Design is very much an art form, but balancing creativity, deadline constraints and client expectations can be hard to master. Besides juggling all the elements of her interior design work, Candice Chan, founder of J Candice Interior Architects, is also a mother of three. Her balancing act is worthy of a spotlight on the Cirque du Soleil stage, and there aren’t many moments in the day she can truly call her own. New luxury pieces by Cartier and VCA, just in time for Christmas “To be honest, being an interior designer and a mother of three young children, it is very difficult to find me-time,” says Chan, for whom days lazing by the pool are long gone. But that’s quite all right by her; she divides her week in order to devote herself to the two most important roles in her life. How Swiss watchmakers are switching up for China’s luxury collectors “Most of my weekdays are either spent at the studio or meeting clients at construction sites. On the weekends, 100 per cent of my time is dedicated to my family and kids.” While she might not head to hotels for a spa day, her visits to some of the region’s hottest properties are perhaps much more fulfilling. “We have recently completed a few projects, including the cake shop at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong , one of my all-time favourite [bakeries] in town,” she says. “This year, we continue to explore different sectors, including the buildout of the Radisson Hotel in Guangzhou [and] Michelin-starred restaurants at the soon-to-open Grand Lisboa Palace in Macau.” Leading a busy life requires immaculate attention to detail, not to mention a strict schedule. This is especially true for Chan’s line of work, where deadlines are not mere suggestions, and she credits her success to being able to see the bigger picture. In design, you can come up with a thousand different ideas, but deciding on the right one within a tight time frame all comes down to trusting yourself and following through Candice Chan, founder of J Candice Interior Architects “I think being organised – being able to see the big picture and plan ahead – is extremely important when working on tight deadlines. The turnaround time for commercial spaces in Hong Kong is about four to six months, including design, drawings and construction. You also have to be decisive and be able to trust your instinct. In design, you can come up with a thousand different ideas, but deciding on the right one within a tight time frame all comes down to trusting yourself and following through.” But not every aspect of life can be anticipated or planned for. Being homebound due to the Covid-19 pandemic has given Chan a new perspective on balancing work and travel in the future. How Cartier’s new necklaces are taking high jewellery to its limits “In the past, I would refuse to go on holiday with my family if it wasn’t a public holiday. I would feel guilty about leaving my colleagues behind during a work week. I wanted to align my schedule with that of my clients. Since the lockdown, as we spend more time on virtual meetings, the line between work and play has become less distinct.” She has also come to embrace the freedom that comes with travelling. “As I often work remotely from home, spending quality time with family could be anytime and anywhere, now.” Candice’s favourite watch How does Blackpink singer Jisoo like to spend her millions? “My mother-in-law gifted me a Cartier 10 years ago, when I first returned to Hong Kong and started my own design firm, which I still wear to work every day.” Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .