PHILOSOPHY

 

Breathe Interiors is all about creating comfort: a space where you are at ease and right at home.

 

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 people in such a positive way.

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