Monday, October 20, 2008

Eric Leong and His Casa Impian / Profile

The popular interior designer, Eric Leong was born in Kluang, Johor and completed his education in Johor and Singapore. He holds 2 major academic qualifications - Degree in Business Studies, and later Degree in Interior Designing.

He has been collecting home-decor magazines since his youth time, and often become a ‘consultant’ to his mother, suggesting improvements here and there for their house.

He rose to prominence soon after starring in Casa Impian - which today has become the household name of interior designing and decorating industry in Malaysia. Casa Impian is the county’s first and most popular interior design make-over show. In the show, Eric display its magical touch by transforming plain, boring looking space into area of breath-taking look and feel. The show has continued for more than 6 seasons, and in later development, the show was re-branded as Deko Bersama Eric.

Eric has the capability to produce design of distinguished styles that include contemporary, traditional, Mediterranean, English-style, Oriental, Indian and tropical. He continuously shares his tips and wisdom such as how to make wise fabric selection, upholstery, mix and match and floral arrangement that reflects the lifestyle and interest of the house owner.

What sets him apart from other designers is his ability to throw challenges which may seem daunting for many but consistently rises to occasion. He is given only 8 hours to transform or make over the selected participant’s houses, but his expert combination of flooring selection, painting, lighting and decorating skills allow him to deliver stunning results. Best of all, those selected for the make over do not have to pay a single cent! He certainly knows how to make people happy.

Additionally, Eric also writes periodically for popular magazines such as Home Pride, Anjung Seri, Impiana and Living Taste, sharing his over 15 years of experience in the design industry. He believes that well arranged and decorated space is not only good for design, but it also helps to become an ‘agent of healing’. His article entitled “Healing Space” was recently featured in Health Today, the widely popular international health magazine. What we see today in Eric’s overwhelming success is only a small part of his colorful life. Like many other successes, he also has his period of ‘darkest days’ too. In 1999, his first interior design business that he co-built with a friend collapsed thanks to the infamous Asian economic crisis. Eric had to face a series of hardship that include being chased by the vendors and contractors, and was put into a deep crisis of debt. He toiled and worked hard to settle his problem and only after 5 years he managed to get out from his financial difficulty. Life of Eric Leong could not have been better since.

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