Passionate Design

Good design is a place where we feel at ease and at home. Some of the most beautiful rooms have less symmetry and more comfort.

My Story

During an award-winning career in Canada, which began in television news, followed by starring roles in theatre, film, and TV, Cynthia indulged her lifelong passion for interior design in the all too limited down-time between seasons of her 3 long-running hit TV series. She was fervorously sought after by fellow actors and directors to create dazzling interiors for their tony townhouses and posh estates and she brought her signature look to some of Toronto’s finest restaurants.

Leaving her acting career behind, she relocated to Los Angeles where she quickly drew the attention of celebrity clientele including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. Her work was included in several Designer Showhouses including Greystone Mansion, the Doheny Estate in Beverly Hills. Cynthia went on to establish a successful soft furnishings business, which supplied several important Los Angeles design firms.

As a child Cynthia found a tossed away faceted glass doorknob. Since then she has been committed to historic items and their forgotten past. Her rooms often feature expertly selected antiques mixed with classic, contemporary pieces. A dash of color can be found in the vintage objects and accessories she collects. She has exhibited the finds from her worldwide buying trips at Antiques Shows throughout the country and her first antique store, The Collection, was located in Beverly Hills. Today her clients can discover her curated pieces at The Summerland Antique Collective, on Chairish, One Kings Lane and opening soon, the Antique Gallery of Palm Springs.

Cynthia especially loves finding paintings from long-forgotten artists. She restores and reframes them to give them a new life. An artist herself, she attended the Ontario College of Art (she also has a degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Waterloo) and owned a gallery and studio in Toronto. Her artist’s eye provides clients with a thoughtful edited palette.

Cynthia’s work has been published in numerous magazines, including World of Interiors, Western Interiors, Chatelaine and In Style. Her most recent completed project is the first midcentury-modern building in Palm Springs, heralded as “Palm Springs’ most important building”. Built by the father of modernism, Albert Frey in 1934. Cynthia has expertly completed what Palm Springs Life Magazine calls “the long-wished for renovation”. She is now at work on the first stage of restoration of the historic apartment complex Casa Palmeras, the Spanish Colonial Revival masterpiece designed in the late 1920s by Paul Revere Williams.

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