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Sturdy Design Co. is a dynamic group of people with a collective range of talents and skill sets. From concept to completion it is a collaborative approach. We are an authorized HunterDouglas SHOWCASE dealer that includes custom drapery and furniture to satisfy all your design needs.
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STURDY DESIGN CO. is a creative hive of savvy designers. Synchronized by how you want to live, and how you want to feel, in the place we all know is so much more than a home, their work will stir your heart and feed your soul. Just like any hive they know that precision is the foundation of good design (have you ever seen a lop sided octagon hive?) and humming or buzzing to the same tune gets the job done.
So they developed a nifty little planning tool that gets you to the heart of what you want. Even if you are not sure what you want. Even if all you are sure about is that you don’t want what you have. Sturdy Design Co can translate what matters to you, into design that tells your story, and will have you clicking your ruby red slippers together and saying “I want to go home” all day long.
They call Calgary home and love to get into the nitty gritty of design to finishes and furnishings. They are well loved by Calgary’s best vendors, craftsmen and labourers which means that you get to have snappy, snazzy and dashing on budget and on time. Isn’t that just sweet?
The Sturdy Artwork is a collection of original photography by James Sturdy that is available for purchase. The pieces can be printed on canvas with gallery framing and metallic paper with acrylic mounts. Let us know what pieces you would like to order.View All Artwork
All About Us
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Creative? Passionate? Driven?
Carrie HardimanRead Bio
Hip. Witty. Open.
Jeannie SturdyRead Bio
Loyal. Vibrant. Remarkable.
Allison QuintonRead Bio
For full effect while reading cue: Non, je ne regrette rien
( I do not regret anything) by Edith Piaf
If you are at Starbucks and the woman in front of you orders an earl grey tea latte, unsweeten, non fat, extra hot, one tea bag. All in the same breath and with a smile. You are likely standing behind Arlene Ladner who just happens to know a thing or two about details and most likely, she will be ordering her tea standing in a to die for pair of heels.
Details matter to Arlene.
The tiniest details matter to Arlene.
Getting it just right matters to Arlene.
She will pretty much do whatever it takes to get ot just right so that you have absolute bliss written all over your face as you say “ I can’t believe you made this all happen”. It’s that smooth, no headaches kind of approach that seems to be her trademark and makes her such a natural fit for Sturdy Design Co.
Arlene has designed more than a few homes over her career which even includes a few hockey players. She has even designed her own home – which she still loves, which is really saying a thing or two. “I love the idea” says Arlene of someone walking into a home and asking: did you just renovate? And you say yes, 12 years ago.” When you are classic and forward thinking like Arlene, that can happen.
She is also the person you want at your table for all things kitchen and cabinets. If you get all tingly knowing that everything has a place, Arlene is your designer! She has over 14 years of experience in the industry but her passion and unique background having had her own catering business is what gives her that edge, especially in the kitchen. She knows that when you need it, you need to be able to find it! She thinks in colour, in layers and with texture.
Travels to Tunisia, Malta, Egypt, Dubai, London as well as living for a time in Abu Dhabi have all inspired her love for mixing historical and modern. The intricate detailing of pattern and texture is never lost on Arlene and roaming the ancient streets and being inspired by the colour of spices or fabrics is integral to the richness of Arlene’s abilities.
If you love to bounce off ideas, and like working collaboratively or want to swap shoe stories call Arlene. You won’t be disappointed.
Cue David Bowie Under Pressure
So, Carrie's theme song is " Under Pressure" by David Bowie. Do we even need to say anything more? Someone who hums away to Under Pressure is likely just who you need to handle your reno! Carrie doesn't get ruffled. Think: Zen master -with a sense of humour.
That might be because of her 18 years of experience in different aspects of the design business. Well that, and she lives with a chocolate lab, a twenty something 12 year old daughter and her man. So busy & crazy she can handle, she actually kind of craves it! Carrie is a designer with a penchant for fabrics and all things custom (she actually used the word bespoke but didn't want to appear pretentious – sweet huh?) She puts her brains, and her heart behind every project with near magic precision. Which makes her an impeccable choice for the Sturdy team.
