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We can help you to design the kitchen of your DREAMS! To obtain that gorgeous magazine worth kitchen always begins with great design! Your kitchen needs to be designed as a custom space, outfitted especially to suit your needs. We offer complete full-service kitchen design.

Is your kitchen in need of a makeover Or complete overhaul?



Does this sound like something that would make your renovation process easier? YES! We can’t wait to hear about how we can work together on your project. 


Your kitchen needs to be designed as a custom space, outfitted especially to suit your needs. Essence Designs offers complete full-service kitchen designs that include:

Designing The Heart Of Your Home

Our experience & knowledge in the design industry is key in

Past KITCHEN Designs


We have partnered with preferred suppliers as we feel they offer the best customer service, knowledge, and expertise to be able to assist our clients throughout the entire design process.

We have strived to curate special relationships with select suppliers in Ottawa. 

Over the Years within the industry

It is important to know your options and understand the costs are and how they can impact your budget. We will select all your finishing materials such as your cabinetry, countertops, lighting and plumbing fixtures, flooring, and paint colours.

Offering material & product Selection

Material and product selections will guide your entire design.

It is important to know your options and understand the costs are and how they can impact your budget. We will select all your finishing materials such as your cabinetry, countertops, lighting and plumbing fixtures, flooring, and paint colours.

Offering material & product Selection

FREE Kitchen Design Worksheet

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  • virtual designs
  • 3d rendered design concepts
  • construction drawings
  • worksheets contractor referrals
  • product list material pricing

What's Included in our Process

WE HAVE created a personalized 10-step design process


You will be asked to sign the approved service agreement and contract. A non-refundable deposit will be required to book your initial design meeting and guarantee your project in our cue. You will be asked to complete a design worksheet & questionnaire that you can complete prior to your initial site visit.

#2 - booking Your Spot

Book a 15 to 30-minute phone call or virtual meeting to review your interior design project scope and what your expectations are when looking to hire a design company. This first step is important to determine if this is a good fit for both parties.

#1 - Discovery Meeting


Your design concepts are presented in our 3D rendering software program to be reviewed during our virtual meetings. We can show your design from every angle as if you are in the space. This allows us to discuss possible solutions and determine what design may suite you best.

#4 - Design Concept & Development

During our initial design meeting onsite, we will discuss your design requirements, project scope and possible solutions in more detail, as well as review your design worksheet. Then we get to work on your design concepts.

#3 - Initial Design Meeting


The final construction drawings will provide you with the information and project scope you need to obtain construction estimates, and submit for permit application (if required). We may require you to provide us with a survey of your property which shows the property lines and location of any adjacent buildings.

#6 - Final Construction Drawings

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.

#5 - Concept Design Approval


Once the construction drawings are complete, we will assist in selecting a contractor to review your interior design project scope and provide you with a detailed construction estimate.

#8 - Trade Day | On-Site Meeting

We can now focus on the best part – selecting the products and materials! We start this phase least 6 months prior to your renovation start date. We will prepare a product list of the selected materials and their cost for your project. This includes cabinetry, countertops, flooring, tiles, plumbing & lighting, paint colours, and any furniture and accessories.

#7 - Product Selections


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

#10 - Styling & Photoshoot

During the construction phase, Essence Designs always stops by the job site during key stages and milestones to check on the progress of your renovation and to answer any questions.

#9 - Renovation


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.

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