As a full-time teacher with a background in fine arts and psychology, Jillian Straky took interior design classes at night for her own interest. In 2004, her design work was featured in 3 different houses during the local Parade Of Homes Tour, and the following week, her phone began ringing with new clients and projects! Housewears was born and Jillian has been designing ever since! Housewears recently won the #BestofYQG award in their area for the second year and Jillian’s work has been featured in many magazines and online, including Canadian Home Trends where she recently joined the editorial team as a Design Editor! Her inspiration comes from everything she sees in nature, at home, in books and even in fashion. Her main focus is trying to understand the customer, the customer’s needs, and coming up with beautiful designs that will work best for them. Jillian’s biggest tip to anyone is to invest in a good, durable sofa that won’t get uncomfortable quickly.
CANADIAN HOME TRENDS – If you could have lunch with any one person in the world, who would you pick and why?
JILLIAN STRAKY: I cannot pick one! I would like to have lunch with a very talented designer like Kelly Hoppen, Thomas Pheasant or Kelly Wearstler, so I can listen to their pearls of wisdom and understand their process of designing a space.
CHT: If you could go back 20 years, what advice would you give your younger self?
JS: I would have told myself to take more risks in business. I have always been safe and steady!
CHT: Name one thing on your bucket list.
JS: To attend Fashion Week somewhere in Europe, so I can be inspired by the fashion, venue and attendees!
CHT: What is your favorite room in your house?
JS: Right now it’s my master bedroom as it’s newly renovated with all the things I love. I’m a “but first, coffee” kind of person so I put a pretty little coffee bar in the space so I’m only a few steps away from my morning cup!