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Design makes an impact on life

Published by Sarah Bradbury, February 22, 2016.

As qualified interior designers, IDC members have completed countless projects that have made lasting and positive impacts on the lives of their clients. Interior design is about creating meaningful interiors that maximize space, improve functionality and increase overall quality of life.

So, we had to ask: Which of your design solutions has made the greatest impact on a client’s way of life?


Olga Gomes, OG Design Studio, ARIDO

“Our client came to us with an unused, awkwardly-shaped room. With varying ceiling heights, an L-shaped floorplan and a closet along one wall that made furniture placement difficult, the room became a depository for odd pieces of furniture and piles of books. We removed the closet to allow for a large sectional, complete with pull-out bed for guests, and turned that half of the room into a comfortable family room and occasional guest bedroom. The other half of the room became a home office with custom millwork displaying books and artwork. A swinging wall light was the key solution to giving this part of the room more light and a comfortable ambiance for reading in front of the large windows. By adjusting space, adding purposeful storage and new lighting, this room became the most used in the house!"

Joanne Crozier, senior interior designer at SSDG Interiors, Inc. and instructor at BCIT, IDIBC

“Our firm undertook a unique project a few years ago to renovate the nursing station and medication room for a children’s hospice located in a beautiful century-old Vancouver mansion. In a hospice, the care team per patient is larger than in a typical hospital and here, the nursing station and meds room were crowded and chaotic. Space was very tight, but they needed every square inch. The historic building also offered up a few surprises once demolition started. The project was small, intricate and time consuming, but the resulting benefits for the staff and patients were great. As the designer, I was pleased with the efficiency and aesthetics of the new space and deeply satisfied that the renovation provided such an improvement for the nurses who already worked in a physically and emotionally difficult environment. Quite honestly, it was an emotionally tough project for me too, and one that I won’t forget.”

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