The Collaborative Design Studio is a Full Service Interior Design Firm based in the Greater Vancouver Area.  We specialize in Interior Design Services for Multi-Family and Single Family Home Developments.


Although we specialize in Project Developments we also supply Full Design Services for private clients Custom homes and Developer Spec Homes.


Our team works as an extension of yours, successfully collaborating as one unit with Builders, Developers, Architects, Marketing Companies and Home Owners.   We Stay true to our innovative process and collectively approach every new project as an exciting and creative opportunity.  It is our objective to bring accessible quality appointed design details to each and every project.


While staying on top of the trends and new products, we pride ourselves on our ability to understand our client’s needs, budget and consumer profiles.


Formerly known as Design a Move Inc. and Incorporated in 2003/DBA Design a Décor.



- Multi Family Developments
- Single Family Home Developments
- Home Specifications
- Amenity Buildings
- Presentation Centers
- Common Areas
- Display Homes
- CAD Drawings
- Photorealistic Renderings


- Custom Homes
- Spec Homes
- Renovations
- Commercial
- Lease Hold Upgrades
- Interior Design
- Interior Decorating
- Staging



We meet with your designated project team to review the project. Discuss budget, timelines, consumer profile, comparable competitive standard offerings and upgrades.


The Design Team will then collaborate to bring all their creative ideas to the project. A conceptual Design Concept will be presented in a Power Point format with proposed colour schemes, finishes, fixtures and sketch up renderings.


Based on the approval of the Design Concept, finishes, fixtures and furnishings will be selected based on the scope of work and consumer profile for the project.


Once you have signed off on the Specifications and Design we document the details of all specifications into a manual with cut sheets and Auto CAD drawings. This manual has been specifically developed with construction execution in mind. Samples and/or Construction boards will then be coded, labeled and assembled for easy reference.


Furniture layouts millwork designs and Design Concepts will be presented for approval. Procurement of furnishings will be completed and installed.


An itemized spreadsheet will be completed with reconciled receipts attached for your records for all purchases and services.


  • Montrose
  • Starlight
  • Scott Nich
  • Amson Group
  • Denby
  • The Residences
  • Ventura
  • Parc Central
  • West 15th
  • Towne
  • Delta Gardens
  • 28th Ave
  • Thornton
  • Evolve
  • Elements
  • Westview on York
  • Slocan
  • Nainimo
  • Chambers
  • Bravo
  • 58 On Cherry Hill
  • The Village
  • Basalt


Donna Russell

Owner | Principal Designer

As the owner of The Collaborative Design Studio, Donna brings a wealth of experience in the design industry. She has a reputation with developers and marketing teams for having an excellent work ethic and strong values, all while internally setting up a successful office setting which promotes creativity, hard work and collaboration. These key features have led her to re-brand her already successful company as The Collaborative Design Studio.

Donna is the boss lady, but she answers to Shelley.

Shelley Briglio

Controller | Administrative Manager

Shelley oversees the day to day operations of the studio, and has since 2005. Her attention to detail and organization has allowed Donna to flourish and expand in the creative field. Her role and organization is very important when completing the design of our projects and display home installations.

Shelley answers only to Donna: the boss, but is ultimately the bossy one.

Hilary Jorgensen

Interior Designer | DID

Hilary leads and coordinates multifamily, residential and furnishing jobs with The Collaborative Design Studio. She has over 10 years experience in the design and architectural field with specialization in multi families, commercial and hospitality.

Boss her around and she’ll boss us right back….unless its Shelley.

Jordan McLeod

Interior Designer | Specification Writer

Jordan spent 3 years working with the Collaborative Design Studio in the staging division, and is now one of our core interior designers and specification writer. Jordan’s work ethic, customer service and management experience has gained her the reputation of being the “nuts and bolts” of our studio.

Jordan listens to no one, except Shelley.

Julie Gaudet

Interior Designer | RID

Julie leads and coordinates multi-family projects with the Collaborative Design Studio. She enjoys focusing on the more technical aspects of design, and loves space planning the most. She prides herself on her excellent communication and organizational skills that help keep projects on track. She has a number of years of experience in commercial design, and a background in fine arts.

Kari Player

Interior Designer

Kari is the design studio’s expert in Single Family Homes. Her personal Traditional/Transitional design style has been well published for her amazing renovations on the west side of Vancouver. Kari has also moved into the sea to sky eco friendly consumer market with her modern eco finishes.

Yvonne Hebein


Yvonne has been with the Studio since the beginning of time. She is our behind-the-scenes Bean Counter and an intricate part of the Company.


Volunteer | Life Coach

Although Yogi is a volunteer, his duties are vast and include security, greeting and he is a great morale booster,  bringing lots of giggles to the team.  Between duties he spends his time lounging, playing with toys and attending meetings.




Address: 68 Clipper Street, Coquitlam, BC, V3K 6X2

Phone: (604) 787-1706

Email: Info@thecds.ca


We love to hear from people, so if you’re looking to work with us on a project or just want to send us some love, please do say hello!