Holiday Shutdown

The holidays are almost here and our team is very excited! Our office will be shutting down for two weeks over the holidays, so please be sure to contact us immediately with your questions and concerns. We will be shutting down Friday December 19th at 5 pm. We will reopen Monday January 5th at 9 am. Please ensure you have reached us before we shutdown as staff will not be responding to emails or phone messages past then.

Please contact our Office Manager, Cassandra, at or 604.846.3800 with your important considerations.

Have a fantastic holiday and a happy new year!

Reisa Pollard

Exclusive Houzz Event

On October 9th our sister company, The Living Lab Furniture Co., hosted an Exclusive Houzz Event. It was wonderful to see so many new faces in their showroom. The evening began with an informative presentation by Elyse from Houzz. She outlined for all of the Houzz 'Pro's' with us that night, how to maximize your account whether you are a beginner or advanced user. Emelles food truck and catering kept all of the guests fed with delicious canapes. And an open bar made for lively networking and mingling.

Thank you so much to all of the guests in attendance. This evening was incredibly meaningful to The Living Lab and your presence made the night unforgettable! Thank you to The Living Lab staff for transforming your space to accommodate us, and the Beyond Beige team for running the event that evening.

We look forward to the next event at The Living Lab!

To view photographs from the evening, click here.

Reisa Pollard

Gray Conversation Stage

I had never intended to tell the world that I was once a librarian. But after Gray Magazine took interest in my odd past career, it has seemed to take on a life of its own! Not only has Gray Magazine featured it in their publication but so has The North Shore News. Risking a comfortable steady job, for the dream job that you have always longed for is a common story so many can relate to.

At IDS West this inspiring topic was front and center on The Gray Magazine Conversation Stage. Kelly and Chad of Falken Reynolds Interiors joined me to discuss how they took the leap from their conventional jobs into the world of interior design. We shared many fun moments reflecting on our previous careers and the threads of commonality they shared. The audience was full of inspiring interior designers which enhanced the Q&A period, infusing it with valuable information. I think I can speak for Kelly and Chad when I say we are lucky to have found our passion in a considerably more interesting job.

Thank you so much to IDS West and Gray Magazine for allowing me such a fabulous opportunity.

To view the videos of the conversation videos, visit our Youtube channel.

Reisa Pollard

IDS West Opening Night

On September 25th our whole team ventured to the Vancouver Convention Centre for the opening night of IDS West. We were so impressed at what a strong year it was for all of the exhibitors. Our sister company, The Living Lab, has had a booth in previous years. So we know first hand just how much work goes into it. Congratulations to all of the exhibitors for a job incredibly well done! One of our favourite areas, just like so many others, was the Montauk exhibit. What a testament to how sometimes so simple can be so impactful! We also loved the Falken Reynolds designed bar area. Kelly and Chad are very deliberate with every aspect of their design. Our team was fascinated with every detail's contribution to their vision. We can't wait to return next year to see all of the new and notable designers showcased.

Reisa Pollard

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

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

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

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

To learn more about IDS West, click here.

Reisa Pollard

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

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

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

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.


 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