When Tiffany Piotrowski decided to pursue her passion and study Interior Design in Toronto she started a blog to chronicle her passage.
“I wanted a way to start documenting my journey as an interior design student and my first apartment and moving into the city,” Tiffany said. “It was also a way to be inspired and start making connections with people.”
Now, two and a half years later, what started as a hobby has grown to be an important part of her life and her study of interior design. Through her blog, Tiffany Leigh Interior Design, Tiffany said she has found a real community. She has made friends with fellow bloggers and her work has opened a lot of doors to fun events and opportunities.
“I get invited to a lot of events in the city like Chapters/ Indigo previews for their home lines, I got to go to the J Crew Collection opening party and fun things like that,” Tiffany said. “And also I have met a lot of great people in the city through my blog.”
Although Tiffany said her blog is still relatively small, it gets about 30,000 page views a month. Writing her blog, she said, has also enhanced her learning experience in the Bachelor of Interior Design (now offered through Yorkville University).
“I think that it exposes you to a lot of different styles, it pushes you to think creatively because you always want to be coming up with fresh content,” Tiffany said. “And it encourages you to do a lot more researching and a lot more looking around just to continually be inspired.”
However the blog is a great deal of work and she spends an average of 15 hours a week on it. In addition to the blog and her studies, Tiffany also works part time as a kitchen designer.
Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, Tiffany, 24, has an English Degree from University of Guelph. She was on route to becoming a teacher when she decided to drastically chance her course. “About half way through I realized it wasn’t my passion and I didn’t think it would be a fit for me on a long term basis,” Tiffany explained. “I have always been a very creative person and esthetically focused. I have always loved design.”
On the advice of a friend she started looking into Interior Design programs and found the three-year Bachelor of Interior Design program (now offered through Yorkville University).
“It seemed like a good fit because it’s fast and I can do it in three years,” she said. “I like that it is Toronto based because Toronto has a good design community that I wanted to be a part of.”
She was also sold on the program because of the small class sizes and the flexibility of being able to take classes online as well as on campus.
“You can choose, you can do it completely online, completely on campus or a combination of both,” Tiffany said. “I am learning a lot,” Tiffany said. “I didn’t realize how technical everything was.”
But she is already putting her schooling to excellent use. Tiffany lives in a six-bedroom student house close to classes at the Steeles campus of the school.
She has turned her third floor room into a beautiful and sophisticated studio apartment. It has a hand woven vintage rug, beautiful art, layers of interesting fabrics and a lovely DIY coffee table. Her space was recently featured on blog The Everygirl.