How I Get Sh*t Done: Shawna Paterson

Shawna Paterson is all about the detail. Sit down with this woman once, and you’ll want her to design your entire home! Currently working as a full-time junior interior designer, Shawna also runs a YouTube channel where she gives tips and advice to those looking for a change in their homes! Did we mention she’s got over 19,000 subscribers? This is how she gets her sh*t done!


What makes a room feel put together in your opinion?

I think the details and accessories of a room make everything come together. It might not be what you first think of initially but it definitely adds that finishing touch and helps to bring the cohesiveness of each room together.

It's your average day- what does your morning routine look like?

I wake up around 7am for work, brush teeth, wash my face, head into my closet/makeup room to plan my outfit for the day, get dressed, do my makeup/hair, pack my lunch, head out the door and drive in rush hour traffic for about an hour to get to work

Your workspace must be amazing! Tell me about what it looks like and where you do your best work!

My desk at work is in a pod system with 6 other people so we can easily talk to each other, I’ve tried to add some accessories to make it my own. At home, we built a custom desk that I share with my boyfriend that spans the width of an entire wall, he has one side, I have the other, with storage in the middle. I added a gallery wall over-top of my half, with DIY pencil holders and vases full of flowers and a cute lamp.

What's your bedtime routine like?

In the evening, I like to chill out after a long day of work, I will come home and make dinner, and usually watch some episodes of a TV show on Netflix, browse my social media, and then shower and head to bed

Why did you start using YouTube as a platform for your career? 

Originally it was solely a fashion channel, but I expanded it with interior design as it’s something I’m very knowledgeable in and I feel like there are a lot of people out there that are interested in learning more about it. Whether they want to be a decorator as a hobby, or they want to go to school for interior design and earn their accreditation to become a licensed interior designer.

What’s your go-to exercise right now?

 I go to fitness classes at my gym. My favourite one at the moment is a full body barbell workout.

What's the most important lesson you've learned so far?

Let it be. Whatever will happen will happen and you can’t expect anything to go the way you planned.

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