Friday, March 2, 2012

Hip + Urban Girl of the Week: Renee Elliott

This week we chat with Renee Elliott who we met because we are big fans of her decor and design blog Eat.Live.Shop. She's multi-talented of course and is the Owner of Re: Creative.

Meet Renee, our Hip + Urban Girl of the Week!

Tell us a little bit about what you do and your new venture Re: Creative!

I’ve been writing my fashion, food and lifestyle blog Eat.Live.Shop. for three years now. I recently launched a new business called Re: Creative where my focus is event styling, store window display and furniture makeovers. I also host several DIY workshops and will be opening a permanent studio in Parkdale next month.

What drew you to DIY projects? Were you always crafty like that?
My mom has always been super crafty so growing up we would take frequent visits to the craft store which I always loved. She would also sell her crafts so I would help her out at local craft shows. When I was a preteen/teen I was always making over my room and painting furniture, frames etc – I loved having items that were different.

Where do you find the furniture pieces that you makeover?
I often find furniture pieces on the side of the road. You can’t get better than free! Clients also bring me old pieces they have lying around the house that they want me to bring back to life.

What are some easy and cheap ways hip + urban girls can dress up their first place?

Paint is an inexpensive way to add some colour to a space. Visiting local thrift stores for furniture pieces you can spruce up is also another good option. I love visiting antique markets in the summer to grab fun knik knacks and interesting objects – this gives a space lots of character. I really enjoy taking an old object and giving it a new use – a window frame turned into a chalkboard, a crate used as a shelf or a cupboard door used as a table top. Be creative and have fun with it!

What did you study in College/University? Is there anything you would do differently or advise others about?

I graduated from Humber College’s Fashion Arts program. I worked in the fashion industry for eight years so the program definitely helped me set foot in that career field. I always wanted to do something in fashion so I followed my heart and went through with it. Writing my blog has opened my eyes to new ideas and has given me the opportunity to take my career in a new direction.
What is your typical daylike?

I wake up, walk my French Bulldog puppy Harper, go for a quick jog and then start my workday. I usually spend the morning returning emails and working on my blog. My afternoons are typically spent grabbing supplies and working on client projects or DIY projects for my column on Sweetspot. My nights are either spent out at an event or chowing down on a yummy meal at a restaurant (if I’m feeling too lazy to cook).

Who do you draw inspiration from?

I find inspiration from so many sources – an image in a magazine, an outfit on the street, a pattern on a fabric, a walk through the hardware store, a visit to the antique market or vintage store or even the colours from a flower arrangement.
Where are your favourite places to hang out in Toronto?

For chai lattes (I’m not a coffee girl): Capital
For a yummy meal: Czheoski’s
For dancing: Clinton’s for Shake Rattle and Roll
For a few drinks: The Dog’s Bullock, The Local or anywhere with a tasty cocktail!

From one of Renee's DIY Workshops
Where would you go on your dream vacation?

I’ve only been to Europe once so I would really like to explore it more – Italy, Portugal, Spain are all on my list. I would love to go back to Paris. And a trip to Morocco would be super rad!

What would you tell your 20 year-old self?

I would tell myself to worry less and to be more confident. Life goes by so quickly so enjoy it and just have fun!

What life advice do you have for hip + urban girls out there trying to figure out what they want to do?

My biggest piece of advice would be to follow your heart and to follow your passions. Waking up excited to start my day with something I love is the best feeling in the world!
Re: Creative:
Twitter: @EatLiveShop
Twitter: @ReCreativeWorks
Facebook: Re-Creative

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