2014 Spring Design Trends

If you think spring cleaning is enough, you're wrong. Recently so many have been asking us, 'what are some easy ways to bring spring into my home?' The list is endless, ranging in price and complexity. However two of the trendiest trends worth considering are incorporating the lovely shade of radiant orchid as well as incorporating polished brass. Warming up to this seasons 'it' colour is the easier, more cost effective option. Simple ways to incorporate this colour are through toss cushions, switching out the art on your gallery wall, reupholstering an old chair, or even a bouquet of flowers.

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Incorporating polished brass into your home is another great way to brighten up for spring. Unlike radiant orchid, this design trend transitions much better into other seasons. Easy cost effective ways to bring this trend into your home is through flatware. Try switching out your old silver utensils for a new fabulous polished brass set. Another relatively easy way to incorporate this trend is through lighting. Whether it be a table lamp or hanging fixture, you are able to mold this design trend to your preferred taste. If you're feeling bold, look to your kitchen hardware. Faucets, hood fans, and cabinet hardware are all going gold. We love this concept so much we used it in the kitchen of one of our luxury homes on Vancouver's Westside, Arbutus.

To view the Arbutus kitchen, visit our Houzz.

Reisa Pollard


North West Design Awards

On Thursday March 6th our whole team went south to Seattle, Washington. Prior to our trip we had learned we had won two North West Design Awards and could not wait to collect our hardware! The Seattle Design Center threw the best gala we have ever been to. The awards ceremony was an all-white event, decorated beautifully, full of incredibly talented company. Many of whom were Canucks too! During the gala we saw west coast design at its best. Many winning projects had a laid back feel, full of wood and stone. Contrary to this theme, both of our winning projects came from our must sumptuous project to date, Arbutus – Classic Luxury.  We left with a runner up award for Best Bathroom, for the Arbutus master en suite. As well as winning the category Most Innovative Design Feature, for the Arbutus feature stairwell wall.

We feel so lucky to have been included in this event, mingling with the best in the business. Their work was incredibly inspiring. We hope to return next year with our best work yet!

Reisa Pollard


Ann Sacks Showroom

During our short trip to Seattle, we made sure to drop into Ann Sacks. Once located in the Seattle Design Center, it has now moved to its very own sleek storefront. It’s quite possible we spent more time in Ann Sacks than all of the Seattle Design Center combined! We really were kids in a candy store. Although their entire product line is amazing, we found a few tiles that are perfect for some of our current projects. First was a beautiful gold tile; dramatic, over the top, fabulous. It is just right for one of our newest luxury properties.  Ann Sacks was also teaming with clean and classic blue tiles. A colour continuously repeated through one of our current, laid back, beach inspired projects. And lastly a tasteful red tile, ideal for the backsplash of a nautical kitchen.  After they pried the samples from our hands we returned to Vancouver knowing we would be back very, very, soon.

Reisa Pollard


Seattle Design Center

In early March our whole team took a trip to Seattle, Washington. We had won two North West Design Awards and we were making the trek to collect our hardware. On the day of the gala we arrived early and spent hours in the Seattle Design Center. As designers, our senses went into overdrive as we all scattered across the showrooms, inspecting our favourite pieces.

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We saw a lot of products we know and love. Many of them we use on our projects. We also saw fabulous new materials we can’t wait to incorporate in future designs. Sadly for these beautiful Tibetan doors, we don’t think they will be making an appearance in any of our upcoming projects.

More on our North West Design Award wins will be featured in upcoming newsletters.

Learn more about the Seattle Design Center here.
http://www.seattledesigncenter.com/

Reisa Pollard


Best of Houzz 2014

We are very excited to announce that we have won two Best of Houzz Awards for 2014! The first for Customer Satisfaction and the second for Design. The Design award was presented to us for our Hamilton wine rack, as one of the best wine cellars in Vancouver! To view the other winners in our category as well as other Best of Houzz 2014 winners, visit the link below.

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to vote for us or add our photos to their ideabooks. Your support is integral to our success and we are incredibly grateful.

Visit this link to view the Best of Houzz 2014 winners.

Reisa Pollard


VNB: Vancouver Creatives

I am beyond excited to possibly be part of this year's VNB photography Portfolio. Each year nominations are submitted by the Vancouver public as to who they believe are Vancouver's most creative business founders. All of the nominees come from a wide variety of industries.

Today is the last day of voting. I would so greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment of your time and vote for me at the link below. Thank you so much for your continued support!

Visit this link to vote for me. Cast your vote by clicking the little red heart beside 'Vote'.

Reisa Pollard


Las Vegas Furniture Show

Recently our senior designer Lindsay Levin and I took a trip down to the Las Vegas Furniture Show. This is an annual trade-show that showcases furniture from every style imaginable. To put it in perspective, the show consists of 3 buildings, roughly 12 stories each, with 40 vendors per floor. Yup, that’s a lot of furniture! Over our few days there a few trends became apparent to us. First, there were a lot of sumptuous sofas. Large and over-sized with tactical finishes, soft pillows, and some velvet. Very cozy and chic.

