ABOUT

Open since 2009, Ali Budd Interiors is a full-service design studio, Toronto-based but globally available. We love to travel for good design.

We built our studio on the belief that there’s a big difference between a house and a home. That’s why we sweat the details. Why we take the time to understand the needs of every person (and pet) that we work with.

Our work is showcased in publications including Domino, Home Beautiful, House and Home, and Style at Home. It lives in exclusive neighborhoods, in decadent country escapes, and in modern professional spaces. Consistent across all you’ll find an aesthetic that is both contemporary and timeless.

We’re proud to provide a holistic design service, including: space planning, construction drawing packages, project coordination, bespoke furniture and millwork design and fabrication, lighting design, interior styling, art curation… and if there’s something particularly unique you require, we can likely make that happen too.

Open since 2009, Ali Budd Interiors is a full-service design studio, Toronto-based but globally available. We love to travel for good design.

We built our studio on the belief that there’s a big difference between a house and a home. That’s why we sweat the details. Why we take the time to understand the needs of every person (and pet) that we work with.

Our work is showcased in publications including Domino, Home Beautiful, House and Home, and Style at Home. It lives in exclusive neighborhoods, in decadent country escapes, and in modern professional spaces. Consistent across all you’ll find an aesthetic that is both contemporary and timeless.

We’re proud to provide a holistic design service, including: space planning, construction drawing packages, project coordination, bespoke furniture and millwork design and fabrication, lighting design, interior styling, art curation… and if there’s something particularly unique you require, we can likely make that happen too.

ALI BUDD //

PRESIDENT AND PRINCIPAL DESIGNER

Ali earned her BA from Huron College at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. And followed with an Interior Design Diploma from International Academy of Design, Toronto. After graduating, she honed her skills at large architectural/interior firms as well as boutique studios, mentoring under some of Canada’s leading design minds. She opened Ali Budd Interiors in 2009.

Most rewarding part of my job… Working with an incredible team, and watching them grow and come together to blow our clients away.

When I work I listen to… Stevie Knicks Spotify Radio is my most recent addiction.

One country I need to visit is… South Africa.

Design Advice to Live by… take risks, invest in bespoke pieces, listen to your designer, and always start your project with white walls and a floor plan.

Cats or dogs?  Dogs, specifically pugs.

Prints or solids? Solids.

City or beach? Beach by day, city by night.

Starbucks order? Starbucks Americano misto with one pump sugar free cinnamon dolce and nonfat milk. Try it.

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.

Ali Budd
Ali Budd

ALI BUDD //

PRESIDENT AND PRINCIPAL DESIGNER

Ali earned her BA from Huron College at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. And followed with an Interior Design Diploma from International Academy of Design, Toronto. After graduating, she honed her skills at large architectural/interior firms as well as boutique studios, mentoring under some of Canada’s leading design minds. She opened Ali Budd Interiors in 2009.

Most rewarding part of my job… Working with an incredible team, and watching them grow and come together to blow our clients away.

When I work I listen to… Stevie Knicks Spotify Radio is my most recent addiction.

One country I need to visit is… South Africa.

Design Advice to Live by… take risks, invest in bespoke pieces, listen to your designer, and always start your project with white walls and a floor plan.

Cats or dogs?  Dogs, specifically pugs.

Prints or solids? Solids.

City or beach? Beach by day, city by night.

Starbucks order? Starbucks Americano misto with one pump sugar free cinnamon dolce and nonfat milk. Try it.

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.

Shawna Gerlock

SHAWNA GERLOCK //

ASSOCIATE DESIGNER

Shawna began her studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where she earned her degree in Interior and Environmental Design. Shawna also holds a specialty certificate in Lighting Design from Ryerson University. She has a true passion and expertise in lighting, millwork design, and construction drawing.

Most rewarding part of my job… Seeing projects go from initial concept to reality, and creating amazing live/work spaces for our clients.

