NANAIMO – Only in its fifth year in business, Ivory Design Co. already boasts an impressive portfolio. Offering interior design services to residential and commercial projects on Vancouver Island and beyond.

“I am probably most proud of my commercial experience,” says Ivory Design owner/operator Alana Dick. “With my 18 years experience I’ve completed hundreds of commercial projects across Canada. I was given some pretty amazing opportunities at a young age which helped hone my skills early.”

Alana founded Ivory Design in 2014 after her previous employer entered semi-retirement. What began as a leap of faith paid off, as the company has since grown dramatically, becoming one of the most sought-after interior design firms in the region. Alana’s services are typically booked up months in advance, thanks to constant referrals and a strong economy.

Some of Alana’s early work involved the interiors of McDonald’s restaurants. Since then, she has worked for multiple hotel chains, including Coast Hotels, Best Western Hotels, and Choice Hotels.

Alana has honed her skills to offer an approach to design that helps her clients explore new possibilities.

“One of the most unique things I bring to the table is my spin on design and the design process,” she says. “I don’t see design the way most people do. I push the design boundaries and with that I help my clients learn more about themselves and their unique tastes. I want the best for my clients and if they trust the process the outcome is exciting for us all.”

“When I’m fortunate enough to work with open, trusting clients my best work comes out,” she continues. “My personal style is eclectic, organic modern with cues from the past. I love a well mixed space full of texture, light, white and natural materials.”

After nearly two decades of working in and around the construction industry, Alana states that she has had a mostly positive experience.

“If I speak for myself as a woman and my experiences, I would say challenges are rare but can exist,” she says. “The construction industry is tough but doesn’t have to be. For me it’s about respect, good communication and the way you present yourself. Successful projects have team players who respect each others craft and knowledge regardless of gender. Challenges don’t exist in a respectful, open environment.”

When asked why women should consider entering the world of construction, Alana remarks, “If you are a natural born talent and are interested in the construction industry peruse it! Be prepared to be challenged – the challenge is worth it.”


(Photography by Sonja Spaetzel)