Canadian-born artist April Cornell found her entrepreneurial muse among the flowing garments and vividly hued textiles embraced by the mingled cultures she encountered on a trip to Afghanistan in the 1970s. She returned home with the dream of sharing this vibrant style with a wider audience of women.
Layers of quilts and cushions piled on a settee create a cozy spot for reading or relaxing on April’s front porch.
Vibrant watercolor paintings are at the heart of April Cornell designs. The entrepreneur resides in an 1893 “sticks and bricks” home that blends Victorian with Arts and Crafts architecture.
April turned the walls of her library into a massive canvas for her art.
Meander through her flower-filled back garden, an ever-evolving source of inspiration for her art and designs.
At the Burlington office—part command center, part design studio—pink walls and sunlit, open spaces foster creativity and camaraderie.
Text Karen Callaway
Photography Stephanie Welbourne Steele
To learn more about April Cornell, read “Conversing in Color” on page 45 of the March/April 2017 issue of Victoria.