Bloghunter: Cambie Design I
For this month’s Bloghunter series we have recruited the talented Camille Byrne of Cambie Design to share with us some of her insight and summer inspiration for interior design. This is part one, check back every Monday for the month of July for her posts.
I would introduce you to her here, but she has done such a beautiful job of explaining her business herself I wouldn’t want to take away from it. Enjoy!
Cambie Design has recently celebrated its one year anniversary and it has left me feeling exceptionally reflective about the past year. Cambie was born from my desire to make interior design tangible, particularly to a younger demographic, yet personal to each individual. The idea of Cambie has been brewing away for several years now, but it was this time last year where I was presented with an opportunity for it to really take off. Last summer, I was hired to decorate an entire house in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. This house was being turned into a hostel and I spent three weeks demolishing and re-constructing. Within ten days of returning to Toronto, I booked a return flight back to Newfoundland with the intention of staying for at least two months. This was the BEST business decision I could have ever made and was the perfect opportunity to start Cambie Design.
Trinity offered me something that Toronto was never able to – time. I didn’t have the obligations that I had in Toronto and was able to start my business. The idea of being an entrepreneur has always appealed to me and I decided it was finally the time to give it a shot. I created a website and started a blog. I decorated a hostel and shared all of the odd jobs and DIY projects online. I was hired and invited in by other locals in the area to give consultations for their homes. I started collecting and buying furniture, eventually filling a cargo van and driving it 4000 km back to Toronto. I met the most wonderful people, and the natural beauty of my surroundings filled me with inspiration. Newfoundland was a deep breath of fresh air and the perfect environment to put the necessary thought into my next steps. It was the BEST experience I could have asked for and it gave me the essential foundation to grow Cambie once I returned to Toronto.
Being an entrepreneur is not always easy, but it is really satisfying. Trying to balance a secondary income and an active social life while building a career certainly has its challenges, but doing what you truly love and having the good fortune tp enjoy such positive support makes it entirely worth it.
I would love to share some of my work and influences from last summer. As an interior designer, these projects not only reflect my aesthetic and ideology but provided me with the necessary experience and tools to build a foundation about my philosophy on design.
I fell IN LOVE with this sea foam green cabinet and adorned it with local finds – pebbles and stones, a fishing weight, dried field flowers and a perfectly aged mirror.
I displayed some photos of the area taken with a Diana camera to intrigue guests of the hostel.
We used recycled beer bottles as bud vases for wild poppies.
I stumbled across this prized find while hiking the local terrain. I pulled out the roots, cleaned it up, sealed it and hung the salvaged sign as a focal point in the hostel’s living room.
This welcoming bench sits in the entrance way, displaying a letter S for the Skerwink Hostel of course.
My obsession with the ocean definitely played an important role in my decision to move to Trinity for the summer. When my friend asked me to help makeover his boat, I couldn’t refuse. I love everything nautical and was more than pleased painting these inukshuks along the beachside.
As a memorable and personalized way to differentiate each room in the hostel, I named the rooms on the second level after local landmarks. Also a fun way to help guests learn about the area!
I LOVE the texture of flaking paint (especially in bright colours) seen on many of the older structures in Newfoundland.
I just had to include one last photo – THIS was my backyard last summer.