We asked Toronto interior designer Meg Cassidy what fuels her work. The residential designer — whose firm Meg Cassidy Creative specializes in large scale renovations as well as furnishings and decor projects — believes a home should be a space of warmth, comfort and modern amenities that complement busy lives. Cassidy loves to discover opportunities in every space she designs, here in Toronto and across North America.
HG: How would you define your style?
MC: Timeless with a minimal sophistication.
HG: When did you first become interested in design?
MC: I was definitely that child that re-arranged furniture around the house. I wallpapered my own bathroom by myself when I was 16 and generally immersed myself in all things creative. My education was in psychology and my early career was in marketing. It wasn't until 2017 that I ventured out into the world of Interior Design but I can attest to the fact that my former life has helped me in running my business today.
HG: Who or what inspires you?
MC: I am heavily inspired by European architecture. I am always looking at how we can pare back design without losing texture and beautiful foundation. I believe several Belgian designers do this very well. My travels always fire me up and invigorate my creativity.
HG: Where's your happy place?
MC: Home and Italy. I dream of owning a home in the countryside, learning Italian, cooking and arranging flowers all day.
HG: What's your favourite part of the design process?
MC: Installation and layering. I firmly believe that the final touches that you put into a home can define you as a designer. A project can go from good to great by how it's executed. I love nothing more than looking at the micro details and really achieving that magazine-worthy look.
HG: Favourite room in the house?
MC: My bedroom. I love my bed. I love my time to decompress. For other homes, I'm often drawn to a living room. I want to see some of your personality and living rooms often are the spaces that share a little more of that.
HG: Best entertaining tip?
A: Lighting, scents and flowers. Keep the lighting low, have only the best smelling candles burning and always always have fresh florals everywhere. Also, prep everything ahead so you can enjoy your guests. Think tapas style or large plates for sharing. Formal dinners are not typically my style.