Veteran designer Katerina Vastardis has obtained a vast background of experience in the home design industry as she proceeds to the next chapter in her professional career, Designs by Katerina and Silvie.
Katerina’s career started as a design assistant. Over the years, she has attained not only hands-on experience, but also formal training and education at BCIT for interior design, graphic design, sales and marketing. Working in specialized departments throughout her professional career has allowed Katerina to gain extensive knowledge in the world of plumbing, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Her years of diverse experience range from working for large corporations such as Kitchen Craft, to small local businesses like Cornerstone Kitchens & Design. Katerina’s experience has provided her with all the skills needed for her new business endeavour alongside her business partner Silvie Pantsios.
2016 has brought on new and exciting challenges and blessings with the arrival of her baby girl, Iliana. When Katerina is not designing, you can find her in the kitchen cooking Greek family recipes, and entertaining her family and friends in her warm and inviting home which she’s created with pride over the years.
Silvie’s career in the industry started 9 years ago, when her now business partner and friend Katerina Vastardis approached her to join in on this ever-changing and creative journey of interior design.
Growing up in the restaurant industry gave Silvie an edge which made for a natural transition into Interior & Kitchen Design. With a passion for functional working spaces as well as an eye to create rooms with personality and soul, Silvie began to develop her skills. Years of hands-on work experience, formal training, sales seminars, and her prior managerial skills, set the course for her progression from her first role as a junior designer, to designer and co-owner of Designs by KS.
Born and raised in Vancouver B.C. could be the reason why Silvies favourite design style is a mix of west coast contemporary with eclectic touches, being a strong believer that colour and greenery can enrich not just a space but a person’s well-being too!
If you are looking for Silvie after work, you can be sure to find her in the gym or exploring with her new Dog DJ; a rambunctious 2-year-old Tibetan Terrier. Leading a healthy lifestyle through food and fitness is what keeps her body and mind strong to take on all the new and exciting challenges 2021 has to offer.
Hailey was always giving advice to her friends and family. She learned a lot from her father, who spent many years building homes with his father on Saltspring Island. Hailey and her father eventually worked together to renovate their family home, providing her with hands-on design experience by the time she was a teenager.
Before she began to pursue her long-time career goal of becoming an Interior Designer, Hailey worked in the fast-paced Vancouver Film Industry. She gained experience working around the clock coordinating high profile TV shows, films and publicity events. After about five years, she decided she was ready to go back to school to pursue her passion for design and begin her journey to becoming an Interior Designer. Hailey then attended BCIT where she received her Certification in Interior Design in 2020 with distinction
Hailey is very excited to be a part of the Designs by KS team. She’s grateful to be mentored by such talented and successful women like Katerina and Silvie. Hailey is looking forward to assisting in the design process of future projects and seeing them through to completion, while further developing and refining her skills.
After hours, you can find Hailey at the beach with her partner and their Pomeranian, Livvy or at home making macrame on those rainy Vancouver days. She enjoys taking care of plants and finds inspiration from the outdoors. Hailey has become quite plant-savvy over the last couple years and believes that no space is complete without some greenery!
Eleonora’s work ethic was instilled at a young age growing up and working for her family-owned restaurant for many years. This led her to investing and co-owning her company – Grandpa J’s Seasoning Salt. Eleonora’s talent and interests flourished with her attention to detail and the creative aspects of running a business. She began focusing her efforts on marketing, social media, branding, co-branding, and partnership to help drive interest and awareness for her business.
After multiple renovations and her own custom-built home, Eleonora developed an obsession with the visual details of home design and jumped at the opportunity to join the award-winning Designs by KS team. She has assisted in numerous roles to learn more about the fast-paced industry but focuses on Media/Marketing Support Including Social Media Content Creation, Photoshoots and Project Collaborations.
On weekends she can be found on a North Shore trail with her dog Frank. Being a busy mom of two and hanging out with her family.
As a young girl, Zaneta would spend hours imagining all the possibilities of her room by drawing floorplans and rearranging her furniture. It was this young passion that led her to pursue her dream job; working with individuals to help create a beautiful space that ameliorates and reflects their lives.
In 2019 she attended BCIT studying Interior Design, completing the certificate program. Through the program, Zaneta discovered her style: minimalistic, with a focus to accent the Pacific Northwest by incorporating natural light and using linear or organic lines and shapes to create an interesting and comfortable space.
In her free time, Zaneta loves to spend time with people and the outdoors! With all that Vancouver offers you may find her at the beach, hiking through the mountains and forests, biking around the city or at the gym working out! She also loves to learn and try new things, so you may find her at home cooking or dabbling in a new hobby!
Designs by Katerina & Silvie has been our go to design duo for both of my major renovations that we have made over the past 5 years. They have remodeled our Kitchens, 2 Bathrooms, a large Family Room with built in custom cabinets around the fireplace.
From start to finish, Katerina & Silvie were such a pleasure to work with. They completely understood what I was looking for, and did everything possible at every step of the way to exceed expectations. This dynamic duo are amazing.Renata Milanovic
It’s been a pleasure working with Katerina and Silvie on numerous projects. Their design work is fantastic, and they are incredibly organised and professional. They listen to and understand what we are trying to achieve and turn that into beautiful interiors that meet our aspirations and win awards!Nick Bray Architecture
I was particularly impressed with their ability to see thought the different options and in particular their combined ability to measure up my space and produce a floor plan in next to no time right there on the spot ! They had obviously done this before, We embarked on a combined approach with me undertaking to get the demolition and construction completed in time for the kitchen cabinet delivery. During the design phase they recognized my style and “must have items” – such as straight lines and invisible vent fan. They were both most ingenious in helping me with selecting materials and finished. In particular Silvie for the lighting and colours and Katerina for plumbing flooring and furniture. They stopped me being foolish and making silly mistakes and choices !
Overall I am delighted with the end resultRoger Grace
Designs by Katerina and Sylvie did a lovely job with our kitchen renovation! They listened to us, engaged us, supported us and made the process really painless. They were there throughout the project to address any concerns and move things along. I loved how they let us make design decisions, all the while guiding us as to what would look best. Our kitchen looks amazing and is so functional! Thanks Katerina, Sylvie and Nikki!Saoiri Yamamoto