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20 questions with Tim Lam of Design Maze

Elaine Song
Tim Lam

A passionate decorator and blogger, Tim Lam shares his design desires and inspirations.

It's hard to believe Tim Lam only started blogging less than two years ago. A true design and decor enthusiast, his undying passion is undeniable and has quickly made himself a name in the design world - from blogs to events to magazines.

He's a savvy shopper with a stylish eye, who's not afraid of colour and can DIY with the best of them. To be a regular guest in Tim's 30-year-old condo would be a true testament to this devoted decorator, since he changes his decor seasonally.

His blog, Design Maze, documents his design projects as he revamps his dated condo into a stylish home filled with colour, pattern and fabulous vignettes. Now we get to know the man behind the projects and find out what fuels his passion for interior design!

1 If you could shadow any designer for a day, who would it be?
Tim Lam I would love to shadow Sarah Richardson for a day to witness how she creates all these stunningly beautiful spaces. It would be an out-of-this-world, inspirational experience for me to "live through" the entire design process with the SR team from concept, sourcing, custom work, to polishing up the room with finishing touches.

2 Where do you look for an obscure source of inspiration?
TL Mother Nature provides us with the most beautiful vignette at all different seasons. If only we could spare a moment from our hectic schedule and be inspired. To me, nothing beats the prettiest shades of pink cherry blossoms, the jewel-like turquoise water at Georgian Bay in the summer, the stunning fall colours at the Escarpment, and snowshoeing through the Bruce Trail after the fresh snow.      

3 Favourite restaurant?
My favourite restaurant is the Flying Chestnut Kitchen in Eugenia. I love the atmosphere and ambiance of the restaurant. The Chef, Shawn Adler, creates amazingly delicious dishes with organic produce and meats at his bistro style restaurant. The restaurant is cozy, inviting, and unique in a sense that you can how your food is being prepared and chat with the Shawn.    

4 What’s your favourite room to decorate?
My favourite room to decorate is the bedroom. It's a truly intimate and personal space. A room that 100% reflects who you really are and your taste.

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