We met up with Jacquelyn Clark, the creative mind behind Lark & Linen Interior Design, to chat design, take a look into her beautiful workspace, and get her in front of the camera. We had so much fun, we left wishing we could stop by and invade her space everyday! Lucky for all of us, we get a peek into her design savvy on the daily via her blog, Lark & Linen. Read on for more from this inspiring gal!
Tell us about your business:
It has officially been a year since the inception of Lark & Linen Interior Design, and it’s been a whirlwind so far! I’ve been in the interior design industry for almost a decade now, but in 2012 Abby Larson, who had secretly been reading my lifestyle and design blog, reached out and asked to join her as editor for her new venture: Style Me Pretty Living. Writing about design, in lieu of physically practicing design, was a whole new ballgame. It was a wonderful experience, and fulfilled a side of me I didn’t realize I had, but I slowly began to miss the act of designing physical spaces. Meanwhile, things began picking up traction on my personal blog and I started receiving inquiries about my own interior design services. I slowly began taking on small projects here and there to fill that yearning, and before I knew it I was essentially working three full time jobs (blogger. editor. designer. whew!) Although SMP Living was an incredible experience, I quickly realized that interior design was where my passion truly lied. By summer 2014 I had begun amassing enough experience on my own, and felt confident enough to take the official leap into entrepreneurship. In October of 2014 I launched my business and I’ve been running my own practice ever since.
How or when did you decide to become a designer? Was there a lightbulb moment? or did you always know?
It was never a question for me. I was the weird kid who spent her Saturdays designing floor plans (complete with secret passageways and LOTS of twirly stairs, obviously). I was constantly arranging and re-arranging my bedroom. I’ve always just known that this is what I was meant to do.
Tell us a bit about your moodboard and your design style:
My design style has always been simple, feminine, and classic with a slight edge for good measure. I feel like my moodboard perfectly reflects my brand and I in a nutshell!
What is your starting point when beginning a creative project? What sparks inspiration for you?
It honestly varies on a case by case basis, I mean, inspiration is everywhere! But more often than not my designs begin with a collection of images (typically found on Pinterest, of course). Once I narrow down the vibe I’m looking to emulate, I start pulling the actual physical pieces that will make up my client’s space. Showing my clients inspiration images at the onset is also a great tool to ensure we’re all on the same page (it comes in especially handy for those who have trouble visualizing a space when it’s laid out in pieces on a presentation board).
What is your dream workspace?
I posted this black, white and floral office not too long ago and it will be the SOLE inspiration for my next workspace! That wallpaper is killing me.
We’ve got a major sweet tooth around the Pepper B. studio, what’s your favourite thing to snack on while working away?
Being self-employed often means I often accidentally work through lunch (and into the wee hours). My current goal is to work on that whole balance thing, but in the meantime I’ve been known to grab a spoonful of peanut butter covered in chocolate chips when my sweet tooth strikes. It’s the perfect quick fix for a mid-afternoon craving!
What is your favourite place in Toronto, or favourite recent find in this amazing city?
Oh you can’t make me decide! Toronto has stepped their game up BIG time the last few years. I have so, so many go-to favourites. For a coffee date: Dineen. For a girlfriend dinner: Miss Thing’s. For an afternoon treat: Roselle’s. For outstanding food each and every time: Lee’s and Buca. For brunch: Bonjour Brioche. I could go on forever if you don’t stop me!
If you could be a colour what would you be?
Blush, with navy accents. Is that allowed?
Photos by Nicole Dee Photography