Hello Wonderful! An interview with the wonderful Nicole Phillips!

Workspace and Self Portrait

Workspace and Self Portrait

Hello Wonderful! 

Today is Nicole Phillips Day on the Hello Wonderful blog! Yayyy! I first got to know Nicole at a Poppytalk workshop a few years ago and since then I've stayed in the loop on all her creative inspiring adventures online. I recommend a going on a visit to Nicole's home on Design Sponge and her blog to see before and afters. Enjoy getting to know Nicole below and you'll see why she's so inspiring and wonderful! 

Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you

I’m Nicole and I do a lot of creative things. I started out in Fine Arts school in hopes of finding some career direction, then ended up going to school for Graphic Design and eventually ended up working in advertising for 8 years. Now I do freelance design and interior decorating. When I have spare time, I upcycle vintage furniture with my boyfriend Andrew. I’m located in beautiful Mount Pleasant, Vancouver.

What do you believe in?

I believe if you do good and treat others good, the universe will give good things back to you and more!

When do you feel your most wonderful?

Unplugged. Information overload and digital noise from always being plugged in to my phone or computer for work can be exhausting. I feel most wonderful when I get quiet moments away from the screen, just enjoying the moment alone or with someone I love.

The library in my apartment and an up cycled dresser before & after

The library in my apartment and an up cycled dresser before & after

What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?

Losing my job. Yes that may not sound wonderful at all, but I’ll explain. After almost 8 years working full-time in a fast pace advertising agency, I lost my job in the worst way. I won’t get into details, but I learned a lot and if that didn’t happen I wouldn’t be as happy as I am today. I am building my own career, meeting so many wonderful creative people, experiencing new things and branching out of my comfort zone. All of this never would have been possible if I was stuck behind a desk working Monday - Friday, 9-5. The daily grind was burning me out and after while it was no longer inspiring. Losing my job gave me the push I needed to do something different and figure out a new career direction, and that’s wonderful!

What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder? When was the most recent time?

As a child, many moments of wonder were experienced in the forest. I grew up on the North Shore and back then it was acceptable to let your children run free in the neighbour and in the forest. I spent many hours wandering the trails, climbing trees and catching fish in small creeks.

These days I don’t spend as many hours in nature, but whenever I venture out to waterfront locations in Vancouver, that’s when I feel it. Specifically the views from Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. Just looking out at the water and the trees is pure wonder!

Lighthouse Park (left) and Cates Park (right)

Lighthouse Park (left) and Cates Park (right)

Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about. Why are they wonderful? (include links if they apply)

Too many wonderful people to choose from, but heres a few that came to mind right away.


Maker & crafter from coral and cloud. Her designs are unique, colourful and handmade. 

Josie and Ian

Photographers & just plain awesome people that have infectious creative energy.  

Andrea and Rob

Local entrepreneurs, I love what this couple brings to my community with their newly opened shop  and craft event.

Thank you so much Nicole! You can view Nicole's website here and she is @visualheart on twitter and instagram. You can like her on Facebook and check out her Pinterest boards here

Have a wonderful day!