Five years ago, interior decorator-designer Susan Snow had her first paid gig in her new career.
It was a speaking engagement on interior design at Holland College.
Today, she sits in her new retail space on Fitzroy Street in Charlottetown surrounded by an array of products laid out in brightly lit, cozy room sections where less than a month ago there was a huge empty space with cement floor.
Moving Designz is a home décor specialty shop with interior design services.
Snow began her business five years ago and has moved recently from Summerside to Charlottetown.
“In Summerside, we outgrew our space and Charlottetown was the logical move. We have clients all over P.E.I.”
Snow is in her element whether she is greeting clients in the store, or knee deep in mud at a job site. She describes her business as complete home design.
Aside from the employees in the store, Snow has contractors for carpentry, upholstery, sewing electrical and delivery who round out the team to get the job done.
There are many different elements that go into filling a client’s living space, said Snow.
The most important thing is to listen to the client.
It is their dreams and expectations that have to come out in the end, she said.
“I get inspired by colours, fabrics, textures and landscape.”
Snow says she has always had a creative side and is passionate in her work. That creativity has helped her branch out beyond the confines of her own business.
She is a regular contributor to Style at Home Magazine and has been featured in East Coast Living.
She is a great go-to source for info and knowledge, said editor of East Coast Living Janice Hudson.
“She has a flare for style and decorating and a really good aesthetic sense.”
Snow’s passion spills out beyond her business. Community involvement is essential, Snow said.
She is a supporter of both the breast cancer fight and Prince County Hospital fundraisers.
“Some people are less fortunate and if everybody gives a little, a lot can be done.”
Her success has led to recognition in the business community.
Snow received the business excellence award in 2008 from the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce and is nominated for the growing business award this year at the upcoming P.E.I. Business Women’s Association Awards.