If you are anything like us, January is one of our least favorite months of the year. The reality of the fact that it is STILL Winter has sunk in, and without any of the fun, festive activities of the holidays. By now,we’ve put away our Christmas décor and our homes feel like they are missing something… amiright? January always seems to be the month we get the itch to redecorate and refresh our homes, but.. where to start? Is it time for a full on reno or can we make a few small changes that leave a lasting impact?
We sat down with one of Edmonton’s most talented designers, Rosalyn Lazaruk, of Wicket Blue Interiors to get the scoop on the top 2018 trends in décor and renovation.
RCS: First, tell us a bit about the evolution of your career in interior design! How did Wicket Blue come to be?
RL: My journey into interior design is a different story than most. I was looking for a career change after my son was born now 15 years ago. It was time to find a career that not only worked with my lifestyle, an active mother of 2, but that also gave me time to unleash my creativity and pursue something that was my own. Seeing as I was forever rearranging furniture, painting the walls or re-purposing this or that to work in my space, the industry of design seemed like a natural path. I studied, shadowed a local designer and worked as a design consultant, all the while asking lots of questions! In 2004 it was time and I was ready to go out on my own and so Wicket Blue Interiors was born. Starting small with color consultations and space planning to now working on major home renovations, show homes, event display and décor. My involvement in events has also lead to me shaking my fear of the microphone and I have grown to love doing presentation on what I do best…Design & Décor. I write and style regular features in community publications around the city. As I have grown as a designer and stylist it has become clear that my true love is vintage mid century design. Always inspired by the architecture, furniture, lighting, patterns and textiles of this era it is truly what is beginning to define not only myself but Wicket Blue Interiors.
RCS:What do you consider to be the top renovation design trends for 2018?
RCS: You’ve told us that your true love is vintage mid century design. How do you marry current trends with this style?
RL: The beautiful thing about Mid Century Modern design is that it is what influences so much of what we see today in furniture and decor. The design style is not only beautiful in form but also in function making it a great base for other trends and styles to layer with. I think spaces and homes are much more interesting when you mix different design styles together creating a unique look that is all your own.
RCS: How would you suggest incorporating current design trends on a limited budget?
RCS: When starting a renovation project, which tasks do you suggest should be prioritized?
RCS: Is there any current design style or trend you particularly dislike?
RCS: What are your “go- to” retailers and suppliers in Edmonton for finding the most on- trend décor pieces and accents?