Designer insights with Lindsey Gerrish

Lindsey Gerrish is a blogger, upholsterer and everyday crafter sharing her food, style and upcycling projects on her blog Recreated, from Toronto, Canada. Her blog originally focused on design and decor but Lidsey soon discovered she was passionate about so many other things too, so it began to cover food, fashion and style as well. Above all Lindsey just loves sharing the things that inspire her, from the pretty and fun to the unique and heart-warming. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Lindsey Gerrish.

Designer Insights - Lindsey Gerrish

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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?

I am drawn to things that are pretty but with an edge. Old furniture reupholstered with unexpected fabric or neutral walls adorned with bold modern art. And love making old things new again.

2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?

Many of my upholstery projects are for clients, but when I work on an upholstery /upcycle project for myself, I always envision what I want the end product to look like and work backwards from there.

3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?

The network of Canadian bloggers I’m a part of is full of very creative and business-saavy people, and I admire so many that I can’t pick just one. However, I am continually impressed by Jen Flores of the blog Rambling Renovators and who also is the founder of Blogpodium, a Canadian design/ lifestyle blog conference which has grown exponentially over the last 4 years. She always brings new and big ideas to the blog table and has done a a lot to grow and connect the Canadian blogging community.

4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?

Perusing antique and consignment stores often gets me inspired because there are always interesting furniture pieces screaming for a new look. Unfortunately, my storage unit is almost full!

5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?

Starting my blog connected me to people who shared a love of creativity really helped me decide to pursue upholstery as a part-time business rather than a hobby. And my love of giving new life to old things fuels me everyday. I learned upholstery through both courses and books, but mostly by just doing projects. But regardless of how you learn upholstery skills, as is with anything you do, practice is important.