Aug 15, 2013

The Urban Barn’s Next Top Designer challenge just got more intense! Our second finalist, Lianna Armstrong is in the running to be Urban Barn’s Next Top Designer at the Vancouver Home + Design Show.

Three finalists will duel for the title of top designer by creating the ultimate living room using items from Urban Barn, which will be featured at the show and put to a public vote from October 17-20, 2013.

Voters will be entered to win a $5,000 gift card to Urban Barn and the contestant who earns the title of top designer will have their living room put on display at Urban Barn’s flagship store on South Granville.

Last week we introduced finalist #1 Laura Borrelli to the public. 

This week we welcome finalist #2, Lianna Armstrong, into the design ring to battle it out for the title of Urban Barn’s Next Top Designer!

What is your design inspiration?
I find inspiration from all aspects of beautiful West Coast living. My influences are evident in all my projects, large and small. Being from a family with a construction background, I am passionate about the design process from start to finish.
The Green With Envy from Urban Barn is a unique home décor item. Urban Barn carries a variety of Wall Art & Decor and other  products furnishings.
Image from Armstrong's winning pin board
What is your design style?
I would say “Classic”. I always seek to design a space that will withstand the test of time. When designing kitchens and bathrooms it can be tempting for clients to choose trendy materials or finishes. I find adding accessories the most sensible way to incorporate trends, otherwise your room will be out of date in a few month’s time.
Contemporary, modern Furniture : Chairs, Loden Custom Chair from Urban Barn to complement your style.
Image from Armstrong's winning pin board
What is your favourite design trick – one that amazes your clients every time? 
LISTENING – hearing my clients’ needs, wants and wishes, and making them all come true within budget.

Name one tool that you can’t do your job without:
Definitely my measuring tape! I don’t leave home without it!

What’s your go-to paint colour for any home improvement project?
Cloud White. It’s soft, neutral and not at all jarring.

What trends and colours are you majorly into for Fall 2013?
I am in love with black cabinetry and gold accents. They just feel rich and luxurious.
black lacquered cabinets and polished brass hardware would be so cool in a bar
Image via Armstrong's winning pin board
You have an hour to ready your home for an impromptu party for eight people. What are your top three tips to make your space look spotless and effortless?
Fresh flowers, home cooking and a casual setting. These will make space feel warm and inviting for guests.

What is one major design pitfall that people often fall into? What is the best way to avoid it?
Sticking too closely to a neutral palette. Don’t forget to add some colour to add interest and break up the beige. Toss cushions, accessories, art pieces and maybe even an occasional chair are great sources of unexpected colour. Or switch it up by painting your room in a bold colour and keeping the furniture neutral.
Chevron Floors
Image via Armstrong's winning pin board
Stay up to date on Lianna’s progress in the competition by following her on Twitter @evolve_designs. See the stylish living room that Lianna creates at the Vancouver Home + Design Show by purchasing tickets online today, and save $3 on regular adult admission! The name of the final designer competing in the Urban Barn’s Next Top Designer challenge will be released August 22, so check back soon!