What We Can do for You
Good Design Is Good Business.
There’s more to interior design than esthetics. It’s an essential part of every successful business strategy. We help build an environment where your business can thrive and where your brand is experienced on more than just a visual level.
Our Green Commitment
Stem Interior Design is committed to creating sustainable spaces where people feel great. Principal Designer Tamara Naleway is LEED* accredited in commercial interiors. We aim for sensitivity to the environment on every project and healthy environments with access to daylight, exterior views and clean indoor air, where possible. We reuse existing building components instead of demolishing whenever possible and source local materials to reduce the carbon footprint of our work.
*LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system administered by the Canada Green Building Council that sets performance standards for green buildings.
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Tamara Naleway earned her Bachelor of Interior Design at the University of Manitoba before her sense of adventure brought her west to Vancouver. It wasn’t long before she realized she wanted to merge her design skills with her passion for business.
She comes by her entrepreneurial spirit honestly. Her grandmother opened her own restaurant in Winnipeg in the 1940s—a time when most women were homemakers—before turning it into the largest catering company in the city and, ultimately, a key player in Canada’s frozen food industry.
With her family’s Prairie work ethic of dependability, hard work, and strong values to guide her, Tamara opened her own business, Stem Interior Design, in 2006. Since then, she’s helped clients in a variety of industries, including health care, education, retail, and hospitality, grow their business through thoughtfully designed spaces.
As a LEED-accredited professional, Tamara is well versed in green building practices for commercial interiors. She is also certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and is a registered professional member of the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia (RID) and Interior Designers of Canada.
Tamara continues to find inspiration for her work through travel, most recently through a trade mission to India, where she was thrilled by the bounty of bold, bright colours. When not travelling or working, Tamara enjoys nature walks with her pup.