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Considering hiring an Interior Designer?

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Hiring an Interior Designer is one of the most personal decisions you can make.  Whether you’re building, remodelling, or redecorating, your designer will be working closely with you on creating the most intimate spaces in your life for months, or even years.

You may even be considering whether hiring a designer is the right decision for you at all.

While I can’t answer the question for you, I’ve been on the other end of clients desperately trying to fix mistakes they’ve made in hiring the wrong designer or going it alone.  So I hope that these considerations will be useful in helping you make your own personal decision.

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The Contemporary Coastal

Do you want to see how we transformed this cozy cottage into a beautiful contemporary coastal retreat? In this video, Heather walks you through our design presentation where you’ll see before + afters of the Design Plan.

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We’re an open book when it comes to sharing our tips, tricks, mistakes, and how-to’s here inside the CD Library.  We understand that not everyone is inside our service zone (Windsor to Chatham and surrounding areas), so sharing what we know in order to help you select the best Interior Designer for your project or learn more so that you can try your hand at DIY is the purpose of these educational posts.

If you’re simply here for some fun Before + Afters, skip down to the Reveal or All Posts section instead!  We try to post new projects at least monthly.

Design Principles

Making Red Oak Trim and Cabinets Feel Updated and Chic

Making Red Oak Trim and Cabinets Feel Updated and Chic

This post is for everyone who loves their wood trim and doesn't want to paint it! It's funny to me how the default it simply to paint everything white these days.  Right now we are seeing an insurgence of wood -- particularly white oak -- at the forefront of trends...

How To Create a Home Environment that Improves Mental Health

How To Create a Home Environment that Improves Mental Health

According to the centre for addiction and mental health (source:  CAMH): In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental illness or addiction problem. By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have—or have had—a mental illness.  So look beside you. ...

5 Regrettable Custom Kitchen Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

5 Regrettable Custom Kitchen Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Kitchens are the heart of the home.  Yet, so many kitchen renovations lack heart and soul and leave homeowners underwhelmed and disappointed. Custom kitchen renovations can be scary.  It’s a big investment and something that will impact your home’s look, feel, and...

5 Expensive Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Sofa

5 Expensive Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Sofa

Your sofa will likely the one of the most expensive -- and most well-used -- piece of furniture that you buy for your home.  It's someplace that you'll sit with your family or friends for hours at a time, so it needs to be comfortable!  But it also needs to be...

Project Planning

How To Budget Your Redecorating or Renovation Project

How To Budget Your Redecorating or Renovation Project

Budget.  It's the least sexy part of a renovation or redecorating project...  One of the first questions I ask my interior decorating + design clients is "What's your project budget?" The most common reply is..."I don't know.... $1,500 maybe?  $5,000?  I have no clue...

Mistakes To Avoid When Building a House

Mistakes To Avoid When Building a House

Building a home can be one of the most rewarding yet frustrating processes.  I can't tell you the number of times I've been called in towards the end of a build because the homeowner is exhausted, frustrated, way over budget, and feels paralyzed from making another...

Where To Begin When Building a House

Where To Begin When Building a House

 Building a home is one of the most exciting and rewarding things that we can do.  It can also be the most stressful and financially painful. If you're lucky, you'll only build one or two homes in a lifetime.  So it stands to reason that, as a homeowner you'll never...

Before + Afters

The Transitional Lakeside Hangout

The Transitional Lakeside Hangout

Do you want to see how we transitioned this space into a gorgeous transitional lakeside retreat? Now, depending on when we see this post or when this post goes up, you might have already seen the reveal pictures for it over on our social media...

The Colourful & Classy Family Room

The Colourful & Classy Family Room

It's been a long while since I've shared on the blog!  I'm almost fully recovered from my spinal injury and back surgery.  Right after I was cleared to go back to work, we entered a lockdown and that's been life for the past 6 weeks.  So, now that...

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Our Latest Interior Design Projects in Windsor and Chatham and helpful guides.

The Classic Cozy Hangout

The Classic Cozy Hangout

Do you want to see how we created a plan to transform this living room space into something that can seat more people, be a lot more functional and also of course a lot more beautiful? Let's dig right into it! You can see right now that these clients have some...

The Contemporary Coastal

The Contemporary Coastal

Do you want to see how we transformed this cozy cottage into a beautiful contemporary coastal retreat? I'm going to walk you through the design presentation. This one here is going to be installed probably late October, mid November. So you'll definitely get to see...

The Tropical Contemporary Kitchen

The Tropical Contemporary Kitchen

Do you want to see how we transformed this kitchen? I'm going to walk you through a DIY concept presentation that we did for this kitchen here. Let's dive right in! So first of all, let's take a look at the layout. There wasn't a whole lot that we could do in terms of...

The Earthy Casual Studio

The Earthy Casual Studio

Do you want to see how we are helping make this beautiful apartment a home for a client? We're going to be doing the install in early October here, but I wanted to share with you the design plan and the presentation and how we're moving this forward. So this design...

The Light + Airy Hangout

The Light + Airy Hangout

Do you want to see how we transformed this itty-bitty kitchen and the surrounding living and dining rooms to fully feed a growing family of 10? Let's dive right in! Oh my goodness. I cannot believe that as this family is expanding and these guys have grandkids now and...

