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Our Houzz Portfolio!
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Published: January 21, 2013

Best of Houzz Awards for 2013!
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Wow Great Place was honoured with TWO "Best of Houzz 2013" awards, in both the DESIGN and CUSTOMER SATISFACTION categories!
Our Houzz portfolio included some of the more popular images on Houzz in 2012, and we ranked highly in customer satisfaction among Houzz's 11 milion monthly users. 
Published: January 21, 2013

Canadian Decorators' Association Design Awards
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Back in April, I flew to Toronto for the day to attend the Annual General Meeting of CDECA, where I was honoured with TWO design awards. 

In the "Bathroom Renovations Over 25k" category, I won GOLD for a two-story bathroom I designed for a client just outside of Ottawa. The project was incredibly challenging, and incredibly satisfying. Photos of the project will be posted shortly in the Portfolio section (keep an eye out for the bathroom with a tub UPSTAIRS in a loft space! And to top it off, the stairs are IN the bathroom!)

In the "Commercial" category, I won a BRONZE award for a boardroom I designed for Molson in Montreal. We pulled off a coup on a very challenging budget, and created a boardroom that has now become a favourite spot for lunch-time meetings! (Photos of this project are posted in the Portfolio in the "Commercial" section)

Presentation of award

   In addition to winning two awards, I was proud to represent the National Capital Region, sharing honours with fellow CDECA members, Sonya Kinkade and Mary Anne van Gaal. Together we took home 4 awards!

Joanne, Sonya and Mary Anne after the ceremony  
  Thank you to the judging panel, and to CDECA, for this wonderful honour!


Published: July 2, 2012

My new favourite pastime....Houzzing!!!!
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Published: May 4, 2012

Feeling Gutsy? Let Your Designer Off the Leash!
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Give a good designer a budget, a deadline and your complete trust, and they can make any room look fabulous. It's done every day, right before our eyes, on some of the most popular shows on television. What is it about these shows that make us tune in? Like voyeurs, peeking into people's homes, we watch rooms get transformed in just 2 back breaking days, enjoying the relieved glee of the homeowners at the happy unveiling, and snickering at the not so lucky ones that have to rip it all out the next day. We watch because we wish we had the chance to do it ourselves; to have someone come into our homes, transform a room, and have us love the end result; to have the decision making done by someone else.

It's a very daunting process, imagining a complete room transformation, and often we balk at ideas that are presented to us because if they SOUND crazy, they must LOOK crazy. It's not a concept for the faint of heart, since you don't have any idea what you will end up with, but many of us wish we could put that kind of faith into someone else's hands.
Well, you can. Hire a designer for a couple of hours. Tell them what you are hoping to accomplish in your space, and they can help you get there. They can also tell you other ways to go that you may not have considered. Be open to the suggestions, but don't feel you have to accept every statement as gospel.

Decorating is a very subjective art, and if you don't like the sound of something, don't take the advice. But, if you are comfortable with your designer, if you trust their taste and their judgment, then take a leap of faith and try out an idea or two that appeals to you. Maybe even try something that sounds a little off the wall.

Every one of those design shows has one statement repeated over and over by the homeowners: "I never could have imagined this!" Let your designer do the imagining, and if an idea has even a twinkle of appeal, then try it. Designers are only limited by the willingness of the client. You still have input, of course, since it is your space and your money, but give a little artistic freedom to your designer, and you will likely be pleasantly surprised by the result.
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Published: October 3, 2011
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