MH (MARY HELEN) ARRIVED FROM THE EAST COAST TO TORONTO IN THE MID-90'S TO PURSUE A CAREER IN REAL ESTATE (SHE STILL HOLDS A SALESPERSON LICENSE). INSTEAD SHE SOON FOUND HERSELF INCREASINGLY IN DEMAND AMONGST HER COLLEAGUES AS A STYLIST, PREPARING THEIR CLIENTS' PROPERTIES FOR MARKET. SHE WAS “STAGING” BEFORE THE USE OF TERM HAD REALLY BECOME WIDELY RECOGNIZED.
THE PHENOMENON GREW EXPONENTIALLY WITH THE ADVENT OF INTERNET LISTINGS AND VIRTUAL TOURS AND MH QUICKLY ESTABLISHED HERSELF AS THE PREMIER STYLIST FOR THE CENTRAL TORONTO LUXURY MARKET. SHE HAS DEFINED A STYLE THAT IS EVER BEING EMULATED, AND IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING TO MEET THE RAPID EVOLUTION OF TRENDS AND FASHION.
THE EXPANSION OF HER BUSINESS HAS PROVIDED MH WITH THE IDEAL OPPORTUNITY TO PURSUE HER LOVE OF COLLECTING, TO CREATE AN INVENTORY OF FURNITURE, LINENS, ART AND FINE OBJECTS THAT IS ALWAYS GROWING, BUT NEVERTHELESS ALL STILL PERSONAL, INDIVIDUAL AND CHERISHED.
SHE LIVES IN A CONSTANTLY TRANSFORMING CENTURY HOME IN ROSEDALE WITH HER HUSBAND, TWO DAUGHTERS, AND BELOVED CATS SHELLEY AND BEAUX.
WHEN PEOPLE ASK SO OFTEN OF HER WORK: “DO YOU REALLY LIVE LIKE THIS”?... YES SHE DOES.
Erin found her way back to her first love, decorating, after pursuing an academic career (Honours Bachelor of the Arts in French Literature, Classics and History) first at McMaster University in her home town of Hamilton, then a year at University of Leeds in England. After 3 more years teaching in Kyoto, Japan, she returned to settle in Toronto, completed the Interior decorating Certificate from George Brown College (a course she now teaches), established her own design firm Dermody Designs, and along the way built a house in her spare time in the Upper Beach. When not performing makeover miracles for MH Thompson Home, Erin can likely be found travelling the world, adding to her 25 countries already visited, or you may just stumble upon her in a sunny spot at the Brickworks, taking in a good book. For now, she calls a Davisville townhouse home, but she sees a future on the Toronto islands.