Homes for the Holidays

For more than 25 years, Kids Help Phone has been offering confidential counselling to young people looking for support. Kids and teens can have 24/7 access to professional counsellors, in English or French, by phone or by text.

For 14 of those years, Homes for the Holidays has raised funds for the Kids Help Phone charity with a seasonal self-guided tour. Homeowners open up their homes, interior designers volunteer their holiday decorating skills, and attendees get to drive from place to glorious place, admiring the results.

This year, Homes for the Holidays runs between 11 am and 4 pm, November 24th and 25th. We are pleased to chat to talented Vancouverite, Trish Knight, who is one of the featured interior designers in this year’s tour.

i. Can you tell us a little about what you do in your day to day working life?
Everyday is different – which is one of the things I love about my work.  Sometimes I start my day on a construction site meeting with architects and builders, other days I might be in my studio working on the computer or out at showrooms sourcing materials.

ii. How did you decide to become an interior designer?
I started out getting a Liberal Arts education at UBC which really taught me about life and how to think.  In my 20’s I explored all sorts of different creative entrepreneurial jobs and ultimately started working with a friend, promoting her newly launched interior design retail showroom.  All the pieces came together and I realized Interior Design was the direction I wanted to take my combined experiences and  I went back to school, this time BCIT.

iii. What are some key elements of your training that have helped you succeed in your career?
I always joke that in Interior Design you need to be part marriage counsellor, part therapist and part designer.  But there is truth to that 😊.It is important to listen to clients’ needs and wants, and interpret them into a design concept that elevates, yet represents their personal style.

iv. Why did you decide to volunteer your time for Kids Help Phone Home for the Holidays?
I have done the tour for years with my girlfriends.  This is how we traditionally kick off the holiday season and I looked forward to it every year.  Then the opportunity came along to join the committee and help expand the tour to the North Shore.  It is such a good cause and the work Kids Help Phone does everyday is increasingly important in our fast-paced world.

v. Can you walk us through the work you did for this 2018 Home for the Holidays tour.
The West Vancouver home you will see is one that I have been working on for almost 3 years.  I started with the home owner and the architect’s plan and worked side by side with the construction team to create this highly personal custom home for the family.  When the homeowners generously agreed to open their doors and have their home decorated for the tour, we worked closely together to create a concept that represented the family’s interests, the latest holiday trends and the style of the home.  The next two weeks are going to be crazy busy with decorating and I am very happy to have Jehna from Hilary Miles Flowers working with me to bring this vision to life.

vi. What are some tips you have for Vancouver homeowners who are looking to spruce up their own homes for the holidays?
• Start with a clean slate!  Put away the regular accessories, coffee table books, toss cushions etc… to make room physically and visually for holiday accents.

• Mix old and new!  The holidays start with nostalgia and finish with new beginnings, so bring out your grandparents vintage ornaments and use them in modern way.

• Dim the lights!  Christmas is about sparkle so turn the lights down and enjoy the holiday lights you have added whether they are on a tree or wreath or just in a glass vase.

vii. Anything you want to add?
Have fun!  And it’s never too early to listen to Christmas music 😊


Kids Help Phone Homes For The Holidays

Trish Knight Design

Photos: Janis Nicolay @pineconecamp


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