Candice and I keep running into each other EVERYWHERE. It’s so strange, it’s been a while since we’ve seen each other, and then BOOM! She keeps appearing out of nowhere. I find myself in a showroom asking the salesperson “who is the designer of this sofa?” Candice. “Who is this fabric by?” Candice again. ”You don’t happen to know whose rug this is, do you?” You guessed it…Mrs. Olson.
We’ve just had too many good run-ins lately, that I’m beginning to wonder if there is a place out there that doesn’t carry something with the Candice Olson name attached to it.
“Candice” is like the decorating BFF that you never knew (in person at least). She seems so down to earth and friendly…qualities that could make a homeowner feel at instant ease. She seems easy to relate to and perhaps that is why the Canadian interior designer has done so well in her career.
Most people (especially my clients) are familiar with her through HGTV’s Divine Design but I must admit, I’ve never seen a full episode. This is the one place we haven’t run into each other (just yet anyways). I know, a designer never having seen Divine Design? Unheard of, right? But 1) I rarely get to watch TV and 2) when I do get the rare chance to watch TV, I try to fill my mind with anything but design.
One thing I know of for sure is that Candice has made herself into a household name. Through her extensive lines in various showrooms, she has created an empire that I can’t help but be jealous of.
In the recent past, Candice has teamed up with Kravet, Paragon, Silestone, AF Lighting, Surya, Revco, Norwalk, Thermador and York Wallcovering to make the Candice look available to designers and the general public. I’m curious to know as to when this woman sleeps? I feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day for little ole’ EJ Interiors, so I can’t even imagine Candice’s workload, all of the places that she has to be, and all of the decisions that have to be made day in and day out for her business.
Some of her pieces that I drool over…
I actually just recently purchased this sofa for my own living room. It’s the Tina sofa (in off white) from Norwalk and I’m loving it!
I just purchased this Milton sofa for one of my clients…and she’s loving it! (well, from the tear sheet at least..it hasn’t arrived just yet)
We also purchased six of these Margot chairs for the same client’s dining room (and we selected these without even knowing that we were picking out even more Candice furniture for her house)
Candice’s fabric line for Kravet is just as chic!
I had another client who requested that we use a textured Candice wallpaper in her master bathroom. We used the Sisal Twill paper and it turned out beautifully! Now if only the backordered mirror and rest of the bathroom furniture would magically appear to top off this scenario!
Ok don’t make fun of me for Candice overload, but I want to use this dining table in another client’s home. I haven’t been able to find a table (at this pricepoint) that has lines and a finish as graceful as this one’s.
I saw this chandelier at The Patricia Group the other day and thought it was the coolest thing. This would have looked great in my other client’s “man cave”. Ok, ok I’ll stop!
One more…this is my favorite lamp of hers…
Now I’m curious to know…what’s next for Candice? I have a good suggestion- how about a paint line?