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Another trend that’s still alive and flourishing is industrial. Consistently throughout all three buildings were pieces made of wood and metal. Many of them juxtaposed with femme items like the over-sized tufted sofa pictured. Lastly there was a lot of gold. Gold was often paired with white and was present across all styles at the Las Vegas Furniture Show. For those on the cutting edge, who have grown tired of gold are now starting to move to copper. Definitely a new trend to be aware of moving into Spring.

Reisa Pollard


Vancouver Home Magazine

This past fall we had the honor of being featured in the inaugural edition of Vancouver Home magazine. We were incredibly excited as this publication has had such great success in Montreal and Toronto. In that edition I sat down with them to discuss Beyond Beige's project Hamilton, in full detail. It resulted in a 14 page feature full of images and my inspiration.

In their most current issue, The Winter Edition, I was lucky enough to sit down with them again. In an 8 page feature we covered how Beyond Beige's newest project Arbutus, came to be. Glamorous western design married with Asian flair. With a chandelier fit for a cruise ship, three story feature wall, gold plated cabinet handles, 24 karat gold mosaic tiles, and a $4,000 gold-plated toilet bowl, luxury is absolutely the name of the game. The living room from the Arbutus project is also featured on the Cantonese version's cover.

You can find the latest edition of Vancouver Home Magazine on newsstands now!

View our Arbutus project in it's entirety.

Reisa Pollard


The Georgie Awards

This new year has been very kind to us as Beyond Beige has won it's second Georgie Award! The Georgie Awards are an award program put on by the Canadian Home builders Association to highlight excellence in home building. We entered the celebration as finalists in three categories: Best Condo Renovation over $300,000, Best Innovative Feature, and the category we won, Best Interior Design Custom Residence.

On February 1st we were among great company at the Vancouver Convention Center as we mingled with the best in the business. Our design studio is still abuzz!

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View full galleries of our finalist and winning projects.
Best Condo Renovation over $300,000
Best Innovative Feature
Best Interior Design Custom Residence

Reisa Pollard


Happy Holidays

Another year has come and passed at the Beyond Beige office. There have been so many new developments that we are incredibly proud of. Some of them are: joining the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association, joining the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, being nominated for their Service Excellence Award, becoming Georgie Finalists in 3 categories, being published in Vancouver Home Magazine, and winning the Consumer Choice Award, again. Other new developments include the addition of two new staff, Sarah and Mabel. Our favourite new addition to the team is baby London. We couldn't be happier!

So much of this has been possible because of your support. Every like on Facebook, to recommending us to a friend, has helped us spread the word about Beyond Beige. We hope you continue this journey with us in 2014!

The Beyond Beige office will be closed over the holidays from:
Friday, December 20th 5PM - Monday January 6th 9AM.

Reisa Pollard


In Our Community

A SUTTON TREE PAGEANT

We are beyond excited to be part of this years 8th Annual, Home For The Holidays, A Sutton Tree Pageant. Come view the gallery of trees, decorated by local home designers, stagers, and retailers. Vote for your favourite tree with a $5.00 donation to PALS Autism School. Your donation enters you to win one of their ten prizes. Five of which are weekend getaways!

Enjoy the holiday cheer for a great cause. Our Whoville inspired tree is through the front door to the left. We would greatly appreciate your vote!

Visit Sutton's website for more information.

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NORTH VANCOUVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
16TH ANNUAL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS

On November 7th we had the pleasure of participating in the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Business Excellence Awards. Beyond Beige was nominated in the category of Service Excellence alongside: In The Raw - Food for Dogs & Cats Inc, and North Shore Sports Medicine. Paige Larson and her dedicated team at North Shore Sports Medicine won the category. We are incredibly inspired by their above and beyond customer service. One day we hope to have contributed to the North Shore community for 25 years as well!

View North Vancouver's Business Excellence Winners. 

Reisa Pollard


Arbutus - Classic Luxury

Arbutus – Classic Luxury is located in the well-established Vancouver area of Kerrisdale. To make sure the home exemplified the quality it contained both inside and out, the exterior was completely clad in Limestone. This quality can also be seen in the character enhancing touches such as keystones and columns. This home also boasts custom iron work railings and balconies with a beautiful tiered stone walkway leading to the front porch. To further communicate its classic character we chose a wrought iron front door with scroll work and an arched top. The area has many classic homes with a variety of finishes so we felt that staying classic, but with the best possible finishes would allow it to both blend in and stand out.

This home was not built for a specific client, instead the type of buyer who would purchase in this area. Because of this, luxury design elements were injected in every space. Each of the four bedrooms is accompanied by its own ensuite; all of which have their own unique design concept. Arbutus includes all of the standard amenities of a home of this caliber such as an indoor pool, movie theater, and gym. In addition to its features the quality of this home can be found in the details. Walnut herringbone floors, natural stone, marble, leather walls, coffer ceilings, 24 carat gold dipped hardware, and a custom mosaic mural make this home one of a kind.

View more of our Arbutus project on Houzz.

Reisa Pollard