PHILOSOPHY

 

Breathe Interiors creates homes.  Home is the place where you feel the most comfortable, the place where you are free to be just as you are.   It's also the place you share with pride.

 

The design of a home is a very personal undertaking.  I work with my clients as a team, developing a unique and appropriate space that reflects their tastes, needs, and desires. 

 

I also work to design atmosphere.  This way, when you walk into your home or room we have created, you will instinctively inhale and slowly exhale – breathe – feeling the true comfort of home.

 

BIO

Lara Kalins

Principal and Designer

  • Member in good standing, The Decorators and Designers Association of Canada

  • Certificate, Interior Decorating from George Brown College

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto

  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours, from Queen’s University

 

As a child, I rearranged my bedroom on a monthly basis and drew floor plans for my dream bedroom.  Later on, I not only painted and decorated my bedroom at university, but also wallpapered the kitchen and painted the entire main floor of our student “ghetto” house at Queen’s University.  Now, I realize how unusual that was, because the walls of our university house remain as I created them many, many years later. 

 

After an undergraduate degree from Queen’s and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the Rotman School of Management at the U of T, I pursued a career in packaged goods marketing.  In this role, my favourite responsibilities were design creation in advertising, packaging development and promotions.  However, it was only after having three children that I really reflected on my work and the future.  I decided to change direction and follow my enthusiasm for interior design by achieving a Certificate in Interior Decorating from George Brown College and starting my own design business.

 

I believe that our physical surroundings influence our state of mind. For example, if you are surrounded by disrepair and clutter, it creates an environment of despair.  I like to work with my clients to create mood.  Moods are a reflection, in the present, of what we forsee for the future.  So, the creation of a positive mood helps us move forward: joy, hope, celebration, ambition, reflection or peace, wrapped together with purpose and functionality.

 

It is also important to retain the pieces that are important to you and your history, and keeping to a budget is essential.

 

Now, I really love what I do.  Most gratifying is the response from the people who live in the spaces I have created.  It gives me tremendous joy when I hear: “It’s my favourite room in the house!” or “Whenever I enter my new bathroom I always feel so relaxed.  I want to stay there all day.”

 

It’s very rewarding to touch and influence individuals in such a positive way.

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