Saturday, August 14, 2010

Event Designer on the Move

When I started in the business almost 5 years ago now, I sort of fell into the world I now know as my life. I was a college student looking for an internship in Marketing, when I applied for a position in Canadian Tire's not-for profit organization, Foundation for Families. That year I learned a lot about my passion and interest for this great industry I work in on a daily basis today. The Event Industry. I knew that I was good at planning things, my life was full of detailed plans and dreams, but not until the first day of our Golf Tournament did I realize what passion I had for the business and how good it felt to take something from ideation to completion.

Throughout my years I have grown and started finding myself doing more of the design and decoration for these events I was planning. That really got me thinking. After 2 years, a marketing degree and a yearning for my creative expression to flow more freely, I chose to go back to school. One choice I will NEVER regret. I was based out of Toronto and trying to break further into the industry. At school, I found myself amongst some of the major supporters of my career today and a handful of other talented designers who inspired me to continually push myself to design outside of the box and find my own place in the industry. That year was a blessing. I worked with designers and planners that not only allowed me to have my own expression of design, but drove me to be my best and guided me through the early development of my skills. I will always appreciate those people whom have helped me mold myself into the event designer I am today.
Since then, my experiences have led me to work on a multitude of corporate and social events. With a defining classic contemporary design style and a bit of a twist, taking inspiration from artistic modern cultural influences, it is one that will surely surprise and has provoked the attention of many high profile clients in the non-profit, fashion, arts, and literary sectors, along with a number of Canadian celebrities.
When visiting New York City last year for research on new products and ideas, I fell deeper in love with the city, and knew it was time. Time to take a fearless step into the market in our industry that sets the bar for the rest of the world. One I am confident I am ready for, in a place where I know I will thrive and have the ability to learn and grow from working with some of the most talented designers, helping create extraordinarily luxurious and pinnacle events. This year, I am moving to the Big Apple with one thing on my mind...to follow my heart and keep my drive and passion for this business.
Currently, I have been looking for freelance opportunities or a full-time position within the creative department of an event firm in New York. I love what I do and I look forward to the next step in my career, along with the adventure that lies ahead.
If you or someone you know is interested please contact me at julie_addario@hotmail.com or leave a comment below.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Furniture or Art?

Household Furniture or Art Exhibit?
I can't help but say art exhibit, but I want it in my home!






Sustainability: What's Old is New Again.

Vintage Street Furniture

I have been wanting to talk about this more for awhile now. Sustainable design is a very important aspect of our lives as we move into the future. Some people may think they cannot achieve a great look unless a product is made of all new material, but in fact we have a ton of outlets that have been recycled from other products to create gorgeous pieces of artwork. I call them artwork, because I feel anything created from nothing, or what seems to be nothing is art.
This floor is made of pennies!

There are SO many creative ways to ensure your tastes and styles are kept within each piece of furniture or decor found in your home, not to mention even the design and features in the architecture of your homes, that can help us make sustainable living a way of life.

Cortica Chaise Lounge
Made of cork which is a renewable material and one that is even lightweight and waterproof? How great!


Glass/Mirror Planters
Great for creating oxygen in a home and what a creative way to make it look like a piece of artwork on the wall!


A website I just LOVE for sustainable products, toys, home decor, and so much more is Branchhome.com please... check it out!!

O'Couture!

A design I just couldn't resist! Your furniture becomes art and its done o'couture by Chaircourture.


These gorgeous pieces, you can use in your home or at a special event. Quite a unique idea they have going on I think.