Photography by Cooper & O’Hara
Our Third Annual Design Challenge ran in Avenue‘s February 2015 issue, and your votes online crowned Jacqueline Davis – the interior designer who recently left her position at Ideal Home Furnishings to open her own company, Whimsys Design – as our winner. Davis competed against fellow designers Johanne Lewis and Nancy Korpany.
Davis viewed her curveball items – an eastern European tapestry, a canteen and a Chinese carved wooden chest – as inspirations rather than hindrances in her design process. According to Davis, the items provided a sense of history and sentiment that led her to seek pieces with soul and a history of their own to fill the space. “Everything has a story, every piece has something to say,” said Davis.
Her design included many natural elements, such as topiaries and floral arrangements, as well as natural textures in the wool fabric of the couch and the layered animal hide rugs.
Within a small window of time, Davis transformed the 12-foot-by-12-foot living room space with a beautiful design that Avenue readers favoured. “I try to do things different to make people think out of the box a little bit,” said Davis. As one Avenue reader wrote in its online vote: “[Davis’s] design has incredible depth and movement. It’s warm and inviting. Organic and rich. … Harmonious and balanced.”