MEET THE RHD TEAM
Secret obsession: Old Canadiana pine furniture
I love old furniture because it has history and every piece has a story.
PRESIDENT & PRINCIPAL DESIGNER
Small town born and big city raised, Rebecca's passion for design started at an early age. Having lived in 5 different homes before the age of 12, Rebecca continually re-imagined her own bedrooms every time. She also watched as her mother decorated each home with love; often with the help of her mother's famously talented cousin, Robert Dirstein. Their home was always inviting and warm, full of family and friends. Rebecca shares her mother's passion for creating beautiful spaces, and prides herself on turning a house into a home.
Rebecca has over a decade of experience in design. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University she lived and taught in the beautiful south of Spain. She returned to Canada where she completed her design training in Vancouver. Upon returning to Toronto, Rebecca had the privilege to work for several years with Stephen Taylor, one of Toronto’s top high-end residential designers. She has also worked in the engaging and high-paced world of television, as a designer on HGTV's “Income Property”, as well as “The Property Brothers”. Her design aesthetic is approachable and classic while creating homes that are unique and fitting to their owners.
In addition to growing and managing her interior design firm, she indulges in experimenting with storytelling with her self-titled YouTube channel. Rebecca has a strong passion for communication and business development. It’s this desire that’s the reason behind her YouTube Channel. She loves creating video content and communication through Public Speaking, Youtube & Instagram almost as much as she loves design. It’s is an on-going passion project and that’s not only dedicated to sharing design wisdom but helping other working moms and business owners manage their crazy lives.
Rebecca lives with her husband, two kids and energetic dog Bailey in Toronto.
Secret obsession: Giraffes & Old Keys
I love collecting old keys because I find them interesting and intricate.
Alyssa received her Degree in Interior Design from The RCC Institute of Technology (formerly Academy of Design) in Toronto, Canada. She also has a background in residential, condominium and millwork design. Alyssa leads the coordination and production support of all projects in the RHD studio. She is a sourcing extraordinaire and keeps every project running smoothly, on time and on budget.
Alyssa has been with the RHD for over 2 years and is an integral part of the team. Her positive attitude, ambition, and drive help to keep each project moving forward and maintains the team in high spirits and working efficiently. Alyssa's design style of choice is classic contemporary, where comfort meets elegance.
A fun fact about Alyssa is that she keeps a giraffe rubber duck and a giraffe mug at her desk - showcasing her love of giraffes.
Secret Obsession: Consignment and Antique Shopping
Rebecca received her Degree in Interior Design from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada. She also received her Diploma in Interior Design from Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. She has a background in residential design, kitchen design and working with contractors.
Rebecca started working for Rebecca Hay after her Diploma program ended. Between then she has explored other areas of the design field and has found herself back at RHD where she feels she can fully showcase her sense of style. Rebecca's design style of choice is transitional and eclectic with touches of whimsy. Rebecca loves adding vintage pieces in every space.
Secret Obsession: Food
I love all food, why discriminate.
Mary-Ann earned her business degree at Ryerson University. She’s the office and operations manager at RHD trying to keep things organized.
Mary-Ann handles project ordering, and client invoicing. She’s the one to contact if you have any questions regarding invoicing and payments.
Secret obsession: Butterfly Conservatories
My grandmother used to take me with her to her farm and there were butterflies everywhere. Butterflies are beautiful insects, one i wouldn't mind landing on me.
DIGITAL MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Vera graduated from the University of Guelph Humber with a Bachelor's degree in Media Studies and a Humber College diploma in Digital Communications. She has a creative mind and is thankful to be able to express herself through each new day, priding in keeping every day different than the previous.
Vera has keen interest in wedding and lifestyle photography, because she believes happy moments should be photographed so they become forever memories.
Vera currently works with the RHD team to produce the weekly youtube and IGTV videos, monthly newsletters, and maintaining the RHD website.
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