Why the name Mintaka? ... Ask us!
Hint: It's a Star in Orions Belt & All great pyramids of the earth, point to these 3 stars, -- One with Zen' in Japanese and much more..
THIS IS THE ONLY TIME IT WILL BE ABOUT US...
We are a team of passionate professionals that believes everyone deserves to have a beautifully designed space that sparks dinner conversations. At our core, we are driven by the mission to bring your dreams and visions to life. Our experienced professionals not only take the time to understand your unique style and preferences but also possess the resources and expertise to make it a reality, with care and excitement at its base.
Whether your taste leans toward modern, contemporary, traditional, or transitional designs, we have the ability to assist you effectively, regardless of your budget. Our team's incomparable creative abilities and extensive experience ensure a seamless design process from the initial concept to the final captivating completion. Together, we will craft a space that truly reflects your individuality and leaves a lasting impression.
FOUNDER & DESIGN LEAD
"When your career is also your hobby & passion,
you truly are never working a day in your life"
Kelsey's journey into the world of design began with at a very young age of 8 years old, creating floor plans with graph paper of her bedroom & home, completely redecorating her bedroom over 12 times before the age of 15. After Highschool, she pursued her love for creativity and innovation by studying Fine Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Furthering her studies in Interior Decorating at The University of the Fraser Valley and then onto Interior Design at the well known British Columbia Institute of Technology, specializing in both Residential and Commercial design. Throughout her educational journey, she also studied Architectural Science, Building Envelope Design, Structural Design, Building Codes, LEED, and Living Building Challenge, Psychology, Marketing And Business. Accumulating an impressive total of 10 years of education within the field.
At the remarkable age of 17, Kelsey assumed the role of Sales Manager at the renowned Polygon Homes. There, she not only assisted in decorating show homes and creating future phase designs but also pioneered marketing tactics still in use today. Energized by her experiences so far, she officially founded her own design business, securing contracts as a Sub-Contractor for several locally renowned Design-Build Construction Companies. Collaborating closely with their professional teams, Kelsey's designs helped earn multiple awards, setting the stage for her Mintaka team to achieve 4 awards later on, one being international.
Kelsey's commitment to design transcends to her personal life, with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a genuine love for architecture and history, she has embarked on solo travels to over 38 countries, immersing herself in diverse cultures and experiencing all aspects of wordily designs, both ancient and modern day. Over the years, she has filled countless sketchbooks and documented over 52,000+ photos, which now serve as an invaluable resource that inspires her work today.
Beyond design, Kelsey's adventurous spirit also led her to become a Rescue Scuba Diver, Master Scuba Diver & Dive Master (Commercial Guide), and Underwater Photographer. Her deep connection with the vibrant colours and textures exclusive to the marine world that finds its way into her designs, once again, setting her creative work apart from others.
Early on in her education, Kelsey had the privilege of interning with the esteemed Hawaiian Interior Designer, Valorie Spence who is the past president of ASID (American Society for Interior Designers) and also a talented multi-award-winning designer. Valorie continues to be Kelsey's mentor, host during her annual trips back to Hawaii, and cherished friend. This continued experience allowed Kelsey to develop a profound understanding of tropical and European Interior Design and Decorating.
For Kelsey, Interior Design and Architecture go beyond a mere pursuit; they represent a lifelong passion that has been a part of her life since she was eight years old. Embracing a tireless dedication to continuous learning, worldly design exploration, and hands-on experience, she has crafted, amassing over 15+ years of incomparable experience within the design industry.
"You truly are a natural born Designer with an artistic gift. You will move the world in this industry. Keep going and do not stop."
-- Graduating Instructor & Program Head
Now to everyone who makes this all possible!
bi-lingual in punjabi & hindi
“ Design is a life long journey and it is never finished. Everyone could use a little help with picking out those perfect whites"
"Design should speak from its time and place, but yearn for timelessness"
bi-lingual in punjabi & hindi
“Good Design Is what you can see, But Great Design Is Transparent”
bi-lingual in spanish
“Every space should inspire you to live most at peace in your life”
bi-lingual in polish
"Design is about making people happy - Either functionally, aesthetically or emotionally."