Here at Floor Coverings International of Aurora, ON, we are privileged to interview some of America’s leading designers and bloggers as part of our Designer Influencer Interview Series. Our goal is to give our readers valuable design advice they can apply to their own lives. In our latest interview, we are pleased to introduce trend-setting designer and blogger Morena of Morena’s Corner.  You can follow Morena on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.

Morena's Corner

Please tell us a little about yourself.

Italian born and bred, Morena is the kind of girl who would rather have paint on her fingers than get a manicure. The daughter of two DIYers, she and her husband strive to pass the tradition and value of handmade to their four children. Morena’s passion is using thrifted and inexpensive finds to craft designer inspired creations, and she excels in creating colorful, bold pieces. As a former teacher, this site is like her virtual classroom. She is on several design teams, including DecoArt, Live.Craft.Love by Darice, Fairfield World, Goodwill SA, Walnut Hollow, and Darby Smart.

Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?

I’ve always enjoyed crafting and following blogs. In order to participate in contests, I needed a blog to post pictures on. I hastily set up this blog, and I wanted to call it something clever, like “Runs with Scissors,” but that was taken. So were the other dozen “clever” names I came up with. Defeated, I named my blog because my little craft desk was in the corner of the office. (Later it moved to a corner of my closet. Now I’m in a corner of the laundry room.) I took my little time outs in the corner to craft, hence the name of blog. And I’m too busy crafting to change the name now.

How would you describe your design style?

I call it “retro bold”. I’m inspired by retro designs but I like to use bright, bold colors. I like grungy, weathered designs but with “loud” colors instead of muted tones.

Where do you find most of your inspiration?

I’m inspired by visual images, so catalogs, online stores, and just shopping tend to inspire ideas, color combinations, and things to try.

Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.

My summer wreath makes me smile: (click here to learn how to make it!)

Morena's Corner

Morena's Corner