Conscious Design.

“I’m a firm believer in conscious design planning.  What that means is that we don’t just take style into consideration (though that’s certainly a factor!).  We also look at behavioural psychology to ensure your new space will be friendly to your family’s mental health and well-being (more on that here) as well as sustainability and quality of materials and how they will function over time.

Conscious design means creating something that is completely personalized to you and the way you work in your home.  And it means using timeless and quality finishes that will protect
your investment.”
-Heather Prestanski, Principal

You’re anything but beige and we believe your home should be a reflection of who you are and everything you’ve worked hard for.
Let our interior decorating and design team create a home that is deliciously you!

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our design style is your style.

Many interior decorators and designers work only within their own style.  It’s apparent in their work and on their website.  However, you won’t find that here because we believe that your home should be a reflection of who you are.

In a word, our style is comfortable.  That’s where our name comfortable dwelling comes from.  It’s high quality comfort without feeling pretentious.  Your friends will know your space is well put together and impressive, but the finished room never feels stuffy or like you can’t actually use it.

We don’t want you to have to think about redecorating every 5-7 years when your grey modern farmhouse or other trendy design becomes dated. We seek to create something that showcases your personality. That tells the world who you are. And that suits the style and period of your home.  That’s a recipe for timeless design.

Now let’s be clear around what we do. People think that a designer’s sole job is to make things pretty. That’s only 20% of what we do at Comfortable Dwelling.

Of course we create beautiful spaces.  But we don’t consider ourselves decorators or designers. Instead, we act as interior consultants for our clients in that 80% of our job is in consideration of your experience, your investment, and how you’ll live in the space. 

There are hundreds (sometimes thousands) of decisions that a homeowner makes when renovating or building a home.  Our clients choose us because our processes give them confidence that every one of these decisions are handled down to the very last detail.

You can log into our project management system at any time and know exactly what’s been done on your project and what’s outstanding.  Even if you’re up thinking about it at 2am because that’s the only time you have.  Our process is very transparent so that you can rest assured that we are handling every detail from reviewing the initial plans and doing renderings to fluffing the very last toss pillow.

We understand that not everyone is going to need full design to completion which is why we’ve designed our flat-fee design services to help whether you just need some quick design advice or you’re doing a full-scale new build or renovation.

No matter what level of design service you need — either locally in Chatham-Kent Windsor-Essex or from a distance across Canada — it all begins with our Discovery Process…

 

our design style is your style.

Many interior decorators and designers work only within their own style.  It’s apparent in their work and on their website.  However, you won’t find that here because we believe that your home should be a reflection of who you are.

In a word, our style is comfortable.  That’s where our name comfortable dwelling comes from.  It’s high quality comfort without feeling pretentious.  Your friends will know your space is well put together and impressive, but the finished room never feels stuffy or like you can’t actually use it. 

We don’t want you to have to think about redecorating every 5-7 years when your grey modern farmhouse or other trendy design becomes dated. We seek to create something that showcases your personality. That tells the world who you are. And that suits the style and period of your home.  That’s a recipe for timeless design.

Now let’s be clear around what we do. People think that a designer’s sole job is to make things pretty. That’s only 20% of what we do at Comfortable Dwelling.

Of course we create beautiful spaces.  But we don’t consider ourselves decorators or designers. Instead, we act as interior consultants for our clients in that 80% of our job is in consideration of your experience, your investment, and how you’ll live in the space. 

 

There are hundreds (sometimes thousands) of decisions that a homeowner makes when renovating or building a home.  Our clients choose us because our processes give them confidence that every one of these decisions are handled down to the very last detail.

You can log into our project management system at any time and know exactly what’s been done on your project and what’s outstanding.  Even if you’re up thinking about it at 2am because that’s the only time you have.  Our process is very transparent so that you can rest assured that we are handling every detail from reviewing the initial plans and doing renderings to fluffing the very last toss pillow. 

We understand that not everyone is going to need full design to completion which is why we’ve designed our flat-fee design services to help whether you just need some quick design advice or you’re doing a full-scale new build or renovation.

No matter what level of design service you need — either locally in Chatham-Kent Windsor-Essex or from a distance across Canada — it all begins with our Discovery Process…

How we make our clients feel right at home.

DISCOVERY.

Every project begins with discovery whether we’re designing your entire home to completion or just helping you pick paint colours.  When you book a Discovery Call with us you’ll be asked to complete our 6-minute Getting Started Questionnaire in preparation for our short call.

On our Discovery Call, Heather will ask you a number of questions to help determine your needs, then she will walk you through our design process and packages to determine which is the right fit for you.

During our first meeting together — whether that’s a working consultation or a get to know us meeting — Heather will ask you a lot of questions and look through some photos together in order to get a real grasp for what your style is and some initial ideas on the project.

This is an important step because it allows us to really get a handle on your unique style even if you have no idea what your style is!

Often clients who thought they knew their style come out of our detailed discovery process saying “Wow!  This is so much more me than what I had initially pinned!”

PREPARING THE DESIGN.

After we’ve completed the Discovery Phase, we move to the Design Phase and get to work creating an initial concept for your home.

We aren’t simply shopping for finishes and furnishings.  In order to create the conscious design that you’ll be happy with for decades to come, we begin with an initial concept and a Trade Day.

During our Trade Day we will invite our trusted trade and contractor partners to the home to take measurements, discuss viability of the initial concept, and to provide estimates so that we have a firm grasp on what it costs before presenting the initial concept to you.

