Covet Garden is for folks who are curious about real spaces. We take a peek into the homes and lives of some of the city’s most interesting people—spaces that have not been styled by interior decorators. Covet Garden is inspirational, not aspirational.
Lynda has a unique and varied background. A former lifestyle editor, she also works as a freelance writer, decorator, and floral designer. She’s won awards for her work as a prop stylist and has contributed to such publications as Canadian Living, Chatelaine, and Style at Home.
But Lynda isn’t just about still life. She spent two years working in animation, three years in multi-media production, and once worked on a film where she was credited three times—as an upholsterer, a set decorator, and a zombie.
Because her work in both interior design and prop styling requires that she report on and shop for the newest decor trends, she prefers for her own home well-loved and unusual things that are full of character—like Judy the stuffed duck—things that make her smile.
Loves: a great find, paint-by-numbers, bugs, and plants
Secret skill: rosemary shortbread cookies
Jessica started as a designer working freelance for publications such as Report on Business Magazine and Canadian House and Home. She established her career as an art director during a seven-year stint at Redwood Custom Communications, where she created beautiful pages for all kinds of magazines and worked with many of Covet Garden’s photographer friends.
Jessica has an appreciation for all things beautiful. And she has always had a fascination with how people live and what they choose to surround themselves with. Before she was an art director, Jessica studied film at Ryerson and Japanese in Japan.
Loves: film, travel, antiquing, making things, hoarding fabric and magazines.
Secret skill: pillowcase dresses
Like Lynda and Jessica, Rhonda has done all kinds of things. She has written and produced beauty and fashion stories for publications such as Flare, In Style, Rouge, Images, and the Winnipeg Free Press. She was also a finalist in the humour-writing category at the 2001 National Magazine Awards. Sometimes she tells funny stories in bars or on CBC Radio One’s Definitely Not the Opera.
In film and TV, Rhonda has worked in the wardrobe department for series such as Treehouse’s Panda Bear Daycare and Ruffus the Dog and Discovery’s Curious and Unusual Deaths. These were very fun jobs.
Loves: vintage watches, art, music
Secret skill: recycled envelope iPad case