Sylvie Croteau-Willard is the principal designer and brand consultant of her own company Collage Interiors based in Calgary, Canada since 2012. Sylvie is extremely well travelled having grown up overseas and working there in her adult life – this experience has gave a worldly and eclectic approach to her designs. Her finished interiors embody distinction, function and purpose both for residential and commercial clients. Sylvie also studied interior design at Toronto’s Ryerson University. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Sylvie Croteau-Willard.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I have a penchant for the eclectic and try to create spaces with intrigue, visual dimension, and that tell a story. I’m huge on a traveled, collected feel.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
We spend time getting to know clients, what they like, and what would help them live fully and care-free in their space. Then we develop a beautiful concept rooted by their needs.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I have recently begun a working relationship with Sumer Singh of Mtharu and Kartār. I find collaborating with such a talented individual very inspiring. Whatever I can dream up, he can work with, perfect, and build locally in his showroom’s basement workshop. I am a very collaborative person, so being a part of community at Kartār, and in the Calgary Design Group provides me with peers and mentors.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I refer to interiors that transport me. Right now, I look to work by Miles Redd and Roman and Williams. I also go discover new spaces, ceramics and textiles.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Working hard, determination and manifesting my goals have brought me to where I am now. Advice? Go after your dreams with fearless abandon. Being open to what is possible is the greatest gift you can give yourself. The only thing standing in between you and self-actualization is yourself.