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About Us

About Us

You can reach us at : info@wowgreatplace.com

Joanne Padvaiskas
Joanne Padvaiskas
Award Winning Designer
Founder of Wow Great Place Inc.
Joanne began her design career in the early nineties, officially launching "Wow Great Place" in 2003. In her 20+ years in the design biz, Joanne has helped THOUSANDS of homeowners with everything from paint colour selection to "tear out the walls" major renovations. 
Joanne has earned FOUR design awards at the DDA Canada (Designers and Decorators Association) annual design competition, in 2012, 2015 and again in 2016. Joanne took home GOLD for "Best Kitchen under $50k" for her project "Pink Fridge Kitchen," took home GOLD for "Best Bathroom Renovation Over $25k," for "Bathroom with stairs IN the bathroom," and BRONZE in the "Commercial" category for her Molson Boardroom project. Her most recent win was for "Lily's Bathroom", which was also featured on Houzz and became the most popular bathroom project on Houzz in 2017! 

Her work has earned her a total of 16 "Best of Houzz" awards, in both design AND customer satisfaction, for EIGHT straight years, and her work has been featured regularly on Houzz.

"Je Decore", a Quebec based home decor magazine, has featured 11of her kitchen projects in their annual "Les plus belles cuisines du Quebec" issues over several years (Best Kitchens in Quebec)

She is available for lectures on the topic of design and decorating, and has been a guest speaker at Algonquin College, the Canada Revenue Agency (ya, seriously, she did!), and WITNC workshops (Women in the New Century.) Her informative yet humorous seminars at WITNC were among the most popular workshops offered at the annual conference.
She also donated her time and talents on the Bruce House Designer Showcase, a total redo of an Ottawa hospice for people living with AIDS, which was transformed by several of Ottawa's best design firms.

Her work has been featured in several magazines (Je Decore, Tendances Deco, Chez Soi, Ottawa at Home, Ottawa Magazine, Ottawa Interiors,) newspapers, (Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, The Suburban) and in various on-line media, including Houzz, and she is interviewed regularly by the media on various topics of decorating and design.
To reach Joanne, e-mail: info@wowgreatplace.com

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Karen Brown
Design Assistant, Stylist

Karen is an invaluable member of the WGP team, doing research and sourcing items for multiple design projects.

She is in her happy place when furnishing client's homes, often from top to bottom, right down to the accessories and little details that make a space magical!

Karen has great design savvy, and a keen eye for detail. She is our power shopper, and has a knack for finding the perfect finishing touches for many of our clients. 

In addition to being a wonderful decorator, her background includes event planning and restaurant management, having organized and designed several major events and parties at some of Montreal's landmark hotels and restaurants, including the W Hotel and Buonanotte. 

She has an infectious charm and easy going demeanour, and has an uncanny ability to find the coolest stuff on her frequent shopping excursions for clients! Let her work some magic in your home, and see how Great your Place can be! 

To reach Karen, e-mail: karen@wowgreatplace.com