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.

SHIVEKTA SEHDEV //

ASSOCIATE DESIGNER

Shiv received her Diploma in Art and Design from Richmond-Upon-Thames College. After earning a Degree in Interior Design from Southampton University in England, she worked for some of London’s most prestigious interior firms. Now living and working here in Canada, she brings a wealth of international experience and knowledge to ABI.

Most rewarding part of my job… I get to be part of a creative world that is constantly redefining itself.

When I work I listen to… All the good stuff – The Smiths, Lauryn Hill, Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean, Biggie Smalls, David Bowie, Radiohead…Queen.

One country I need to visit is… India.

Design advice to live by… Creativity comes from trust. You have to trust your instincts.

Cats or dogs?  Dogs.

Prints or solids? Prints.

City or Beach?  City.

Starbucks order? Venti mocha latte.

Sunrise or sunset? I am a night owl, so sunset.

SHIVEKTA SEHDEV //

ASSOCIATE DESIGNER

Shiv received her Diploma in Art and Design from Richmond-Upon-Thames College. After earning a Degree in Interior Design from Southampton University in England, she worked for some of London’s most prestigious interior firms. Now living and working here in Canada, she brings a wealth of international experience and knowledge to ABI.

Most rewarding part of my job… I get to be part of a creative world that is constantly redefining itself.

When I work I listen to… All the good stuff – The Smiths, Lauryn Hill, Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean, Biggie Smalls, David Bowie, Radiohead…Queen.

One country I need to visit is… India.

Design advice to live by… Creativity comes from trust. You have to trust your instincts.

Cats or dogs?  Dogs.

Prints or solids? Prints.

City or Beach?  City.

Starbucks order? Venti mocha latte.

Sunrise or sunset? I am a night owl, so sunset.

AMY KONARZYCKI //

ASSOCIATE DESIGNER

Amy has spent several years in the industry refining her interior design and customer service skills. Amy’s time living in France inspired her love for luxury interiors and fine furniture detailing.

Most rewarding part of my job… Getting to incorporate stunning textiles, lighting, and furniture to create inspiring spaces to live and work.

When I work I listen to… New Indie Mix on Spotify.

One country I need to visit is… Italy

Design advice to live by… “To live beautifully, you need to be organized and live in an edited way.” Nate Berkus

Cats or dogs?  Dogs, with the exception of my two sweet cats Charlie & Violet.

Prints or solids? Solids.

City or Beach?   Beach. I can’t get enough of being by the water.

Starbucks order? Emperor’s Clouds & Mist Green Tea. (Mainly because I enjoy the name.)

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.

Shawna Gerlock

AMY KONARZYCKI //

ASSOCIATE DESIGNER

Amy has spent several years in the industry refining her interior design and customer service skills. Amy’s time living in France inspired her love for luxury interiors and fine furniture detailing.

Most rewarding part of my job… Getting to incorporate stunning textiles, lighting, and furniture to create inspiring spaces to live and work.

When I work I listen to… New Indie Mix on Spotify.

One country I need to visit is… Italy

Design advice to live by… “To live beautifully, you need to be organized and live in an edited way.” Nate Berkus

Cats or dogs?  Dogs, with the exception of my two sweet cats Charlie & Violet.

Prints or solids? Solids.

City or Beach?   Beach. I can’t get enough of being by the water.

Starbucks order? Emperor’s Clouds & Mist Green Tea. (Mainly because I enjoy the name.)

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 //

JUNIOR 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 //

JUNIOR 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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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