A Lakeland College interior design technology alumna was designing behind-the-scenes of one of HGTV Canada’s most popular shows, Property Brothers: Buying & Selling.
With the resumé and portfolio she built at Lakeland, Deseree Pointer, Class of 2018, was hired as a design assistant for Jonathan and Drew Scott’s lead designer, Victoria Tonelli, for a Calgary-based home renovation. She describes her experience as a “dream come true.”
“I had the best experience working for the Property Brothers. I was on set for a few days, working 10 to 15 hours a day with eight other designers getting the house ready for the big reveal. It was all worth it to see the home come together,” she says. On one occasion, Pointer was sent around the city to shop for home furnishings and accessories.
In the reality series, Jonathan renovates the family’s home for a successful sale, while Drew searches for the family’s next property and oversees selling their current home. Pointer says the episode she assisted on will air early next
“The best part of it was the end and seeing everything come together. Knowing how much work went into it, how many people it took and knowing that I was one of them, and then hearing the Property Brothers say how amazing it looked - it was a very rewarding experience.”
Though she believes there were many people more qualified for the job, Pointer says she’s confident that Lakeland was a key factor in her attaining the job. She also realized early on that attending Lakeland College – the 2017 National Kitchen & Bath Association College of the Year
– was one of the best decisions she’s made.
“I couldn't have imagined my post-secondary experience going any better. It was a great environment to be in because all the instructors are very passionate. I believe everything I learned at Lakeland
has set me up for success. Even in the first semester of my first year, I knew I went into the right program,” she says.
Pointer enjoys working in design because of the end goal – bringing joy to people. “I noticed that everybody takes pride in their homes but some don’t always know how to dress it up and make it feel like their own. That's when I can come in and bring their dreams to reality, that's rewarding to me."
Pointer is working as a sale associate at Park Lighting in Edmonton – a lighting store for the general customer, homebuilder, contractor, designer or electrician. She is often sought by her co-workers to provide design advice for clients. She’s also on-call to work on other Property Brothers’ episodes.
Photos: (Top-Bottom) Deseree Pointer with Jonathan and Drew Scott. Furnishings and accessories in the home Deseree worked on for Property Brothers: Buying & Selling.