Services .

I am an Ottawa based residential designer.

I offer design services to help you create a home that your LOVE – specializing in kitchen, bathroom, and interior designs.

I see you.

I can see that you are overwhelmed with your interior design project. I know you are scouring the internet, Pinterest, and Houzz for inspiration and ideas and it is becoming even more confusing. There are so many styles, options, and choices in design and it can become consuming.

I am here to provide you with the interior design guidance and information you need to help you make those overwhelming decisions so you can actually enjoy the design process and survive your renovation!

Contact me to get started!

Kitchen Design

Essence Designs offers full kitchen interior design services. We have expert kitchen designers to assist you in designing your new custom kitchen.

Bathroom Design

Essence Designs offers full custom designed bathrooms that include functional layouts, unique storage and organization options, and material selections.

Interior Design

Essence Designs offer a variety of online interior design packages that will provide you with a complete design concept for your interior design or home renovation project.

Architectural Designs

Essence Designs offers Architectural and Engineering services for all your major renovation needs.

Design Consultations

Essence Designs offers interior design services for your home renovation needs with in-home design consultations.

Online Services

Essence Designs offers complete customized interior designs for your interior home renovation project.

Process .

Every client and design project scope is unique, however, the design services and processes required for each of my clients are the same.

This is why I have created this personalized step by step design process.

Step 1 – Phone Call/Virtual Meeting

A quick 10 to 15-minute phone conversation or virtual meeting to review your project scope and your expectations when looking to hire a designer in an important first step to ensure that it is a good fit to work together.

Step 2 – Design Contract, Deposit, Project Commencement

Once you have reviewed the fees for my design services and have decided to work with me on your project, you will be asked to sign the approved service agreement. A non-refundable deposit will be required to book the initial design consultation and guarantee your appointment.

I will send you a worksheet that you can complete prior to our initial consultation.

Step 3 – Initial Design Consultation

During our initial design consultation, we will discuss your design requirements, project scope and possible solutions in more detail. Then I get to work on your design concepts.

Step 4 – Design Concept & Development

Your design concepts are prepared in a 3D software program to be reviewed during our virtual meetings. This allows me to present the concepts in the program where I can show your design from every angle as if you are in the space. We are able to make quick revisions in live-time which really helps move the design process along efficiently.

Step 5 – Concept Design Approval

Once the design concept has been developed and you are ecstatic with the design, the design concept is to be approved and signed off in order to prepare the final construction drawings.

Step 6 – Final Construction Drawings

The final construction drawings will provide you with detailed information you will need in order to provide to contractors to obtain estimates and submit for permit application (if required).

Step 7 – Product Selections

Once all the drawings are complete; we focus on the best part – selecting the products and materials!

I will work with you to prepare a list of products and the quantities you will need for your renovation. This includes cabinetry, countertops, flooring, tiles, plumbing & lighting, paint colours, and any furniture and accessories.

Step 8 – Trade Day | On-Site Meeting

We start looking at the renovation cost and obtaining construction estimates and meet onsite with the contractor to review your design.

Step 9 – Renovation

During your renovation, I always make an effort to stop by the site during some of the important milestones to check on the progress and answer any questions.

Step 10 – Styling & Photoshoot

Once your renovation project is complete and all new furnishings have arrived, I will schedule a styling and professional photoshoot to showcase your amazing new design!

Common Questions .

Do you provide only the design or are you able to provide renovation services?

The first step of any renovation project is the design! I will work with you to prepare the design concept and drawings. I can even help you with choosing all the products and materials.

If you are looking for a renovator, I am more than happy to provide you with a list of reputable contractors that I work with on a regular basis.

I already have a contractor – will you work with them?

Absolutely! I am more than happy to work with your contractor. I recommend that we meet at our initial design consultation to make sure we are all on the same page with the budget and expectations of everyone’s roles. Obtaining a list of the approximate material allowances from your contractor is very helpful.

Will I be working with you or another designer?

You will be working with yours truly throughout the design process and I will see the renovation to completion. In some instances, we may need to bring in some industry specialists such as Cabinetry Design Specialists, Architects, and Engineers.

What are the costs of your services?

​Every project scope is unique and the design services required for each client. Therefore, the fees for each design project is customer

If you are interested in working with me on your design project, fill out the form on the contact page. I can’t wait to hear all about your project!

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Testimonial .

  • Marco C.
    We were planning a large renovation and contacted a number of companies. What set Dawn apart was her process and understanding what we were looking for. She recognized immediately what was important to us, and that was to make this experience as stress free as possible, but at the same-time we really appreciated her candour. Dawn provided a few design options and was very easy to work with as we made many adjusts. In the end we were very happy with the results and Dawn was the biggest reason we enjoyed going through this experience.

    Marco C.
  • We had an initial (general home decorating) consultation with Dawn several years ago, and then asked her to help us design our new kitchen in 2016. We enjoyed working with Dawn so much. She really heard us, we felt very well taken care of, and she was so accommodating all the way through. She made the process very fun for us, and we felt good about our decisions because we trusted her guidance. Thanks so much again, Dawn!

    Leslie C.
  • Our experience with Dawn was nothing but the best. She had some great ideas for our kitchen and I can’t wait to see it all finished. She worked us through all the steps to getting our kitchen redone and is very knowledgeable. She was a pleasure to work with. Always prompt and friendly. We highly recommend her.

    Kathy M.