The O LUCA designs story

O LUCA began in 2017.

My husband and I had been on a trip to Sweden to visit dear friends and it was there I was inspired to design and create handbags.

Shortly after returning home from this trip I found a local leather store, designed and made my first handbag and began my business.

Lucia is a special holiday on 13th day in December every year where we would wake up our parents wearing white dresses, carrying candles and singing Lucia songs, bearing cookies and coffee. Coincidentally we also built our first home off of Lucia falls road. The first name was Oh Lucia. But it was a little long. So I shortened it. O Lucia. O Luca. O LUCA. It felt right!

I designed and created a website, I did all of the marketing and I also designed and created O LUCA handbags and accessories as well as LITTLE O LUCA baby shoes and accessories. I did this for 5 years.

It was a wonderful journey. 

Now back a few years...

As a young girl home design was second nature. I would arrange and rearrange and when I would visit places I noticed the architecture and would be knocking out or putting in walls, moving furniture- all in my thoughts. I spent part of my childhood living in Uppsala, Sweden so their excellent design has had great influence on me.

In 2015 my husband and I had the opportunity to build our first home. As my father is a structural engineer we were turning to him for advice as I was drawing up house plans and showing him inspirational photos.

He referred us to a friend of his, and now ours, Bjorner Bolle, an Architect from Norway. Bjorner helped us open our minds to Scandinavian Architecture and was a huge influence on the first home we built. 

Since our first home I knew I wanted to someday design homes. I started helping friends with house plans, remodel plans, kitchen layouts, giving advice on facade choices, flooring, lighting and interior design; rearranging rooms to make them feel beautiful and inviting.

After having the opportunity to design a second Scandinavian Modern home from start to finish for our own family I was really inspired to start helping others do the same. 

There are so many details that can be so stressful and to have someone help you design and plan your home so it is functional and beautiful can save you so much time and mistake. 

I can't wait to use the experience I've gained to help you create a beautiful home that works well for your family, that is both inviting and personal. Functional, and organized. I want to help you create your dream home. 

And so now it is time for me to set O LUCA handbags, shoes and accessories aside and focus on home. Yours & mine. 

xo

Karissa