Décor Trends and Convo with Dezign Diva


Décor Trends and Convo with Dezign Diva


Tuesday, October 01, 2019

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# d esign w eek j a2019 continued Thursday last chez Dezign Diva Karen Booker. Indeed, the warm and fuzzy interior complete with bright and cheery décor at the Hope Road atelier proved the perfect foil to the dreary weather outside.

The intimate crowd enjoyed an evening of conviviality, melodious sounds courtesy of DiMario McDowell, thought-provoking discourse by way of Fabian Thomas, adjunct lecturer, Institute of Caribbean Studies, UWI, Mona; and a warm welcome from Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia “Babsy” Grange.

There were pearls of wisdom “The beauty of recognising the power of your design is you also recognise the other amazing designs around you!”

“Do not be daunted by someone's else's light. Applaud It! Yours will shine even brighter” “Share ideas... you don't have to hug it [all] up, there is enough for everybody.”

“I want to ask you, what are you designing? What are you building? What is the foundation on which you stand? What legacy are you leaving? What are you building for yourself? What dreams are you not bringing forth and why? Believe in yourself... believe that you are enough!”

“Here's one of the things I'm glad I have learnt, creating and achieving great things is not about not being afraid; it's about being very afraid...feeling the fear but doing it anyway.”

Guests nodded, embraced the teachings as they nibbled on delectable treats from Karl Hart's The Pantry, enjoyed ice-cream bars and Welch juices from Wisynco and wines courtesy of Dezign Diva.

Grange, who conveyed her pleasure to be in attendance, commended the Jamaica Observer and McDonald-Whyte for the Design Week concept and pledged her support to the venture that, she said will grow from “strength to strength”. She added that creativity was at the centre of brand Jamaica and charged the creatives in attendance to embrace it.

The evening's host Karen Booker, decked out in what she described as the colour of the moment — millennial pink — ditched the design do's and don'ts and issued a charge of her own. Booker, who said she came to Jamaica on “a hope and a prayer”, pleaded with guests to think outside of the box, support others and use their creativity to build Jamaica.

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