Carolyn founded Concept to Design Inc. in 2007 after gaining valuable experience in architectural and interior design firms, as well as with one of BC's largest home builders. She is a graduate of BCIT, Building Technology - Architectural Program, registered with ASTTBC, and is a Certified Residential Designer through BDIBC.
With over 25 years of experience that includes teaming with builders, developers, city representatives, consultants, trades and suppliers, Carolyn excels in navigating diverse perspectives. She approaches projects from different angles, aiming for the best design solutions to facilitate the client's wishes to become a reality. The foundation of her company lies in her passion for design, building client relationships, and fostering a collaborative environment.
Her strong work ethic and commitment are rooted in her parent's inspiring immigration journey, sacrificing comfortable lives and university degrees for her and her sisters. This upbringing instilled a deep appreciation for hard work and the value of seizing opportunities.
Carolyn loves time with family and recognizes the home as a gathering place for shared moments of eating, laughter and even tears. This perspective is woven into her design philosophy, where aesthetics is integrated with functionality to enhance clients' well-being. She strives to create beautiful spaces that are well enjoyed.
She, her husband and 2 adult daughters enjoy the fun their dog, cats and hamster bring. This highlights her appreciation for simple pleasures.
Julia Jacob, BID
Senior Interior Designer
Julia joined the team in 2014 as a graduate of Vancouver Island University, holding a Bachelor of Interior Design. She is a quick thinker and provides solutions to the new challenges that arise every day. She takes clients' preferences and transforms them into professionally finished projects, striking the perfect balance between detailed features and simplicity.
Her design and technical skills make her a key person in the company. Julia offers creative design perspectives with practical problem-solving. Among her many skills, she is passionate about space planning and never tires of striving for the best layout for each client. Her vision extends beyond interior design, as she also enjoys the architectural and building aspects of projects.
As the lead designer, multitasking is a must, and evidently, this comes naturally to Julia. She manages projects in all aspects, including design, technical, budgeting, and scheduling. Julia is a great leader and oversees the projects and designers. She also stays on top of the company's growth by working closely with Carolyn on processes and proposals. She is always looking to improve the daily operations for the team and clients.
Outside of her design pursuits, Julia revels in the outdoors and the companionship of animals. You'll often find her riding horses at the barn or enjoying the company of her dog Molly. Julia also finds solace in spending quality time at home unwinding with a good book.
Haley graduated in 2020 from BCIT with a Diploma in Residential Interiors and an Associate Certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design.
She comes with experience in working on residential renovations, handling interior specifications, budgets, and construction. She understands the processes and knows the importance of providing clear information to contractors and suppliers for quoting, ordering, and construction. She applies her creative design and technical skills to our interior design, construction drawings and specifications.
Haley understands the demands of being a problem solver and multitasker in our office and is always up for the challenge. She enjoys providing creative designs that are both beautiful and practical.
Outside of work, Haley loves to travel and finds inspiration from various places to bring creativity and fresh ideas to her designs. Her favorite moments involve quality time with family and enjoying the company of her cat Sophie.
Andrea is currently dedicated to pursuing her Interior Design Diploma at BCIT while actively gaining hands-on experience in a full-time role. She approaches every task with a positive mindset, tackling and solving design challenges with determination.
Fresh designs and technical abilities are Andrea's assets, with millwork design and drawings becoming her specialty. Customer-focused and dynamic, she applies her excellent customer service skills at our front line while efficiently managing clients, suppliers, and reps.
Andrea skillfully handles all aspects of projects, from sourcing and specifications to drawings and site measurements. Andrea serves as the primary point of contact for clients in our office. Even under tight deadlines, Andrea contributes to maintaining a lively and enjoyable atmosphere in our office.
Outside of work, Andrea has discovered that the simple joys of walking her dog Camper and embracing family time to offer a sense of balance and fulfillment.