Our Design Team

Tammy Irwin, Principal Designer

Tammy Irwin

A recipient of The Best of Houzz, in both Design & Customer Satisfaction for 2015 and again in 2016, recommended by the Houzz Community in 2015 for design, considered to be a Houzz Influencer, and voted best in Client Satisfaction in 2014, Tammy Irwin, lead designer of Designing Durham, is all about rooms that look good, but feel even better.

Specializing in both Interior Design and Home Staging, Tammy has over 20 years of design experience, and an expanding list of clients and preferred realtors. Tammy’s design projects have been featured in and on the front cover of “Our Homes Durham” magazine. She has also written a decorating column for a local newspaper, taught Interior Design at the Community College level, and as way to give back, is very involved in local House Tours throughout Durham Region, where she has designed and staged many of the homes on tour.

As a regular guest on Durham Rogers TV, Tammy has also provided tips and solutions to a wider viewing audience. As part of their services, Designing Durham offers a wide spectrum of design solutions and proven home staging techniques with a personal service that will exceed all expectations. Budget conscious, Tammy and her team will come up with creative solutions that are both beautiful and practical.

From concept to construction, we provide project management that follows every detail of your design journey. We are experts in colour consultations, furniture layouts, floor plans, accessorizing, window coverings, lighting and kitchen and bath renovations as well as staging your home for sale. We have a team that consists of all the design professionals you will need to make Designing Durham your “one stop shop”. If you have a design project or decorating dilemma you need help with – we’d love to help. Contact us via email or cell phone. Tammy@designingdurham.ca or 905-706-5254.

“Trends are always fun to work with, but it’s the classics that will take your breath away”

Kerri Kuzma, Associate Designer

Kerri KuzmaGrowing up in the home improvement industry, Keri learned early on that she had a passion for Interior Design.  It was only natural that Keri followed her passion and made it her career in 2010. Whether it’s improving the look of your space with simple decor elements or a top to bottom overhaul in design consulting, Keri delivers personal and expert advice and helps to make decisions easy!

Over the years, Keri has learned all aspects of design by mentoring with a number of interior decorators and and designers, and joined the Designing Durham team in 2015.  Keri is a Certified Interior Decorator, with an Honours in Business.  With a number of additional workshops and courses under her belt, Keri has expanded on her knowledge of kitchen and bathroom design – and is fondly referred to as our “Colour Queen” due to her incredible knowledge of paint colours and instinct as to how to put them all together to make an amazing presentation!

Lynne Sevink, Home Staging Associate

Lynne Sevink

A graduate of both Business and Commerce, Lynne Sevink very quickly realized how to transfer her business skills  into the world of Home Staging.   Formally trained in Home Staging,  Lynne has a way with people that far exceeds anyone’s expectations.   She works well on a budget and brings inventive solutions to the client as to how she stages homes.   From de-cluttering and purging to working with clients’ own pieces and in some cases renting others to give the “wow” factor that makes the difference in a competitive real estate market, Lynne can make it happen.

Hardworking, patient and kind, whether a home owner or a realtor, you will never be disappointed when choosing Lynne from Designing Durham for your Home Staging needs.


Chitel Pierre, Home Staging Associate

Chitel Pierre

Meet Chitel Pierre, Professional Home Stager. From a very young age, Chitel knew she had the creative gene and is passionate about bringing all spaces to the next level. Chitel comes to us with a portfolio more varied than most, with experience staging both yachts and residential homes.  As a result, Chitel is accomplished at staging not only large spaces, but incredibly small ones as well. Chitel’s hands on experience in professional photography has helped to further fine tune her creativity as well as zone in on her attention to every little detail.

New to the Designing Durham team, Chitel enjoys all aspects of Interior Design and Home Staging, has a unique approach, and if it’s passion you are looking for, you’ve come to the right girl!


Rachel Baksh, Architectural Design

Rachel Baksh

Rachel Baksh has spent the last ten years developing her creative design skills through both furniture and Architectural Design. From renovation, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration, Rachel’s experience is all encompassing. With an Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology, and the knowledge of the science and technology of building from the ground up, Rachel has been involved in designing both commercial and residential buildings. Whether you need plans for a newly designed kitchen, 3D drawings to help better visualize your ideas, or help to design a space that best suits your vision and budget, Rachel can provide all of your architectural design requirements.