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I met Michaël 4 years ago in Montreal. We worked in the same office and got along pretty fast. I find him super funny and I admire his amibition and talent. He also has the best energy their is. Always willing and positive, his attitude is contagious and in a really good way! When I’m around him, I feel like I could start a billion projects. He has started his own design company and is working his butt off! You should definitively check out his work at : 45 Nord Atelier . He is a good example that young people can achieve great things!

Name/ Michael Godmer
City of residence/ Montreal
Astrological sign/ Cancer
I’m often perceived as \ people tell me I’m/ Unified, Ambitious, Workaholic, Intense, Manager to the core (as an example, I’ve been told that I’d be the kind of person to do an excel spread sheet for a pot luck) and Bi-Polar Economical
Job/ Interior Designer

What does a day in your life look like?
I try to have a steady routine in order to keep a cool head and have good energy throughout the day. I always start off my morning with a coffee at home and then sit at my kitchen counter to read my emails. I then take time to get ready and figure out my to-do list for the day. While driving to work, I return calls and try to figure out my priorities and emergencies. Once at work, I take care of those emergencies and coordinate with my team. By that time, it is often 2pm, I then take time to put my phone on vibrate and close my emails in order to focus 100% on projects, this way it allows me to be creative and have more focus on what I prefer, meaning design! Once back home, at the end of the day, I do a little training. It helps me relax and take my mind off work. I usually end my day at around 9pm and take time for myself. Having a business is being able to manage projcet, finances, a team, but it also starts by being able to manage my own personnal life. This takes a lot of discipline.

Was your age ever a challenge for you regarding your profession as to how people perceive or trust you?
Let me think…. GOSH YES! Having started my career at such a young age as 17 years old, I’ve had the opportunity to have important positions in different companies and fields. By betting on what I had to offer instead of using my age as an advantage, I was able to go a long way. Nowadays, when clients realize that I’m 25, I still get comments on how they can’t believe I’m so young . Some of them even go as far as to tell me that I could be their son! Part of me understands that reaction and on the other hand I still can’t believe that some adults think that all young people are couch potatoes and don’t have any willpower. Incredible!

What would you say contributes to your success in terms of your personality excluding your obvious talent?
One thing : knowing and identifying my goals. Follow those guidelines and look ahead. I’d like to add that I don’t believe in luck, like people will tell me ‘’wow, you are so lucky,’’ but I don’t think that is accurate. You have to always move forward and seize the opportunities as they present themselves in your life.

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What object could you not live without\or that you love the most?
My phone. That is, I guess, a pretty common answer, but it connects me to work, home and it is also a great tool when travelling. It really allows me to be efficient in my work days. It also helps me to manage my stress better by having access to my work and projects even when not at the office. It helps to keep a healthy balance, meaning I can use it whenever needed and I can also turn it off when I need a moment to myself.

What is the question you wish people asked you and what is the answer?
Is it difficult to start your own business and how much do you earn? You must make a lot of money right?

To that I’d say, it looks pretty glamorous to have your own business, yeah sure. But even though I still have tons of fun working as a designer and an entrepreneur, I don’t know if I would have still launched my company, knowing how much hard work it is. Honestly, I probably would’ve done it anyways! It requires me to be rigourous, to have a lot of amibtion, but mostly to love what I do every single day. And just so you know, you don’t make that much money!

Do you have any tips on interior design for us (simple things that we can apply to our homes)?
Create a space that represents you and mostly that you can function in every day of the week. Magazines, Pinterest and Blogs are some sure sources of inspiration and good ideas, but they might not always apply to your lifestyle. I sincerely believe that if I can guide people with that train of thought, I’ll say, ‘mission accomplished’.

For example, at home I have a chair in the hallway. It is there not because I’ve seen it in Dwell, but it is place in that specific space because when I get home and my boyfriend is cooking, I can just immediately sit and chat with him about our day.

What is a personal objective for you in the coming year?
To find balance between work and personal time. I’d like for it to be 40% personnal and 60% work instead of 20%/80%!

Who or what influences you the most and has been your biggest inspiration and why?
As I mentioned, there is Emily Henderson, but also my mentor and friend Stéphanie. I’ve always been inspired by businesswomen. She studied interior design as well as project management and nowadays, she combines those two passions. She’s an artist manager and she also works on diverse design projects with me. The way she gathers people, creates teams and her management skills fascinate me. She has this way of explaining projects, defining her vision while staying rational and keeping clients’ dreams alive. Maintaining a human approach while managing teams and projects is for me the direction I want to go in.

What is the thing that people should get conscious of or read about?
Design wise- plants. I don’t mention it enough but plants are not only a nice part of pinterest boards or used to add a little extra touch to the ambiance, they also grow with the space and fill it with life. I feel it’s important for plants to inhabit the space and last, which emphasize that you are living, as time goes by, in a home and not only with nice decorations and in pretty settings.

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Because I see you as a very paternal man, I have to ask you; would you like to have kids?
Hummm… That is something I think about a lot but I feel I’ll really think and reflect on the matter later in my thirties. My boyfriend and I feel that we are not ready for kids yet. Although being present for my nieces and nephews makes me learn a lot and makes me grow and I feel as though it’s an experience that everyone should live. Life goes by, work takes control of your routine. Kids have a way of bringing you back to the essential and I hope one day to have the strength and courage necessary to benefit from the amazing experience of parenthood.

Would you still like to sing or return to singing? Do you feel that as an interior designer, your creative side is fulfilled?
I’m lucky enough that my actual work allows me to be creative but it also consists of other tasks such as as management, follow ups, finances… Music represents more a personal moment for myself, for reflexion and relaxation. It allows me to fulfill my creativity and to lose myself in time and space.

