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Meet Tonic Living's Design & Sales Team! 0

Tonic Living is growing! We are so pleased to welcome new faces to our Design & Sales Team. These talented ladies are here to help when you visit the shop, whether you need expert window treatment advice or ideas for perfect pillow pairings. They are also the ones helping with custom quotes, orders and any inquiries you may have.

Here's a little bit more about the friendly faces of Tonic Living:

Jessica Grice, Director of Sales
Jessica, affectionately known as "just Jess," is the new Director of Sales. Jess has a wealth of experience in retail and grew up helping with her mom's decorating business, but her career trajectory hasn't always been so linear! She has a BSc. in Marine Biology and an MSc. in Pathobiology, which lead her to work at Ripley's Aquarium as an aquarist and Fish Lab Manager. Now she's traded fish for fabric and spends her days leading Tonic Living's Design & Sales Team. In addition to the ocean and decor, Jess loves chocolate, picnics (she's very serious about these) and exploring Toronto by bike. Here's some more about her:

What's your sign?
Cancer

Stripes or polka dots?
Stripes

Current colour crush?
Pink Ground by Farrow & Ball

Light and airy or dark and moody?
Light and airy

Currently on your playlist?
Soca

Best thing you ever ate?
Bajan Trini-style doubles from Pat at Accra Beach (curried chickpea flatbread)

Dream destination?
Iceland! I went for my bachelorette with my best friends, and it was so beautiful, it would be a dream to go again.

What's inspiring you now?
Heather Tierney, creative director of the boho-chic restaurant The Butcher's Daughter

East coast or West coast?
Honestly both. I'm from the West, but I met my husband on the East. I will say that the East coast is commonly overlooked—everyone needs to go there at least once! Nova Scotia absolutely has my heart.

What's your perfect pillow?
I'm a huge fan of the Patchwork Pillow.

 

Gabrielle Demers, Sales Manager
Gabrielle honed her design skills at Georgian College's interior decorating program before joining the team at Tonic Living, where she has overseen our custom program for one-and-a-half years. When she's not helping clients choose the perfect drapery, Gabrielle can be found watching live music or spending time in the sun. A woman of many talents, Gabrielle can also play guitar! Here are some more important facts about her:

What's your sign?
Leo-Virgo cusp

Stripes or polka dots?
I never say no to a stripe.

Current colour crush?
A muted, earthy pink—see our Euclid fabric

Light and airy or dark and moody?
Dark and moody

Currently on your playlist?
The 1975, Lennon Stella, Led Zeppelin

Favourite food?
Pizza, always—anywhere, anytime.

Dream destination?
Anywhere warm, with a group of my friends.

What's inspiring you now?
I'm addicted to watching @jewelmarlowe's Instagram Stories. Her DIYs are so interesting and she's definitely not afraid of colour and pattern!

Which decade do you wish you lived in?
My heart is in the '70s.

What's your perfect pillow?
Our Euclid Pillow is my current fave. I love the organic lines and neutral tone.

 
Raquel Joshua, Design & Sales Associate
Raquel's eclectic, boho style fits right in at Tonic Living. "I am an old soul. I love everything vintage. If I could, I would go back to the Tudor or Victorian era—just for a day." 
In addition to studying interior design at Toronto Film School, Raquel has a degree in psychology and history from the University of Guelph, as well as a Masters of Archaeology from Tel Aviv University. But her talents don't stop there; Raquel has done pre-professional Russian ballet, was in Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty among other productions, and danced and choreographed on a jazz and hip hop team—so basically the most boring person ever. JK! Here are some more interesting things about Raquel:

What's your sign?
Scorpio

Current colour crush? 
Blues and greens

Stripes or polka dots? 
Stripes

Light and airy or dark and moody?
Definitely dark and moody!

Favourite place in the world?
Cinque Terre, Italy

Currently on your playlist? 
Dire Straits, ELO, and George Harrison. I love the Beatles more than anything in this world.

Guilty pleasure? 
Dominos pizza and cheesy '80s/'90s movies and music

Dream destination? 
India—my grandparents are from there and I would love to see where they're from!

What's inspiring you now?
Toile patterns and Delft dishes

Which decade do you wish you lived in? 
The 1970s. Great music and great fashion.

What's your perfect pillow?
The Bridgewater, Navy Pillow is close to perfection for me.

 
Gillian Somers, Design & Sales Associate
After running her own decorating, styling and staging company for 16 years, Gillian brings her expert eye and experience to Tonic Living. When she's not oohing and ahhing over the latest fabrics in the shop, Gillian can be found at her farmhouse with her family, friends and four dogs. She also spends her spare time as a newbie farmer and beekeeper! She is currently resurrecting a working micro farm in the Rouge National Park with her husband. How cool is that? Here are a few more fun facts about Gillian:

What's your sign?
Cancer

Stripes or polka dots?
Polka dots

Current colour crush?
Valentina Velvet, Ink!! Obsessed!!!!

Light and airy or dark and moody?
Depends

Currently on your playlist?
'50s-'80s, jazz, current pop—always ready for a party or sitting around the bonfire!

Best thing you ever ate?
Crème Brulee at The Berlin in Kitchener. Jonathan Gushue was the owner/chef at the time. He has now moved Fogo Island. I would follow him out there for more...

Dream destination?
Anywhere with design, art & history

What's inspiring you now?
Resurrecting, converting & repurposing architecture & furniture

Guilty pleasure?
Binge-watching Escape to the Chateau

What's your perfect pillow?
Gorgeous fabric & perfectly stuffed. If I had to choose, the Valentina Velvet, Ink Pillow.

 
Ashley Navratil, Customer Care Representative
Ashley came to Tonic Living by way of flight—she was previously a flight attendant for 10 years! She met her husband, Simon, a pilot, while working at Porter Airlines (how romantic!) and years later, they were able to live out their dream of being on the same flight crew. While she loved her time in the air, Ashley missed the comforts of home, so she joined the team at Tonic Living where she gets to be around beautiful decor all day long. Ashley is usually the one answering your calls, processing your orders and dealing with any questions you may have, so feel free to give her a ring! Here's a little bit more about her...

What's your sign?
Cancer

Current colour crush?
Mustard yellow

Light and airy or dark and moody?
Light and airy!

Favourite food?
Does wine count?

Guilty pleasure?
The Bachelor/Bachelorette

Dream destination?
The wineries in Burgundy, France

What's inspiring you now?
Fall colours for summer

Which decade do you wish you lived in?
1920s—the fashion!

East coast or West coast?
West, the mountains are calling

What's your perfect pillow?
Anything neutral and boho! I love the Zoe, Gold Pillow.

Our Design & Sales team would love to meet you in person, so come in for a visit! We are now open weekdays from 9:00am-6:00pm.

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