EP 194 | Lessons from Clients with Virginie Martocq

November 3, 2020

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Transitioning from publishing interior design shelter magazines into taking on real-life clients wasn’t quite as easy as imagined, says Virginie Martocq. In this episode, Virginie shares lessons she’s learned from her best and worst client experiences.

In this episode we learn:

  • be firm with your opinion; double down with clients who second guess
  • talk about money early
  • if you don’t feel good about the fit with a client at the consultation, walk away (if you can afford to)
  • avoid clients who cannot make up their minds
  • take time after a negative client experience to evaluate (in order to avoid a repeat)

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About Virginie Martocq

Virginie Martocq grew up in the South of France, where a taste for all things beautiful became firmly ingrained in her psyche. After graduating from McGill University with a degree in Art History, she started down the career path with a job in Sports Marketing (yes, really). It didn’t take long for her to realize she was on the wrong road and to enroll in the Interior Design program at the International Academy of Design. She graduated with high honors and went on to open her own interior design company, which she ran for over 4 years, completing residential projects throughout the Toronto area, in California and the Bahamas.

During this time, she began working with HGTV on several television shows and contributing to Canadian House & Home magazine as a freelancer. Virginie went on to work as design editor at Canadian House & Home for two years before becoming Chatelaine’s home editor, a position she held for eight years. During that time, Virginie also became a regular guest expert on Cityline, as well as a decor expert on Canada AM, The Marilyn Denis show, and guest speaker at shows like the One of a Kind Show and Fall Home Show amongst others.

In 2012, Virginie left the world of design media to work full time on her two passions. One is design, and the other is the successful cookbook self-publishing heritagecookbook.com, a website that allows businesses and individuals to make their own custom cookbooks.


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