As a teenager Maureen moved with her family from northern B.C. to the Comox Valley, settling on one of the original farmsteads. Her educational pursuits include early childhood education, interior design, art history and landscaping. With a large family of her own, they built a home and farmed in Black Creek and then moved to the Saanich Peninsula where they operated a blueberry farm.
Maureen enjoyed a 15-year career at Chintz & Company - Home Furnishings and Textiles, in downtown Victoria. Her many opportunities there included positions as Interior Designer and Sales Associate where she developed a large and loyal clientele. She also worked as a Visual Merchandise Manager and as General Manager of the 20,000 sq ft store. During her years at the helm she developed and oversaw a large staff of interior designers, sales associates, seamstresses and support staff. Her stewardship won Chintz & Company the distinction of Western Retailer of the Year, and Sanderson's awarded Maureen with a trip to London, England to view their textile operations.
Maureen returned to the Comox Valley in 2003 to join her sister at Second Wind Interiors Consignment, giving her the opportunity to develop a local design clientele and to pursue her passion to re-use, re-purpose and re-invent home furnishings. She then established her successful business blueberry cottage & chocolate cottage - VACATION HOME RENTALS, renovating and decorating two self-catering homes and gardens in downtown Courtenay.
When not involved in her vacation home rentals or working with clients, Maureen can be found Ballroom and Latin dancing, gardening or enjoying time with her husband and large family clan. She has a passion for travel and has explored Britian, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Mexico and Cuba. While travelling Maureen loves to visit interior design showrooms and open houses, and to appreciate the landscapes and architecture.
Maureen is delighted to offer services in HOME STAGING & HOME MAKEOVERS, using her considerable experience in interior decorating to help clients who are selling their home "show their home at its best!”, as well as helping clients “make the most of what they have!”.
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