Decorating & Design

January 17, 2022

Stylist Nicola Marc Shares Her Best Decorating Tips

To decorate with an eye for display is an art. What’s it like to have the gift of looking at a room and instantly knowing what’s wrong and what’s right? Just ask Nicola Marc: she’s one of the most in-demand stylists in Canada and works for major international clients. You may have seen her work in H&H regularly over the years.

She studied French and history in university, but Nicola credits her early magazine experience in the U.K. with teaching her about layering fabrics and textures in a relaxed way. “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do at first,” she says. “I landed a job at the U.K.’s Country Living magazine for three years and learned so much from the editors, going to photo shoots, assisting and observing what they did.”

Nicola’s mother, who made their Georgian home near Windsor Castle a showpiece, was another major influence. “My mother is very into design and always made our houses very beautiful and distinctive. I think you can learn so much from observation.”

Nicola’s own 1910 home is in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de- Grâce neighborhood and, over a year-long renovation, she gave it a cool, Brooklyn brownstone vibe. “I’m constantly learning — reading design books, browsing Instagram and going to museums and galleries for inspiration.”

Want to know how to decorate like a pro? Scroll down for Nicola’s best decorating tips!

Author: Wendy Jacob

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