20 Questions for Candice Olson
20 Questions for Candice Olson
We play 20 questions with interior designer Candice Olson.
1) What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?
A vet. Until someone told me that being a vet was not all about puppies or kittens.
2) If you weren’t a designer, you’d be a…?
I always had aspirations of being a doctor. I have a Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary where I was minoring in fine arts, because back in the day I really didn’t think there was a career in the arts.
3) In your fridge right now, we would find:
Everything to make kids’ lunches quickly, one quarter a bottle of chardonnay and lots of cheeses – we love our wine and cheeses.
4) Coffee or tea?
5) Salad, fries or half of each?
Salad. I’m not really a fries girl.
6) If you had to eat one cuisine for the rest of your life it would be…?
Some kind of pork bellies. Ever since I was pregnant with my son, I have been crazy with bacon cravings.
7) I can’t start my day without my…?
8) Did you have a nickname as a kid, and would you share it?
I’m from out west, and everyone in my family calls me Candy. But when I moved out here to go to Ryerson design school, I was living on Jarvis [for non-initiates, Jarvis street is/was a seedier part of town – ed] and I would tell people “I’m Candy and I live on Jarvis Street.” It didn’t make the desired impression - and that’s when Candy went back to Candice.
9) The most expensive thing you ever broke?
It wasn’t exactly me who broke it, but our lovely dog had a collisions with the Christmas tree and destroyed my precious collection of hand-blown mercury glass ornaments. It was a lesson to never fall in love with anything too breakable.
10) Your strongest subject in high school?
Art and PhysEd.
11) How many lipsticks are in your purse right now?
For some reason I can’t keep a lipstick. Probably one? But then I probably own thousands of chapsticks.
12) How do you feel about Pantone’s colour of the year, Emerald Green?
I feel like it’s a little bit morose. It’s something that speaks to our economic times, it signifies stability. I don’t mind it in accents.
13) Best book you’ve read in the past year?
Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants.
14) Design trend you can’t wait to be over?
This over-the-top chevron pattern. It’s starting to look to Charlie Brown.
15) Design trend you wish more people were into?
Getting a grasp on your own personal lifestyle rather than trying to aspire to someone else’s.
16) Is there a fixture in the home you find so ugly, you’d like to give it a redesign?
We have a central vac baseboard sweep . It’s the handiest feature, but for some reason, there’s only one model on the market and it just looks big and bulky and industrial.
17) Celebrity design lines: Who do you take more seriously, Justin Timberlake or Brad Pitt?
18) If you had to take up residence in a celebrity home, whose would it be?
Donald Trump’s penthouse suite in New York, because that is the most hideous over the top ostentatious…everything that’s bad about design is in that suite, and I would want to move in and take over.
19) Your favourite app?
20) Best words of advice?
When opportunity knocks, you can either open it or kick-it-down-open it. People can really miss the opportunity to take advantage of those little breaks, or to recognize them. So that when they do come – and they come to everybody – that’s what takes you from flat-lining and into the stratosphere. And it’s not easy. It takes a lot of work to knock that door down. It’s certainly true in my life, and anyone I know who’s reached a level of success in something important to them.
You can watch Candice Olson on Candice Tells All Wednesdays 7:30E/P on W Network.