Our Team


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Bridgett Jessop
PRINCIPAL DESIGNER AND OWNER

I'm originally from Cochrane, Alberta and have always had a passion for design. With an innate eye to beautify spaces. I began my journey in Europe and attended Fachhochschule. After my return to Canada I gained valuable experience working with a home builder in a design centre, at a flooring store and then with a home builder as showhome designer and customer liaison. In 2003 I founded Debutante Design – at home on my kitchen table, and it grew bit by bit through passion, determination and hard work.

My work reflects a balance of all my design and life experiences, influenced by the spaces traveled to. My design skills range from clean contemporary to classic paneled traditional and everything in between. I often get asked by my clients, "What's your favourite project?" and my answer is always the one I'm currently working on. I believe that good design should be a seamless continuation of the clients likes, wants, and needs.

Over the years I have built valuable relationships with prominent Home Builders and trade supplier partners. My passion for design and colour continues to drive new challenges, and my team and I are continually learning and growing.

Debutante Design is an affordable residential interior design firm that honours the purpose, comfort, and beauty of your home. Fifteen years later, I've confirmed to myself that each project is unique, and my passion has grown.

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Ashley Balint
SENIOR INTERIOR DESIGNER

Growing up in Canmore, Ashley's fascination with interior design was sparked by her surroundings at a young age. Her belief is inspiration can be found all around us through travel, art, hobbies, and past experiences. She enjoys self expression through design, and encourages clients to do the same to make their space feel like an extension of their personality. She is particularly attracted to natural materials, pieces with character, interesting textures, balance, and the life colour adds to a space.

Ashley studied interior design at Mount Royal and received her Interior Design Degree in 2008. After completing school, she started her career working as a design consultant for a home builder in Calgary. She then worked in the flooring industry for five years as well as a renovation company. She has gained experience working with clients on many aspects of interior design and continues to grow and learn.

Debutante Design encourages her creativity, collaboration, problem solving and she appreciates the positive and upbeat working environment.

In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, yoga, painting, and trips back home to Canmore to go hiking and catch up with family and friends.

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Anastassiya Vassilyeva
SENIOR INTERIOR DESIGNER

Anastassiya was born in Kazakhstan to a family of Russian descent. Growing up she was fascinated by all things beautiful, but also structured and logical. Her father being an engineer and a musician, and mother - an accountant who loves to sew and macrame, had an enormous influence of how Anastassiya learned to perceive the world and create.

After studying microbiology and genetics at the University of Calgary for one year, Anastassiya moved to Toronto, Ontario to attend the International Academy of Design and Technology, graduating from the Interior Design program in 2006. Having worked with both residential and commercial design firms over the past 10 years, Anastassiya gained invaluable knowledge and experience, which she is now able to apply at Debutante Design. Each and every project undertaken is approached intelligently, communicated creatively and executed with style, care and enthusiasm.

When not designing, some of her favourite things to do are playing piano, shooting her bow, doing yoga and spending time with family.

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Janelle Carlson
JR INTERIOR DESIGNER

Having grown up in a small town in Northern Alberta, I was not exposed to a lot of extravagant design or architecture – which pushed me even more to expand my constantly spiking interest for design! Having been surrounded by old farmhouses with lots of charm, allowed me to appreciate the authenticity behind character & what it brings to a space. Growing up, I was always going to family & friends homes wondering how I could rearrange their furniture or how a fresh coat of paint & some cute new accessories would look ten times better in a little vignette on their coffee table. It had never occurred to me that this was not how everyone’s brains processed interior spaces.

In the tenth grade we were required to take a job compatibility test based on our interests & personality traits – interior designer was the top answer that appeared on my screen once finishing the thorough quiz, by a long shot. I had never even really heard of what an interior designer was up until that point. But once I received my results, I began researching, what an interior designer actually was. Little did I realize, that my constant rearranging of my own bedroom & asking my dad to build me closet organizers & saving up for that over priced yet beautiful bedding set from Anthropologie, that I had known my career path all along.

Once graduating from high school I took a year off to save up & truly find a school & program that suited my requirements of what I was expecting from an interior design education. Having applied to Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario at the time – I was accepted in a 50 seat program. Meaning, that classes would be small & cater to each student – exactly what I was used to coming from, with a small town of three thousand people.

My four-year degree at Sheridan taught us residential, commercial, retail, hospitality & everything in between, to fully prepare us for the design industry. Having been able to experience all of these forms of design allowed me to understand that every space, client & environment are going to propose a different challenge – but always one that a creative soul can tackle through form, function & vision.

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