“Anything can trigger design sense“, mentions Jack Celli, as he gently places his hands on his wood desk covered in floorplans, samples of mouldings and fabrics. Ignited by his influences from the world surrounding him, the Interior Design Director at Greenpark Homes has developed quite an impressive resume. With close to twenty-five years of experience with one of Canada’s most reputable home builders under his belt, Celli has accomplished much more than simply creating impeccable interior designs.
From the moment he opened his box of crayons at the beginning of one school year, recognizing how the colours blended from one hue to the next, Celli knew he was destined for a career in design. The colours spoke to him encouraging inspiration and creativity. “Ever since I was a child, I was interested in art, design in different aspects and looking at things through my own perspective,” recalls Celli. Since, he has come a long way with having worked at a large retailer, as a business owner, freelancer and now as a director for a reputable homebuilder. But the list does not end there, in 1997 Greenpark was approached by the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (PMCF) to design and furnish their highly anticipated Prize Showhomes.
Celli has always admired the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the renowned facilities it provides for cancer patients around the world. This year especially, he has a deeply rooted connection with the efforts of the PMCF as this deadly disease has taken the life of a particular loved one while others that he holds near and dear to his heart are currently fighting for their life. Although this is a high profile event, Celli has always considered this to be a very personal moment that he shared with his closest family and friends.
Everything is like a puzzle that
has to join and work togther.”
– Jack Celli
Each year, this project proves rewarding, as Celli is able to showcase the hours, weeks and months of hard work the Greenpark team has put into going one step further than the year prior. “Every year we try to design a dream home that will sell tickets for the cause,” says Celli. Though it is no easy feat to design and decorate a home as large as the Grand Prize Showhome, the challenge is accepted with excitement. “Everything is like a puzzle that has to join and work together. The space, colour, materials, lighting, ceiling details, it is all a puzzle that has to fit,” he says. With the optimism to generate more support, more research, and similar to the mission of the PMCF, Celli hopes to create a master-planned home that will help ‘Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime’. To date, Greenpark Homes has been involved in the development and design process for a total of 132 homes and five condominiums.
What can we expect for the Spring PM Lottery Grand Prize Showhome? Without giving away all the surprises, Fredi is able to tell you this; the bar has been raised yet again. You can look forward to an impressively planned Kleinburg home just under 7,000 square feet featuring an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary style and a special surprise in the basement. As for the future of interior design, Celli has hopes that homes will become more futuristic and minimalistic thinking that the younger generation may be just what will bring about this change.
Tickets for the spring Princess Margaret Lottery will be available in early 2016. For more information please visit PrincessMargaretLotto.com
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