Interior Designer and Founder of Isabella’s Haus, Fiona Benson spent much of her youth traveling in Europe with her family, developing her love of European art and architecture. She studied art and history in Florence, Italy, and lived in Rome for several years, where she furthered her love of Old World charm.
While spending time in Europe, the French architecture, design and culture from the 15th to 19th century, captivated her, and Isabella’s Haus was created. As an interior designer, Fiona was inspired to bring European sensibilities and style to her clients with hand-picked, authentic pieces that now adorn their homes.
Fiona currently divides her time between her homes in France and Canada, importing fabulous historical pieces from chateaus and castles across Europe. With her colleagues in France, she also focuses on finding and preserving Napoleon III pieces from the mid-1800’s bringing them to collectors and enthusiasts in North America. These rare and sought-after Napoleon III pieces have adorned palaces throughout Europe, and now, adorn the stately homes of clients from Russia to Qatar, London to Beijing.
Whether you are looking for Louis XV chairs or a Napoleon III desk, Isabella’s Haus will provide you with quality and authenticity, directly from the finest sources in Europe.
While interior design and antiques are Fiona’s first love, she spent 20 years as a stunt woman in the film industry with over 45 credits doubling A-list actors that include Sharon Stone, Charlize Theron, and Uma Thurman to name a few. While jumping off rooftops, driving stunt cars and being set on fire was exciting, she found passion in discovering unique pieces in European castles and French chateaus! Fiona’s interior design passion didn’t go unnoticed. Her penthouse on Vancouver’s harbour front was featured on HGTV’s hit series, “Lofty Ideas” and in The Province newspaper. She also hosted a TV Travel Show on BCCTV.
As an interior design professional, Fiona was on the Honour Roll and President’s List in her Interior Design degree program from Yorkville University and was awarded for a condo redesign from Canadian House and Home magazine.