AustinSmyth was launched by Margot Austin and Hilary Smyth in late 2018 when the two determined that by combining their solopreneur communications consultancies they could offer a higher level of service to clients. In other words, they wanted to keep doing what they were doing but do more of it, better and together. Over many pots of French press coffee, Margot and Hilary crafted the framework for a boutique communications agency focussed on serving interior designers, artisans and related design brands.
AustinSmyth helps a select group of designers, artisans and design trade businesses grow their businesses by defining and advancing their brand profile. Through PR, written and visual communications, content strategy and innovative partnerships AustinSmyth opens doors to new opportunities for clients.
Margot Austin is an interiors stylist, writer and digital whiz. With a resume that includes more than 15 years in senior roles at shelter brands Style at Home and House & Home, Margot is an expert at crafting compelling interior design stories. Before joining forces with Hilary, Margot’s solo consultancy focussed on helping luxury interiors brands connect with new audiences and communicate their stories of quality, craftsmanship and service. This avid DIYer is comfortable with a paint roller, sewing machine or power tools and has a keen interest in furniture design, antiques and textiles. She connects daily with her community of 90,000 followers across several platforms.
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Hilary is passionate about promoting good design and the people who create it. Harnessing the skills built during 20 years at House & Home Media and subsequently as PR Manager for HomeSense Canada, Hilary brings a solid grounding in strategy, writing, project management and photo shoot production to clients seeking to build profile. She favours a holistic and personal approach to crafting engaging, effective campaigns. Clearly she must have inherited some diplomat genes from her father, since she’s a natural leader who gets results on deadline, all with the ease of a pleasant chat and a laugh.