About Our Studio
Located in beautiful Squamish BC, serving clients throughout the sea to sky and beyond.
As outdoor enthusiasts, we look to nature's beauty for inspiration in our designs and spaces.
Our approach to design is simple.
We listen and work with you to
problem solve and create plans and designs that are both stunning and unique to each individual client.
No matter the size, budget, or scale of work, we strive to deliver excellent service and personalized designs.
"Design is an expression of your desires, lifestyle, experiences and imagination. It should reflect the individuality and character of the user, while complimenting it's surroundings. Design has no limits but should maintain a focus on quality and sustainabilty" Carena Dean
My journey towards interior design began working as a carpenter and woodworker. For over 12 years I've worked in all stages of construction from foundations, framing to fine finishing and furniture making. I studied furniture design and fine woodworking, and hold a certificate in Fine Woodworking Craftsmanship from Rosewood Studios - Almonte, Ontario.
Working amongst many stunning designed structures exposed my true passion for interior design, so I returned to school to study and received a Diploma of Interior Design from British Columbia Institute of Technology. Upon graduation I worked at a Vancouver design firm catering to residential clientele on mid to high-end projects throughout Vancouver and surrounding areas.
I have worked on various projects from clubhouses, hotels, custom alpine mountain homes to downtown city condo living throughout Alberta and BC. My diverse experience gives me a strong eye for fine details and allows me to take ideas and make them reality.
Along side my work life I'm an avid outdoor adventurer who loves mountain biking, climbing, skiing and travel.
"We highly recommend Carena Dean Design to anyone looking to re-design and renovate their home. At the time we purchased our house in Whistler we were living in another country. We had a limited idea of the property lay-out and scope for renovations. Carena expertly managed the redesign of the property and her excellent communication and interpersonal skills meant we were able to entrust the scope of work to be completed to a high standard, in a timely manner and within our budget. Her broad professional knowledge and attention to detail ensured we were able to blend the comfort and style of a traditional alpine home with a practical, minimalist look that suits our needs. Carena is passionate about her work, is client focused and delivers in every way. We love our new home."
- Jade Crommelin
"I can’t say enough about Carena. She was such a pleasure to work with. She had seemingly endless great ideas and my home office turned out beautifully. I get compliments on it every day.
Carena was also extremely easy to work with... she returned emails promptly and was very responsive and professional at all times. I couldn’t be happier with how the project went, and I would recommend her highly. "
- Andrea Lamont
"Carena's sense of style meshed perfectly with the vision we had for our new home. We are in love with how everything turned out and get daily comments about what amazing attention to detail was given. We can't wait to build another home so we can work with Carena again."
- Jenni Green
"Our experience working with Carena was amazing. With our limited budget, Carena transformed our house from "blah" to "WOW." She understood our goals and immediately brought our ideas to reality. Her design ideas are creative and interesting yet totally within our comfort level. The result is a bright, fresh and relaxed kitchen and living space.
We are so happy with the finished product and enthusiastically recommend her services!"
- Petra Hauke
"Carena worked with me on both the design and finishing end of two homes I recently built. The subtle changes she made to the house design played a large role in how well the finished product turned out. Not just knowledgeable and experienced on the tools, Carena is a fantastic person to work with and I'd hire (or recommend) her without hesitation."
- Gary McFarlane
"Carena helped me along every step of the way as I started the process of re-designing and renovating my kitchen. I came to Carena with a vague vision. Her design knowledge and great sense of style moved my vision from an idea to a concrete and viable plan. Carena provided insight into every detail including the placement of electrical outlets and lighting. This attention to detail, care, and thoroughness continued in the installation phase and resulted in a kitchen and living room nothing short of amazing. Every day, I love coming home to my ' new' home."
- Sarah Greenwood