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Are you thinking about starting an interior design renovation project such as a kitchen or bathroom and have no idea where to start? Having difficulty choosing the perfect paint colour? Do you need help curating furniture for your space? Have you selected all these gorgeous materials and are not sure if they work well together? Essence Designs can help!

thinking of starting a renovation project?

ottawA design consultations

This way, we can help you with all those tricky design questions you have and help get you started on your interior design project. With the vast amount of paint choices available, we can work with you to find the perfect paint colours that will work beautifully in your home. Essence Designs offers design consultations with a member of the Essence Designs team to discuss design solutions as well as review your project in more detail. This way, we can help you with all those tricky design questions you have and help get you started on your interior design project. 

in-home & virtual  design consultations

Our experience & knowledge in the design industry is key in
2hr in-home consultation ($350 + hST)
1.5hr in-home consultation ($275 + hST)
1hr virtual consultation ($150 + hST)

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  • Proposed design ideas & solutions for your interior project
  • Recommendations on furniture layout and arrangement (does not include floor plans)
  • General suggestions for furnishings and accessories (conceptual)
  • Suggested colour schemes
  • Styling tips and advice
  • Local vendors and places to shop

One-time in-home Design Consultation

1-2 hours  |  virtual or in-home

*Payment is accepted upon the completion of the design consultation via e-transfer.
**There will be an additional $50-$100 travel fee for consultations outside Ottawa (past Carp & past Orleans, past Greely) We do not travel to Quebec

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$875 +hst & $650 +hst for each additional room

  • 1 ½ hour in-person consultation
  • Dimensioned floor plan with key furniture placement & layout (including one revision)
  • Concept style board with key furniture suggestions
  • Includes specifications and pricing for key furnishings from local suppliers and vendors (up to 10 items)
  • Furniture inspiration, Colour palette & Design Ideas
  • Electronic Design Concept delivered directly to your inbox within 2 weeks.

If you require a little more design assistance than a one-time in-home design consultation, we recommend selecting this consultation package. We will prepare a complete electronic design concept specifically curated for your interior space.

Design Consultation Interiors Package

1 ½ hours  |  in-home only
  • floor plans & furniture layout
  • Key Furniture Selections & Source List
  • Furniture Inspiration
  • Concept Style Board

What's Included in our Process

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Book Your 2 Hour In-Home Design Consultation

Book Your Interiors Package Initial Consultation

What Clients are saying
 — Kendra H.

Fabulous to work with from start to finish! I worked with Dawn and her team on my kitchen redesign and renovation and could not be happier with the end result. Not only did she give me a few different layouts which really helped me firm up my design direction and decision, she also helped with materials selection according to my inspiration images. She provided clear design plans and drawings which my contractors had no trouble using. The whole experience made a rough idea I had become my dream kitchen. If you have a project you have in mind, she can help you make it happen and I would work with her again in a heartbeat. Thank you!

 — David O.

Dawn helped us redesign our kitchen and we could not have done it without her. The end result is our dream kitchen and it's everything we could have ever asked for! Dawn made every step of the way almost effortless. We could not have asked for a better experience on our first major reno. Will definitely be back with future projects!

 — Emily M.

Dawn has fully redesigned 2 houses for us now -- helping us select everything from faucets to coffee tables. She's AMAZING --- professional, reliable, and fun to work with! She's always multiple steps ahead thinking of little details, ordering materials, and coordinating our work with contractors. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

 — Marco C.

We were planning a large renovation and contacted a number of companies. What set Dawn apart was her process and understanding of 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 adjustments. In the end we were very happy with the results and Dawn was the biggest reason we enjoyed going through this experience.

 — Leslie S.

We have worked with Dawn on two separate occasions now and we have been blown away both times! Dawn really listens to what you want and makes great suggestions based on your individual needs. She always goes above and beyond and makes the design process fun while minimizing all the stress. Thanks for everything Dawn and we look forward to working with you in the future!

 — Allison S.

Dawn was amazing to work with and we now have the bathroom of our dreams! She was very friendly, professional, responsive, and reliable, and very quickly understood what we wanted and helped us create exactly what we were looking for. She’s got great taste and our new bathroom is the envy of all of our friends! She dealt with any issues that came up very quickly and smoothly. I highly recommend her and hope to work with her again! 

 — Nathalie F.

Thank goodness we hired Essence Designs to redesign our kitchen! Dawn (along with Jota Designs) provided us with beautiful and functional ideas that were well adapted to our family’s lifestyle, well beyond what we could have imagined on our own. Dawn never hesitated to answer our numerous questions and was always ready to offer extra help. We truly appreciated her honesty and integrity & would welcome any opportunity to work with her again!

 — Leslie 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! 

 — Sylvie L.

We wanted to hire a designer for some questions we had & recommendations. Well, hiring Dawn turned out to be way more! She filled our goals in less than 2hrs & more, WOW! After her visit, we received her detailed notes AND she emails various vendors with our specific and detailed needs, example pictures, so those vendors can take it from there without us having to re-ash it all! And allowed us to get some more discounts out of those vendors. WE WERE VERY IMPRESSED!

 — Joe & Tania from Jota Designs Inc.

Dawn has always demonstrated a unique style of management skill when it comes to design & logistics. Her true nature of being proactive and doing more than expected has always been her greatest strength. She can think outside the box without compromising the function and aesthetics of any space. All her projects are handled with professionalism and patience to ensure confidence with the client. We have seen how her exceptional design style has inspired countless satisfied clients and that is why we shall continue working with her for years to come. She is a truly talented individual.

 — Sylvie & Jeff

I just wanted to take a minute to send you a quick note to say THANK YOU! We received the design binder this week and thought it was pretty amazing - it not only looks great but I appreciate your organization and attention to detail! Tomorrow is the big day for us - hard to believe it’s already here after all this time! We’re so excited to see it come together and couldn’t have done it without you :) Thank you so much for your hard work Dawn!

 — Lisa G.

Amazing experience! We can’t say enough good things about Dawn. She helped us with our kitchen design and the process was seamless. She is a talented professional who will save you hours of time. We will definitely use her again in the future and recommend her to family and friends.

 — Kathy M.

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.

 — Susan C.

From our first appointment on, I found Dawn to be punctual, knowledgeable of what could improve any number of small problems in transforming an old condo kitchen into a bright, contemporary, functional room. We also updated two bathrooms with Dawn suggesting economical solutions as well. Overall I found myself depending on her grounded advice and her vast knowledge of colour, light and design. I certainly would highly recommend Dawn for any project, but she excels at small spaces.