Vancouver based Interior Designer Catherine Yuen joins builders Mickey Fabbiano and Sebastian Sevallo in Season 2 of Worst to First. Together they transform ten of the worst houses on the block into wonderful, first-rate homes in one of the most challenging housing markets in the world.
Growing up, Catherine could never get enough of drawing, painting, building and making things. She credits her mother with her love of design because her mom loved to rearrange their household furniture. As a result, Catherine was inspired to do the same in her bedroom and liked to see the fresh possibilities that existed in the same space with the same furniture. In her teens, Catherine and her mom loved to see the amazing transformations on home renovation shows, and the two would devour them together.
In 2010, Catherine earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of British Columbia in Visual Arts. After traveling throughout Europe, South America and Asia, she returned to school for a Bachelor of Interior Design at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. In her third year of the program, Catherine was part of a three-person team that scored first place in the North American IDEC Student Design Competition. Their challenge was to ‘Design as an Agent of Social Change’ and their submission topped more than 100 international entries.
Catherine focuses on both residential and commercial design and is fascinated by human behavior and how space, colour, texture and light affect us. Her holistic design approach provides clients with a space that is both beautiful and functional, expresses their personality and style, and ensures a positive and intuitive experience in each environment.
When not working, Catherine loves running, hiking, snowboarding, and yoga, as well as getting out of the city for a quick refresh and reset.