Barbara Aylesworth of A Stroke of Genius Interiors was hired in 2017 to undertake the interior design of the Oakmont building in Vancouver. At 25 years old, the common areas within the Oakmont, a three-storey condo/apartment building were shabby, poorly lit and uninviting. Barb came up with a renovation concept and collaborated extensively with the strata council and property manager on three individual schemes.

She met numerous times over a period of several months with the strata, explaining how the colours and designs fit together and working out a renovation plan that would meet Oakmont’s tight budget.

Barb had various experts, such as electrician and tile setters, come out several times to ensure that the work could be done within an allotted time frame. She went to great lengths to source materials that would honour the design scheme as well as the budget and, when the renovations began, was at the building almost every day to oversee the work.

Barb was flexible with the design and when strata requested changes, such as the creation of a closet in one area of the building, or the addition of new shelves in another area, the changes were done quickly and within budget. The quality of the materials used was excellent and the workmen she hired to undertake the work were polite, efficient and proficient.

As a result of Barb’s imaginative, modern, elegant and sophisticated interior design, there has been a significant increase in the value of the building, giving each owner a remarkable ROI.

In summary, I cannot recommend Barb highly enough.


I have had the opportunity to work with Barbara on 4 different projects over the past few years. She has been amazing, she has taken old spaces and made them modern, fresh and inviting.

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