PHILOSOPHY

Breathe Interiors creates spaces that lets you live with ease.

 

Living with ease means finding your own sweet spot.  It's a place that blends calmness with a sense of being awake in the world.  Life is complex, so when our homes can provide comfort, beauty and simplicity then our minds are more free to be at ease as well.  

 

This way, when you walk into your home or room we have created, you will instinctively inhale and slowly exhale – breathe – and feel right at ease.

 

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.

 

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.