Name: Lori Andrews
Location: Calgary, Canada
Tell us a little about your blog/business?: My official single line bio reads, "Lori Andrews is an insanely happy interior designer and photographer, living in Calgary, Canada". In reality I call myself a creative generalist as I also do personal styling, stock photography, old school art and I write a reoccurring guest article for a local paper.
When and why did you start your site/business?: I was an early adopter of social media for sharing images. I joined Flickr in May of 2005 and quickly realized social media was an excellent (and somewhat addictive) promotional venue. I have websites for both my Interior Design and my photography as well as my personal blog, The10CentDesigner.com .
I can honestly say that the Internet played a key role in growing both my profile and my business. The blogging world is amazing for sharing new talent and I remember well my first experiences of being blogged about by others. Especially Apartment Therapy!
I have a bachelor of Fine Arts and my art background influences all of my work, whether in photography or interior decor. I adore the immediacy of sharing my projects online and in a timely manner as compared to the old school method of magazine publishing. If you are only as good as your last project, why wait a year to show it?
Describe your workspace/office?: I keep my office right in my sunny living room. In front of my largest window with a view. We don't watch TV anyhow, so having my Mac in the room provides off hours entertainment as well. My aesthetic is mid-century modern with a twist. I am currently using a (now discontinued) Herman Miller Desk and a Saarinen Tulip chair. I had a custom credenza made for files and assorted work items by Speke Klein. For photography, I might use anywhere in my home for photo shoots or I often set up backdrops in the driveway for clients. Working outdoors always relaxes clients.
Could you tell us a few of your favorite detail(s) of your workspace?: I love the vaulted ceilings in my home and have often taken advantage of the high beams to shoot "from above" self portraits in my living room. My high transom windows bring sunlight in the house late in the winter which makes me happy as well. I also love my jielde lamp on my desk that I bought years ago. I rarely use it of course as the room has ample natural light. Believe it or not, I also really love my window coverings. I purchased lite rise, up/down shades which allow me to control the glare and light in the room while still having sunshine pour in.
What's always on your desk?: My Mac, a jar full of pencils and (often empty) my coffee mug.
Could you share what inspires your work and/or workspace?: I am inspired by minimalist ideals when it comes to my workspace. If there are piles of papers and too much clutter I simply cannot work. One of my earliest design hero's was Terence Conran. His interiors were always a mix of high and low, modern and quirky. I guess that is how I approach everything. Fashion, photography, food and interiors can all use a bit of sophistication mixed with some dry wit.
Any tips or advice about office décor, layout, or organization you've learned from your workspace?: Don't be afraid to set up your home office in the "public" space in your home. Make sure you include plenty of storage that works for your particular style. If you are a surface collector, you will want shelving, if you are a natural organizer, hide everything away in drawers.
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(Images: Lori Andrews)