Two years ago we had a flood in the lower floor of our home and needed some renovating, which included our master bedroom. Barb Aylesworth of A STROKE OF GENIUS did an outstanding job organizing the repairs and changes.
We decided at that point to renovate our entire house. Barb is an extremely talented designer whose expertise was well appreciated.
She presented us with plans and ideas and worked very hard to produce what we desired, which she succeeded in doing. Barb is a very friendly, professional, honest and reliable person, and one who definitely listens to and works closely with her clients.
She was in regular, constant contact with us throughout the two years. She has excellent trades people, whose talents created the beautiful home we now love and enjoy. We would highly recommend Barb and A Stroke of Genius at any time, as her talented work in all areas is definitely first class.
G & N
We feel very lucky to have received assistance with our home from Barb. We have learned over the years that experience is the best teacher, so with Barb at the helm we knew that we were in good hands and could relax and trust her advice and decisions.
Barb worked hard to find out what we were struggling with in our home. She spent time listening, learning, considering and making excellent suggestions. She was often able to see simple ways of overcoming issues and enhancing rooms and came up with many many fresh ideas that we hadn’t even considered.
As a consequence, we now have a vastly improved home that is much more functional, accessible and aesthetically pleasing….Our storage is now significantly improved, we have much improved lighting and ventilation, we have improved flow and we have far safer and more beautiful bathrooms.
Barb took many steps to help us reduce our footprint throughout the renovation. Now the new design reduces our stress, helps us to relax and allows us to live far more comfortably within our home.
Thank you Barb
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.
She comes in on budget, provides good options for spaces and responds quickly to any issues.
Barbara Aylesworth of A Stroke of Genius 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.
Wow! We’re so glad we found Barb to help us with our Kitchen upgrades, lighting, and conversion of one spare room into a well designed office space.
She was meticulous and worked well with us to provide guidance and insight into counter top & fixture selection, colors, and proper design of our new office. She was always available to respond to our questions, stayed on budget, selected trades people that knew what they were doing, and completed the job in a timely fashion.
Our High recommendation to Barb.
First rate! Barb listens carefully, reaches wide to find exactly the items that will make the finish special.
She’s patient, has a great eye for colour and fabrics and has exceptional attention to detail. She is aware of costs, is a savvy shopper and pulled my West Van condo reno together beautifully.
As someone who has worked on many projects with Barbara over the years, I can say that Barb takes a truly professional, friendly approach, and always delivers great results.
I highly recommend using Barb no matter how large or small your project may be.
I have worked with Barbara for the past ten years and we have completed many projects together. From kitchens and bathrooms to laundry room make overs, we have tackled a lot. Recently we just completed a kitchen and bathroom upgrade in a condo and ran into a problem with something not fitting.
Fifteen 15 years as a carpenter/ contractor I spent an hour scratching my head trying to figure out how to make it work. Barb shows up and within 5 minutes a solution. I am not sure how she does it but I am always impressed.
We initially hired Barb years ago for colour coordination in our new home. We were so impressed we decided to look her up for our next project. I’m extremely happy we were able to connect again. Barb totally understands my taste and budget. I appreciate her innovation.
She was able to suggest many little inexpensive touches that totally complete the look. With her guidance and vision she was able to make dramatic change on a small budget. Friends can’t believe the impact and we absolutely love the end result. I will definitely be contacting Barb for my next project.
Barb has recently completed an entire renovation of our home’s interior. She had worked with us 13 years ago,
and we are so grateful to have found her again!
Barb is very professional and detail oriented, very meticulous. Completing our bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room while we lived in our home took great skill in her juggling the schedules of her excellent subcontractors making the process almost stress free for us. All lighting, cabinetry, flooring, carpeting, painting and appliances were dealt with. She was able to guide us through the multitude of decisions that would have otherwise overwhelmed us.
She was able to envision both pragmatic and attractive solutions, at times successfully pushing us out of our comfort zones. We particularly appreciated her own touch with paint finishes and would recommend her very highly.
Thank you again for bringing your impeccable taste, professionalism and wonderful work to our home.
Everything is cozy, comfortable and welcoming.
…Let me tell you something about this lady, Barb, She knows her stuff! When she gets a ‘vision’, after you have explained what you are looking for, if you let her go, she can take your house, throw it up in the air, as if in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ and when it lands, you see it!!
The magic of her talent. She is amazing…………….personable and easy to talk to. I will miss her visits and the group of people she works with to help her achieve her goals.
Thank you so much Barb!
I recently purchased an apartment that required major renovations before I moved in. Barbara Aylesworth of A Stroke of Genius tackled the project and, what an amazing job she did!!
What was once an outdated, 80’s style apartment is now a bright, cheery, welcoming place to call home. She brought many unique ideas and suggestions to the renovation process and was very easy to work with.
Barbara coordinated all of the trades people, was able to stay on budget and stuck to the completion deadline. From the tile and flooring, to the new furniture and accessories, Barbara helped me put it all together. When the project was complete and we moved in, it was everything we dreamt it could be.
Thank you Barbara for a fabulous job well done.