Portland. Oregon. USA. email: email@example.com call: 503 888-2243
P R A I S E
|"We cannot believe how well our remodel
turned out! Sometimes we just stop what we
are doing and look around and realize how
fortunate we were to have met you! We
could not have done it without you! You are
an incredibly talented individual who obviously
loves what she does!
Even our patio is receiving rave reviews from
friends and family!
A recent comment from our award winning
landscaper, Matt Sanders, says it all ... "I
love what Di has done with your outdoor the
terracotta colorings with the burnt copper
colored patio furniture. The HUGE over sized
planter she chose as the patio centerpiece,
with all the wonderful plantings cascading
down all sides is absolutely genius! The
outdoor entertainment area is so large and
the way Di has made the colors and the
spacing come together is nothing short of
Thank you so very much!
Larry & Deanna Unger
|When discussing the many amazing qualities of Di's work ethic, in
brief, the three most important qualities that she possesses are:
incredibly thorough follow through, an amazing eye for design and
an exceptionally keen business mind.
I have never been more confident in handing over a task to
someone as I was with Di Barker. Not one time in 2.5 years was I
disappointed, not one. We would discuss an idea and Di would
tirelessly follow up and through until the idea/goal was met in it's
Her eye for design is classic and impeccable. Not only does she
have an eye for what works well in spaces, she has an endless list
of suppliers that are accustomed to meeting her exceedingly high
It is evident that her "vendors" admire, trust and respect Di.
Di is a true "fabric queen" because she knew just what texture, color
and pattern would be perfect. As she spoke of the texture, color and
pattern I could see it in my mind - then at our next meeting, like
magic, the exact fabric we envisioned would be in her hands!
After dealing with Di once, you will understand her keen sense of
business. Whether she is shopping for a $20,000 piece of custom
furniture or a $20 accessory vase, Di knows the true "worth" of an
item, and knows how to squeeze the most value out of a dollar, to
get that item. Di makes it her business to understand the most
minute details of any and EVERY situation that may arise during a
Kim Madey - West Linn, Oregon
& Feng Shui Specialist
Di Barker, owner and Principal Designer of Abundanceforlife
Living & Interiors, has been practicing Interior Design in
Portland, Oregon since 2001.
Before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2000, Di enjoyed the
fast pace of Toronto, Canada for two and half years. Born and
raised in South Africa, Di enjoyed careers as a highly successful
Managing Real Estate Broker, as well as in the glamorous world of
fashion and design for 18 years.
Di’s travels to 27 countries has exposed her to a vast array of
taste and style. This has awakened an intense passion for
architecture, design and the ultimate living experience.
As a graduate of the Yap Cheng Hai Feng Shui Center of
Excellence, Di enjoys blending this modality with Interior Design
and has created functional, elegant and amplified spaces for both
residential and corporate clients.
"Interior Design follows fashion trends, and as a result, fabrics,
colors and aesthetic proportions are the decadent surprises, that
Di serves up best. It is her signature style and seamless
transitions that transform ordinary places into magical spaces.
Expert listening skills enable Di to gather critical information to
create spaces according to client's individual needs.
"An Interior Designer's job is to create beautiful places.
I believe that beautiful is just not enough.
I go another step further and ensure my clients are
also left with "Feel Good" spaces.
Our homes after all, are where we live, love and
entertain our friends and family. It is paramount that the
spaces I create shine with joy as well as with beauty.
Although a client has crowned Di “The Fabric Queen”
(and presented Di with a stunning Swarovski crystal tiara to prove it)
it is Di’s work ethic that her clients find invaluable.
Detailed and thorough follow through, as well as her
exceptional business acumen, have allowed Di to manage multi
million $ projects with ease. The solid relationships that Di has
built with major manufacturers across the country over the past
11 years, is testimony to her success, and this is evident in the
vast selection of quality furniture and accessories she is able to
procure for her clients.
Di proudly serves on the Board of Directors for
"Hats Off For Cancer", an international organization that
collects hats for children with cancer.
Please visit www.hatsoffforcancer.org
|"Honorable Mention" - Interior Design Society - National Interior Designer of the Year Awards - 2011
|THE EDITOR OF ELLE MAGAZINE SOUTH AFRICA, Shona Bagley, describes Di as ...“having a talent for style and co-ordination, which is quite simply...Brilliant!
Her signature style & flair is inimitable, and evident in everything to which she turns her hand. Di is one of South Africa’s most stylish “exports” and a great loss to this country.”
|We are moving to NY and have bought
another Fixer Upper! I'm sad to leave our
home here in Portland .... You helped
make it so beautiful!!
I'm going to miss you and Portland so much!
I would love to work with you again on our
new project! I just can't imagine doing this
without you ... I'd be lost.
Lee Powell - Portland, Oregon.
“Words can't express how pleased I am with
Di's work. She really listened to our needs
and transformed our main floor living space
into a sophisticated, yet inviting and
comfortable atmosphere. She knew where
to splurge and where not to."
Amy Steingrebe- Portland, Oregon
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