Vancouver Interior Designer Ami McKay

As a Vancouver interior designer I take a lot of enjoyment in drawing inspiration from various cultures and our stunning natural environment. Yet my love of global design started over 20 years ago when I lived and volunteered in India. I find a lot of joy in helping my clients create their ideal space, and I find inspiration in their passions, their purpose and what brings them happiness. My focus is on how design can give back and enrich our day to day lives in big and small ways.

From Humble Beginnings

PURE Design started in 2000 when Ami McKay, president and principal interior designer of PURE, had a four-week-old in her arms and a dream in her heart. Twenty-two years later, Ami is known as one of the top interior designers in Canada and is frequently featured in publications such as Architectural Digest, Canadian House & Home Magazine, Style at Home Magazine, and Western Living Magazine, making her one of Canada’s most published interior designers. 

Creating with Compassion

Our Pure Panorama Residence blends rustic beach vibes and natural inspiration – which helped transform this cottage into a home. We preserved the original shiplap walls to both be environmentally conscious and to retain a charming period detail. The cheerful tiles in the kitchen paired with accents of white, blue and wood tones showcase a coastal style with character.

My approach to design is holistic and ensures that your space works with the environment to achieve visual harmony. The goal is to create a space that enhances your daily life. Our homes are a huge part of our family history. They are where we recharge, sleep, grow, learn, love, eat, cry, and everything else we do that makes us, us.

Panorama Residence, Modern Dining Room, Pure Design

Photo Credit: Janis Nicolay @pineconecamp, Design By PURE Design Inc

In Harmony with Nature

Our Pure Westport Residence overlooks the treetops in West Vancouver, and the beauty of the cliffside it is attached to is the highlight of this four-level space. By keeping the design minimalist and subtle, the focus is on the natural beauty of the home’s surroundings, allowing the house to be part of the landscape, and not competing with it.

Westport, Modern Living Room, Pure Design,Vancouver Interior Designer Ami Mckay

Photo Credit: Janis Nicolay @pineconecamp, Design By PURE Design Inc

Inspired by Lived Experiences and Magical Moments

My time spent traveling the world is another important inspiration for my designs. With the Park Place Residence, we fused elements of the old world and new world, inspired by my time living in London. This can be seen most readily in the kitchen – from the European bistro tiles to the arched vent hood and beyond.

Creativity, compassion, and caring for the environment are all intrinsic elements in my work. As a proud Vancouverite, I do my best to give back to the community. Interior design is something that can help elevate a person’s mood and quality of life. From volunteer hours spent designing kitchenettes in a women’s shelter – to mentoring other designers, I find a lot of joy whenever I have an opportunity to give back.

Park Place, Green Bathroom, Pure Design, Vancouver Interior Designer Ami Mckay
Park Place, Entry Way, Pure Design, Vancouver Interior Designer Ami Mckay

Photo Credit: Janis Nicolay @pineconecamp, Design By PURE Design Inc