Awarded “Best of Houzz 2015” for both Design & Customer Satisfaction

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Best of Houzz 2015 BadgesThe Best of Houzz award is given in two categories – Design and Customer Satisfaction and  Designing Durham has achieved both. Their featured designs were some of the most popular among more than 25 million monthly users on  The Customer satisfaction honour is determined by a variety of factors, including the quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Designing Durham has received a “Best of Houzz 2015”  badge on their profile for both Design and Customer Satisfaction, helping Houzz users around the world discover and love a professional’s work,  and to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.  

“It is very exciting and at the same time, humbling, to receive this recognition“, said Tammy Irwin, lead designer of Designing Durham.  “Our passion is to create rooms that look great, but feel even better and our goal is to provide a superior customer experience that incorporates both function and design into our projects, while at the same time, respecting our clients wish list and budget.   Thank you to our many valued clients and colleagues for making this possible.

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Inspiration for a Fresh New Look

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With glorious colours all around, and Christmas just around the corner, Fall is the perfect time to start the design and decorating process. Tammy Irwin, Principal Designer and owner of Designing Durham has a few tips that may inspire you to get started.

Never underestimate the power of paint!. Paint can totally transform a room, and often on a very limited budget.”

The best way to add your personality to a room is to place your treasures in it . Objects should not only be aesthetically pleasing, but tell your story as well. Most rooms look better when they are ‘collected,’ not matched. When accessorizing a room, it’s important to begin with a blank slate. Clear off surfaces and begin by assessing the room without visual clutter.  Add in some colour and personality, one piece at a time.

As a reminder to you,  bookshelves don’t have to include just books – get creative! Add accessories in odd numbers – including the number one – and in varying heights and shapes for extra interest.

To enhance a bathroom, you can’t go wrong with big white fluffy towels and, for living areas, toss cushions rock!  Adding in cushions is an easy way to add warmth and colour to any space. Go big!

Call Tammy at 905-706-5254 today to schedule an in-home interior design consultation.

Visit our Interior Design – Before & After Gallery, to see just a few examples of dramatic design changes.

The Secret Life of Designing Durham’s Principal Designer

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Have you ever wondered what designers actually do?  Let me help you through the process. I have been using my experience in design to create custom interiors for over 20 years and can help you transform your house into the home of your dreams.

Communication is key.  I facilitate the creative process by drawing on my client’s individual needs and tastes. Designing interiors is more than choosing furniture and fabrics. Your home should be a reflection of who you are – your passions, hobbies, lifestyle. A good designer will pull these out and work them into your final vision. A great designer will find a way to give you the look you want and respect your budget.

Being a designer is more than just a fun career! While shopping for fabrics, furniture and accessories is fun, there is a lot of work that goes on behind-the-scenes. With deadlines to meet and final details to be ironed out, a typical day could include hauling furniture, painting nail holes, hanging pictures and tackling chores more often associated with a construction crew. When a job is complete and the customer is thrilled, it makes all the hard work totally worth it.

Call Tammy Irwin today at  905-706-5254 today to schedule an in-home interior design consultation. See what our clients have to say and visit our Interior Design Photo Gallery.

Find out more about What Designers Do in my next Blog post.