Design Tours

Vancouver Design Tour, September 15-18 2016, $2100 CAD ($1600 USD)

Vancouver always ranks in the top five of the world’s most liveable cities.  But, it is more than just its’ beautiful seaside mountain setting that makes it so appealing.  To see and understand this city first hand we offer tours guided by local architect historians to give you the complete experience of what makes Vancouver great.  Tour the reborn industrial sites of Granville Island +South False Creek, the densely vibrant West End, Strathcona’s historic hipster hood, the stunning vistas of the downtown waterfront and on up to the Main street renaissance.  Vancouver simply overflows with memorable, enjoyable and photogenic urban landscapes.


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View of the new playful tower, by Danish Architectural firm, Bjarke Ingels Group

Vancouver is a vibrant design city and is internationally known as a hotbed of innovation in urban design through our widely admired ‘Vancouverism’. Our commitment to being the World’s Greenest City is not just political, and you can see sustainability in action at the local level in the plethora of beautiful regional artisanry, art, and design.  The combined influences of a profoundly beautiful first nations art, a spectacular natural environment and the multicultural matrix of the Pacific Rim make this a powerful engine of design.

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 cultural exploration, surrounded by a group of fun, like-minded people.

So come and join Designers Collective, an Architect and an Interior Designer, for an insider’s look at one of worlds’ most exciting cities. Be prepared for an action packed 4 days! Bring walking shoes!!

Day 1 Arrival Day,  Thursday, September 15, 2016

hotel vancouver


We will be staying at the historic Hotel Vancouver. The Hotel Vancouver is a quintessential example of the great Franco-Scottish chateau-style railway hotels. These types of hotels had been built by the national railway companies in nearly every major city across Canada since the late nineteenth century.
We will gather at The Hotel Vancouver at 2 pm to start our adventure.
Beginning at the VAG for the Picasso exhibit, we will then visit Robson Square and go for a little stroll of retail therapy along Robson St.  After drinks at one of Vancouver’s best cocktail lounges we will return to the hotel for a little down time and prepare for a fabulous dinner at one of chef David Hawksworth’s eponymous restaurants.

Day 2 Full Day, Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday September 16, 2016

We will start the day with breakfast on our own then meet up for our walking tour of Vancouver’s downtown waterfront, which will include Harbour Centre for a 360-degree view of the city.  We will visit the Marine Building, Hotel Europe and then stroll Gastown and see our notable steam clock. We will have a Dim Sum lunch in Chinatown and visit the world’s narrowest office building.  We will attend the Rennie Art Museum then head back to the hotel to rest and get ready for The Dinner By Design Gala Dinner.


A view of the upper deck level of the Rennie Wing Sang Art Museum

Dinner by Design brings together internationally celebrated designers and local talent to create three-dimensional dining installations that awe, inspire and delight.  Every table tells a story at Dinner by Design, and each ‘tablescape’ is entirely unique and a one-of-a-kind. Designers Collective is pleased to be designing one of the dinner tables this year. (more info:

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Designer: Debut Event Design, ‘Crystal Clear’: a 2013 table design for Dinner x Design

Day 3 Home Tour, Saturday September 16, 2016

reduced modern house


After breakfast, we will meet the limousine that will take us on the Modern Home Design Tour. We will check out 7 fine examples of West Coast Modern Houses.  The Vancouver Modern Home Tour takes place each year in coordination with Western Living’s Design Week.

We will have lunch on, and explore, Main St. and then head back to the hotel to unwind or do some shopping.  Dinner will be at our wonderful Indian Fushion restaurant, Vij’s, and then we will head over to the landmark Stanley Theatre to see the play, ‘Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery’.

Day 4 Departure Day, Sunday, September 18, 2016

We will meet after breakfast and head out to Stanley Park via Robson and Denman Streets. We will continue our walking tour and end up at the Cactus club for lunch overlooking English Bay.  Rain or shine this is a beautiful view. We will then walk to  Sunset beach to catch the AquaBus to Granville Island where we will walk through the market and explore on our own.  For those who wish to enjoy the view and rest their feet,  there will be drinks at the Granville Island Hotel before we head back to our hotel for Departure.

Tour includes the following:
• 3 nights at the iconic Hotel Vancouver, (based on shared occupancy)
• 3 lunches
• 3 dinners
• Tickets to the Modern Home Tours, Vancouver Art Gallery, The Rennie Private Art Gallery, Dinner by Design Fundraising Gala
• drinks/appys at local hot spots
• Iconic Stanley Theatre-To see the play, ‘Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery’
• Drivers and taxis
• Goody Bags

Cost is $2100 CAD ($1600 USD)
Or if you are a local and do not want to stay at our hotel, the cost is $1800 CAD
*Airport transportation and airfares are not included.*
*Plans may be subject to change.

