Kim helped me design my living space (in a tiny trailer!) last summer and I loved the fabrics, design and level of cozy we were able to achieve in the trailer. No more brown curtains or terrible blinds! Absolutely transforming spaces that feel more like a place you want to enjoy xo Kim is a design expert located in Airdrie, Ab and the owner of Aurora Decor. Enjoy!
What is your business, and when did it begin?
In the fall of 2005, I had my first baby, Aurora (we call her Rory) while my husband was posted to a small Northern Alberta town for work. I was craving a creative outlet, and so in the summer of 2006, Aurora Decor was born. I started out doing weddings at the local community hall, and then moved toward larger weddings in the surrounding hotels.
My son, Spencer, was born in the spring of 2007. I remember decorating weddings with a nursing baby sitting in his bucket seat and my daughter in her playpen, all while my husband was working! When we moved to the Calgary area in 2009, I knew I wanted to shift my focus to home interiors, something I have always had a passion for. I now offer consultations, shopping services, and room makeovers.
When did you begin interior decorating?
I have always loved a beautifully thought out space, with organisation and style. My passion for design shows up anytime I have a chance to make a space beautiful: Whether it is a master bedroom, a wedding reception or a space for entertaining friends and family in my own home. Even as a child, my bedroom decor was important to me
From working with McKee homes to starting your own business…
I loved working as a home planner with McKee Homes, and learned so much, but I always had this desire to work on my own business. Working with the blueprints and space planning was fun, but helping clients with decorating and making their house a home (once the house was built) was so fulfilling. I was also desperately seeking a work/life balance as I watched how quickly my kids were growing up.
How do you focus on your business and find balance?
I believe each of us is made uniquely in the image of God, our Creator. He has gifted each of us with very specific talents and skills intended to be used for His Glory. I am first a child of God, then a wife and mother, and then a decorator. If I keep my priorities in that order, it works. Not that it is always easy!
How do you discover what a client’s decor
style is? Does decor style exist?
Just taking a peek at someone’s Pinterest boards will tell you a lot about their style! How a person uses their house will dictate how to decorate as well. I love the opportunity to visit with my clients and get to know them a little better. Do they love to host casual family and friend get-togethers? Do they like to host swanky dinner parties, or have they travelled the world and want to enjoy the pieces they have acquired on their adventures? Decor style definitely exists. Especially in recent years, it is very acceptable to mix several styles into one space – eclectic spaces are on trend. The ability to find the balance can be overwhelming, but that’s okay. It is what I LOVE to do!
Advice for new entrepreneurs
1. Set goals, financial and accomplishment-wise.
2. Take care of yourself by insisting on a schedule that creates a healthy and manageable work/life balance.
3. If there is something you REALLY dislike doing and can afford to do so, out-source it! Nothing sucks the life out of my creativity like paperwork.
My name is Megan Lockhart and I am the CEO of Hello Life Academy.
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