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

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

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

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

On A Newstand Near You


We are beyond excited to be part of the inaugural issue of Vancouver Home Magazine! It is such an honor to be featured in this well established publication that has had such great success in Montreal and Toronto. In their Late Autumn 2013 edition I sat down with them to discuss Beyond Beige's Hamilton project in detail. The result of that interview is a 14 page feature, full of images and my inspirations. Be sure to pick it up as its on newsstands now!

Visit Vancouver Home Magazine's Website.



Beyond Beige was chosen to complete this Bachelor Pad for our client that spends most of his time working up North. Located in Olympic Village, he wanted a place to call his own in the city. This condo is close to downtown, restaurants, art galleries and all the city has to offer. Since the project is in a completely urban environment, we wanted to create a space that incorporates a fun, city vibe seamlessly from inside the unit to out. The final result is a cool bachelor pad charm; masculine, but young and hip at once. Since the unit is long and rectangular, we chose to play up that feel with horizontal stripe wall paper in the living room. The client also loved orange we chose an orangey red accent that really pops against the grey in the rest of the space. Our client is a voracious reader hence the bookshelf wallpaper in the master bedroom.

View more of our West 1st project on Houzz.




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Reisa Pollard