One band in the past year/ Lo-fang
One book/ Modern originals Leslie Williamson
One piece of clothing/ My ‘Want’ wallet and my Naked and Famous black jeans

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YOUTUBE EDITION – PART II

Hello! I don’t know if you guys enjoyed my Youtube suggestions, but here’s the last part of my favorite channels. I could’ve honestly done like 5 posts on this but I guess that will be enough for now! Hope you enjoy!

Emily Henderson

Interior designer and stylist based in L.A, she does not post often but when it is worth it. She has INCREDIBLE talent and taste, and let me tell you something, she’s not that well known and respect for nothing. You want to be inspired or get tips on home decor, run to Emily’s channel. She has this quirky and fun way to explain clearly how to, for example, style your nightstands. I strongly suggest that you check her blog out as well!

 

Gigi

I LOVE HER. I’m just fascinated by her lifestyle. Every one knows around me how much I love Gigi. She is full out and I find her courageous for the fact that she lived her transformation under people’s scrutiny and millions of followers on Youtube. Yes, she’s trans and she’s livin’ it!

 

Claire Marshall

I appreciate a lot the aesthetics in her videos. It’s clean, visually and graphically neat, I love it. She’s a makeup artist but you’ll find fashion and even food entries on her channel. There is also a extremely touching video on her mom, it is called Mary.

 

The Skin Deep

I am totally fascinated by this. I’m not sure I have words to describe how much certain encounters have moved me. It is basically two people sitting in front of each other, asking questions they are randomly picking out. Sisters, fathers and daughters, lovers, ex-lovers, name it. It is pure human relationships and I encourage you to watch some of those videos. There is more on their website TheSkinDeep.

That concludes for Youtube faves for now. Don’t forget to comment with your favorites!

 

 

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As I want to make this blog a communal space, where I can showcase as many collaborators as possible, I came up with the idea of a series called ‘From me to you’. With the hope of inspiring you in your everyday life, I will ask creative people to design, draw and create amazing and pretty downloadable things for you on a, I hope, monthly basis. Here is the first post!

Although this would have been a little more appropriate at the end of December, I do believe that it is not too late. I have asked a friend of mine to design a calendar for you (and me) to print and use over 2016. YAY! I gave her no particular guidelines design wise and here’s what she came up with. I really like the result, find it super creative and hope that you will too. You can download it below (link after pictures). Use it at home, at work, print it off your computer, hang it on your wall and share it with your friends. To sum it all up you can do whatever you want with it.

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Click HERE to download the fabulous calendar!

Here are Jesabel’s informations if you ever are interested in seeing her work. Do not hesitate to contact and hire her! She is awesome and so talented!

stjean.jesabel@gmail.com

 

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YOUTUBE EDITION – PART I

I mean, I’m completely addicted to Netflix, Youtube, Tv, Vimeo and others, but again who isn’t? I’m always on the lookout for new things to watch and wonder what are people’s favorites. Please share yours, I’d love to discover new ones! First post of this series : Youtube Channels that I watch and follow like everyday style. Some of them are pretty much superstars! That is cray-cray, I mean to think that people now have Youtube as a job.

DamonandJo

They’re funny, young, full of energy, speak multiple languages and their channel is mainly based on their travels. Tips, confessions, everyday life, that what’s the channel is all about. I find them REALLY entertaining.

Estée Lalonde

She’s Canadian, she lives in London UK, she is SO pretty and she feels to me like the girl next door, except with a bigger budget and prettier apartment (wink). She talks mainly about beauty, makeup, fashion but lately she has widened her horizons with subjects like lifestyle. If you like her, you should also definitively follow her on Snapchat.

Broadly

I’ve recently ended up in this channel, which is part of the Vice family, and found myself binge watching all of their videos. Based on women’s point of view, they discuss very interesting subjects. This video up here is one of my favorites.

Green Kitchen Stories

I enjoy not only their vegetarian recipes a lot but also their aesthetics. Simple, really easy to understand, beautiful and what looks like tasty recipes, I enjoy spending time on their channel quite a lot. I would also suggest that you check out their website which is as delicious looking as this!

 

So that’s it for Part I of the Youtube channels, I hope you enjoyed and found something inspiring in all of this. Stay tuned for the Part II and my other video obsessions!

 

 

 

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Lot’s of things for 2016. Too much on the agenda? We’ll see. Here are my goals for the year. I prefer not to call them resolutions, because I can’t keep my new year’s resolutions. Do you set yourselves goals for the new year?

  • Be more creative   \   I want to make music again. It is and will always be running through my veins. I miss singing, I miss playing with musicians. I want to cover songs that I love, I want to make videos, I want to prepare a jazz EP. I mostly want to collaborate with people I respect and that I find talented. I would also like to post on the blog once per week. That is a huge commitment for me, but I sincerely want to attain that objective.
  • Do   \   Be proactive in general and stop analyzing so much. Just do things, try and feed life’s energy and movement.
  • Have less migraines   \   I have had migraines for ever, but for the past 2 years I’ve had them everyday. I would like to find something that really helps meaning getting back in shape, getting better at eating habits, following through with physiotherapy exercises and start talking about stuff, to feel that I’m being heard.
  • Start living for myself and embrace 30   \   Worry less about where I’m not and what I don’t have. Stop comparing myself to others. 30 is approaching and without putting to much emphasis on the number, I’d like to be proud of it instead of perceiving it as a failure or a pin point of my objectives that have not been met.

There you go. We will see what will happen, but I’m sending all of that in the universe and will try my best to remembers those 4 points in the next months.

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