Patricia Doyle
July 20, 2009
Pat Doyle's handcrafted lampwork glass "Talisman Beads" have just arrived. These bead charms fit on to Pandora and Troll style bracelet and necklaces. Lots of colours to choose from. View the collection >>

Art Walk
April 13, 2009
Visit Joye Designs during the 10th Annual ArtsConnect Art Walk on April 25 & 26, 12 Noon - 5 PM.



Joye Designs is an interior design blog based in Vancouver with the aim of sharing tips, trends, and interesting products and projects with other designers and design enthusiasts. Whether you work in the field and want to connect and share ideas, or are a beginner looking for advice on your first project, this blog is here to help.

Joye Design is not a store, or a magazine — I do not sell anything, I only want to share my passion for interior design. When I find a good product, sale, or service I provide a direct link to the retailer that sells it, but I do not get paid for product placements or advertising. This is a free blog written by an enthusiast, for enthusiasts.

Picking an Interior Designer

If you want to work directly with a professional interior designer, here are some good tips to follow to help you pick the right one.

First, each designer will specialize with different things. It might be a particular style, room, or stage of a project — some are better at helping plan and budget, some are better at helping you find the right stores and retailers to find the products you want, and some are better at arranging everything. Those that are good at everything are the great ones, though they usually are more expensive as a result.

Before you contact any designer, you should have a good idea of what you want to do. You don't have to have anything thoroughly planned, but you should know what you like. You should also know what you have to work with, in terms of your budget and the dimensions available in the room(s) you want to work on. If you don't, a good designer is going to ask you those questions anyways.

Now you can do some research, find what interior designers are in your area. Check their reviews, look at their portfolios, and get a feel for their style and their methods. You can reach out to some through phone or email and ask some questions, maybe arrange for a consultation. You might contact a few, but after that you can pick the designer that suits what you need!

Local Vancouver Resources

If you already have the design ideas you want, here's a quick list of shops and businesses we've come to trust to help you finish your project:

Home Décor Shops
  • The Cross Decor & Design — 1198 Homer St, Vancouver
  • Urban Barn — 2354 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Briers Home Furnishings — 2025 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Renovations & Contractors

Custom work is often requested by customers who wish to be part of the design process. Joye encourages those who wish to experience the fun of selecting their own favourite stones from her amassed collection of fossils and gemstones or to bring in their own treasured pieces that have been hidden away for years, waiting to find the right jewellery design to encompass it. You might even consider using a heirloom collectable, such as a rare coin, a treasured seashell, or even a broken piece of porcelain from Grandma’s china collection.

Each piece that either Joye or one of the other artisans from the gallery creates for you, will truly be a one of a kind, original creation. Metals, are handworked and finished, to exacting standards, right down to the smallest detail. No mass productions, no assembly lines and no cookie cutter copies. Our jewellery designs are the labour of love created by artisans with years of experience and who are passionate in working with Mother Nature’s creations.

Ammolite Delight [2009 Collection]
Ammolite cabochon wrapped in gold filled wire.