There is an old saying "that we carry our home in our hearts". And if Carrie has anything to do with it you will be carrying one divinely designed home in your heart! And if you can't picture what that might look like - likely Carrie can. She's a listener with a Grand Canyon sized open mind. She lives and breathes fashion, colour and texture; always, and all the time. She is warm and witty and downright hip. She just figures it out. All of it.
A connector by nature, Carrie connects our most important dots; home and heart. A home you love, for the people you live for. And well, - that's worth coming home for.
Cue "Jump around" by house of Pain
Bookclub is at 6:00.
You haven't read the book.
Well ok, lets be honest, you haven't even downloaded the book! You have no idea how Jimmy is going to get from band to soccer. Madeline needs to take treats to school, preferably home cooked scones warm from the oven .You are not finished the proposal that you are presenting in the morning and you keep waking up in the middle of the night sweaty and worried about the reno.
Does this sound like your life?
Well Jeannie Sturdy may not be able to get Jimmy from band to soccer but if she had anything to do with it, you sure wouldn't wake up sweaty and worried about the reno. And my guess is she would likely arrive at your door with fresh scones just in the nick of time. She's just like that. Intuitive and effortlessly there for you.
When Jeannie was starting Sturdy Design Co she knew that sometimes to stand out in the marketplace, you have to stand up. And she stands up for what is important to you every time. She stands up for your ideas, and makes sure they happen just the way you hoped they would. Jeannie says "we work so closely with our clients it's like a marriage". She's even equipped to handle the "she wants", "he wants" debacle.
She's crazy organized and has a nifty little process that takes you from "I am not sure what I want" to "that is exactly what I want" in warp speed. She has suppliers and contractors, fabric swatches and the perfect window treatment wizards at her finger tips. (Her scones are that good!)
Then you mix all that organizational, move like a ninja competency with great taste and big heart and you have uncovered the Sturdy Design Co. DNA and the secret to Jeannie Sturdy's success. She has spent more than 10 years in the design industry and has an impressive portfolio. She's been the difference maker at the Style Magic Centre and has managed designers and suppliers and product samples and staff all with a laugh that sounds like daybreak, a cell phone, and an endless supply of get 'er done energy. They haven't figured out how to bottle her energy yet but if they do – get in line!
As if all of this isn't enough to make you want to work with her, her motto is "to treat everyone with kindness and sincerity and you just have to be passionate about what you do." She brings her dog to work, takes her son to school everyday, loves to travel and has crossed zip lining off her bucket list.
When you are ready to stand out, call Jeannie, she's a stand up gal.
For full effect while reading cue Cold Play's Lavita
Allison should have invented Velcro.
Because she knows just how to make the right things stick together in a seamless kind of way. She is a process oriented thinker with a clear mind which makes her completely magnetic! Allison can get caught in that swirl of fast paced, attention to detail, stay on track, and on budget, logistical messiness with barely a hair out of place, while balancing a green tea and without a cape! For Allsion, the balls always stay effortlessly in the air. Honestly, don't you just want to be her?
She lives and breathes "get it done" and has stayed true to her Dad's advice "to say what you are going to do, and do it." She was surrounded by home builders from an early age and has worked for many years in the ad agency world, on the home building side of the business. Here she honed her grace under fire abilities and her keen eye for understanding business from a client perspective. (We wouldn't be exaggerating to say she is actually a bit obsessed about this) "We are not just creating portfolio pieces " says Allison "we are changing how people live. And to do that we need to connect with the customer on a whole new level". See what I mean? Insert Velcro, apply Allison.
Allison has always soared in the presence of creatives and feels she does her genius work when she is humming to that buzz. She has that uncanny knack to recognize both the good in design and the good in people, and that is just something really precious about her. She has 2 "try it all" girls who make her life sing and who have given her the ability to multi task while sleeping. ( you wouldn't expect less would you?)
So when you are looking for Allison just look for the one who is loaded up with organizational mojo,a heart of gold, and an endless supply of velcro.
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Calgary, AB T2G 4B5
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