Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Wedding Floral Designer-Specializing in Fresh Artistic Designs.
Specializing primarily in fresh floral artistic designs for weddings and events. Designer Maria Victoria prides herself in designing fresh floral arrangements which are always customized to the clients needs and style. With her combination of passion and creativity with uncompromising quality and attention to detail, unique and beautiful fresh floral works of art are created.Every design makes a visual statement that will turn your vision into reality . Specializing in Wedding flowers and Decor.
Merchandising and Interior Stylist
May 2010 - November 2012
A fine furniture retail centre for home decor solutions. Carrying over 100 leading manufacturers in a 50,000 square foot showroom featuring modern, contemporary and traditional styling. Planned, renovated and executed the reimaging and styling of the showroom. Assisted in the buying of accessories to develop and strengthen the new concepts and collections. Prepared story boards and consulted in the development of the war room to assist in efficient and well developed purchases
Buyer and Merchandising Director
November 2005 - May 2010
A 100,000 square foot furniture showroom, leaders when it comes to value, style and selection. With over 200 leading manufactures. Started a merchandising and display department. Created and developed main lifestyles to assist with buying and creating strong visual impact. Planned, created floor plans, managed trade and budgets for 7 main renovations ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Worked directly with the CEO buying at trade shows, to determine which collections we will carry, continue using and discontinue using. Developed story boards with colours and accessories to strengthen collection impact. Scheduled shipping and planned arrival of collections onto the showroom floor. Selected, coordinated and purchased all artwork, lamps, mirrors, bedding, floral arrangements and accents to arrive with furniture. Prepared merchandising team on set up needs and provided plan-o-gram. Accessorised and ensured displays were ready to provide a strong impact with a large sales interest from the start.
Visual Presentaion Co-ordinator and Interior Designer
De Boer's Furniture
April 1997 - August 2005
A fine furniture retailer with multiple locations focused on providing excellent customer service, interior design and high quality furniture. Five showrooms ranging from 35,000 to 55,000 square feet featuring modern, contemporary, traditional, urban, country and cottage lifestyles. The De Boer's Studio featured Henredon, Bernhardt and Drexel Heritage Galleries in a showroom over 65, 000 square feet. Merchandised and created room settings in all showrooms.
Recreational Program Co-ordinator and Supervisor
Parks, Forestry and Recreation for the City of Toronto
April 1992 - May 1996
Programs were designed to give children and youth a fun-filled, action packed and safe experience. Through the involvement of arts, games, sports, special events, outdoor activities and local trips participants were assisted in their development. The Initiative was to explore a variety of art mediums,artistic expressions and athletic programs to assist children and youth in their development. Supervised 10 to 20 group leaders and youth leaders in training.
Administrative and Event Co-ordinator
Canadian Jewellers Association
August 1990 - August 1992
The CJA is the voice of the Canadian Jewellery industry, providing leadership in ethics, education and communication. CJA Promotes consumer trust and it assist the member to follow the best business practices. I was responsible for all Administrative duties and Event planning for the over 500 Sales Representative members across Canada, the 24 Karat Club and the Silver Smiths. Along with that was the organization of two annual Jewellery trade shows.
Event and Showroom Stylist and Buyer
Lemon Leaf - (Personal Business
From January 1989
The entrepreneur spirit has always been a part of me. While studying I freelanced between my studies which helped pay for my academics. Once in the work force that need to stay creative has been a part of me. When working full time the amount of projects taken on are greatly decreased, during job search these projects assist in staying creative and current. For the creative individual the economy is not always stable, having a small business Provides that security.
Create and implement beautiful, appealing and impactful weddings, corporate and fundraising events. Have designed over 200 weddings, corporate events and fundraisers.
The privilege of working showroom owners that allow the stretching of creative boundaries. Clients stay trendy by implementing creative and innovative strategies in buying, merchandising and reimaging. Projects range from floral boutiques, fine kitchen boutiques, home accents and jazz clubs.
Lavender love Wedding
Lavender love outside wedding
Minty fresh outdoor wedding
Outdoor minty fresh wedding
White wedding Sparkle
White on White with sparkle bouquets
Perfectly Peach Wedding
A Perfectly peach wedding
Qualifications & Certifications
Merchandising Arts Diploma
Seneca College-Newnham Campus
Humber College North Campus
Seneca College Yorkdale Campus