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Shalagh Elliott

An interview with Shalagh Elliott of Shalagh Elliott Design Company in Greater Napanee.

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Briefly describe your business.

Shalagh Elliott Design Company (SEDC) is a full-service residential design firm; serving clients in Hastings County, Prince Edward County, Lennox & Addington County and Kingston, Ontario.

SEDC’s principal focus is creating beautifully designed interiors with an approach that consistently pairs an understated elegant design philosophy with the personal taste and functional needs of the client.

Partnering with Ashley of Black Barn Co., together we have opened a brick and mortar Interior Design Studio/Home Décor and Lifestyle Boutique in downtown Greater Napanee.

What brought you to the region?

After our first child was born my husband and I knew we wanted to raise our family where our roots, history and families are and that brought us back home to The Bay of Quinte Region from Western Canada. Where neighbours are like family, clients become good friends, and community means so much more than where you live.  

What was the hardest thing about starting a business

Taking the leap, trusting in myself and the fear of how it would be received.

What makes the Bay of Quinte a good fit for your business?

There is so much history and beauty in the architecture and homes that lie throughout the Quinte region. This sets the foundation and base with the opportunity and support for new age growth and development. And of course, the people, the clients, the support, the trusted trades and the suppliers make it easy to stay local and be proud of where we live and what comes out of it.

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What advice do you have for entrepreneurs in the area?

Take the leap and trust in yourself and your community (geographical, business, friends, family, etc.). They will help support and guide you more than you could imagine. Stay true to yourself, your vision and believe in your instincts. Do not let people think you are “lucky” to have what you have accomplished let them know how hard you worked for it.

How do you like to spend your days off?

Our days are filled with family and friends at the hockey rinks, baseball diamonds, beaches, ski hill, campgrounds and parks, so we are typically on the move with days at home being few and far between. But when we do get to stay home, getting into a good family movie and snuggling on the couch is probably my favourite place to be.

If you could have one word tattooed on you, what would it be?

“She believed she could, so she did”

My closest girlfriends put this on a mug for me when I was starting out on my own as a quote of encouragement and they are words I live by. I believe in believing in yourself and trying hard things. This is how I want young women doing anything for the first time or something that they feel is out of reach to fall back on to motivate them. This is something that I am trying to instill in my own children – that if they believe in themselves they can move mountains.

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A collection of all our stories from the BOQ

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Let’s see what we got!

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The Bay of Quinte RMB Land Acknowledgement

The Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board is committed to acknowledging, appreciating and understanding the Indigenous peoples’ historic connection to this land and to raising awareness by building relationships in collaboration with Indigenous partners and communities. 

We recognize and acknowledge that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Wendat, Mississauga, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee which includes the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte) with whom we work in direct partnership with. 

This partnership focuses on the common goal of celebrating the region with the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka who are equal partners within the organization and at the Board of Directors table contributing to the mandate and operations.

This mandate includes listening to, learning from, and collaborating with the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka and actively incorporating their culture and heritage into the practice of responsible destination marketing and management of the region.

We understand that this land acknowledgement is only a small step towards the larger process of reparations and reconciliation.

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