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dhhpoolparty

Last year’s poolside party was a such a hit that we decided to do it all over again! This year we took over the pool deck at the Sandman Hotel on Davie St. and it could not have been more perfect. The weather was stellar, the staff was amazing, our volunteers were working it, and the crowd? Well, they came out big time in their retro poolside best. That was one hell of a good looking crew!

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ADDRESS_DHH

If you’re a regular at Designer Happy Hour you know that we are coming up on our annual ADDRESS Opening night party. This is a do-not-miss-under-any-circumstance event, so mark your calendars for Thursday May 5th! This part-gallery, part-pop-up shop, part-showroom is an annual event launched in 2014 by Vancouver-based furniture designer/maker Kate Duncan (you may remember her from our Designer Desk Series). Each year ADDRESS shines a light on local designers, makers, and artist dedicated to their craft and producing exceptional work.  Read more…

Designer Desk Miriam Aroeste

If you’ve never been to 1000 Parker St., you’re really missing out. I always meet amazingly talented people there.

Come think of it, most of the talented people I meet anywhere turn out to have studios in this building. Miriam Aroeste is one of them.

Miriam has become a regular at Designer Happy Hour events over the last few years so when she invited me for a tour of her art studio, it was no surprise to hear that familiar address. Miriam is a contemporary fine artist and works in a variety of mediums but my personal favourites are her ink on paper works. While touring her light and bright space, Miriam tells me about how her background in film, what inspires her work, and her passion for bringing the arts community together. That’s my kinda lady!

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DHH at the Edit

When I met Jamie Pryde, owner of The Edit, the first thing that caught my eye was his utterly perfect hair. He has mastered the modern-day swooping pompadour (picture Danny Zuko under the tutelage of Ralph Lauren). After being sucked in by this folicular tractor beam, we got to chatting about his showroom, online store, and design philosophy. Featuring both curated antique pieces and locally-designed gems, The Edit provides those one-of-a-kind items that take an interior to the next level. Pieces that tell a story, spark conversation, and stand the test of time, pillars in Jamie’s approach to interiors. Read more…

Canadian Design

Before I get into talking about Canadian Design, here’s a little update…

A lot has been happening at the MãK Interiors studio lately. For one, we’ve moved into a great new space in Gastown and are loving it. The building is old and quirky and full of other creatives so we are feeling very much at home. Here’s a peek at the space… Read more…

Gray_Magazine

Just picked the latest issue of Gray Magazine at my favourite little news stand*. Not because I happen to really like the magazine (because I do), or that they focus exclusively on design in the Pacific Northwest & support great local events (because they do).

No, this month I had ulterior motives. I eagerly awaited this issue because our Fairlane House project is featured in it’s pages!!  Read on for a peek at the feature  Read more…

DHH_Patio

It’s always tough to draw a crowd in the summer months but I think we found the secret; a pool party! We connected with the Westin Grand (big thanks to my friends at Motive Communications for the hook up!) and their Pop-up Patio for the perfect summer session of Designer Happy Hour. Live DJ, poolside drinks, and great staff who took care of our over 75 attendees made for a pretty great time … didn’t hurt that the sun came out just in time. Special thank to Rachelle Sabatino & Deberra Chiu at the Westin for making the entire thing so darn easy.

Also, thanks to my partner in crime; Julie Miller who took the photos this time around (meaning I’ve been caught in a few of them!)…

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Vancouver's Top Interior Designer

I’ve been listed as one of Vancouver’s top 15  Interior Designers!  There are some seriously talented people on this list, and I feel very lucky to be named among them.  Build Direct is behind this round-up of favourites and are looking for your input to name the winner(s).  You can see the entire list and cast your vote here.

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Address

In May we brought Designer Happy Hour back to ADDRESS, a part-gallery, part-pop-up shop, and part-showroom, of locally designed furniture and items for the home curated and produced by furniture Designer (and my buddy) Kate Duncan.   This year the show moved into the bright and airy Waterfall Building – the perfect venue to display gorgeous works by Propellor, Nicholas Purcell, Zoe Luyendijk, Stephanie Dueck, and Kate herself, of course, among others.

East Van Vodka was spiking the signature ADDRESS thyme lemonades as the crowd mingled inside and out on this lovely evening.  Another great year for this local gem of a show that we look forward to supporting for years to come. Congrats Kate!

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NatalieReynolds

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted a Designer Desk feature. Admittedly, this bums me out because meeting and shooting the work-spaces of local Vancouver designers, makers, and artists is something that I love to do! Few things re-charge my design batteries like talking with fellow creatives about what makes them tick.  I’ve done a number of shoots and interviews over the past few months that are in the hopper just waiting to be edited, written up and shared. On the top of this list is Artist; Natalie Reynolds.

Natalie gave up her long-time graphic arts career to pursue her love of painting and now works full-time as a contemporary artist creating vibrant, abstract works in a variety of scales. I visited Natalie’s studio MONTHS ago and she has been the perfect image of patience ever since. We had  a great time chatting about her paintings, how she’s found a strong dedication to her art, and how her space at 1000 Parker St. helps her focus.

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