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PRESIDENT + PRINCIPAL DESIGNER PURE INTERIOR DESIGN

PURE Design Inc.

Award-winning, internationally published Vancouver Interior Design Firm

Ami Mckay, the top Vancouver interior designer and creative director at PURE Design Inc., is known for setting design trends in Canada and the United States with her sustainable product design, contemporary interiors, and gorgeous, healthy spaces. She has been recognized as a top interior designer and a visionary entrepreneur for her work in building one of Vancouver’s top interior design firms.

Chatelaine Magazine calls Ami McKay one of “Canada’s Top Five Interior Designers” and Rue Magazine named her one of the “Top 5 Designers to Watch in 2016.” Ami is also the recipient of the Woman of Distinction award for her many years of success in business, and spent two years as an interior designer and host of HGTV’s “Makeover Wish,” for which she was nominated for a Leo Award.

Clients’ personal style and vision are what drives Ami and the PURE Interior Design and Build Team to create beautiful, healthy spaces in residences, offices, restaurants, hotels, and retail spaces. Whether it’s a kitchen design or bathroom remodel, a quick renovation or new construction, her reputation as one of the best Vancouver interior design and build firms keeps Ami striving to make every new project unique to each client’s life or space.

PURE Design Inc. is a full-service interior design and build firm. The PURE design and build team is well equipped to assist with layout, finishing, furniture, office decor, and home decor and home styling, as well as collaborating with architects, contractors, and builders to complete projects as seamlessly as possible. The end result is spaces that are magazine quality and photograph ready.

Ami McKay is one of Canada’s most published Interior Designers; her work can be seen regularly in Style at Home Magazine, House and Home Magazine, Architectural Digest, Gray Magazine, and Western Living Magazine. PURE Design Inc. was also recently honoured with the 2020 Consumer’s Choice Award, with voters selecting the design and build firm as the Best Vancouver Interior Design Company.

Humbled by such accolades, Ami credits her success in interior design to the connection she develops with her clients. She also recognizes the importance in surrounding herself with an incredible team that helps bring her interior design ideas to life.

Ami’s Vancouver-based interior design, architect, and construction teams are all one big family. In fact, not only does Ami partner with PURE Design’s Construction Manager on her interior designs – she partners with him in life as well.

Away from the office, Ami works tirelessly to give back to the Vancouver community. She is a mentor with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, where she empowers women with the tools and encouragement needed to launch businesses of their own. And in 2016, she launched the PURE SYRIAN Pillow Collection in collaboration with artisan Salma Muhammad. A Syrian refugee, Salma and her young family fled to Canada after being privately sponsored by a group of friends in Lions Bay. As part of this group of sponsors, Ami met Salma shortly after their arrival, and upon learning that she had worked as a trained tailor back in Syria, the pair hatched an idea to create a line of handmade designer pillows, with proceeds benefiting refugees like Salma and her family.

Our goal is to be ahead of the design curve and adapt to our client’s tastes and visions for their space. Our PURE Vancouver interior design team is well equipped to assist clients with architectural, layout, finishing, furniture & interior decor ideas, as well as seamlessly collaborating with architects, contractors, and builders.

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FROM OUR CLIENTS

Cedar Cottage Residence

From concept to design to project management, the Pure Team created something that was unique to our style and 100 year old character home. We are very pleased with the amazing transformation which includes a dream kitchen, spa master bathroom and many unique spaces in the house that our family will enjoy for many years to come. The renovation also included 2 separate one bedroom suites now with modern appliances and fixtures, and easily rented as a result. Throughout the project, Pure Design was professional, attentive to our needs, flexible and easy to work with and full of great ideas. We are very happy with the design of our place.

Joanne L

My wife and I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Ami ...

Meaghan and Amber from PURE Design Inc. From the first meeting we knew that they were the perfect fit for our project. Not only did they demonstrate exceptional skills, but also their passion and dedication are unparalleled. They were so innovative in trying to meet our budget whilst achieving an upscale and boutique look. We trusted them completely to help bring our vision to life. That is why we now have a one-of-a-kind store that no other has. Ami and Meaghan created a signature design (a small green house) that will undoubtedly be a special feature in all of our stores in the future. Thank you Ami, Meaghan and Amber for being the very best and the most dedicated design team we have had the honour of working with. We will have to come back to them for future store design and home!

Edward P.

Ami at Pure Design was great!