The Laidback Contemporary Coastal

The Laidback Contemporary Coastal

Do you want to see how we transformed this empty space into a laid back contemporary coastal? I'm going to walk you through the DIY presentation that we created for the client. So this one right here was a DIY plan, which means that we do the design, the renderings,...

The English Countryside Kitchen

The English Countryside Kitchen

Do you like to see how we transformed this kitchen into an English countryside kitchen? Well, let's dive right in! So this kitchen in particular, what we were going for was a really primitive style kitchen with a bit of an English countryside twist. So we're looking...

The Industrial Farmhouse

The Industrial Farmhouse

Let's talk about how we transformed this open-concept living room into a beautiful industrial farmhouse space! In the video, you can see what we were working with before: a lot of brown and greyish tones kind of kicking throughout the space. A really lovely floor...

The Easy Breezy European Traditional

The Easy Breezy European Traditional

Do you want to see how we transformed this living room into a beautiful European traditional space? So as you can see in the video, this room is a bit of what I call a bowling alley. It's long and skinny. We have an awkward fireplace placement in the corner of the...

The Transitional Lakeside Retreat – Part 2

The Transitional Lakeside Retreat – Part 2

This is part two of the transitional lakeside retreat project. The clients loved their rooms so much that they asked us to create a plan that they could do over time for their more formal side of the home that has their formal living room and dining room area! As you...

Making Red Oak Trim and Cabinets Feel Updated and Chic

Making Red Oak Trim and Cabinets Feel Updated and Chic

This post is for everyone who loves their wood trim and doesn't want to paint it! It's funny to me how the default it simply to paint everything white these days.  Right now we are seeing an insurgence of wood -- particularly white oak -- at the forefront of trends...

The Transitional Lakeside Hangout

The Transitional Lakeside Hangout

Do you want to see how we transitioned this space into a gorgeous transitional lakeside retreat? Now, depending on when we see this post or when this post goes up, you might have already seen the reveal pictures for it over on our social media channels, but I think...

Creepy Basement Turned Modern Family Hangout

Creepy Basement Turned Modern Family Hangout

Do you want to see how we transformed a creepy, old basement that was made of concrete block into a super stunning basement with a laundry room, a playroom, a games and hangout space, and a living area?  As we recorded this, the project is under construction, and the...

Art Deco Kids Room

Art Deco Kids Room

Hey there! I'm going to walk you through another project reveal! Now, this is a condo design that we were working on in Toronto. This one went through a number of iterations because the client changed their mind and design direction, so it was really fun to see all of...

The Modern Monochromatic Main Floor

The Modern Monochromatic Main Floor

Let's talk about how we have designed and transformed this home! So we're going to look at the main floor, the main living areas of this front floor. We can see that we've got lots of arched windows to play with here. And we do have this really large living room. So...

Colourful Basement for the Kids AND Adults

Colourful Basement for the Kids AND Adults

Do you want to see how we transformed this basement into a space that the kids aren't taking over anymore (but still really lends itself well to the kids)?  As you can see, this basement has some challenges. First of all, it feels dark. Second of all, we have this...

The Cozy Retro Cabin Bathroom

The Cozy Retro Cabin Bathroom

Do you want to see how I designed this family bathroom? Let's dive in right into it. We defined this design as the cozy retro cabin. That was kind of the direction for this house. You can see that we have some of the chocolate wood trim. That was staying. It was all...

Solving a Challenging Corner Fireplace

Solving a Challenging Corner Fireplace

Let me show you how I designed this space into something that felt traditional, felt cozy, felt a little bit artsy, and help to balance out this big behemoth of a fireplace with this super tall mantle. Let's dive right into it! Let's look, first, at the colour scheme...

His And Hers: The “Preppy World Traveller” Warm Modern Living Room

His And Hers: The “Preppy World Traveller” Warm Modern Living Room

This past year it's been really difficult to get any project completed with pandemic delays putting a wrench in what seems like everything.  Finally, with some of the restrictions having been relaxed we've been able to get products and have a few living room installs...

The Colourful & Classy Family Room

The Colourful & Classy Family Room

It's been a long while since I've shared on the blog!  I'm almost fully recovered from my spinal injury and back surgery.  Right after I was cleared to go back to work, we entered a lockdown and that's been life for the past 6 weeks.  So, now that lockdown is lifted...

Considering Hiring an Interior Designer? Read This First.

Considering Hiring an Interior Designer? Read This First.

Hiring an Interior Designer is one of the most personal decisions you can make.  Whether you're building, remodelling, or redecorating, your designer will be working closely with you on creating the most intimate spaces in your life for months, or even years. You may...

Fixing A Dated Looking Entryway And Staircase

Fixing A Dated Looking Entryway And Staircase

Charlene reached out to me on Facebook needing help with colour and styling in her entryway.  This is a newer build home in a cookie-cutter neighbourhood with lots of builder's beige. She has recently painted out the banister in a contrasting dark and white but was...

Raised Ranch Living Room Before And After:  The “Mom Cave”

Raised Ranch Living Room Before And After: The “Mom Cave”

The client on this project definitely makes the list for top favourite clients of all time.  She came to us because her and her husband had just purchased a new raised ranch style home just a few blocks away from their current home in the same style. It's a bit...

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