Celebrity Spaces: Rebecca Wise
BY MARCY CORNBLUM
SPECIAL TO QMI AGENCY
Creative director and event planner Rebecca Wise loves her time at home. She sees it as a place to relax and to help keep a proper work/life balance.
Creative director and event/wedding planner, Toronto’s own Rebecca Wise, is the hostess with the mostess (www.eventwise.ca).
For the past 10 years, Wise has combined her communications background and her “passion for making dreams come true” into unforgettable experiences.
After she graduated from Western, “I went on a much-needed vacation to Florida.” By chance, she began chatting to a CEO of a luxury cruise agency who was planning to expand her team to plan and host cocktail events. “I decided then and there that she was going to hire me.”
Over the next three years, Wise travelled to 11 countries, including two Mediterranean cruises — hosting cocktail parties and learning everything she could.
Currently, besides planning memorable events, she is co-starring in the new Cottage Life series, Dining Innvasion where she takes the boring and the ordinary into something with pizzazz and delight. Wise invited Celebrity Spaces into her home.
Q: How would you describe your home in one word?
Q: Tell us about your home.
A: We live in a 1,800-sq. ft., detached two-storey house. I think it was built in the 1930s. We have a huge backyard for Toronto standards and are the only house on the block to have an actual garage.
Q: What attracted you to this space?
A: From the minute I walked into the house, I had a good feeling. And then we started realizing its potential in a then up-and-coming neighbourhood.
Q: Who shares this home?
A: Myself, my husband, and our two-year old daughter.
Q: How much time do you spend at home?
A: We have a great work/life balance, thank goodness. Both of us make sure to be home between five and six; so we get a good amount of time as a family.
Q: What is your favourite room and why?
A: So hard to answer that question because I love all of the rooms! I guess I’d probably say the living room just because it’s so nice to curl up on the couch with a blanket and cup of tea. It’s also where the majority of our family shenanigans occur. We have my brothers over to watch football games, or have tea parties on the floor with all of our daughter’s stuffed animals.
Q: How would you describe your decorating style?
A: A cross between traditional and French country. Our paint palette is a series of cool greys and blues which we find have a soothing and calming effect. We have a large formal crystal chandelier in the dining room because we love all of the light it casts. It is hung over a country harvest dining room table, with a bench and country chairs we inherited and refurbished. Crisp white lines are paired with miss-matched pillows and lamps. I love mirrored surfaces, crystal mixed with wood, and covered decorative books. The kitchen and main floor bathroom were recently renovated with Carrara marble, wrought iron accents and pendant lights.
Q: What is your fondest memory in this home?
A: Playing in the backyard with our daughter in the summertime.
Q: What’s the one item in this house you can’t live without?
A: I could honestly live without all of it — my dad always taught me that things are just things and can be replaced. That being said, I
really love my iPod and portable Bose speaker. I couldn’t live without music.
Q: Weekends at home, what are we most likely to find you doing?
A: Laundry. Playing with our daughter, having family over for brunch and watching a movie.
Q: If your walls could talk, what would they say?
A: Depends on what you asked them. I like to believe my walls are fairly introspective.