At first I gave her not the best budget to work with for a transformation of my apartment which is large-ish for apartements in Vancouver and she came up with exactly what I was looking for and even specifics to ideas on the millwork, flooring, tiling, and fixturing options to keep me under budget. Ami came into my apartment with an assistant and they were very professional and friendly and easy to work with. They inquired about what was import to me and got to know me a bit on the personal side to see if they could get that reflected in the inspiration photos she provided and the ending designs. What I had done was definitely not the typical cookie cutter reno. I had a picture in my head of what I wanted and she not only made it happen but made that picture better than what I had in mind. She had a lot of practical advice as well and was readily available to respond even after I had her draw the designs and her job was done. She was also helpful in putting me in contact with contractors as I was project managing myself. Word of advice though, if you have a rather large renovation and have a full time job, it probably is worth it to use her project management services. I thought I was saving money by doing it on my own but it was way more grief than it was worth and I probably paid more doing it on my own than getting the savings with their project management which would offset their fees. Thanks Ami! Great work.

Victor L.

I hired Ami with the goal of finding a talented designer who ...

could help me design a beautiful dream house from scratch (brand new construction) - and WOW did Ami deliver! WOW are the words uttered by everyone that visits us in our beautiful new home. Ami spent the time getting to know my husband and I so she was able to capture and design a home that incorporated our very different personalities and taste. The different textures (fabrics, wallpaper, materials), tones (both dark and light), materials, decor, detailing - from start to finish was a job well done. The result was a contemporary classical home that reflects today's colour palates yet incorporated a look and feel that surely will transcend time (very important criteria for me). Ami was completely professional yet caring, patient and listened to what we liked/didn't like and to our budget requirements. She made everything look like the high-end home we were building. Once you meet Ami, you will know that how I describe her is exactly who/how she is. I look forward to working with her again!

Julianne L.

My wife and I are busy full time professionals with 2 young children.

We wanted to have a house with the look and feel of a high end hotel, and what the Pure Team created for us at the reveal blew us away! We held an open house party and all our guests said, "Your house puts our homes to shame..." Though as nice as it is to have "wowed" our family and friends, more importantly we couldn't imagine the house being any more perfect for us. Our daughter squealed with delight when she viewed her room for the first time, and ran to her bed and jumped and snuggled in with the hugest smile on her little face. Her actions and response were exactly how the rest of us felt. We loved the fact that PURE handled both the design and contracting which gave us peace of mind and made it effortless for us. They are a one stop shop. We completely trusted them to create a sophisticated and comfortable home for us, and they came through with flying colours. They successfully took our ordinary house and transformed it into a beautiful dream home for our family to enjoy for years to come.

Aly K.

Working with Ami from Pure for the past year has been a true pleasure.

Ami's vision for the design of our home took into account our own style which she blended seemlessly with some prior renovations we started a couple of years earlier. Ami is incredibly upbeat and optimistic - no problem is too difficult to tackle! She is creative and innovative with solutions and is willing to be very flexible to incorporate our needs and wants! She has a high level of professionalism and customer service is a definite focus. We are looking forward to seeing it when it is entirely completed, but so far our home looks amazing and it beautifully reflects who we are as a family! Thank you to the Pure Team!

Ami and Monica from PURE Design Inc have been an absolute dream ...

to work with. From our very first call, I knew they were the way to go. Ami understood right away what kind of look I was going for which made my life (and my husband's life) so much easier. I trusted them completely and they were able to design our dream home from the ground up, and I could not be happier. Ami took the time to really get to know us so now everyone in my family now has a room that reflects their own personality, especially the kids. My only regret is not having PURE construct the house (we used a separate builder); doing so would have saved us many headaches along the way. Thank you so much Ami and Monica for your tireless work and beautiful design!

Yuri M.

We are in the final stages of a major home renovation ...

Designed and executed by the PURE Design team. We first met with Ami and Don 18 months ago - and they were quickly able to present us with an exciting new vision of how to make our 1930's home work for our modern day busy family. Ami radiates genuine warmth and immediately made us feel at ease. It has been exciting to see her vision become a reality and I can honestly say we love it all! We worked most closely with Don (Construction/Project Manager) and he was extremely professional, responsive, detail oriented and generally just an excellent person to work with! Home renovations are stressful - but generally I knew I could relax knowing he would make sure everything was done RIGHT! As with all major home renovations there were some delays an budget challenges - but we are over the moon with the result and now have a home we are excited to live in and proud to show off! A huge thank you to the PURE Design team!

Jenny L

Ami McKay is a very talented designer.

Amy is professional, reliable and a joy to work with! We initially hired Ami to review our kitchen plan. After meeting with her, we quickly realized that she could transform our new house into something special. Ami worked within our tight budget and helped us with lighting, furniture and materials selection. It was a pure pleasure working with Ami. She is generous with her time and responds quickly to questions.

Amy L.

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