When I work I listen to… Anything Indie Pop or Sara Bareilles.

One country I need to visit is… Greece!

Design advice to live by… “The details are not the details, they make the design.” – Charles Eames.

Cats or dogs?  Cats.

Prints or solids? Prints.

City or beach?  City.

Starbucks order? My Starbucks order changes by season. Iced Caramel Macchiato’s in the summer, Crème Brule lattes during the holiday season, and hazelnut lattes the rest of the year.

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.

Shawna Gerlock

SHAWNA GERLOCK //

ASSOCIATE DESIGNER

Shawna began her studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where she earned her degree in Interior and Environmental Design. Shawna also holds a specialty certificate in Lighting Design from Ryerson University. She has a true passion and expertise in lighting, millwork design, and construction drawing.

Most rewarding part of my job… Seeing projects go from initial concept to reality, and creating amazing live/work spaces for our clients.

When I work I listen to… Anything Indie Pop or Sara Bareilles.

One country I need to visit is… Greece!

Design advice to live by… “The details are not the details, they make the design.” – Charles Eames.

Cats or dogs?  Cats.

Prints or solids? Prints.

City or beach?  City.

Starbucks order? My Starbucks order changes by season. Iced Caramel Macchiato’s in the summer, Crème Brule lattes during the holiday season, and hazelnut lattes the rest of the year.

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.

TERRA WIENS //

ASSOCIATE DESIGNER

Terra’s education highlights include a BA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, and an Interior Design Diploma from Sheridan College. Terra has an incredible eye for fine furnishings & fabrics always making sure we’re on top of the latest trends.

Most rewarding part of my job… Seeing the process of an initial idea come to life. That’s what makes reveal day so special.

When I work I listen to… Anything that suits my current mood.

One country I need to visit is… Spain, although it’s difficult to pick just one.

Design advice to live by… Less is more – mies van der rohe.

Cats or dogs? Cats.

Prints or solids? It’s all about balance.

City or beach?  Beach!

Starbucks order? Grande half-sweet, non-fat chai tea latte.

Sunrise or sunset? Sunsets.

TERRA WIENS //

ASSOCIATE DESIGNER

Terra’s education highlights include a BA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, and an Interior Design Diploma from Sheridan College. Terra has an incredible eye for fine furnishings & fabrics always making sure we’re on top of the latest trends.

Most rewarding part of my job… Seeing the process of an initial idea come to life. That’s what makes reveal day so special.

When I work I listen to… Anything that suits my current mood.

One country I need to visit is… Spain, although it’s difficult to pick just one.

Design advice to live by… Less is more – mies van der rohe.

Cats or dogs? Cats.

Prints or solids? It’s all about balance.

City or beach?  Beach!

Starbucks order? Grande half-sweet, non-fat chai tea latte.

Sunrise or sunset? Sunsets.

ANTHONY TANNER //

ASSOCIATE DESIGNER

After 8 years in the industry, Anthony brings us a wealth of project management expertise. Anthony’s eye for fine details and extensive knowledge of textiles are just a few of the things we love about him. Also, Lenny is pretty excited to not be the only guy around here anymore…

Most rewarding part of my job… Watching your clients face light up as they see what started out as a concept fully realized. Especially if you have pushed them out of their comfort zone! It makes it all worth while.

When I work I listen to… Such an eclectic mix! Whatever compliments my mood in the moment. I have the most random taste in music. One minute it might be instrumental jazz and then the next song will be Dolly Parton!

One country I need to visit is… Such a tough choice. It’s a toss up right now between Copenhagen and Budapest.

Design advice to live by… “Take risks; you don’t have a voice if you don’t. You have to venture outside your boundaries. That’s what life is about.” – Kelly Wearstler

Cats or dogs?  Dogs!

Prints or solids? Solids in a deep, rich, and luxurious colour any day!