Once those quotes arrive back, we do a Concept + Budget meeting with you to review the initial concept, changes you’d like to see during the final design, and go over what it will cost to pull this off. 

Once the initial concept and budget is approved by you, we pull together the detailed design plan — sourcing all of the flooring, tile, furnishings, surfaces, lighting, and finishes as well as pulling together a styling plan to present to you during our final Design Presentation meeting at our studio.

 

PREPARING THE DESIGN.

After we’ve completed the Discovery Phase, we move to the Design Phase and get to work creating an initial concept for your home.

We aren’t simply shopping for finishes and furnishings.  In order to create the conscious design that you’ll be happy with for decades to come, we begin with an initial concept and a Trade Day.

During our Trade Day we will invite our trusted trade and contractor partners to the home to take measurements, discuss viability of the initial concept, and to provide estimates so that we have a firm grasp on what it costs before presenting the initial concept to you.

Once those quotes arrive back, we do a Concept + Budget meeting with you to review the initial concept, changes you’d like to see during the final design, and go over what it will cost to pull this off. 

Once the initial concept and budget is approved by you, we pull together the detailed design plan — sourcing all of the flooring, tile, furnishings, surfaces, lighting, and finishes as well as pulling together a styling plan to present to you during our final Design Presentation meeting at our studio.

 

LOCKING IT IN

During your Design Presentation Meeting, Heather will have samples and photos of every piece in the space along with a conceptual styling plan.  She’ll walk you through each item for your final approval before any purchases or construction elements begin to ensure the design plan is locked and loaded and we can proceed with efficiency.

Clients love this because we aren’t going to tow you around to a whole bunch of shops and showrooms.  We’ll have everything prepared for you so that you can finalize the design and know that every last detail is being handled before moving on with your busy life knowing that your project is in good hands.

 

OUR PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM TAKES OVER.

80% of what we do is not fun design work… it’s the details and project management that really serve our clients and allow us to create truly special homes.

This is usually a time that we are working behind-the-scenes and requires very little input from you. Often clients feel a bit antsy during this phase because it’s a waiting period until the pieces begin to arrive.

It’s important to know that you’ve made the right decisions and that we will be with you every step of the way during the procurement phase.

There are hundreds (or sometimes thousands) of items that need to be ordered throughout the home building and designing process.

Each and every item is inspected upon arrival and, because things happen during transport, we work with shippers and vendors to ensure that your pieces are just as beautiful as they were meant to be.

 

OUR PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM TAKES OVER.

80% of what we do is not fun design work… it’s the details and project management that really serve our clients and allow us to create truly special homes.

This is usually a time that we are working behind-the-scenes and requires very little input from you. Often clients feel a bit antsy during this phase because it’s a waiting period until the pieces begin to arrive and the construction or build to be completed.

It’s important to know that you’ve made the right decisions and that we will be with you every step of the way during the installation.

There are hundreds (or sometimes thousands) of items that need to be ordered throughout the home building and designing process.

Each and every item is inspected upon arrival and, because things happen during transport, we work with shippers and vendors to ensure that your pieces are just as beautiful as they were meant to be.

 

THE INSTALLATION.

About 4 weeks prior to our final installation date, we will do a Styling meeting with you.  This is another discovery where we will review many images to determine how you’d like your final space styled.  Some people love lots of toss pillows.  Others love family photos sprinkled throughout the space.  Whatever your style, our process is designed to nail it down so your final reveal feels oh so you!

During our installation day(s) we will bring along our stylist, handyman, and design assistants to help move in and place furnishings, hang artwork, and style your home.

When we’re ready for you to come home, we will give you an HGTV-style reveal walking you through the space and pointing out all of the little details that we’ve vigorously thought through all along the way.

 

design resources..

Budget Guide

We’ve taken the most common rooms in a home and totalled budgets by line item in 3 different categories: high quality, good quality, and low quality.

Inside you’ll see a breakdown of everything you may need or want in your room and what to expect it to cost so that you can set a budget and stick to it!

Comfortable Dwelling Book

Avoid these common decorating mistakes that fill homeowners with regret…

This short book contains common misconceptions that interior designers and home decor stores don’t want you to figure out…  

Style Blog

We share detailed articles dedicated to design process, inspiration, before + afters, cautionary tales, and more!

Our readers love our casual approach to our writing and how much detailed attention we pour into every post.  It’s the perfect place to begin when looking for answers and inspiration for your next project!

Contact Us.

Our mailing address is:

Comfortable Dwelling
Box 27
Tilbury, ON
N0P 2L0

Phone:  (226)996-8818
Email:  hello@comfortabledwelling.com

We serve Southwestern Ontario in person (Windsor through Toronto).

Services are available outside of this area, however travel costs will apply.

Our DIY and Virtual Consultation services are available for interiors anywhere in the world!

Visit the studio.

Our brand new interior design studio is now open by appointment only.

Book an appointment to shop furnishings, rugs, accessories, wallpaper, or custom draperies.

32 Queen St N.
Tilbury, ON
N0P 2L0

Hours of Operation:
Sunday:  Closed
Monday:  Closed
Tuesday:  10am – 5pm
Wednesday:  10am – 5pm
Thursday:  11am – 7pm
Friday:  10am – 5pm
Saturday:  10am – 3pm

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