Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Debbie is working on Lakeside Cultus Lake and Crestline in Pemberton with Alture Properties.

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Most feature a front entrance porch and rear patio, some have roof patios.  There will be 1.5-3 bedrooms,  plus underground parking with generous storage.  We are located on Portage Road across from the Community Centre, Daycare, Water Park, Play Area and next door to the Community Garden and Elementary School.


Luxurious, resort-style residences featuring elegantly appointed, bright interiors, and spacious exteriors, offer a bird’s eye perspective for soaking in the stunning beauty and calming serenity of the pristine lakeside setting. Only 21 homes are available, making this an exclusive retreat for a fortunate few.

Saturday, November 5, 2016




Interior designer, Debbie Evans is a Registered Interior Designer, LEED Green Associate, is the owner of Debbie Evans Interior Design and Whistler Interior Design. Through her work, Debbie collaborates with clients to provide spaces of comfort and beauty without sacrificing functionality. During her 29 years in the design business, Debbie’s work has garnered 10 Georgie Awards and 3 National Sam Awards through the Home Builders Association.  She was featured as one of Western Canada’s top Interior Designers in the book, Spectacular Homes of Western Canada, and can also be seen in the book, Perspectives On Design, Western Canada, which was published in 2012. Debbie graduated with her 4-year Advanced Diploma in Interior Design from Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario and is a Registered Interior Design with the Interior Designers Institute of BC.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Georgie Awards

Very Excited to post that Fernie Home Builders - Michael Delich won a Gold Georgie for a project we worked on together. Congratulations!

Snow Creek Cabins

2016 Best Single Family Home over 2,000 Sq Ft. under 750,000 - Production

Primary Company - Fernie Home Builders Inc.

- See more at: http://www.georgieawards.ca/about-awards/winners/24292#sthash.1XFqqu7x.dpuf

Debbie Evans did the Interior Design for the project 

Michael Delich with the Golden Price!! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

La Dolce Debbie - Debbie Travis
Debbie Evans

Debbie Evans reflects on her first visit to Italy with Debbie Travis 

I have been following Debbie Travis as she had finally purchased a home in Tuscany and was renovating it to prepare for more woman's retreats.

I attended the first retreat in 2009 with an amazing group of women and it was my first time in Italy. It was an amazing experience and I then returned 4 times to Italy with the Italian Chamber of Commerce with a group of architects and designers to tour Italy and learn more about the craftsmen, artists, trades and people who  supply the most amazing Italian products all over the world. I fell in love with Italy and hope to return again soon.

When I attended Debbie Travis first women\s retreat she was renting a Villa and had hoped to buy a place and continue her dream of inspiring women and giving them a sanctuary to learn, grown, and escape from our hectic schedules.

I keep in touch with some of the woman through facebook and we get email updates from Debbie Travis as she continues on her Journey.

I also found an article from the Cape Breton Post  and the Whistler Question Cape Breton success story I was interviewed by the papers after they found out I had been invites to Italy with Debbie Travis.

Cape Breton success story Sept 12, 2009

There are many success stories about Cape Bretoners doing well off this wonderful island. Earlier this summer, Cape Breton native Debbie Evans, president of Whistler Interior Design in B.C., joined home decorating icon Debbie Travis and 11 other like-minded women for a Tuscan getaway. Travis, a world-renowned interior designer, is the host of the popular television series Debbie Travis' The Painted House, which has aired in more than 80 countries. Evans, born and raised in Ashby, is a graduate of Sydney Academy, the daughter of Paul and Ann Evans, who still reside in Sydney. Evans, who is off to Italy on Sept. 17 with the Italian Chamber of Commerce for a design tour, is a respected designer.

