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Mary Lee Smyth

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In-Home Designer

Mary Lee Smyth

La-Z-Boy, Kingston location

Mary Lee has worked in the La-Z-boy Kingston Showroom since 2017. She consults with clients and the sales team every day. “Most of the questions I receive are from customers who know that their room is not working but are flummoxed at the process of Interior Design.” She assists by answering questions about colour, fabric types, rug sizes, styles, lighting and more!

“Many years ago, when I was a newly certified Interior Designer, I had the privilege of apprenticing under Harold DeGroffe at his Atelier in the United States. Harold was an amazing mentor, very kind and generous, but also very strict. He shared so many of his design methods and secrets with me. I still rely on this lovely generous gift today when working with my customers.” 

Q&A With Mary Lee 

1. How do you determine the right style for your customers? 

I listen to my clients tell me about their life, their family, their hobbies and their plans. 

2. What are your tips for customers looking for a new furniture piece? 

Visit and take some time to simply sit on the new sofa or chair. Take your coat off and really make yourself comfortable. The sofa or chair comfort and style are your first decision.

3. Which piece of design advice do you always emphasize? 

Form follows function. In other words, the activities you and your family have in the room will help with the formation that the room and furniture should take. 

4. How do you handle unexpected challenges or changes during a project?

Change is inevitable!  If an unexpected hiccough shows up I usually take a breath and drop back a few steps. The client and I review the basics and move forward to new decisions. Good Interior Design is a process. If we work together on all the steps in order (and try not to run ahead !) the end result will be stellar!

5. Where do you go to find inspiration? 

I spend a lot of time outdoors. I hike, bike, kayak and trail ride. Nature has a wonderful way of showing us all types of beautiful colours and textures.

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