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It’s funny how things work out sometimes. I met artist Jamie Smith when when I first moved to Vancouver, bonding at a business networking event over our collective confusion as to how each of us had ended up there (you can always tell another creative type in a crowd of suits). When Jamie recently came to a Designer Happy Hour event, we reconnected and she gave me the scoop on her new venture; MNMNT (that’s ‘monument’) with fellow artists Graeme Berglund and Elliat Albrecht. At MNMNT they connect art enthusiasts with unique pieces and artist here in Vancouver. They also happen to work out of a gorgeous studio space (shared with renowned painter Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun) so I jumped at the chance to get the DHH crowd in there.

Big thanks to Jamie & Graeme for opening up their studio to us and for introducing us to some amazing local art.  With drinks being shaken by Sons of Vancouver Distillery, how could we not have a great time?! Read on for the photographic evidence. Read more…

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Last month we capped off Buildex with a Designer Happy Hour event at the Heritage Ideas Centre, hosted by Heritage Furniture and MT Square Interiors.  I have to admit that i didn’t even make it to Buildex this year but I feel that I still deserved to acknowledge that it happened over some beverages with great company.  In fact, I’ll celebrate nearly anything that way! Our hosts even set up the bar to be 100% in benefit of Dress for Success, a non-profit organization helping local underprivileged women develop financial independence. We raised (read: drank) enough to send support two women through a month of DFS programming.

You can see pics of the festivities after the jump, including a few shots of yours truly (Note to self: never let Julie get her hands on the camera).  Thanks to everyone who came out and to our lovely hosts; Alex and Nicole; you rock!  Read more…

Designer Happy Hour

Holy moly, I am way behind on my posts over here! January was a banner month for MãK Interiors so everything other than client work (including blog posts, household chores, and overall sanity) took a back seat. Now it’s February somehow, and I’m catching up.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Lightform for our biggest Designer Happy Hour event EVER! Seriously, we had over 100 attendees and although Julie and I would love to take all the credit, we know that the venue may have had a something to do with it. Lightform was kind enough to open up their brand new Gastown showroom to us so we got a double whammy of our usual design community socializing plus sexy lighting to look at. Thank you to Daniel & Richard of Lightform for being fantastic hosts and opening up their space to us after hours. Read more…

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This past year has been a great one for me and MãK Interiors. We completed some great projects for incredible clients, we started the Designer Desk series on the blog, hosted a Designer Happy Hour nearly every month (and started documenting them on the blog too), took a trip to New York, and got engaged to my best friend. Not bad.

2015 has a lot to live up to right out of the gate. Luckily, I’ve got a number of things up my sleeve this year so I’ve got a feeling that this will be another good one. Read more…

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We kicked off the season of holiday parties with our final Designer Happy Hour event of the year. December 3rd we filled Chinatown’s This Open Space for the BEHOLDER Pop-up shop, hosted by Artist, Dana Mooney & Kelsey Adair of Bare Knitware. Other local designers & makers, including; DMR Ceramics, Greff Growler, and Christy Feaver Modern Metalwork joined in the festivities too! What a great turn-out and a awesome time. HUGE thanks to the BEHOLDER gang for keeping us ‘hydrated’ and fed with pie from The Pie Shoppe. Mmmmmm…  Read more…

Designer Desk: VanAir Design

As you may recall, we did a couple of features on Prototype, a design competition at this year’s IDSwest show featuring new locally-designed products for the home (read Behind the Scenes at Prototype and the Winners of Prototype). The winner of this juried design competition was VanAir Design for their unique ventilated door – a complete stand-out in the competition. It was through covering Prototype that I met Vick Yau, one half of the duo behind VanAir Design. He and his partner James Higgins met through UBC’s New Venture program where they came up with the idea for the VanAir Door. After their win, Vick and James invited me to see the latest iteration of the door in production and to let me pick their brains about how this design came to be. Read more…

Designer Happy Hour Portside Pub

It was a dark and stormy night but we were too warm and cozy at Gastown’s Portside Pub to notice. I, for one, was very happy grab a few pints and chow down on nachos with the Designer Happy Hour gang while the rain came down outside. Thanks to Max and the Portside team for letting us have the run of the place – they could not have made things easier for us! And thanks to all those who braved the weather to join us. Read on to see all the photos… Read more…

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I’ve got a mystery to solve folks!

The people at Notable.ca called to tell me that someone anonymously nominated me for the 2014 Vancouver Notable Awards, recognizing young professionals who are dedicated to the community. I gave them some info about my volunteer and charity work and voila, I’m in the running! Honoured or what?! Read more…

Matthew McCormick

I was in the Bottega Lounge at IDS west, sipping on a glass of bubbly and admiring the gorgeous light fixture suspended above, made up of perfectly illuminated circles floating up towards the ceiling. On the table to my right; a card from Matthew McCormick Design Inc. and I thought; ‘alright, I’ve gotta call this guy!’.

I had stumbled upon Matthew McCormick’s work a couple weeks earlier via the When They Find Us Guide (a lovely curated list of great talents, eateries & shops in Vancouver).  I checked out his website and work and immediately added him to my Designer Desk ‘must-corral-into-an-interview’ list. Seeing this champagne-inspired piece in person sealed the deal and I reached out to Matt about an interview, hoping that his flight to success wasn’t already out of ear shot. Read more…

Registered Interior Designers

When people used to ask me what I do, I would say: ‘I’m an Interior Designer’. This response typically prompts people to ask questions like: ‘oh, you must LOVE those design shows?!’ or ‘So, you help people pick paint colours and furniture, right?’. These are not dumb questions (as any good educator will tell you; there is no such thing) but if my work was going to start a conversation, this wasn’t quite what I had in mind.

The truth is; I’m a Registered Interior Designer, so why wasn’t I saying so? Read more…