Oct 4, 2013

As the Vancouver Home + Design Show approaches, the Urban Barn’s Next Top Designer finalists are eagerly nailing down the final details of their projects. Three top Vancouver interior designers are hard at work creating their ultimate living room using pieces from Urban Barn. Their completed designs will be featured on the show floor and put to a public vote from October 17-20 at BC Place. One lucky voter will walk away with a $5,000 shopping spree from Urban Barn!

But, there is a twist! Finalists Lianna Armstrong, Penelope Sloan and Laura Borrelli were pushed beyond their comfort zone and tasked with designing their rooms based on a colour palette and design style chosen in a draw. The ladies will be competing for a display at Urban Barn’s flagship South Granville store and a booth at next year’s show. Talk about a hot prize!

Get geared up for the big event by clicking here to enter to win a $100 gift card from Urban Barn, along with a host of prizes from other exhibitors and sponsors.

Check out the YouTube video below to see how the participants reacted when they pulled their surprise design requirements!

Laura Borrelli, a freelance interior designer, drew a jewel tones colour palette and city chic design style. Her signature aesthetic is simple and sleek with a Scandinavian feel. Laura’s “Emerald Hearth” design features emerald, its namesake shade and Pantone’s colour of the year for 2013. Her space is warm, trendy and a charismatic homage to the city of Vancouver. Follow Laura on Twitter at @LauraBorrelli to track her progress.

By the luck of the draw, Lianna Armstrong, owner and principal designer at Evolve Designs, design her living room with a shades of grey colour palette and retro revival aesthetic. With a signature design style described as classic and timeless, Lianna named her living room “Retro Infusion” based on layered grey tones and classic mid-century inspired furniture. Fun, retro-inspired art and accessories create an energetic tone among the cool, calming neutrals. Stay up-to-date on Lianna’s progress on Twitter at @evolve_designs until you can see the final product for yourself at the show.

Penelope Sloan, creative consultant and freelance interior designer, created a rural retreat with a citrus colour direction. With a signature design style that includes rich pops of colour and easy elegance, Penelope isn’t afraid of a few juicy hues. Naming her living room design “Citrus Dreams,” Penelope will feature furniture in creamy neutrals accented with orange and yellow accessories. Find Penelope on Twitter @nelavision for a play-by-play of her progress.


See how the living rooms come together at the Vancouver Home + Design Show. Purchase tickets online today to save $3 of regular adult admission and don’t forget to enter to win a $100 gift card from Urban Barn