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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
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( 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.
Having grown up in a home where creativity was encouraged, and my mom would redecorate regularly; I guess you could say that I have come in to my career quite naturally. And having worked in different aspects of the design business for over 20 years, I love sharing all I have learned when working on our client projects.
I love it because I get to build very real relationships. When we are working with a family on a renovation of their home it is really important that we get it right. After all, this is where they live! The magnitude of that is never lost on me. Their home needs to work both for them, and with them. And those projects where the children have gotten involved have been the ones I am most proud of. I love being able to find a way to please everyone and every member of the family feels connected and proud of the end result because they were a part of it.
Working with fabrics and colours has to be my favourite part of a project. When we design a space, source furniture and style a home – it is me who gets to put those finishing touches on it with a collection of great decorative pillows or custom drapery.
So, this really is my dream job. My goal will always be to create a home you love, for the people you live for. And well – that’s worth coming home for.
For me it’s all about connection. I think it is the key to happiness and success and just makes the world a better place to be. This company of mine, well it’s a labour of love and I think it shows.
The Sturdy Co. style hums because of our ability to connect. From the onset of a project I work hard to make sure I really “get” the clients we work with. I feel it is important to take the thoughts and words of our clients and turn them into a home that tells their story. Its part of our DNA at Sturdy Design Co. And that is where the magic is.
That magic, however is not a stroke of luck. Over the years I have worked hard at putting together a process that honours time, lifestyle and how our clients want to feel in the space they call home.
I’m curious by nature, which I think is why I think I am a good connector. I’ve spent over 15 years in this business and am still always itching to know what is new. I love the maze of new products and suppliers, and building relationships with the trades. These relationships have stood the test of time and are essential to our success. This is our community; where we live, breathe and do our best work. It is my dream team.
My work and life all weave together into one big patchwork. I’m thrilled at the way my business has found its course through all of our lives. My husband, son, and fur-shedding pooches are the soul of my life.
I have always liked things to be on track (ok maybe I’m a little obsessive about it), and to be that person who keeps the wheels moving, the behind the scenes magician that makes it all look effortless. I get to do exactly that at Sturdy Design Co. so it is no wonder that I love my job so much. (I also get to do it at home but that is a whole other story that involves teenage girls, horses, basketball practices and more!)
I grew up in the home building business and worked for years in the ad agency world with a number of homebuilder clients so a lot of what we do at Sturdy Design Co. is second nature to me. I know that good design also means staying on budget and being on time. That to me is just an inherently respectful way to do business, and it’s how I was brought up. Hats off to you Dad!
Creative energy swirls around our office space, which is another reason why life is good (well that and the coffee and treats). I thrive on the collective experience in design and life and the added bonus of a friendship that is pretty hard to replicate. It is also contagious. Our clients can honestly feel the love. What could possibly be better?
Sturdy Design Co.
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Bay #3 4640 Manhattan Road SE
Calgary, AB T2G 4B5
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