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Jacqueline Corea, my long-time business partner and even longer-time friend, has made the decision to leave Corea Sotropa Interior Design to pursue other interests and goals. While this may have come as a surprise to many, if you know Jacqueline like I do, your look of shock soon turns to a knowing smile. Jacqueline is an extremely motivated woman, always looking for the next opportunity for growth – the proverbial rolling stone that gathers no moss. While my dedicated team and I will miss working with Jacqueline, we support her decision wholeheartedly and wish her the best in all of her future endeavors.

In saying goodbye to my partner, I’d like to stop to look back and acknowledge and appreciate how far we have come. Jacqueline and I met over 18 years ago during our time in the Interior Design program at Mount Royal University. She and her husband Sam instantly became wonderful friends and a great support to me as a student away from home. Jacqueline and I soon found that although we came at the world from very different perspectives, we had many common interests and goals.  Our diverse but complementary skills naturally made us great partners. Late in 2004 we began discussing a collaboration and in 2005 we came together to create Corea Sotropa Interior Design. I was excited by the opportunity yet nervous at the prospect of leaving my family, friends and career in Saskatchewan. However, my entrepreneurial spirit prevailed and I took the leap. Together, we navigated the firm through many ups and downs, both of us expanding our families and our horizons along the way. With the help of our amazing clients and industry partners we built the firm into the successful company that it is today.

Like many partnerships, over the last ten years, we organically fell into our respective roles based on our natural aptitudes, skills and interests. In addition to being a talented designer, Jacqueline enjoyed the marketing and branding components of our business. With her outgoing personality and vivacious charm; she always shone brightest in a crowd, in front of a camera and on social media. In addition to my design work, my focus has been on managing the company’s internal operations and cultivating the relationships that I have built with our cherished clients and industry partners. As I expand into the role of both “the face” and the manager of the firm, I want to thank Jacqueline for not only being a great partner, but for also being a great friend who has helped me to grow on a personal level.

As we look ahead to this new chapter I’d like to take the opportunity to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our wonderful clients and friends for their continued support. Going forward, you will notice some changes, including an increased presence on the blog and social media from yours truly and in time a name change for the firm. What will never change is the great service, style and substance that this firm has come to be known for.

In closing, I want to once again wish Jacqueline all the very best, and I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Sincerely yours,

Reena Sotropa


Last week, this letter from Jacqueline was sent out to our wonderful clients and friends. In case you are not on our formal mailing list, we wanted to include this on the blog for all of our treasured followers.

Dear Friends,

It has always been my greatest pleasure to design spaces for my incredible clients and to see those designs come to life.  I’ve been so lucky to work with talented craftspeople, amazing vendors and builders and architects that share my vision. I am so proud of the interiors that I have had a hand in and am so grateful for each experience. That is why it is with mixed emotions that I announce my difficult decision to leave Corea Sotropa Interior Design.

However, after 16 years I’m ready for a new challenge. I’ve realized that I have other goals and achievements I’d like to accomplish. But first, I’m planning on treating myself to a sabbatical which will include some travelling and spending more time with my husband and son. I’m also looking forward to making improvements on my own home and turning my enormous yard into the garden of my dreams. Then, I’ll see what the next chapter has in store for me. I’m really looking forward to the future and the possibilities it holds.

I have absolutely loved building this company from scratch and watching it grow into a leader among Calgary’s interior design industry.  Looking back I am so proud of the accomplishments of Corea Sotropa and can’t believe how much has been achieved.  I have had the honour of working alongside the best people and look forward to watching them continue forwards on the foundation I have helped to build. Corea Sotropa Interior Design will continue providing unparalleled design and service to our clientele under the leadership of Reena Sotropa. I have every confidence in her and the rest of the team and know you are all in good hands.

No doubt our paths will cross again in the future, and I look forward to that. Thank you all so much for the opportunities you have given me, your trust and your friendship.


Jacqueline Corea

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Blog-Header_Corea-Sotropa-Interior-Design_July-Instagram-Round-upThe ladies at Corea Sotropa have enjoyed a great summer so far! July was filled with summer travels, fun client installations and beautiful fabric presentations. We closed out the month with a wonderful night at Diner en Blanc. Here are some of our favorite pictures from last month’s Instagram feed.



The team of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

The Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for their sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!

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