Alison Milne is well-known for her contemporary rehab of Toronto interiors. Whether it’s a farmhouse-meets-modern family home or a converted church condo, she’s got an eye for respecting the past and blending it with the present. Her latest project is her best yet: Her own home.
Jane Son is an architect who became a free agent soon after giving birth and made easy sacrifices so she could afford to find more magic hours with her new babe. Let’s be clear though—she still gets courted to work on major commercial and residential projects and now she’s launching CASSON Hardware, which will bring ultra-modern fixtures to minimalist design buffs. Here’s how she manages to keep her head in the game while her heart is at home.
Tamara Robbins Griffith is a former stylist and editor with a career mojo that has helped her leap from one desirable industry to another. Today’s she’s a PR and Social Media manager at TJX Canada (think HomeSense, WINNERS and Marshalls) where she gets to exercise her creative and strategic muscles every day. A mom to two littles who are 1 and 5 years old, she says freelance life isn’t the more desirable path for her right now because she’s lucky to be in a position that allows both her career and family to flourish.
Have Baby. Leave behind fashion industry gig and sell apartment in Brooklyn. Take family hiatus for 5 months to Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Scotland. Move back home to Toronto. Open a Moroccan rug store and get cozy in a rental until the new condo is ready. This isn’t a millennial-minded bestseller. This is Miriam Zittell’s unconventional trajectory since having her daughter Zelda a little over 2 years ago.
Sandra’s LinkedIn profile includes the Club Monaco design store Caban, Joseph Mimran and Associates and House & Home Media. Her hoostpah for design and details would eventually evolve into her own Toronto-based store called La Merceria, which she opened with her husband, Marcelo, in 2008. The store shows-off their rustic yet refined aesthetic in South American ceramics, enamels and decor.
Décor stylist Julia Black welcomed us into her favourite room. She loves her 50 shades of grey (literally, the shade grounds her home) but she layers in texture, pattern and pops of colour to win serious style.
Martha (left) was an executive VP in the PR biz servicing major blue chip clients and Andrea (right) was a VP for Tiffany & Co. Combining their corporate savvy with a personal passion for the art of the table, they left their respective gigs and opened Hopson Grace, a retail store celebrating the art of the table. Talk about a bold move.
Denise has redefined her career as a DIY pro who teaches at George Brown College in Toronto and she shares her mojo on behalf of major brands like Walmart, HomeSense, DeSerres and Avery. She’s also the host of Holiday Makeover, the first original TV series by Makeful, a TV network for DIY spirits. She’s carved out a schedule that has plenty of time to play with her two-year-old daughter Tema and her husband Roland, while still satisfying her passions. And guess what? She doesn’t feel guilty about it. Hallelujah.
Juli Daoust Baker was already a successful business owner before she became a mom. Together with her husband, John Baker, they combined their vision and notable gusto and opened Mjolk in 2009 which has since evolved into a lifestyle shop and gallery showcasing Scandinavian and Japanese design. Juli admits having two children while building a burgeoning business has been tough, however her partnership with John—at work and play—is what’s helping them enjoy more time with their children.