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Q&A with Interior Designer Stephanie Brown

We caught up with Stephanie Brown, featured designer in our latest Designers At Home issue.

We featured designer Stephanie Brown’s beautiful white-and-gold home in our January issue, and got a chance to chat with the talented Calgary-transplant about her personal style, fridge-stocking habits and can’t-fail design tips.

Stephanie Brown Western Living

How would you describe your personal style?
It’s an eclectic mix, but there’s a formula to it. I start with a bright, open and modern backdrop. Then I add random things I love: art, textiles, furniture and sculptural pieces. They could be splurges or flea-market bargains, modern or traditional, it doesn’t matter. It seems the things that speak to me all coexist nicely together.

What are the key ingredients for a perfect night in?
A relaxing bubble bath, making dinner with my partner, then settling in for a Netflix marathon. All with wine.

What’s your favourite piece?
My bed. I love the traditional, feminine lines of it.

What’s an item that’s still on your wish list?
A shagreen-clad tray for the coffee table. I love the textural quality, and it would help corral other objects.

What’s one design trick you often come back to?
Open shelving in the kitchen. It’s nice having dishes and cookware ready at hand, and it helps break up the monotonous look of upper cabinets.

What three things are always in your fridge?
Sparkling water, prosciutto and cheese.

What are three of your favourite design stores in Vancouver?
Peridot, The Cross and Provide.

What do you like most about living and working in the West?
The year-round green spaces and amazing views make it special. It’s inspiring to have the ocean and mountains at my doorstep, especially as a born-and-raised prairie girl. Here, we embrace indoor-outdoor living to a greater degree, and let stunning views be the star of the home.

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