Victoria

Victoria has been working behind the scenes of design television shows for years and, now, she’s ready to step in front of the camera and show everyone what she’s made of. She blends classic and contemporary styles with ease, but her habit of thinking big doesn’t always allow her take the most direct path a finished design. Her charm and unwillingness to take no for an answer result in creative (and often hilarious) turns along the way.

Age: 28

Design style: "I don’t think I have a favorite look or style, per se. My tastes are very fluid—changing based on the project itself, what I’ve most recently experienced or seen, current trends, etc. I think that’s what's best about designing for television: I am always encouraged to try new things and applauded for none of my spaces looking the same as the last."

Favourite colour: black

Surprising fact: "I have a degree in criminology and law, which is a slight departure from interior design."

Style icon: "I’ve always been drawn to the designs of Brian Gluckstein. I think he skillfully uses monochromatic color schemes without it ever feeling boring; instead, his spaces, without fail, feel sophisticated and stand the test of time. I also love how he has expanded his brand into a product line; this is exactly what I’d like to do one day."

Where do you find inspiration? "Everywhere and in everyone. No matter where I am or what I'm doing, I am subconsciously taking notes and thinking of ways of how I can translate what I'm seeing or hearing into interior design and getting ideas for my next project. I think that’s when you know you have a passion for something: when you literally can never turn it off."

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? "A lawyer."

If money were no object, what would your dream house look like? "My dream house would definitely be on beach with a huge outdoor living space and pool. With all the money in the world, I still wouldn't have too many frills or anything too over the top. I think simple can be beautiful if done right!"

Hobbies: "I’m obsessed with travelling. I always want to try new places, taste new foods and experience new cultures. My favorite travel to date was a trip I took by myself to Nice, France, where I lived for three months with a French family. I will never in my life forget those few months. Whenever I travel, I love to bring back at least one thing I can add to my space. When in Nice, the grandmother gave me a silver champagne bucket, which is a staple on my bar cart."

Pet peeve: "People who ask questions during movies and close-talkers."

Which IKEA product best descibes you? "I think I'd be the BILLY bookcase. It is a classic design that can be tailored to work in any space or environment it is thrown into. A bookcase holds knowledge that can grow with every book added to its shelves; I'm notorious for asking a million questions because I love being informed and learning new things from my peers. Like Billy, I strive to fill my "shelves" with beautiful memories and build on my current book collection!"

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