Owner Spotlight: Barb Ivey

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Owner Spotlight: Barb Ivey

I’m Barb Ivey, proud owner of Ivey Design.

I look forward to sharing my story. I hope that you will enjoy getting to know me better.

I grew up in London, Ontario. I studied at Inchbald School of Design in London, United Kingdom.

I am in the design and interior planning business as I love textiles, colour, furniture, antiques and making it all come together. After completing my course at design school in 1975, I worked for Chic Design in the United Kingdom, a firm that specializes in hotel design. In 1980, I moved to Toronto and was fortunate to work for John Manuel, one of the best designers in Canada. He trained me and shaped my design aesthetic. I started my company in 1984 as a residential interior firm. Over the years I have worked on both large and small projects including kitchen, bathroom, and interior decoration.

On average I work for eight to ten hours a day. Every day is different depending on the projects I have lined up. I check each renovation project in the morning with a phone call or site visit with the contractor. The rest of the day is spent sourcing products, furniture, fabrics, carpets and other things required. I spend at least one day a week in my office putting all my ideas together along with research on the web. I use Pinterest to put my ideas in order. Each client that I work with has a secret board on Pinterest with access to the project.

As the owner, I am responsible for all the creative work and my office manager, Janine, keeps all my schedules, appointments and projects in order. The most important decisions I face are related to resolving creative issues with suppliers and contractors, communicating with clients, meeting their expectations, and keeping the project on track without compromising my vision of the finished assignment. Listening to my client’s ideas, creating my vision for them, resolving creative issues during the project, adding final touches and seeing my clients happy is the most enjoyable part of my job.

I utilize my creative vision, listening skills, and dedication to resolve project issues quickly to perform at my job. I attribute my success to listening to my client´s ideas and working with them to make the project come together.

My mentor, John Manuel, has had the most impact on my leadership style and career. Besides my own design firm, I admire Tom Scheerer Inc. His decorating style takes my breath away. I love it!

When I’m not working, I love to cook and enjoy eating at the Toronto restaurants. I also enjoy meditation, pilates and traveling.

I have enjoyed sharing my story about the things which matter to me and how they influence the way I do business.

If you or someone you know could benefit from my expertise in design and interior planning in Toronto, ON, I invite you to get in touch. Please visit my website at www.barbivey.ca.


Barb Ivey