• Stephanie Hilton Design

SETTING UP SHOP


Like many designers and entrepreneurs, my business began at home in my little office, where I stayed for two years. Working at home is great, don't get me wrong, who doesn't like working in their sweats with no make up, sipping coffee all day listening to 90's hip hop? But it can get a little lonely when the only adults you interact with are on the phone or on a job site or at a supplier. As my business grew, along with my desire to be working with other creatives, I knew it was time to open up my design studio. What started as a casual conversation over wine with a friend, turned into 3 days later signing a commercial lease and knocking down walls in our new soon to be studio. We did much of the work ourselves, with help from some fabulous trades, suppliers and friends.

In retrospect, we wish we had set up a time lapse video of this renovation, which start to finish took about 3 weeks, 7 days a week, most days with 2-3 of our kids in tow, but we still managed to have a great time. Of course, I instantly began the concept planning for our studio, which we decided would be industrial, which seemed fitting as we are in one of the last industrial areas of North Vancouver on Crown Street.

Walls came down first, we opened up the space to let as much natural light in as possible. Then came paint.... My first and last attempt at using a sprayer

I don't know about you, but I LOVE a good before and after shot. It really shows the transformation of the space and the work that went in to creating it.

This is what is now our meeting room, looked like before the renovation....don't you just love the faux stone wallpaper?

Good bye ugly wallpaper, fluorescent lighting and cheap laminate, hello wood panel wall, pot lights and industrial fixtures from Matteo Lighting, and new hardwood floors.

I refinished this solid walnut table which now serves as our meeting table. Chairs are from my good friends at Style In Form.

All photography by: Two Twigs Photography

I built the industrial coat rack with plumbing fittings, and a bench seat in the otherwise unused nook of our meeting room.

All photography by: Two Twigs Photography

All photography by: Two Twigs Photography

Workstation area before...

And after. Desks built by yours truly.

All photography by: Two Twigs Photography

Furniture from: Style In Form

All photography by: Two Twigs Photography

Sofa from: Style In Form

All photography by: Two Twigs Photography

We are so proud to call this space home Monday to Friday. We love visitors, and often host events at our studio. Please feel free to pop in to check out our design centre and photography studio. We offer shared coworking space aswell.

All photography by: Two Twigs Photography

Stephanie Hilton Design is a boutique full service Vancouver Interior Design firm servicing the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley.

Our studio is located in North Vancouver, BC. And a second location in Chilliwack, BC.

She specialises in Residential Interior Design and is a decorating expert.

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