My name is Zoë Cullen, I am an interior design student at Humber College in my third year in the program. I have always had a passion to be within this industry but it only took me five years at Western University, my 23rd birthday, and countless hours creeping Instagram profiles to finally take the leap.
Although I'm perpetuating my own biggest pet peeve of mistaking decor for design, (sorry, design friends), my creative itch got the best of me, and here I am refurbishing furniture. All of my pieces are completely one of a kind, as uniqueness is something I personally place value in. I'm hoping as a customer you can adopt the same ideology and make one of my products compliment your own style.
This is my creative outlet, my chance to create something beautiful and totally original, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Whether you've found it yet or not, everyone has that thing that makes them tick. The thing they could talk about, read about, think about forever. For as long as I can remember, design has been that thing for me. I have vivid memories of being a little girl, sitting on my living room floor in a princess dress (always in a princess dress), flipping through my mother's House & Home and Architectural Digest magazines. I would carefully cut out articles, pictures, anything that spoke to me; vigilantly cataloguing them in my own books and binders. I could lay for hours flipping through floor plans - figuring out exactly what I liked, and where in my mind the designer had gone horribly wrong in their execution of the space. Even as a kid, I had an inherent ability to look at a floor plan, and picture exactly what it would look or feel like to be standing inside of that room. At the ripe age of twelve, my grade 7 class had a career fair where we created a poster board & display of our dream job. Most kids were busy planning their futures as doctors, teachers, and lawyers, but at this point I was pretty confident I would be (the best) interior designer. However, somewhere between adolescence and my grade twelve graduation, I became slightly less sure. I ended up attending university, completing a degree that (on paper) should be extremely gratifying but was more like pulling teeth, and walking across the stage thinking to myself "now what". I spent the summer of 2013 mostly in tears, until the very last minute when I decided to pull the trigger and apply for another 4 years of post secondary. My guardian angel/local art teacher/interior designer Karen Kesteloot taught me everything she could about creating a portfolio in just a couple weeks, and I soaked it all up. On the day that classes started in September I got my acceptance letter, and haven't looked back since.
I have a lot to learn about the industry, about the trade, and about my own style. This website is dedicated to my journey through that and I hope you want to follow along the way.