Debbie Evans of Whistler Interior Design will soon join famed home decorator Debbie Travis in a Tuscan villa in Italy for some R&R. Next month the award-winning designer, along with a select group of 12 other women, will be hosted by Travis for a retreat that is sure to be both exciting and relaxing.
Evans says she is thrilled to have been chosen for the trip. The host of three highly successful television series and author eight bestselling books, Travis has organized the trip for professionals who come from various locations across the Canada. All will enjoy the villa that was built around the 11th century clock tower south of Siena and west of Cortona. Travis's guests will also enjoy a tour of Italy including Montepulciano, Montefollonico and Pienza. Various winery tours, spa retreats, yoga and relaxing by the pool will also be on the schedule for the eight-day trip.
It has been a successful time for Whistler Interior Design. Two of the company's projects will be featured in this year's Spectacular Homes of Western Canada, a hard-cover coffee table book that serves as an exclusive showcase of Western Canada's finest designers.
Evans' career will be featured along with these properties that will be highlighted with breathtaking photography. The book is scheduled to hit the shelves on July 1. Also due to hit the shelves is Canadian Home Trends Magazine, a bi-monthly magazine that will showcase some of Whistler Interior Design's work in either its June or July issue. For more information about Whistler Interior Design, visit their website at www.whistlerdesign.com
Debbie Evans has returned from an amazing trip in Tuscany. In July, she spent time at a Tuscan retreat with world-renowned interior designer Debbie Travis, host of the popular television series Debbie Travis' The Painted House (which has aired in more than 80 countries around the world), Debbie Travis' Facelift and From the Ground Up. She is also the author of eight bestselling books and an internationally syndicated newspaper column.
Debbie Evans described the trip as an unforgettable experience and came back relaxed and inspired. Upon her return, Evans was able to enjoy the June/July issue of Canadian Home Trends Magazine, which featured her work. More work from Evans' Whistler Interior Design will be featured in the September/October issue also.
Another highlight of Evans' spring/summer was the release of the new book, Spectacular Homes of Western Canada, which features the work of some of the top designers in Western Canada. The upscale coffee-table book displays two of WID's design projects. Insight Photography has showcased a Whistler property on Blueberry Hill and a rustic log home in the book with fine photographs.
For more information about Whistler Interior Design visit www.whistlerdesign.com

I also wrote about my trip back to Italy and I have included it below - I really enjoyed reading my past posts as all the trips brought back great memories. 

It is important to live your Dreams no matter what they are!!

The photo's are of an aerial Photo of Luca, Walls Walk, and Bologna in the upper right corner
I have included a few photos and a sample of the design tour agenda to share with you the places we will be travelling. I am really looking forward to my return to Italy.
Villa Amista Verona, Italy

The hotel we are staying in is avilla is situated in a magnificent park covering an area of 20,000 square meters where picturesque paths evoke the atmosphere of the past. The astonishing variety of flowers, ancient trees, sculptures and 16th century fountains make a walk in the gardens an unforgettable experience for the guest.

We will also be going to Novara and Viareggio
Novara (Nuara in Western Lombard) is the capital city of the province of Novara in thePiedmont region in northwest Italy, to the west of Milan. With c. 103.602 inhabitants, it is the second most populous city in Piedmont after Turin and it is the second urban area of the Region Piedmont with 190,000 inhabitants.

Viareggio is a city located in northern TuscanyItaly, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. With a population of over 63,000 it is the main centre of the northern Tuscan Riviera known as Versilia, and the second largest city within the Province of Lucca.

Staying in the Hotel Astor
The Hotel Astor is situated along the famous promenade of Viareggio.


My trip to Italy with the Italian Chamber of Commerce was very different from the Tuscan Trip with Debbie Travis and was even better!! 

I spent two weeks in Northern Italy and Tuscany and stayed in very luxurious hotels travelling with an amazing group of architects and designers. 

When I was on the Debbie Travis trip we stayed in the Villa she rents for 8 days and it was wonderful but I enjoyed travelling to various areas allowing us to truly experience the lifestyle of each place. I also preferred the mix of men and woman because it adds a different flavour to the trip. We had one gentleman that was so funny and entertaining he had us laughing the whole trip. It was so much fun and I havn't laughed like that in years. 

Both trips offered very different experiences and I enjoyed both. I am looking forward to my return to enjoy more of the Italian Lifestyle. 


Thursday 17th - Departure from Vancouver/Calgary 

Friday 18th - Arrival at Verona - check in at Hotel Villa Amistahttp://www.byblosarthotel.com/ 

Verona was amazing and we were in walking distance to the main downtown area. We had a cocktail party and Romeo and Juliet's home and we stood on the famous balcony. 

