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…
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!