Job Opportunity: Seeking a Project Manager / Design Assistant

I’m on the hunt for an organized Project Manager/Design Assistant with good taste and design knowledge.

This is a unique position with lots of growth potential!

The perfect candidate has experience managing renovation/design projects, exhibits a passion for and interest in design, is organized, prefers working on a variety of tasks over putting in a predictable 9-5, is comfortable coordinating with vendors, keeping track of payments to/from clients and contractors, and thrives in a small team environment. 

This position allows you to work from home for the most part with some travel involved to and from different sites/stores.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Overall management of projects
  • Development of project schedules to meet benchmarks and deadlines
  • Manage and track project costs within budgets
  • Occasionally sourcing furniture/design materials and doing pickups/returns to various vendors
  • Design-related administrative work

Required Experience & Qualifications

  • Experience in a client services/project management role
  • Solid understanding of project management processes
  • Superior communication skills
  • Superior organizational and time management skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Pride in workmanship: Do all things to the best of your ability
  • Excellent communication skills; both oral and written
  • Demonstrated leadership with ability to manage daily operations effectively
  • Understanding of (and keen interest in) home design/build projects
  • Genuine interest in current trends, design and the home renovation world in general
  • Ability to drive to and from sites and stores (AKA you own a car)
  • *Bonus if you are Proficient in Photoshop and Adobe Creative Suite

If this sounds like a great fit, email me your CV and resume and tell me a bit about yourself: hello@sabrinasmelko.com

Creating Your Own Yoga Sanctuary – On Cityline

Yoga is more than a workout–it’s a self-care practice that offers a way to unwind and ground yourself amidst life’s chaos.

More and more, we’re realizing the importance of self-care, and what a better way to achieve that than by crafting your own space just for relaxing and taking care of number one. Whether that’s for practicing yoga or tending to plants, it’s a heathy way to unwind from our hectic and busy schedules.

This morning on Cityline, I walked through how to create a soothing and calming sanctuary using items from IKEA’s new HJÄRTELIG collection (which is made from durable, sustainable and natural materials like cork, linen, rattan and seagrass).

When I practice yoga, I like to be able to unload in an instant without being surrounded by distracting mess and props. It’s all about simplification: having everything you need, but nothing more.

Decorative baskets are a must for hosting things like straps, blocks and towels. And the addition of a bench/clothing rack is a great idea because it not only offers a surface for taking off your socks or shoes, but it becomes a dedicated home for jewelry, plants, candles and incense etc. It’s a way to introduce organization way so you can focus on what’s important and not be distracted by “things”.

Then add bonus items like a water carafe for when you’re parched mid-practice, clean rolled towels at arms reach in baskets, candles to create ambiance, plants to purify the air and make you feel like you’re in the tropics, and anything else that inspires you!

Watch the segment here and click the links below to shop the items used in the set!

Rug (US link)  |  Blanket (Blanket alternative)  |  Buddha Head  |  Yoga Bag, Blocks, Baskets, Jewelry Cones, Water Carafe and Bench from IKEA

Links + Likes: Laura Berger, a Rattan Chair, Leather Lagerfeld Heels, a Graphic Tassel Rug + Brass Salt Cellars

Absolutely love this print by Laura Berger.

This rattan chair is only $159! Come again?! (SO sad to not have Target in Canada, but it does ship here still! Bonus if you live there.)

Very into these blue velvet Karl Lagerfeld  heels.

 

Small, brass salt cellars–you need them.

Graphic black and white; hand-woven; double-sided; tassels: need I say more about this rug (US shoppers click here)?

When I was in Thailand, these wooden bags were left, right and centre. I wish I had grabbed one there, but this pretty number is a cute alternative.

April Playlist

No April fools here, just new tracks. Listen on Apple Music or stream through Spotify below:

Kamau, Frank Ocean, Lou Val, Mr. Little Jeans, Tobi Lou, HNNY and more…

Sabrina Takes Thailand | Chiang Mai

Of all the places I visited in Thailand, Chiang Mai wins the award for stealing a little piece of my heart.

For those of you who don’t know (or follow me on Instagram), I spent most of February and March in Thailand where I took part in a 200-hour yoga teacher training program. But before beginning the training, I flew in a week early to explore and make the most of the long travel adventure.

Stop one was Bangkok.

Admittedly, I was supposed to have a full day and night in Bangkok, but silly me screwed up my flight into BKK, so I ended up only getting to see the city from the airport during my six hour layover. But nonetheless I enjoyed the shops, people watching and enjoyed my first authentic pad thai which was primo.

After a brief hop, skip and jump, I landed in Chiang Mai in the AM and was pleasantly surprised by it.

I was picturing something more rural, more sparse, but the city was far more developed than I had anticipated and proved to be quite the mecca of boutiques, cool eateries, shops and cafes you’d expect to see in a magazine. With a young population (thanks to the university), it had a youthful energy which was a cool contrast to some of the more traditional temples and jungles that surrounded the city.

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