Deposit due immediately and remainder to be paid by August 31, 2016

sign up here

  • Image of June 23-26: Los Angeles Design Tour with Designers Collective
  • Image of June 23-26: Los Angeles Design Tour with Designers Collective
  • Image of June 23-26: Los Angeles Design Tour with Designers Collective
  • Image of June 23-26: Los Angeles Design Tour with Designers Collective
  • Image of June 23-26: Los Angeles Design Tour with Designers Collective
June 23
We will meet you at the hotel, and make sure you are well oriented and have everything you need. The hotel is in the heart of the action and one can often see “stars” just walking down the street.
Once everyone arrives by 2pm, we will head out to Robertson Boulevard and the La Cienega Design Quarter for inspiration. This legendary district, with its romantic courtyards, alluring windows and treasure troves of antiques, furniture, rugs, accessories and art, is known as the “shopping heart” and workplace of the interior design profession. Side by side with some of L.A.’s most glamorous restaurants, bistros, fashion boutiques and salons, the LCDQ is the West Coast Style destination for all.
After shopping till we drop we will head back to our hotel for drinks and appies and get ready for dinner at the iconic and popular Ivy Restaurant.
June 24
On our first full day in LA, we will head to the Broad Contemporary Art Museum in Downtown Los Angeles. The Broad is designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. From there we will have lunch at Otium, a new restaurant the LA Times has called “LA’s most ambitious new restaurant in years”
From Downtown, we will head over to Beverly Hills for some retail therapy and have a look at what is happening in high-end retail design. We will stop for drinks at the Beverly Hills Hotel and then head over to Venice Beach for a stroll along the Venice Beach canals. Finally, we will end up at Gelina’s for dinner. We will have dessert poolside back at our hotel and rev up for the next day!
June 25
Our second full day in LA we will be going on The Dwell Home Tours. We will a have a limo and driver with us for the day as we tour these 5 beautiful homes. We will stop for a light lunch as we are out and about. After touring these amazing homes, we will return to the hotel for dinner poolside before heading out to the theatre. We will see BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical at the Pantages Theatre, an iconic Art Deco Hollywood venue.
June 26
AAfter breakfast on Sunday, we will head over to Melrose Trading Post, an incredible collection of Los Angeles Artists, Makers & Musicians in action only on Sundays. We will return to our hotel and pick up our luggage finalizing the end of the tour.
Tina Dhillon (registered architect) and Brooke Hatfield (interior designer) of Designers Collective will take you on a design and lifestyle tour of Los Angeles
• 3 nights (based on shared occupancy)
• 3 breakfasts
• 3 lunches
• 2 dinners
• LA Dwell Home Tour, Watts Towers, The Getty Centre, Venice Beach.
• drinks/appies by the pool
• drinks/appies at local hot spot
• Pantages Theatre-BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical
• Driver and taxis
• swag bags
Please Note:
*Airport transportation and airfares are not included.*
*Plans may be subject to change.This DC tour is limited to 10 people based on double occupancy.Total cost is $2390-(airfare not included),
June 23-26 2016,
Deposit: $1500 upon registration
Final payment of $890 due by May 15, 2016
Discounts do not apply to this tour.  Sign Up Here. 

Design Crawl: Arts + Crafts Homes and Garden Crawl in Pasadena, California-Registration no longer available for this DESIGN TOUR. Please Check Back for next year’s dates.

pasadenaNovember 12-16 2015: Arts + Crafts Homes and Garden Crawl in Pasadena, California $2240 USD

Sign Up for this Design Crawl Here.

We are thrilled to announce our Pasadena Craftsman Home and Garden Tour. Come and enjoy 4 nights and 3.5 days in beautiful sunny Pasadena, Los Angeles County. We have a wonderful itinerary planned for you, November 12-16, 2015. So mark it down on your Calendar because you do not want to miss this trip!

This Craftsman Home and Garden Crawl in Pasadena will include significant Arts and Crafts-era houses, a variety of walking tours of both homes and gardens.

We will be staying within walking distance of the action. Our crawl will explore the Huntington Library and Gardens, Bungalow Heaven, and Old Pasadena.  Old Pasadena is nationally recognized for its vibrant main street revitalization, memorable architecture and reflects the traditions of early California, blending in a cultivated collection of shopping, great dining and endless entertainment.  For those interested in a unique fitness experience, there will be an opportunity to spin at Soul Cycle.

