Lisa Aiken never dreamed of turning her flair for interior and
exterior decor into a business, but it was the constant reaction
to the creation of her own backyard garden that prompted her to
finally leave her 9 to 5 career behind.
"Visitors to my home always asked, `Who did your home? Who
did your backyard?' When I answered, `I did,' I'd be met with near
disbelief," laughs Aiken. "They'd say, `You really should
do this for a living!"
The turning point came when Designer Candice Olson (divine
design) noted that Lisa was actually a garden accessorizer"
- and pointed out, "I don't know of anyone else who does what
you do". With this in mind, Lisa decided to move ahead with
the creation of Terra Firma.
Aiken found store space in her neighbourhood of the Bloor West Village
and designer Candice Olson drew on her creativity to create the
backdrop for the retail space of Terra Firma.
After five years Lisa’s design work had grown to such an
extent that she had to make a choice on either retail or design. Lisa was torn as she loved the store and would truly miss her
wonderful customers - but the design element of her business was
really what inspired Lisa to open Terra Firma in the first place.
Now, Lisa is pleased to bring the same tasteful gatherings into
your space, indoors or out.