Relaxed, unpretentious and accessible, Barbara brings her passion for design to life in her interiors. Her upbeat, entertaining personality provides a distinctive advantage to clients looking for someone to transform their surroundings from humdrum to WOW! She has that unique ability to walk into a space and see its potential. She definitely crosses the line when it comes to design and her clients love it!
As the founder and owner of Fresh Approach Home Styling and Staging, Barbara brings a “fresh approach” to everything she touches! Showing off her talents in both Vancouver British Columbia and now in Kelowna, Barbara is making a name for herself in the luxury market home decorating industry.
Always an entrepreneur and always striving to be first in everything she does, Barbara has been BC’s first female funeral director, opened the first telemarketing company in BC, sold the first voice mail system in Canada, (yes she’s that old!) and started the first female owner-operated Fulfillment House in Vancouver . And, of course, she was the first to bring Kelowna an accredited Home Staging business!
Growing up in a family where her father was self-employed in the mining industry in Northern Ontario, she experienced a lifestyle that was very unique, as they were “rich” one day and “poor” the next. She much preferred the rich days when her Dad would drive home in a brand new car with a new silk suit that matched in colour! Her Mother worked in Toronto for one of the largest developers in the trendy area of Yorkville, so she was exposed to the excitement of high-end real estate sales in an area that appeals to people who are craving that unique experience of a certain lifestyle.
Continually striving to be on top of her game, she is always looking for new ideas. Recently, Barbara took a course by Matthew Finlason who starred in HGTV’s Canadian show “The Stagers”. Matthew’s flamboyant personality and passionate awareness of the lifestyle that luxury buyers are looking for taught Barbara to showcase the ultimate in every property she stages and every home she decorates.
There is no such thing as failure in Barbara’s world, there is only winning! She judges success by being able to make the journey a road filled with experiences that makes life better for yourself and everyone you come in contact with.
Barbara is passionate about what she does and never calls it work. She feels blessed to have the freedom to express creativity while helping home owners create beautiful spaces to live in, or prepare their home for a top dollar sale.
Mary Jane Sorensen
Certified Interior Decorator, Certified Floral Designer
My love of Design has been inspired by my knowledge of Floral Design, transferring the skill of Colour, scale and texture.
I love working with Barbara Katnich as we share a similar aesthetic taste, timeless luxury with a bit of “edge”.
I have owned and operated Expressions (formerly Rafters) for 12 years.
I most enjoy seeking out new trends and products and creating new vignettes for the changing seasons.
Marianne was born in Calgary and raised in West Vancouver.
She received a degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Capilano University.
Marianne, although not formally trained in design, has a natural flair & her passion for this industry resulted in the creation of Lemon Garden Design in 2009.
In 2012 she saw a run-down old house in the beautiful Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area in which she was inspired to add her touch of glamorous elegance meets whimsy & chic.
Marianne has volunteered at the SPCA for 5 years and can be often be seen outside enjoying her English Country Garden with her furry friends.
The Zimmerman Family
“We have creative minds with an artistic vision. We work well as a team and this is another way for us to come together as a family to do what we do best.
Hot Holiday Homes is a creative outlet for us and we are enthusiastic to showcase our unique and innovative ideas along with supporting the community and making a difference.”