Cut from the same cloth as Graeme McKeeney, who was inspired by his father, Victoria McKenney says that growing up with an entrepreneurial father molded her career choice. She says, “After seeing him run his business, it was clear to me that I wanted to work for myself. Once I finished design school it never even occurred to me to work for a design company, I simply started my own business without hesitation.”
Victoria McKenney began working at her father’s business on a part-time basis when she was 17. She graduated from UBC in 2001 where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History. As part of her education, Victoria travelled across Europe where she studied art history in Florence, Italy and learned the Italian language. In addition to her university degree, Victoria McKenney also received an Interior Design certificate from Vancouver Community College in 2003, all the while continuing to work part-time at Framing and Art Centre.
Ten years ago, upon graduating from design school, Victoria McKenney started her own business, which she named Enviable Designs. She initially worked out of an office however; two years ago she opened a studio that is conveniently located next to her father’s shop. In fact, there is an interior doorway allowing clients to walk between the two businesses.
The Enviable Designs studio gives Victoria McKenney and her team of interior designers a place to meet with clients and show them samples to help bring design concepts to life. Victoria McKenney is the principal interior designer and is assisted by Alli Chapkin, Karly Duncan and Amy Kassam.
Victoria McKenney describes Enviable Designs as the natural evolution of her interior design training combined with her love of art. Inspired by her extensive travels in Western Europe, she is well known for creating timeless and elegant designs through the use of classic lines and materials.
Regardless of a project’s budget, Victoria McKenney is capable of creating beautiful spaces. Enviable Designs strives to build environments based on clients’ desires, and ensure that their design dream is fully realized. A colour palette is determined based on the type of space the client seeks, whether they desire cool and clean or warm and comfortable.
Victoria McKenney finds inspiration for new spaces in diverse ways, from the simple lines of flowers, to the seasons, colour palettes, and hotel aesthetics. ‘Comfortable sophistication’ is Enviable Design’s style tag line with an emphasis on timeless and not trendy designs. Victoria McKenney’s personal style is a blend of European classic with hints of modern and twists of traditional.
Projects range from one-room renovations, to new builds of multi-million dollar custom homes. Some of Enviable Designs featured project locations include Coal Harbour, False Creek, Gastown, Kerrisdale, Point Grey, Shaugnessy, South Granville, Steveston, West Vancouver and Yaletown.
Beginning with a design concept and guiding clients through the entire design process, Enviable Designs takes care of everything from working drawings to liaising with professional trades. A small sample of some of the services offered include, computer-aided designs (CAD), colour consultations, design concept boards, custom furniture designs, kitchen and bathroom remodels, lighting plans and fixtures, materials and finishes selection, paint and wall coverings, space planning, upholstery and fabric selections and window treatments.
There is an additional loyal office mate who is always on the premises at Enviable Designs, Victoria McKeeney’s 5-year-old Boston terrier named Beet. Many of Graeme McKenney’s framing customers also know Beet, and with a small personal fan club, she often has to be awoken so her ‘friends’ can say hello.
While Victoria McKenney is quick to point out that many reality-style design shows on television are fairly unrealistic she says that they are fun to watch. Canadian designer Candice Olson, who was a designer by trade prior to her television show, hosts McKenney’s favourite home makeover show.
Victoria McKeeney believes that Vancouver-ites value their homes and interiors greatly. She says, “With the price of real estate in Vancouver, interior design has become increasingly popular as people tend to stay in their homes and renovate instead of buying and selling, which is great because it is one of the only ways to customize and keep the character of older homes.”
When asked where she envisions her interior design firm will be five years from now Victoria McKenney responds, “I see Enviable Designs as a thriving company focusing on residential design in Vancouver and also internationally. My dream would be to host my own interior design show with my favourite companion, Beet.”
You can view some of Enviable Designs stunningly beautiful designs at www.Houzz.com
Enviable Designs Inc.
6045 West Boulevard
Vancouver BC V6M 3X2