It's not every day I get to sit with a former bridal couture designer, but today I find myself in the presence of Evalina Schmidtke, who's left the field of bridal couture, and is entering a new, exciting focus at Robert Sweep, building a new Bridal Registry!
With 15 years background working directly with brides and manufacturing and delivery Calgary-made couture gowns, she brings industry knowledge and experience like no other. She has an eye for quality crafted merchandise, which is going to be the focus at the new store, showcasing high quality, high style and great value.
The new Bridal Registry at Robert Sweep is set to launch April 1st, and will feature iconic brands such as Alessi, Stelton, Sabre, and Leff Amsterdam. There really isn't a full service bridal registry in Calgary that showcases these must-have and sought-after product lines.
and they would share their dream dress ideas with me. I would help them choose from couture brands such as Vera Wang, Badgely Mischka, Claire Pettibone, Priscilla of Boston, and some of the top couture brands from New York. I set up my salon like a boutique and would spend a full hour in the spa-like environment; peaceful and serene. This experience was fully dedicated to them and their dreams."
This is truly a highlight for brides as their plan for their special day, and the Registry experience is just as exciting and fun!
Starting in March, Robert Sweep will be taking reservations for couples to book their private sessions with Evalina. We can't wait!
sunny afternoon, and we had also never met! I was so eager to ask her a million questions, but knew we only had time for a handful. So thus begins the informal interview of Cat Hackman; interior ninja and mompreneur/owner extraordinaire of Room4refinement (the title I think she should have, not the one she gives herself, haha!)
Me: So Cat! When did you move to Canada?
Cat: I came to Canada from Finland in my early twenties. I landed in Toronto and lived there for seven years. During this time I worked for a company selling Finnish products to mostly architects, designers and design savvy home owners who then, in the late 80’ appreciated Scandinavian design such as Alvar Aalto, Marimekko and products from Arabia and Iittala, products that now, 30 years later are so popular in North America. I always loved decorating and have been dabbling in it as long as I can remember.
Me: What did you do before getting into Interior Decorating?
Cat: After moving to Calgary in 1991, I decided to go back to school, but Interior Design seemed to me to not be a career for someone who can’t draw free hand. Instead I chose Communications and Marketing, which in my current business of design, has helped me tremendously. I loved the world of marketing, but kept wondering what my true passion was. Eventually in 2005 I started to entertain the idea of switching careers. I took a course in New York that set the stage for starting my own business, Room4refinement.
Me: What kind of architecture or art do you enjoy using most in your design?
Cat: Naturally I am drawn to a Scandinavian esthetic of simple spaces with a lot of light and white. But what is also important to me is functionality and personality. A person’s treasured belongings need to shine, given the right place in the home, but not surrounded by meaningless clutter. I work with any style, but always sticking to basic design rules to help my clients achieve that “I love to come home” feeling. With all my clients that are refreshing a space I ask: is it functional for your lifestyle, do you need it and do you LOVE it.
Me: Do you have any tips for the aspiring decorator?
Cat: For any aspiring designer or decorator, I would say, always listen carefully to what the clients say, and think about how you can make their life better through good function and design.
Cat lives in Charleswood, Calgary with her husband Philippe, kids Emma, 22, Ben, 20 and poodle Gus 9. To see more of Cat, check our her website, and look for her on a design panel at the Calgary Home and Design Show, September 24 at noon.
She came in wearing an airy black blouse and oh-so-stylish patterned puffy shorts paired with light suede platform ankle boots. A black blazer, bold triangular necklace and piercing grey blue eyes. This girl was already interesting.
There's a reason why Lindsay Rempel is Calgary's next big personality! Her bubbly enthusiasm and energetic presentation only makes her work more desirable. We were already blown away by her beautiful paintings that she turns into various textile pieces, like tea towels, cushion covers, scarves, baby blankets, linens and more, but if you experience Lindsay first hand like we did, you'd fall in forever-love!
Her husband Jeff and two children live in Okotoks, AB. When I first met Jeff, he told me a story about Lindsay that took my respect for her to a WHOLE new level!
Back when Lindsay and Jeff had their second child, Jeff came home from work one day and found Lindsay bouncing their fussy baby boy in a baby carrier on one side, telling a story to her daughter on the other side, all whilst painting a canvas BEHIND her with her LEFT HAND! Lindsay is NOT left handed, haha! He said she had begun the most stunning landscape he had seen thus far in her painting career. This was when he knew she HAD to pursue her talent full time.
We are very honoured to feature some of Lindsay's pieces in the windows of our showroom, and even more excited to carry exclusive items JUST FOR US! To see her work, stop by our showroom, visit our e-store, or check out her website at www.lrempelart.com.