Laurie Dickson is a trained interior designer with over 11 years of experience, sharing her creative obsession on her website Vin’yet Etc. Laurie is from Canada and is completely consumed with all things design related, creativity fuels her soul. With over 9 years of experience in the retail corporate world, she is now focusing her time on Vin’yet Etc and is happily sharing her eclectic DIY designs to inspire her readers. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of, Laurie Dickson.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My unique style can be described best with one word, eclectic. I love warm, rustic, cozy, masculine and some monochromatic. Really though, I am a design geek and love it all, my home is warm, lived in and inviting. It’s a real mix of industrial and farmhouse style with influences of nature everywhere.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
When styling a store or room the client and space give the direction, everything they tell/show me gives me “clues” to the concept. When building the concept all of the “clues” lead me down the creative path, once the concept is built the design process starts with solving, improvising, creating and implementing.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I have never worked with her (maybe one day), but she is the reason I chose design as a career, Sarah Richardson is a self made designer and she seems like a very down to earth and kind person. Her energy and creativity are an inspiration to me.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I keep my eyes and ears open; the creative spark ignites inspiration everywhere, in home décor shops, on a walk, sleeping, cooking, and talking with friends. The more I try to be creative and try to think of an idea the less creative I am, it’s a very natural organic thing and I just let it happen and it’s never failed me, thank goodness!
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
The advice that I can give to people regarding career path more so than my footsteps, is very cliché but it’s so true. Strive to develop your career from something you love to do in your down time… in my case I was always creating vignettes and what I call “puttering” around the house, rearranging, changing whole rooms. Focus on what you love and be true to who you are, everything after that seems to fall into place.