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for cre­at­ing an up­scale look that clev­erly com­bines lux­ury and prac­ti­cal­ity, Anna’s in­nate gift for de­sign and her de­tailed eye are re­flected in both the pre­sen­ta­tion cen­tre and model unit at Ashcroft Homes’ re Ho­tel & Res­i­dences.

With words that res­onate with an ex­quis­ite com­bi­na­tion of wis­dom and pas­sion, Anna shares her thoughts on good de­sign with Ot­tawa At Home. She also talks about the mod­est qual­ity of Ot­tawa peo­ple as a re­flec­tion of the Cana­dian iden­tity and ex­plains why she is ex­cited to work in the nation’s cap­i­tal. De­scribe your de­sign style. This is al­ways a com­pli­cated ques­tion. We (Cec­coni Si­mone) come across as con­tem­po­rary, but re­ally we stay true to a genre – what­ever that may be. We re­search and put time into en­sur­ing the look is au­then­tic; usu­ally avoid­ing the tra­di­tional as it is so hard to achieve au­then­tic­ity in tra­di­tional de­sign. Buy­ing crown mould­ing from Home De­pot does not make a home tra­di­tional. What do you think are the key el­e­ments of good de­sign and how do you in­cor­po­rate these into your own work? There are five prin­ci­ples of good de­sign: bal­ance, rhythm, har­mony, scale and pro­por­tion. If these prin­ci­ples are ac­com­plished, the en­vi­ron­ment will feel com­fort­able. Can a de­signer be taught how to achieve this? There are two types of de­sign­ers: those that are born and those that are taught. The ones that are taught may not al­ways have the

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