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Author: tina

No Throwaway Disposable Culture For Us: Meet Miele!

Brooke and I were delighted to be invited to see the new Miele Experience Centre showroom and meet the leadership team behind Miele. Besides getting a chance to see their beautiful products (and taste the treats made in the Miele test kitchen), we had a chance to learn about the goals and philosophy of the company which we are happy to share with you. Some of you may already be Miele fans, and we hope that for those new to...

Coming soon! LOCAL SPRING & LOCAL CHILD POPUP SHOP

Get excited! Mark you calendars!Designers Collective is excited to announce our third Curated Pop-up Shop, June 3-11, 2016, at 2885 West 33rd Avenue, Vancouver.Come meet our designers June 3 at noon for our opening reception.We have some new designers, artists and creative people to introduce you to. In addition, we present LOCAL Child, makers specializing in kids fun. Makers include: Botany Living, Cabyn, Jai Style, Mitani Designs, Lauren Morris, Nicole Durocher, Vera Harris, Barbara Tevarotto, and Domestic Objects.Designers Collective’s LOCAL...

What We Will See: Los Angeles Home Tours 2016

LA Home Tours: June 25, 2016Exciting news! This year our Los Angeles home tours will take us to the trendy Eastside/Hills area. Our limo driver will brave the insane traffic that is Los Angeles, just so we can view amazing architecture and interiors. There will be lots of beverages and snacks to keep us going. Bring your camera and an open mind to capture all the innovation and inspiration.Architecturally and culturally significant, LA's Eastside is made up of small, trendy...

Friday Fun: Design Influences

Design InfluencesAs a designer, I know that everything that surrounds us is influential. None of us design in a bubble. It goes without saying that the more you experience the world, the more design will factor in your life. Influences and inspirations can come from a variety of places as you can see below. They can come from architecture, holidays, food, fashion, the environment, nature, and the list goes on.  Sometimes it is hard to determine what came first, the...

Design Tour Coming Up: Los Angeles

Designers Collective is taking a group of design enthusiasts to participate in a design and lifestyle tour of Los Angeles in June, and we are pretty darn excited about it.Why a travel design tour?Well it's because traveling is inspiring. It is a great way to discover new ideas and gives you time to think in a completely new context. We open our eyes a little wider when we are in a new place. Imagine, four days of design and...

Powder Room DIY On The Fly

Powder Room DIY On The Fly;With all our kids now university age or older, we are at that awkward stage of wondering if we should downsize, with the intention of relocating to a more affordable home , or stay put and do some much-needed renovations. My husband, Graham, is also an architect and we would love to use our skills to build or renovate another house.But sometimes the biggest impetus for action comes out of left field. Designers Collective was...

Designers Collective: A Collaborative Passion

Designers Collective: A Collaborative Passion Between Brooke Hatfield & Tina DhillonI have known Brooke for nearly two decades. Our kids were in the same swim club and we often talked about our creative interests to pass the time.My daughter Scarlett, and Brooke's son Sam are on the far right with medals around their necks.Brooke was a practicing nurse, and my husband and I, were residential architects. Brooke approached us to do a major renovation on her home and, from the...

Holiday Gift Ideas by Tina

Need some holiday gift ideas for the special people on your list? Here are my 2015 gift suggestions! I'm happy to say all these gift picks are gender neutral making it so easy for you to give them to anyone on your list. Here we go:1. A ScarfA personal favourite is any scarf by Paul Smith. Paul Smith is a British designer, whose business and reputation is founded upon his men's fashion with a special focus on tailoring. He is...

LOCAL: Curated Pop Up Shop

LOCAL: A Curated Pop Up Shop - An updateWe told you about our plans for a pop up shop and it’s now we are well into it, and are excited to update you. Not only has the shop been busy but we were interviewed on Round House Radio to inform its large local audience on the concept of the Pop Up shop.Despite some construction setbacks we managed to complete just before opening. Our launch party started at 5 and Brooke...