Picture yourself sitting atop a mountain at the mouth of a snaking, icy track in freezing winter weather. You then hurl yourself forward while sitting on a tiny sled down the winding track feet first (not really seeing where you are going) at 150 km/hour. If you think I am describing the adrenalin rush I get when one of my Calgary interior design projects is on a tight deadline, you are close to being right. But what I am really describing is the Winter Olympic sport of luge. Now, you are probably wondering, “Why on earth is Jacqueline talking about luge in the middle of summer, and why is she thinking about luge at all?” Well don’t worry, I’m getting to that and I promise there will be some pretty interior design pictures, too!
Many years ago, I was approached by a client to design her then-14 year-old daughter’s bedroom. I was thrilled to be involved. It is always so fun working with a teenager to create the room of their dreams! Our teen-aged client, was a delightful, pretty, tiny little thing who had a surprising need for speed – she was a young luge athlete! Because Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics, our city has incredible winter sports facilities (one of which is a bobsled and luge track). My young client had given luge a try and was completely hooked. For her bedroom, she preferred something girly, colourful and glamourous. She specifically liked a bit of Bollywood bling, so we designed a bedroom for her using a juicy orange and fuchsia colour scheme.
We found a Philippe Stark Ghost Chair look-a-like for her desk area and had some new floating bookshelves installed above her existing built-in desk.
Our athlete’s room has one of the best views of the Calgary’s skyline! We had a custom-curved bench made with an upholstered top, storage and lots of comfy pillows for her and her girlfriends to cuddle up on.
Instead of purchasing a new bed, we lacquered her existing bed in a hot pink paint by Benjamin Moore called Red Tulip. Our adrenalin junkie client wanted to paint an abstract mural of Olympic rings above her bed. I loved the idea as she thought it would be a great way to visualize her athletic dreams!
Since designing this bedroom for our client, my design firm, Corea Sotropa, has helped her family with several additional projects for both their Calgary home and their British Columbia vacation home. Recently, I began helping the family with a few outstanding decor items for both residences, and while meeting with her mother, I asked how she was doing with luge. I was thrilled to hear that she had made the Canadian Senior Women’s Team, was having extremely fast races, was training across Europe and was preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia! One of the best things about working with clients over a long period is hearing all about their children as they grow up. I’ve gotten to know my clients so well, and I love celebrating their successes. I feel so honored to know this extremely talented, brave and committed young woman and can’t wait to cheer her on in 2014.
And that, my friends, is what the luge has to do with interior design.