Kelly is an interior decorator and design blogger who recently started her own business. With the support of a solid network of professional and amateur designers, she’s focused on making Ottawa’s living spaces beautiful.
I guess technically my day job is as a technical writer, but what I really want to do is interior decorating. So I’m pursuing that while working part time as a technical writer. I have a pretty wide variety of interests. I like animals – I have a couple of dogs. I’m really into cars, photography, writing, walking my dogs. And decorating! I guess I already said decorating, but I really like it so I’ll say it twice! I also like anything outside. Biking, hiking, kayaking — that kind of stuff. A lot of tomboy-ish things, I guess, but I’m a relaxed chick. I like a little bit of everything.
How did you first get into decorating?
I can’t remember specifically – I think it was about ten years ago? I discovered HGTV, and I just kept watching more and more until it was kind of an obsession. In our marriage vows, my husband mentioned that he would tolerate me watching HGTV as much as I needed! Of course he complains about it now. Anyway, that’s what kind of started it, and then we moved into our current house in 2001. It was really a blank slate where we could start fresh with decorating, so that was where I truly started. I just tackled room after room, and then a friend asked me to help her with a room in her house. It became a passion, and now I think about it all the time. I can’t stop thinking about it!
I started my own business last summer. It’s still small, but the cool thing is that I have a group of friends who are all at the same stage, just starting out in business. We’re like a support group for each other. We chat on Twitter, get together for dinner, ask each other questions. It’s great. We’re all just starting out and still learning, so it’s good to have people to go to for help with things.
We did your photos at Bruce Pit and HomeSense. Why are those places important to you?
Well, one place I go to a lot is Bruce Pit to walk the dogs. They’ve fenced off most of it, so it’s a completely fenced in area that’s a really great place for socializing your dogs. It’s good exercise for the humans, too! I also go to HomeSense a lot. Decorating is a big part of my life, and it’s something I started in Ottawa.