Visit to Abitare il tempo in the late afternoon. VIP Party hosted at Villa Morellato (Original Palladian Villa) 

Our first night was magical. We attended the VIP party at Villa Morellato and dined outside with wood burning fire pits burning all around us, a live orchestra, amazing food and wines, and a disco under tents on the estate. We ate, drank, and danced all night. 
Sat 19th - Visit to Abitare il Tempo (VIP Delegation Pass) – debriefing with Fair Organizers Gala Dinner with local authorities 

Sun 20th - Visit to Abitare il Tempo – B2B Meetings with exhibitors 

Monday 21st – Visit to Abitare il Tempo – B2B Meetings with exhibitors 

Tuesday 22nd – Leaving Verona in the morning and transfer to Novara. 
In the afternoon: Presentation with Novara Chamber of Commerce and visit to 2 local companies. 

Wednesday 23rd - B2B meetings in Piemonte and Novara Area 

Thursday 24th - In the morning transfer to Viareggio (Lucca Area) and check in at Hotel Astor. 
Lunch with the delegation 
B2B meetings arranged by Lucca Promos 

Viareggio is so beautiful and we stayed across the street from the beach. The sunsets were breath taking and we walked the beaches every evening before bed. 

We went to the marble quarries on the very tip of the mountain and we were able to overlook the town and see the Italian coast line. It was sunny and warm and we were able to tour the marble quarries with the owner who shared his experiences working in the quarry. 
My room had a living room, kitchenette, hallway, bathroom adn a bedroom. It was like having my own apartment. My balcony over looked the court yard.
Friday 25th – Visit to Campolonghi quarries in the morning 
B2B workshop meetings in the afternoon. 
Guided tour of Lucca, Antique labs and dinner with the delegation in the City 

We had a great time in Lucca and enjoyed roaming around taking in the sites. The architecture is stunning and we climbed a tower that allowed us to overlook the entire city. The hotel was new and was tastefully decorated. My room had a four poster bed and was very comfortable and welcoming. 
Saturday 26th - A day in the countryside of Tuscany. 

Sunday 27th – Transfer to Bologna and check in at Hotel I Portici (http://www.iporticihotel.com/

Monday 28th – B2B meetings in Emilia Romagna and Bologna Area 

Bologna was so much fun. The hotel was in the heart of the city and our rooms were huge. Two of the rooms had balconies over looking the downtown and we had a few after hour gatherings where we drank wine and laughed until we cried. I had so much fun here and I have never laughed so hard. It was Great. 

0;">We had the pleasure of meeting one of the architects friends who lived just down from our hotel. her Villa was in the family for 500 years and the original art on the walls looked familiar as I had seen a few pieces in art history books. She shared stories of her past and a donation to a local museum that included original letters from Galileo Her daughter is now married to a Count and another daughter is living on the west coast. She was fascinating and charming and we enjoyed our visit with her. 
Tuesday 29th – Meetings organized in Bologna

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Structural Log Posts 

In this kitchen design I had to deal with another huge log post but this one needed to be highlighted and respected! I wanted to show this off as a feature of the kitchen. 

I designed the cabinets so it left a space at the base so you could see it as you walked up to the kitchen but the reclaimed wood top was fit tight around it. 

Structural Log Posts 

What were they thinking ??

I did a design for a renovation a few years ago and there was a log post in front of the cabinets in the middle of the kitchen. See photo below.

You have to wonder what were the people thinking when they designed and built this kitchen. And the yellow and blue just set it off perfectly.

I pulled the kitchen forward and buried the post in a wall and added an island making a very functional updated kitchen. We also decided it might be time to paint the kitchen as well.

Completed Kitchen with Island below 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

I have added a few before and after photos of projects I have completed. If you have a project that you have questions on please contact me to discuss. debbie@debbieevans.ca

The photo below is of a kitchen we updated and modernized. I was fortunate to have enough room to add an island. The client did not want an island you could sit at and wanted a large wrk surface and more room for storage an a wine fridge. By the time we were finished it looked like we had somehow increased the size of the space. This project is in Whistler, BC 

The photos below are of a Master bedroom that was very generous in size but had no focal point. I created a fireplace wall divider and walk in closet by using an electric fireplace with wave tile surround. The bed is on the opposite wall and is centered on the fireplace now creating a balnced room. 