The American Arts and Crafts Movement emerged in the early 20th century in the US as an outgrowth of the English Arts and Crafts Movement. Its hallmark is a philosophy of honest, simple designs expressed in hand-made creations by skilled craftsmen. Pasadena became a particularly strong centre for Craftsman Design, including architecture, furniture, art and ceramics. Of particular note are Charles and Henry Greene, the Bungalows and Frank Lloyd Wright.

When you arrive you will make your own way to our hotel.  We will meet you at the hotel and make sure you are well oriented and have everything you need.

Tina Dhillon (Registered Architect) and Brooke Hatfield (Interior Designer) of Designers Collective will lead you on this Craftsman Home and Garden Crawl of Pasadena.

Included, but subject to changes is the following:

•    4 nights (based on shared occupancy)
•    4 breakfasts
•    3 lunches
•    3 dinners
•    Tour fees
•    Reception in a significant Arts and Crafts venue
•    drinks/appies by the pool
•    opening reception for Pasadena Heritage’s Craftsman Weekend in a private Heritage Home.

Detailed itinerary below:

Thursday November 12, 2015

noon-1 pm Arrive at our Hotel.

2-4 pm Tour of Old Pasadena

Old Pasadena is a prime example of preservation and vibrant downtown revitalization. This notable area is a collection of historic streets, alleyways, and buildings occupied by a variety of restaurants, galleries, stores and boutiques. This presentation and tour highlight the important landmarks throughout this historic district.

4:30 We will have drinks at our hotel

7pm We will go off to Dinner at a local hot spot.

Friday November 13, 2015

Breakfast at the hotel

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m, We will visit one of the most iconic examples of Craftman Style Architecture: The Gamble House by Greene and Greene.

The Gamble House is the most complete and best-preserved work of American Arts & Crafts by architects Charles and Henry Greene. You can choose to attend one of two lectures presented by The Gamble House Speakers Bureau followed by a docent-guided tour of this National Historic Landmark. The lectures are: The Gamble House and its Place in the History of Pasadena Architecture and Asian-Inspired Influences on the Design of the Gamble House.

Noon-4:30 pm The Huntington Gardens and lunch

The Huntington, is considered one of the world’s great cultural, research, and educational centers

A private, nonprofit institution, The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California.

The Botanical Gardens are an ever-changing exhibition of color and a constant delight. Covering 120 acres, more than a dozen specialized gardens are arranged within a park-like landscape of rolling lawns. Among the most remarkable are the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden. The camellia collection is one of the largest in the country. Other important botanical attractions include the Subtropical, Herb, Jungle, and Palm gardens.

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Friday Evening Reception: The Judson Studios

This year’s opening reception will take place at The Judson Studios, a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The historic stained glass studio provides the perfect setting for an evening of drinks and refreshments. Guests will also take a guided tour of the studio and see works of art in progress.

Free evening for individual shopping and exploration

Saturday November 14, 2015

Breakfast at the hotel

9-12:30 Bungalow Heaven Walking Tour

The Bungalow Heaven Landmark District, part of the National Register of Historic Places, is home to one of the largest collections of Craftsman homes in the United States. This walking tour will provide an overview of this unique neighborhood with interior tours of selected bungalows.

1-2:30 Lunch at a local hot spot

3-5 pm It’s All in the Details Presentation with Historic Architect William W. Ellinger III

William W. Ellinger III, of Ellinger Architects & Associates in Pasadena will present a study of the anatomy of the Craftsman home from foundation to roof ridge, its construction and systems. This detailed overview of the California Bungalow is an amalgam of materials, methods, and imagination. Mr. Ellinger has been instrumental in the restoration of many significant buildings in and around Pasadena including the Castle Green and the Blinn House (home of the Women’s City Club of Pasadena). He is an historic architect with a great interest in researching architectural and construction history, and is an expert in the field of historic preservation.

Catered Dinner and Drinks at Hotel

Sunday November 15, 2015

9 am-4 pm Sunday Craftsman House Tour and packed lunch

The Sunday Craftsman House Tour is Craftsman Weekend’s signature event, featuring beautiful Craftsman architecture that makes Pasadena the destination for Arts & Crafts enthusiasts across the country. Experienced docents will provide detailed histories of each of the homes showcased while guests explore the house and examine the natural materials, fine workmanship and exquisite detail that characterize the Craftsman era.

7 pm Dinner at a local hotspot.

Monday November 16, 2015

Breakfast at the hotel

End of Tour.

Sign Up for this Design Crawl Here.

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  • Is there still room available for the April 23rd Design Collective at the Beach Grove Golf Club. Would you please call me or email me at Thank you Marni Kaufman – Colour and Design Consultant Benjamin Moore Steveston. Thank you for your quick response

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