Meet Marika Brose, the blonde bombshell behind Brose (available at Holt Renfrew nation wide). A veteran of the high fashion industry, this global design guru has held positions at Chloe, Prada, Armani, Pink Tartan, The Bay and Bloomingdales in Paris, Milan, Toronto  and New York respectively. Inspired by vintage and couture influences, strong women and all things pretty, Marika brings simple, strong and feminine silhouettes to women who want to look great with little effort. Her home in downtown Toronto is very similar- it is stylish and strong but doesn’t feel overly contrived. A mix of vintage and modern pieces, favourites for me include her living room storage unit (the word “look” cleverly juxtaposed under an art piece that reads “below”), her open concept “closet” (ladies, it looks more like a boutique than a closet) and her gorgeous “Mykonos” terrace with furniture handmade by her boyfriend. On asking her how she has developed her design style (a question I get asked all the time about my interior design work) she muses, “You have to trust your gut.” Great advice for your closet and your home from this Toronto style icon.

Connect with Marika on twitter @marikabrose

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