remember – “Why can’t you?”