The Master Bathroom was updated with a large shower with trough rain and Italian Marble porcelain tile, wall hung toilet, and dual his and her vanities. 

This was a rustic kitchen with a tight entry that was opened up, lightened up and I added a small table at the end for eating. 

The photo below is of a dining room and kitchen that was renovated and now the entire space is more spacious and inviting. 

The master Bedroom below was open to the adjoining bath and had a large vaulted ceiling and did not seem balanced or comfortable. I mirrored the wood ceiling design to close the bedroom off from the bathroom and white washed the ceiling changing the whole feeling of the bedroom. I also updated the fireplace and custom designed the furniture and bedding.

I started working with a new client today through Trade Exchange Canada. I offer my fees 100% for barter and taxes in Cash. 
My client purchased a new home in Langley and hired me to do some Interior Design Consulting for the interior and exterior of his new home. 
After a walk through I noticed a few things that could have a huge impact on the value of the home and his ROI. One of he bedrooms in the front of the home could be expanded by 60" x 144" over the entrance creating a huge second master bedroom and we could create a much more welcoming entrance as it was an odd layout as it stands now. I also noticed we could make changes to his kitchen area and stairwell area creating a large pantry and bar area for the dining and kitchen. We are doing a lot of cosmetic changes overall but the two changes mentioned would add a lot of value for not a significant amount of money or work. 
Through the barter program I will recommend a painter, electrician, hardwood flooring supplier, carpet supplier, Solus Decor for a fireplace surround, and furniture supplier. He will be able to purchase all of this for no cash up front. 
I have completed a large kitchen renovation in the past through barter and the client did over half of the renovation in barter and saved paying out cash for a lot of it including my design fee. The renovation was around $ 125,000.
If you know how to use the Barter System and check pricing then this option can save a lot of cash up front for you. Please contact me for more information. 

