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Cantu’s Exclusive Designer Event

  • Cantu’s Exclusive Designer Event

This fall, Cantu and Fantini hosted the most luxurious affair. An evening of mingling and dinner at Black & Blue for an exclusive group of interior designers. Beyond Beige’s Project Manager, Cassandra, and I felt honoured to be invited. The evening was educational and inspiring as the Fantini Group explained just how their family business is run. Their passion for charity was uplifting. The Fantini group are dedicated to provide clean drinking water to some of the poorest areas. Cassandra and I left buzzing with possibilities of how we could help. Thank you Cantu and Fantini for such a classy evening!

Reisa Pollard

Western Living Designers Of The Year

  • Western Living Designers Of The Year

For the first time, the Beyond Beige team attended the Western Living Designers of the Year Event. It was held in Richmond at the London Aviation Centre; a grand and unexpected venue. I was honoured to be nominated in the category: Robert Ledingham Memorial Award For An Emerging Interior Designer. The award was given to Saskatoon’s Atmosphere Design. A firm we very much respect, whose work we admire. Their attention detail and individuality they give each space, definitely merits this acknowledgement. It is always fabulous to have our whole team attend these events together. Western Living threw an original evening we hope to attend next year!

Reisa Pollard

From Research To Redesign

  • From Research To Redesign

Three years ago when I moved Beyond Beige and The Living Lab to North Vancouver, I knew I was becoming part of a tight knit community. Over these past few years the North Shore community has been incredibly supportive, for that Beyond Beige and The Living Lab are so grateful. We are very proud to be a North Shore based company.

The North Shore News was excited to find out that one of their own would be speaking at IDS West. But like so many others, were shocked to discover why. If you are one of the few who are not aware, I was once a librarian. Yes, you read that right! I’m much louder than the average librarian. After years of obsessing over before and after pictures, as well as hoarding stacks of magazines under my bed, I finally made the leap.

Read the full article by Rosalind Duane to learn how I made the leap into the design field and some of my favourite current design trends.

Thank you to the North Shore News and community for supporting all of our success!

Reisa Pollard

IDS West Speaker

  • IDS West Speaker

As some of you may already know, I have been chosen to be a speaker at this year’s IDS West Event. I am incredibly excited to be speaking alongside Chad Falkenberg and Kelly Reynolds of Falken Reynolds Interiors. For all of you inspiring designers, this conversation stage is for you! From 2-3 pm on Sunday September 28th we will discuss how to make the leap into the design industry. Twelve years ago I quit my job as a librarian to start Beyond Beige Interior Design. Similarly, Kelly Reynolds left his stable job as a police officer to pursue the career of his dreams. Informative and igniting, be sure not to miss this presentation on the Gray Magazine Conversation Stage.

Vancouver Convention Centre West
Gray Conversation Stage
Sunday September 28th 2014
2-3pm

To learn more about IDS West, click here.

Reisa Pollard

Gray Magazine – Taking The Leap

  • Gray Magazine – Taking The Leap

It may be hard to believe that I was once a librarian, but it’s true! In this Gray Magazine feature, they echo others’ sentiments that it’s hard to imagine me in any other field. Twelve years ago I quit my job to start Beyond Beige Interior Design. And as they say, the rest is history. This short feature explains the pivotal moment in my career change as well as how I see myself as a designer. Click here to read Gray’s feature from our website, or here to read the full digital edition on Gray’s website.

Reisa Pollard

The Globe And Mail

  • The Globe And Mail

It’s time to break the pattern! Once all the rage in the 1980’s, wallpaper is making a strong comeback. Although more expensive than paint, wallpaper can not only be decor but art as well. It tells a story and can even reference historical design. This conversation sparking element only appears to be gaining popularity and writer Dave McGinn agrees. I’m so excited to have contributed to this article as wallpaper is a material I am using constantly. Not just on walls, but the ceiling as well! Designers Jane Lockhart and Cameron MacNeil also contributed some fantastic advice well worth noting. If you’re curious about incorporating wallpaper into your home, this article is a must read.

Click here to read the full article.

Reisa Pollard

Gray Magazine’s Room Of The Week

  • Gray Magazine’s Room Of The Week

We are beyond excited that Hamilton’s powder room was selected as Gray Magazine’s Room of the Week! Gray highlights the best and the brightest in design from the Pacific Northwest. They showcase the very best in residential as well as commercial design throughout Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. Rachel Gallaher did a fantastic job of breaking down our desired end result and the inspiration that led us there. This blog also features a ‘Tips To Get The Look’ section; suggestions we have never made before!

Click here to read the full blog post.

Reisa Pollard

Current Design Trends

  • Current Design Trends

Wallpaper is not for your Grandma, any more! It can be a simple yet impactful way to instantly update your space. Still don’t think it’s trendy enough? Enter, LED lit wallpaper. This recent development takes wall coverings to the next level. Perfect for commercial as well as residential spaces, LED lit wall paper can create ambient lighting in an intimate space, or stand alone as its own feature wall. If this new design trend is a tad vibrant for your taste, bold floral wallpapers are still in.

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 If you’re looking for a more dramatic change in your home, look no further than an emerald green kitchen. This pantone is one of the colours of the year that easily translates to any design aesthetic. By infusing this daring jewel tone, you instantaneously differentiate your kitchen from the classic white and grey look. If emerald green is not a colour you connect with, you can still create the same feel by infusing another colour of your preference.

To view more design trends, visit our blog here.

Reisa Pollard

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

  • YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

On June 3rd, my husband Ian and I had the pleasure of attending the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. This event honours women whose achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community. The Awards also honour the businesses and organizations that support the wellness and diverse needs of their employees. I am so proud to have been nominated in the category of Entrepreneurship. It was such a humbling experience to have been nominated with such inspiring women. There was no shame not winning in this group.  It was an incredible evening and I hope to be back again next year! Congratulations to all of the winners!

To view a full list of the evenings winners, click here.

Reisa Pollard

Goodbye Jolene

  • Goodbye Jolene

We are sad yet very excited to announce that Jolene Davis will be moving on from Beyond Beige Interior Design. She has been a majorly integral part of this business for the last four years. Jolene has played an important role in helping this company attain the success we are experiencing today. Beyond Beige always encourages our staff to follow their dreams, but we’re always disappointed when they actually do. Jolene has caught the travel bug and will be setting off on the adventure of a lifetime. Her last day with us will be Friday, May 9th and her email, Jolene@beyondbeige.com will remain active for the foreseeable future.

“I would like to thank Reisa and the whole team for my time here at Beyond Beige. I am so grateful for the friendships I have made with our suppliers, trades, and this wonderful group of women. I immensely value the friendships and mentoring I have received these past four years.”

-Jolene Davis

Cassandra Parks

Replacing Jolene as Project and Office Manager will be Cassandra Parks. Cassandra was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. There, she studied architecture and graduated University as an Architectural Technologist. In 2010 she followed her passions west, where she completed her BA in interior design. Since 2011 she has worked with various well known design firms. Through these companies she has had the opportunity to complete projects in not only BC, but Alberta and Ontario as well. When she’s not in the office, Cassandra loves to enjoy the outdoors. You can usually find her skiing, hiking, or running with her dogs.

Reisa Pollard

Recent Projects

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Lower Road – West Coast Contemporary
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West 19th – Eclectic Modern
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Princeton – Traditional Transitional

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