Creative Director & Founder
Credited with opening Canada’s first concept store, Secret Location’s Carey Hulshof is somewhat of an enigma.
A world traveller, she lived, breathed, and studied in the epicentre of Italian design, Milan, known for its unique blend of art, culture, and gastronomy. It was here that she further honed her love for design, obtaining a master’s degree from the prestigious Istituto Marangoni.
It is with her vigour and drive, along with her passion for fashion, art, and design, that she created Secret Location - an interior design firm and destination concept store for people to feel inspired, to escape, and to discover a well-curated catalogue of unique pieces in a space aimed to draw wonder and surprise.
And, Carey does not do things halfway. As Secret Location developed she was acutely involved in the design of their first brick and mortar location, partnering with talented craftsmen on a myriad of pieces. Initially including both a store and restaurant, both have been praised for their detail and functionality in publications such as Vogue and National Geographic. But this was just the beginning.
Carey now draws from her extensive experience, to provide interior design services. With global demand, this has introduced projects across North America, now venturing into Europe.
Carey believes in sustainability. She is heavily invested in how things are sourced and is a supporter of ethical and responsible production, sustainability, and craftsmanship. This informs how she and her team operate, source, and problem solve. She is a lover of story telling, a quality which is integrated into all that Secret Location does.
Secret Location is a Canadian luxury concept store and interior design firm, with a life-long commitment to ecological integrity and timeless value since our inception in 2012. We offer comprehensive services for residential and commercial clients both large and small. From full scale development to a quick face lift, each project is created to meet both functionality and aesthetic. The result is a space that exceeds your expectations through the mixture of materiality, found objects, vintage, and custom pieces. Carey and her team love to work closely with their clients to understand who they are and their needs. This relationship allows them to create something truly unique. Seeing each new project through from inception, Carey and her team work closely with architects, builders, and craftsmen from the onset.
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We strongly champion quality craftsmanship and responsible production.
You set the benchmark. We swear by it. Every product and space you see here is made with the utmost attention to detail by highly skilled individuals who live by these same standards.
We are committed to constantly pushing ourselves towards sustainability. Ecological integrity is the fuel that stokes our fire - every single day. This manifests quite simply,
It all started with a simple Vision:
To retail goods and services that prioritize design and quality - i.e. responsibly produced, sustainable, that positively impact the client, the company, and the planet.
..that led to an unstoppable mission:
We strive to create an experience that evokes wonder and surprise. Because you have uncompromising standards, we have an unrelenting determination to be a trusted steward of our community, our industry, and the environment.
..which now inspires our Values at every step of the way:
These bastions inspire everything we do - from our interactions with you to the companies and producers we work with.
We’re standing at the crossroads of luxury design and mindful living. Our muse is, and always has been, the people like you. You inspire us. Our work is a tribute to your trust in us, and we thank you.
Secret Location is a full-service luxury design firm, servicing residential and commercial clients both large and small. From renovations to building from the ground up, Carey and her team will communicate diligently to ensure that your vision comes to life. Based in Vancouver, Canada with projects now ranging from Europe to across North America, each project is created to meet both functionality and aesthetic. From the onset, Secret Location will work closely with architects, builders, artists, and craftsmen. In search of giving your space a facelift? We also love a great decorating project in which the architecture is in place and you’re looking to bring a fresh approach to your space. We are present, here for our clients when they need us, to whatever degree. Throughout your project, no detail is too small.