Interior Design by Debbie Evans 
I have been working on the new home attached for a few years and it has finally been completed. My client was living overseas but like so many people living abroad Canada is looking even more desirable as a place to settle down.
Britannia has expanded and grown into a very sought after development that has the most amazing mountain and water views and  its proximity to Vancouver and Whistler make it a perfect spot to live. 
The kitchen has Gaggenau Appliances with integrated refrigeration, dishwashers, steam oven. and cook top with downdraft ventilation system. 
The Bi fold windows open to the expansive view and deck area opening the entire wall of the kitchen. 
Interior Design - Debbie Evans 
Architectural Designer - Jamie Martin
Builder - Will McKeen 
Cabinets/Millwork - Leon Lebeniste 
By Debbie Evans Interior Design 
I have put together the following information as there seems to be a lot of confusion out there on how Interior Designers Charge with a few notes on Permit Drawings and Architects as well. This is my experience and every firm is different. This does not allow for Interior Decorators or Stagers but I would be happy to include additional information if someone has comments or suggestions.
Every Project and client are unique and each project is reviewed and bid on individually. I have only posted this as an example of potential fees. My firm works with all budgets depending on my clients needs and wants. We usually allow for 3 options when bidding on a project giving the client the option to review each price and scope of work so they can chose what they are comfortable with. Once selected they know exactly what they are getting for the agreed upon fee. 
I also put this together as I have recently heard of people building custom homes in the range of 5-6000 sqft Approx cost to build $ 5,000,000 allowing $ 20,000 all in for design including Full working drawings for Interior Detailing. That works out to approx. 133 hours x $ 150 Hr for a 2 year project
OR Interior Designers charging as little as $ 1.00 sqft for a new build ( On a 5000 sqft home that is 50 hrs x $ 100hr so your designer better be really fast with no changes or they will be working for free after the first few weeks. It’s hard to keep the designer excited about a project or motivated when they are working for free for the next 18 months
I have heard of Architectural Designers – Not Architects – charging $ 35,000 all in to do a 7000 sqft very custom home Value $ 4,000,000 plus – How motivated is that Home Designer when you need changes or updates or the builder has questions.
Avoid expensive mistakes by hiring a professional that instinctively understands your desire for the perfect interior that captures your personality and design sensibilities. Relax and let a well-orchestrated team work harmoniously to anticipate your needs and guide you through a complex project.
You love building, and creating a wonderful project for your clients, yet keeping the client on task, making decisions quickly is a challenge.  Relax and let a designer manage the process and produce accurate specifications. Most Builders do not want to pick tile and finishes and they want to focus on the build.
There is nothing worse than when a designer does not understand the budget and over designs the interior detailing and specs or selects specifications that do not fit the schedule or deadlines leaving the contractor to break the news that the house price to build has just increased substantially and they cannot build the home with the agreed upon price or they need to put the renovation on hold because the cabinets are 6 weeks away and the tile is 8 weeks away. How much does it cost to put your renovation project on hold for a few months or your new build on hold for 8 months?
If the budget is really tight the contractor also gets to inform the client that everything they just approved and love in the design needs to come out and be replaced with items of a much lower cost. Designers who work with budgets can often massage the budget through out and make cuts where you would not notice and execute the design so that the client gets the desired results.
Many projects increase the price and scope as they go but it needs to be presented to the client and agreed upon during the design phase and not figured out in the middle of the build. The best way for a contractor to start a project is to have completed architectural drawings, Interior drawings and specs so he can properly prepare a budget. This will keep the entire project running smoothly and save money in the long run as the builder can get estimates from trades early on and secure the price. If there are changes during the build, and there often are, then the builder can allow for them and update the budget accordingly so that the client is always comfortable with the building process.
Most common form of Billing – Hourly Plus Mark Up
Interior Designers Charging hourly and Mark Up – Average Rate’s from $ 100 - $ 150 Hourly for Senior Designers and $ 75-$ 100 Intermediate, Junior Designers $ 50-$ 75, Admin $ 45-$ 65
Mark Up could be from 15% - 35% for purchases – depending on project
The designer would estimate hourly charge depending on scope of work for all of the people in their firm working on the project and provide fee according to the project. All purchases would be cost plus the mark up set for that project.
Flat Fee – Experienced designers who can review past projects and time allowances and come up with a fee that will cover their time and mark ups for a project and provide a flat fee for a new project. As long as the overall scope of work does not change significantly the client will know how to budget for the design fee in a project. This fee would include time and mark up for purchases.
Hourly with no Mark Ups on purchases – The hourly fee would often increase to $ 250 - $ 350 an hour or more to cover time and overhead. Or this may be used on smaller jobs where someone wants to only have consulting time of 10 hours for a project and wants to purchase the items at your cost.
Example 10 hours x $ 250 hr/$ 350 = $ 2500 - $ 3500 for a kitchen consultation or bathroom consultation.
This might include the client meeting with the designer to review specs and drawings for a small renovation where they have everything ready to review with the designer and get approvals as 10 hours is not a lot of time.
Fee Minimums - Most Interior Designers will not work for below a set fee and it could be $ 2500 minimum or $ 5000 minimum. I also know many architects who set minimum fees restriction as well.
Time Sheets – Most designers keep track of their time with time sheets and this includes time in meetings with builders and trades, client meetings, drawings review, order prep, researching products, etc Their staff will do the same as it is a lot of work to put a project together and organize it. It should all be tracked so that the hourly billing can be reviewed if the client has questions.
Square Foot Charge – This is not used as often in Residential Design but I have included some notes
New Builds - $ 7-10 a square foot depending on how custom it is
Renovation - $ 7- $ 11 a square foot depending on how custom it is
Permit Drawings - $ 2 - $ 2.50 a square foot base price ( Architectural Designers may be $ 1oo- $ 150 hr and Drafting Techs might be $ 56-$ 95 Hr depending on experience)
Architects Fees – Approx  6.5 % – 8 % of estimated construction building cost. With Registered architects often charging  8-15%
Return On Investment - “The secret to success is to find out what people want and help them get it!” -  Harry Browne

Investing in timeless design saves money and leads to easier and faster sales.
With Real Estate your are dealing with one of the largest investments you may ever make. What is your investment worth to you ?

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