Designer Tips & Tricks: Melanie Gaboriault
"The key to creating a design unique to my clients is to listen more than I talk. I feel it is my job to tell their story through design, to reflect their individuality through the elements I choose. A home is an expression of its owners, who they are and how they live. Understanding that requires a lot of listening. I feel it is my job to bring it all together -- the personality with the functionality."
"I have been an aficionado of design since I was a child. I was the only kid I knew who saw the charm and character in an old home, or appreciated the burst of color a fabric table cloth would add to a bedside table. So in essence, I feel I've been designing spaces all my life. I now focus my design efforts on residential spaces in the Vancouver, BC area."
"I have used [murals] in an office space to support the theme. The use of a mural can be a bold statement that can represent a passion or a memory. When choosing the mural image for a project it is all based on expressing my client's individual personality.
"I also love the use of murals in commercial office spaces. In one I represented the names of the meeting rooms which were geographical areas of the province. So sitting in the Grassland Room one feels like they're sitting in the middle of a field instead of within four interior walls. It created an organic feel, a view where there wasn't one."