City or Beach?  City. I love visiting a new city. Taking in all the architecture, wandering through new and exciting streets, and watching how the locals live.

Starbucks order? Grande non-fat latte with 1 splenda and cinnamon powder on top.

Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise – It’s such a quiet and peaceful time of the day.

ANTHONY TANNER //

ASSOCIATE DESIGNER

After 8 years in the industry, Anthony brings us a wealth of project management expertise. Anthony’s eye for fine details and extensive knowledge of textiles are just a few of the things we love about him. Also, Lenny is pretty excited to not be the only guy around here anymore…

Most rewarding part of my job… Watching your clients face light up as they see what started out as a concept fully realized. Especially if you have pushed them out of their comfort zone! It makes it all worth while.

When I work I listen to… Such an eclectic mix! Whatever compliments my mood in the moment. I have the most random taste in music. One minute it might be instrumental jazz and then the next song will be Dolly Parton!

One country I need to visit is… Such a tough choice. It’s a toss up right now between Copenhagen and Budapest.

Design advice to live by… “Take risks; you don’t have a voice if you don’t. You have to venture outside your boundaries. That’s what life is about.” – Kelly Wearstler

Cats or dogs?  Dogs!

Prints or solids? Solids in a deep, rich, and luxurious colour any day!

City or beach?  City. I love visiting a new city. Taking in all the architecture, wandering through new and exciting streets, and watching how the locals live.

Starbucks order? Grande non-fat latte with 1 splenda and cinnamon powder on top.

Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise – It’s such a quiet and peaceful time of the day.

CLARE FORNDRAN //

ASSOCIATE DESIGNER

After spending years in the advertising world, Clare realized her passion was for all things interiors and made the switch over to Interior Design. Clare’s sophisticated style and incredible business sense make her an amazing addition to the ABI team.

When I work I listen to… Anything by Sufjan Stevens.

One country I need to visit is… Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru is at the top of my list right now.

Design advice to live by… “Colour outside the lines. Unexpected choices give a space spirit and edge.” – Kelly Wearstler

Cats or dogs?  Dogs. Some might call me a crazy dog lady.

Prints or solids? Solids.

City or beach?  City.

Starbucks order? The Starbucks “Defence Up” juice blended into a smoothie with almond milk, vegan protein powder, a banana and four scoops of matcha powder. Disclaimer: Not every Starbucks location will agree to make this drink. This is why I can never move away from my neighbourhood!

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.

CLARE FORNDRAN //

ASSOCIATE DESIGNER

After spending years in the advertising world, Clare realized her passion was for all things interiors and made the switch over to Interior Design. Clare’s sophisticated style and incredible business sense make her an amazing addition to the ABI team.

When I work I listen to… Anything by Sufjan Stevens.

One country I need to visit is… Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru is at the top of my list right now.

Design advice to live by… “Colour outside the lines. Unexpected choices give a space spirit and edge.” – Kelly Wearstler

Cats or dogs?  Dogs. Some might call me a crazy dog lady.

Prints or solids? Solids.

City or beach?  City.

Starbucks order? The Starbucks “Defence Up” juice blended into a smoothie with almond milk, vegan protein powder, a banana and four scoops of matcha powder. Disclaimer: Not every Starbucks location will agree to make this drink. This is why I can never move away from my neighbourhood!

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.

Danielle Makar

DANIELLE MAKAR //

JUNIOR DESIGNER

Most rewarding part of my job… being part of a super talented team and creating beautifully functional spaces that will grow with our clients.

When I work I listen to… I’m not picky… whatever is playing in the office!

One country I need to visit is… Seychelles.

Design advice to live by… “The best designed rooms are the ones that feel layered, assembled over time, and beautifully edited. To get there, you have to be prepared to experiment.”- Nate Berkus

Cats or dogs?  Dogs!

Prints or solids? Prints.

City or beach? City with a beach.

Starbucks order? Unsweetened Iced coffee with milk.

