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An admin assistant turned interior decorator's first project

The following email was sent to us from Jewel Weeks: I am a psychology grad-turned-interior designer (sort of) in Toronto who got this amazing opportunity last year to design someone's loft carte blanche... a young bachelor with no possessions for his new loft aside from a mattress! The client's basic requirements were that he wanted something fun and laid back with a retro-chic feeling- and no purple. Then he let me go to town with a blank slate in total faith. He was the most amazing client ever and let me work by intuition. Most of the stuff you see is all from craigslist or vintage shops with a few Ikea and Home Depot items thrown in. It's not 100% to what kind of standard I'd like to achieve, but I was pretty happy with it for a first project- mostly because my client was so happy with the result. I love the finished product...superb hip retro vibe, fun colours, and HELLO, it was featured in the Sept 2010 issue of Style at Home magazine (with help from the beautiful photography of Aristea Rizakos). I think you've got something here Jewel!! (Check out her website in the future for more of her projects). 

Reader Comments (32)

LOVE. The orange/blue combo is great. Entire space feels unified without repetitive. Did I say LOVE?

18 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Otto

wonderful work! anyone who incorporates a david lance goines poster into a room is tops in my book! good job and keep going! you've got great style, great color sense and a whole lot of talent.

18 Jan 2011 | Unregistered Commenterann

I remember this home from Syle at Home. Such amazing finds!

18 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

Love the finished result. If only all interior design clients gave us this much freedom! Looks like Jewel is on the right career path.


18 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeigha

Anyone know who makes that tear drop light?

Beautiful job!

18 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Whoa how strange. I am a psychology student working as an administrative assistant who wants to be an interior designer. I think I'm in the twilight zone.

Also, what a charming loft!

18 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Oh my gosh... I am so happy I stumbled on your website!!! The designs are so inspiring :)

I love the style, the 3-legged armchair, the colours, the poster and the retro feel. Would love to have an interior designer fix up my place....

This lady has style!!!!!! well done Jewel the result is stunning. I wish she was this side of the atlantic I'd hire her right now.

18 Jan 2011 | Unregistered Commenterselina

Beautiful work, Jewel! I am head-over-heels in love with all the furniture in here. And color combos are so refreshing! Well done!

18 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth S

it's been about 6 years since i was in design school...the biggest reason i dropped out was because it was very expensive and it would have taken so, so long to get licensed in Illinois.

i wish this i could do this...if licensing wasn't such a pain here, i'd be all over it.

jewel- you did an awesome job with this. i love the colors!

18 Jan 2011 | Unregistered Commentererin lang norris

Great job! Am loving the furniture that you found!

18 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

I love this entire apt. I especially love the blue lockers..... i always love lockers everywhere but it is especially well placed here.

18 Jan 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbeemo

I am in love with everything in this space! great job Jewel!

<3 Sarah

18 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah


18 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

labsolutely ove the space. hate the awkward title.

19 Jan 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpolish chick

I only wish I had this much talent! Great job (I'm off to check out your website now).

19 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCate

Very well done and well edited. As a licensed professional interior designer of 13 years, I am concerned about one calling themselves an interior designer without an education and license to back it up. The title interior decorator is more suited to this persons backgroud and skills.

19 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

ARG! I have been searching for a side table just like that for AGES!!!!

19 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiana

Jewel, could you tell me the source of that sofa? Great job!

19 Jan 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

Wow. Very nice lines and use of color. I love the desk.

19 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I just LOVE IT! I really love that orange blue lounge...

19 Jan 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchila

i love the wooden cloud cutouts in the last pic! so simple and whimsical!

19 Jan 2011 | Unregistered Commentersleung

she did a great job! i love the kitchen table & chairs with their 60's diner vibe.

19 Jan 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkristin

this is inspiring. what a great stroke of luck and you proved yourself worthy of it! what a project to start with-vintage is time consuming but those results are fun and young and modern.

19 Jan 2011 | Unregistered Commentercrystal

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