Designers Collective: A Collaborative Passion
Designers Collective: A Collaborative Passion Between Brooke Hatfield & Tina Dhillon
I 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.
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 start, she was heavily invested and enthusiastic.
I soon noticed how much she was enjoying the renovation and how similar her design aesthetic was to my own. After the renovation was complete, Brooke enrolled in an interior design program at BCIT, which transformed her from passionate hobbyist to expert.
Years later, Brooke and I reconnected and decided to share office space for our business ventures. From there, the idea naturally came to combine my background in architecture and Brooke’s interior design expertise to create Designers Collective.
Designers Collective is about educating clients on architecture, renovation, and interior design through workshops, DIY videos, design tours, and our blog. We combine interior design with education allowing us to transform your home with, or for you.
We engage people in the world of interior design in a fun and informal way so they can explore their creativity and hone their personal styles. It has proven to be very successful, with opportunities to learn and grow, both professionally and personally.
We’ve hosted workshops in partnership with brands like West Elm, we organized a four day home and design tour that took our clients on an exploration through Los Angeles, and this coming year, we will be hosting events that feature recognized design specialists.
Like any startup, one of our challenges was to get visibility and awareness about Designers Collective. Brooke and I weren’t shy about seeking out ideas and advice. We spoke extensively with other bloggers, took courses, and attended conferences to help shape and mobilize our ideas. In the process, we developed many valued relationships in the design community with people who were enthusiastic and generous with their advice.
Brooke and I feel so fortunate and very excited to be part of such an energetic and empowering network as we nurture the growth of our shared enterprise – Designers Collective.