Karla Dreyer 008

Escaping the Golden Handcuffs and Living a Life you Love with Interior Decorator Karla Dreyer - 008

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Karla Dreyer

Karla is an award-winning designer that has appeared in Style at Home Magazine, Design* Sponge, Magazine and Western Living. She also appears regularly on CityTv's Breakfast Television and CBC as their Design Expert. Her desire to inspire others through her creative work is the fuel that keeps her going as a trailblazer in her field. 

On this episode I sit down with Karla Dreyer, Interior Decorator and dear friend as we chat about everything but interior decor!

Karla started out in the corporate world and was very quickly becoming “successful” and found herself feeling locked in by those ever so sneaky “golden handcuffs”. She gives us insight into the pivotal moment that started to lead her on the path of becoming the sought after interior decorator that she is today.
It was (and always is) a pleasure to chat with Karla. I can’t say enough good things about the amazing woman! Listen in and soak up all her knowledge and good energy!


  • What Karla did before becoming an Interior Decorator.

  • How she was highly successful working a corporate job but unhappy.

  • The breakthrough moment that shifted everything for her.

  • How she realized that interior decor was what she wanted to do.

  • Why she went into the corporate world in the first place.

  • About her life on the “hamster wheel” in work and how the “golden handcuffs” played a role in keeping her there.

  • The importance of examples in your environment to inspire you to take action on your dreams.

  • A deeper look in the pivotal moment where everything shifted for her.

  • The importance of listening to your inner voice.

  • What she did once she decided she wanted to leave the corporate world.

  • How she used blogs to learn about design and get inspired.

  • Her fist blog called “Lovin’ That”.

  • How moving helped her realize how much she loved interior design.

  • How she had trouble owning what she was doing and how the industry wasn’t always so warm in welcoming her in.

  • The importance of owning what you do, even if you’ve just started.

  • How she was held back by the opinions of others when she first started out.

  • All about how she manages running a business and having kids.

  • Her advice on having kids and growing/running a business at the same time.

  • How Karla wants her daughters to see her doing what she loves.

  • How she dealt with “mommy guilt”.

  • How she’s supporting her daughters' passions and what they are.

  • How the roadblocks ended up being a good thing.

  • How Karla managed to get her regular spots on local television shows.

  • The importance of getting out of the house and collaborating.

  • Her tips on how to do well in front of the camera.

  • Why inspiring creativity is so important to her.

  • Why being yourself is crucial and how it can be the most powerful thing.

  • What her “why” is and why it’s important.

  • How passion comes through the screen.

  • About the The Her Initiative.

  • Why you should “follow where your heart breaks”.

  • Karla’s advice to her 20-year-old self.

  • What Karla’s Rebel Cause is.