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Design Mom

Home tour on Design Mom.


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How to create a cozy reading nook to foster a love for reading.

holiday crafts

Holiday art experiences to inspire storytelling and more.

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How to organize your playroom to promote playful learning.


Introduction to Brillante: Teacher-curated designs for living and learning.

East St. Paul Neighbours

Click here to read the Family Feature article about my family in the Neighbours of East St. Paul.

Dahlia Kurtz – CJOB


Pat Furman

The space is breath taking! I thoroughly enjoy touring groups of people through the space, to hear and see their reactions. It has literally taken their breath away.  Some have started to cry and said they wished they had this place when their children were little. The space is respectful for both the children and the educators. We all love coming into work every day.

Director, Robertson Early Enrichment Program, SCCY Centre
Emily Byfuglien

Alana was very personable, and extremely easy for me to connect with.  She was willing to listen to my likes and dislikes, and really paid attention to the sort of vision I had with styling the bedrooms.  I never felt rushed in the process, and was so happy with the way Alana was willing to make changes, always giving me plenty of options to choose from.  Alana was extremely punctual and professional, which made it easy for me to trust her to create these beautiful spaces for our kids.  She is very talented and driven, and has an amazing eye for design.  I put my trust into her during the design process, and she exceeded any expectations that I had.  I would highly recommend Alana to anyone interested in creating a beautiful space for their children.

Residential Client + Mom of Teen Boys

Alana is warm, polite and professional. She visited our home to assess the scope and size of our project, acquire a sense of our design taste, and she listened attentively to our design needs.  Her first line of attack was to provide us with an initial concept board, a visual presentation which depicted the style, mood and colour of our future space. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. We loved it! From there, she sourced out furniture within our price range, and laid out logistical options. She even came shopping with me to look for curtain rods, window coverings, baskets, and bedroom furniture, which I was able to purchase at a reduced price thanks to her interior design connections. In the end we are thrilled with our son’s new room, and highly recommend Alana to work with…Alana was wonderful to work with and we will definitely be using her again for future projects!

Amanda Dubois

The most valuable thing I took away was the fact that everything you are doing is grounded in a learning philosophy. I left the workshop feeling empowered!  This has been the best thing I’ve stumbled upon all year (besides my baby of course)!  Thank you so much!

Workshop participant and Mom
Commercial Play Space Client

Alana brought her magic, creativity and a shared belief about the power of environment and capacities of children. We instantly
connected. She took my play therapy space and created a calm, safe, nurturing, fun and BEAUTIFUL space. The children and families who visit my space often comment on how it makes them feel. I hear things like: “ A kids dream, pretty and  fun, calming, put together with love”. All those comments make my heart sing, and make me so grateful that I was able to have Alana and Brillante achieve exactly what I was looking for in creating a healing space.

Dr. Sunayna Bhatt

I left the workshop feeling excited to create an inviting learning environment which encourages creativity and growth for my child.  [The workshop was] very informative, loved all the suggestions! Everything was practical, but encourages creativity, curiosity and development in children.

Workshop participant and Mom
Christele Childerhouse

Since [the workshop], I already have a more streamlined plan!…Keep up the good work. Your passion definitely was contagious today!…Your girls are very lucky to have a mom like you!!

Workshop participant and Mom
Art Therapist

When I made the decision to renovate my spare bedroom into an Art Therapy studio space, I knew right away that Alana was the right person to help me with this job. I wanted the space to be welcoming, streamlined and functional; Alana has the perfect combination of an artistic eye, understanding the appropriate use of space, and hands-on experience working with art materials. Not only was she respectful of my personal style, but she also pushed my limits with bright, bold colours that I might have been too cautious to try on my own. I thoroughly appreciated being able to bounce ideas back and forth throughout the process and found Alana to be exceptionally receptive and accommodating to my feedback and input. Quality was never sacrificed for cost, and I am delighted with my new beautiful, arts-infused space!

If you are looking for a collaborative approach to make your dream space a reality, Brillante is the way to go!

Residential Client + Mom

Alana was respectful of our family’s budget and very resourceful sourcing decor, furnishing & accessories. She repurposed a number of items that we already owned. Approachable, so nice!!!!!…., knowledgable, and really listened and worked with my teenage daughter to help crate a space perfect for her.