This Month’s Spotlight!
Lex and Susan Parker believe as Steve Jobs did, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” They design for how people live, work and play.
Interior designers receive much more education than decorators or stagers. They must have 3 to 5 years in a college or university interior design program. Their training is also directed to the actual building structure. It enables them to assist homeowners with larger scale projects such as renovations, custom built homes and additions requiring moving walls, adding on to an existing space and building code issues. They also are able to prepare design (construction) drawings enabling contractors to bid and build.
Susan joined NABWN in 1991 when there were about fifteen members. She enjoyed the comradery of other women in business. Like many of the other women, she worked in a small business with few opportunities to develop relationships outside of the office. Also, as she hadn’t grown up in Niagara, she wanted to expand her personal and professional connections. In those early years, Susan was voted Networker of the Year twice. Susan enjoys the opportunity to do business with women she knows and finds many opportunities to recommend their services to others.
Lex and Susan met at Ancaster High School and have been together ever since. After high school, Lex attended Ryerson University to study interior design and Susan went to Hamilton Teachers College. Susan was an elementary school teacher for years when
her three children were young. When Lex started his own design firm in Hamilton, she became more and more involved in the business. Susan always had an interest and aptitude for art and design and had met Lex in art class at high school.
Even before designing and building their home in Beamsville in 1981, the focus of their design business was in the Niagara area. The tourism of Niagara Falls was growing rapidly in those years and many of the projects were for owners and operators of Niagara Falls hotels, attractions and stores on Clifton Hill. Another project closer to home was designing the Town of Lincoln Municipal Offices in 1992. In 2020, they designed the Port Colborne Municipal Offices.
Lex Parker Design Consultants operated from home for a few years before moving to downtown St. Catharines. The design studio is now located in the Elmwood Design Centre where they recently celebrated forty-five years in business.
Lex Parker Interior Design now has a new website: https://parkerdesign.com/
Please visit it to learn more about the exciting projects completed recently: