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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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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

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

Before + Afters

Project I Want To Paint It Black

Project I Want To Paint It Black

INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT: Project Name: I Want To Paint It Black Scope: Kitchen + Dining Room Design Location: Chatham, Ontario Details: Retirees with a close-knit family   THE CHALLENGE: This kitchen had been well-loved over the past few...

Project It’s Modern It’s Cabin It’s Cozy It’s Chic

Project It’s Modern It’s Cabin It’s Cozy It’s Chic

INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT: Project Name: It's Modern. It's Cabin. It's Cozy. It's Chic.Scope: Full-Service DesignLocation: Chatham, OntarioDetails: Family of 4 with two teenage daughters.   THE CHALLENGE: Every member of this family had their...

Project Timeless Is Forever

Project Timeless Is Forever

INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT: Project Name: Timeless Is Forever Scope: Kitchen Design, Addition of a Walk-In Pantry and Kid's Workspace Location: Belle River, Ontario Details: Busy Family   THE CHALLENGE: The kitchen was dated and worn out.  The...

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Casa Prestanski Part 1:  The Powder Room

Casa Prestanski Part 1: The Powder Room

Well... we did it!  After 2 years of living in our home, we FINALLY completed a room in our house. You'd think that as an Interior Decorator that my house would be stunning... but it's like the old adage the cobbler's kids never have shoes.  I've been so busy doing it...

Master Bedroom Design Reveal – Before + After

Master Bedroom Design Reveal – Before + After

All right guys, time for another before and after! I am going to walk you through the before pictures for this master bedroom redo. So for this particular project, the client is moving into a new house. She does not want to change the colour on the walls and she does...

Raised Ranch Living Room with Different Layout Options

Raised Ranch Living Room with Different Layout Options

It's time for another before and after! I'm so excited. This is a new home for these clients, and they just really wanted some help on how to lay out their space. So I'm going to show you the three layouts that we proposed for them for this raised ranch style home....

Design Reveal: Updating a Bungalow with a Small Floorplan

Design Reveal: Updating a Bungalow with a Small Floorplan

Hey everyone! I wanted to share with you another behind the scenes sneak peek at a design that we're working on for a client. So here in front of us is the before. It's another challenging layout with a small room but there's a little bit of awkwardness inside of this...

Redesigning a Living Room With a Challenging Layout

Redesigning a Living Room With a Challenging Layout

Hey, it's Heather here with another before and after video. This particular home has a really, really challenging layout because we have this angular fireplace over here. Oh my goodness. So the clients (love them by the way!) have this gorgeous big gray sectional that...

Open Concept Main Floor Design Plan Before + After

Open Concept Main Floor Design Plan Before + After

Today I'm showing you behind the scenes of a design that we previously presented to a client. This right here is a before shot. We we had a gray room. We have kind of these darkish floors. We're thinking about maybe replacing the flooring and really wanted to keep...

Colourful Living Room Refresh Before + After

Colourful Living Room Refresh Before + After

Hey there! It's time for another before and after!  All right, so this living room before, this couple just moved in their furniture when they moved into the home, quite a few years ago, and they just took their furniture from their old apartment, put it into their...

Basement Entertainment Room Redesign Before + After

Basement Entertainment Room Redesign Before + After

  All right, it's time to share another before and after. This one I'm really excited because a lot of times I record these, I get a little bit excited to show you and I record them before they're installed or people were doing DIY design, which means that we...

Colourful Victorian Master Bedroom Transformation

Colourful Victorian Master Bedroom Transformation

It's time for another before and after. So I've got another before here with us and we are doing a bedroom. This is an old Victorian home. With old Victorian homes we typically get these smaller bedrooms. So this really is more of a master bedroom. We want to be able...

Victorian Design Plan Before + After

Victorian Design Plan Before + After

It's time for another before and after! So this home is a really beautiful historic home. And I don't have really great before pictures. This is what happens when Kyle doesn't come with me on consults. (I'm usually busy talking about design and making sure I get all...

Fresh Traditional Interior Decorating Reveal

Fresh Traditional Interior Decorating Reveal

 Weird times right now.  I'm so happy that we could squeak this installation in before the government shut down all non-essential businesses because the reaction from the client will carry me straight through to the other side of this pandemic. Heating "You've made my...

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...

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. ...

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...

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...

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...

How to Layout Your Room Like a Design Pro

How to Layout Your Room Like a Design Pro

  Let me tell you a quick story and see if you can relate: You’re scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest and absolutely fall in love with a beautifully styled room - the furniture, the rug, the decor - everything about the interior design plan is perfect! You...

California Modern Interior Decorating Reveal

California Modern Interior Decorating Reveal

My goal is to begin writing more often.  I think it's great to be able to show a behind-the-scenes look at what we're working on and to give more interior design tips and tricks that you can use in your own home. Over the past couple of weeks we have been hard at work...

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...

One Living Room Done 7 Ways

One Living Room Done 7 Ways

Good solid furniture is an investment, for sure.  But often we think that we need to throw away our furnishings when styles change... so we buy pieces that are made to last 4 or 5 years rather than that little bit extra for something that will last in fear that it'll...

Styling Kitchen Countertops

Styling Kitchen Countertops

Styling a kitchen can feel daunting.  Most people’s countertops are cluttered with small appliances and it can feel overwhelming some days just to get the dirty dishes put away!   But styling your countertops can really modernize a kitchen for very little money in...

How to Decorate: The Process of Finding Your Style

How to Decorate: The Process of Finding Your Style

So often clients come to us and tell us that they want a “modern” room.  But, is your style really modern?  To many, modern design is what’s trendy today (read: what you see on HGTV).  However, “modern” in the design world is very different and when you are trying to...

5 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Home Reno

5 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Home Reno

The HGTV home reno craze has many of us leaning over to our spouses after an episode has finished and saying “I want to do something like that with our place!”. That’s all well and good, but how do you get from Point A to Point B - from dream to reality?...