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I meet interior designer Lucila Diaz for a walk Capilano Suspension Bridge Park while we discuss life and style. As we walk through the lush forest, Lucila describes how she draws inspiration from nature’s patterns.
“Observe nature; he has all the answers. said Lucille. “Whenever I’m stressed, stuck, need inspiration or want to recharge my energy, I know that connecting with nature will be the key to finding the answers. A walk in the mountains will relax me, observing the patterns of nature will inspire me, meditating among tall trees will give me confidence, and just listening to the water flow will make me happy Nature knows how to restore itself and collaborate.
Lucila’s journey in the world of design is unique in that her career started at the opposite end of the spectrum.
“I have a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science and spent my early years as a professional working for large corporations in Latin America, before moving to Canada to complete an MBA. It was then that the love for interior design woke up in me. I pressed reset and started over.
Today, more than 16 years since Lucila opened Harmony Sense Interiorsshe says she likes that her professional challenges are different every day.
“Designing spaces is a creative process; I use a lot of my science tools when designing for clients. Sometimes parts of a project can be very specific, such as cabinetry or budgets. Other times, it’s being an entrepreneur and running a business that also requires a lot of creativity.
Outside of work, Lucila is passionate about helping underserved youth. “It’s my life’s purpose and passion. I volunteer as a co-visionary of the Spark Factor project, an organization aimed at empowering disadvantaged youth and increasing diversity within the workforce.
When it comes to style, she says, “the right style is one that you can identify with without dominating the person’s essence.”
What do you read online for style: BAZAAR.
Favorite print magazine: Architectural compendium.
Favorite style blog: raindropsofsapphire.com.
Coffee table book/photography book: The Metropolitan Museum of Art-Master Paintings.
Last good read: educated by Tara Westover.
Book being read: Atomic Habits by James Clear.
Favorite book of all time: The hidden life of trees by Peter Wohlleben.
Favorite piece of all time: My pink winter coat.
Currently coveting: Trip to see my parents.
Favorite pair of shoes: Dr. Martens.
Favorite day bag: Matt & Nat backpack.
Favorite work tool: iPhone.
Favorite jewelry or designer: TANE Mexico.
Necessary indulgence either for fashion or for beauty: Meditation.
Moisturizer: Cera Ve.
To smell: Lemon zest.
Essential hair product: Shea Moisture Shampoo Strengthens and restores.
Beauty secrets: Wash your face with cold water every night.
Style inspirations & Life
Favorite artist: Remedios Varo surreal.
Artwork: The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai.
Favorite fashion designer or brand: Karim Rachid.
Favorite cocktail or wine: Rosé wine.
Favorite flower: Pink tulips.
Favorite city to visit: I would like to visit Tokyo.
Favorite app: No.
Favorite place around the world: Anywhere to be hugged by my children.
One thing that constantly lifts our spirits in these difficult times: A walk in nature.
Story courtesy of Boulevard magazinea publication of Black Press Media