As a professional certified interior designer, it’s not all that surprising that Jacquelyn Clark’s Toronto-based home is filled with inspiration through every doorway and on every table. From light-filled spaces and enviable custom draperies to designer pillows and thoughtfully curated art, Jacquelyn’s home is a true testament to her talent as an up-and-coming interior designer and blogger. Happily, Jacquelyn is also one of the most down-to-earth creatives that our team has had the pleasure of interviewing, and her home tour is full of actionable tips and tricks that you can employ in your own home with ease. Read on for this burgeoning designer’s take on condo living, plus, learn how she turned her passion for interior style into the career of her dreams.
Retro flower pillow: PepperB | cream and blue floral pillow: Ariana Belle | leopard pillow: Ariana Belle | paint-dipped blanket/magazine baskets: Serena & Lily | blue and white floor pillows: Anthropologie | draperies: custom | polka dot blanket: souvenir from my trip to Ireland
You earned your NCIDQ Certification last year, which, as we understand it, is the standard for professional interior designers—congrats! When did you first realize that you were destined for life as a designer?
Thank you! I’m so glad to have that beast behind me! As far as my design career goes, I was very lucky that I skipped the “what do I want to do with my life” years that often plague people. For me, it was never a question. I was the kid who would skip over the comic section of the Sunday newspaper and go straight to the “new homes” pages so I could ogle floor plans. I was constantly arranging and rearranging my bedroom when I was little, and I’ve always been fascinated by color theory, fabric and the like. I remember one time in particular—I couldn’t have been more than 12 years old—when I was convinced that our home would function much more seamlessly if we flipped the configuration of the dining room and the living room. My mom always encouraged my passion, and helped me relocate every last piece of furniture to suit my vision. How great is that?