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.

Danielle Makar

DANIELLE MAKAR //

JUNIOR DESIGNER

Most rewarding part of my job… being part of a super talented team and creating beautifully functional spaces that will grow with our clients.

When I work I listen to… I’m not picky… whatever is playing in the office!

One country I need to visit is… Seychelles.

Design advice to live by… “The best designed rooms are the ones that feel layered, assembled over time, and beautifully edited. To get there, you have to be prepared to experiment.”- Nate Berkus

Cats or dogs?  Dogs!

Prints or solids? Prints.

City or beach? City with a beach.

Starbucks order? Unsweetened Iced coffee with milk.

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.

JOSH BAENA //

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Most rewarding part of my job… being surrounded by such a talented team that I continue to learn from so we can collectively create the most beautiful spaces!

When I work I listen to… Anything Billie Eilish

One country I need to visit is… Bora Bora

Design advice to live by… “The details are not the details. They make the design” – Charles Eames

Cats or dogs? Dogs, definitely. Blue Frenchies in particular.

Prints or solids? Solids.

City or beach? Beach, every day!

Starbucks order? Iced coffee with coconut milk – try it!

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.

Josh Baena
Danielle Makar

JOSH BAENA //

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Most rewarding part of my job… being surrounded by such a talented team that I continue to learn from so we can collectively create the most beautiful spaces!

When I work I listen to… Anything Billie Eilish

One country I need to visit is… Bora Bora

Design advice to live by… “The details are not the details. They make the design” – Charles Eames

Cats or dogs? Dogs, definitely. Blue Frenchies in particular.

Prints or solids? Solids.

City or beach? Beach, every day!

Starbucks order? Iced coffee with coconut milk – try it!

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.

MONA EPYERU //

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Mona completed her Bachelors in Business Administration at Kenya Methodist University and then went on to receive her Masters in Global Business from the University of Victoria. Mona has worked all over the world including Israel, Africa and throughout Canada. That’s some pretty impressive stuff right there. Mona runs our day to day operations as well as leading the coordination and production support of all projects in the ABI studio.

Most rewarding part of my job… I get to work with an amazing team to create harmonious spaces for families to call home and businesses to thrive in.

When I work I listen to… Acoustic Music, think Boyce Avenue

One country I need to visit is… Japan

Design advice to live by… Simplicity + Elegance

Cats or dogs? Dogs.

Prints or solids? Prints.

City or Beach?  Beach.

Starbucks order? Extra-hot chai latte.

Sunrise or sunset? Definitely Sunset.

MONA EPYERU //

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Mona completed her Bachelors in Business Administration at Kenya Methodist University and then went on to receive her Masters in Global Business from the University of Victoria. Mona has worked all over the world including Israel, Africa and throughout Canada. That’s some pretty impressive stuff right there. Mona runs our day to day operations as well as leading the coordination and production support of all projects in the ABI studio.

Most rewarding part of my job… I get to work with an amazing team to create harmonious spaces for families to call home and businesses to thrive in.

When I work I listen to… Acoustic Music, think Boyce Avenue

One country I need to visit is… Japan

Design advice to live by… Simplicity + Elegance

Cats or dogs? Dogs.

Prints or solids? Prints.

City or Beach?  Beach.

Starbucks order? Extra-hot chai latte.

Sunrise or sunset? Definitely Sunset.

Office Dogs

MABEL & LENNY //

OFFICE DOGS

The unofficial mascots of ABI, Lenny and Mabel bring a fresh, four-legged perspective to the team. These two spend their days testing beautiful dog beds, taking a walk for inspiration, or sitting in on a lunch and learn.

 

MABEL & LENNY //

OFFICE DOGS

The unofficial mascots of ABI, Lenny and Mabel bring a fresh, four-legged perspective to the team. These two spend their days testing beautiful dog beds, taking a walk for inspiration, or sitting in on a lunch and learn.

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